BERNARD MATTES (VDA): 'EURO VI DIESEL STILL TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN IMPROVING AIR QUALITY'
Hannover traditionally will host in September the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show. Also traditionally the organizer, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), organizes an International Press Workshop. VDA-President Bernard Mattes in his key-note speech made an appeal to politicians not to focus entirely on electric mobility and urged not to forget the sustainable role a 'clean' Euro VI diesel can play in improving the air quality.
Furthermore Mattes addressed in his speech several topics: sustainability, digitization, connectivity, automated driving and alternative powertrains. “The digitization of traffic opens up completely new opportunities for making mobility smoother and more efficient. That reduces emissions and expands road safety. An essential condition for this is the existence of an appropriate digital infrastructure throughout Europe.”
Since 2000 CO2 emissions from road freight traffic in Germany have fallen by 8 percent, despite the increased volume of traffic. Mattes believes an integrated approach is necessary to meet the challenges lying ahead. About the European Commission’s proposal for CO2 Regulation for heavy-duty commercial vehicles he said that the Commission’s draft is totally out of proportion. The targets are roughly double those that the industry considers very ambitious, but feasible. The projected 30 percent for vans is according to the VDA not realistic.
Mattes said that we not must tar all vehicles with the same brush, meaning that modern Euro VI diesel vehicles can contribute to satisfying the EU's requirements for urban air quality by a rapid renewal of the vehicle fleet. In particular vehicles that are used frequently in towns, such as urban buses. It is not enough for Government's to promote the procurement of electric buses and retrofits, while not leveraging the potentials of fleet renewal with Euro VI diesel buses and alternatives such as natural gas or E-fuels synthesized using renewable electricity.”
The 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles, 'Driving tomorrow', will take place in Hannover from September 20 to 27, 2018. More information: www.iaa.de