TNI || New Delhi || 11th Nov 2021
The demand for road transportation has led to more heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks and buses looking to get cleaner as well as fuel-efficient.
As of date, more than 80% of vehicles that come under the heavy-duty category are diesel based, emitting high levels of particulates.
Due to Government policies around the world, emissions reduced drastically due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As per a report from the International Energy Agency, because of decreased transport activity, emissions reduced by 5% in 2020 as compared to the previous year.
To reduce the emissions further, as per the report, more countries will have to adopt a heavy-duty fuel economy.
Although emissions are expected to rise again in 2021, for a zero-emissions scenario by 2050, they will peak in the next few years to be declining again.
A decline of an average of 2.1% YOY is expected between 2021 to 2030. The report adds that rapid deployment of electric medium and heavy-duty trucks is the need of the hour to pave the way for a large scale build-up of battery and fuel cell-based adoption in the 2030s.
If we talk of the numbers, more than 31000 heavy-duty trucks have been on the road in 2020, with China dominating the registration of new vehicles, adding 6700 more to the figure.