FALCON workshop

17 mei 2019

As part of wider efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from road freight transport sector, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) organised an event in Brussels on 7th of May. The event made a call to policy makers to adopt a legislative framework that supports an EU-wide application of High-Capacity Vehicles (HCV’s) specifically designed to carry twice as much freight as standard trucks.

HAN Automotive Research (HAN-AR) contributed to the event with key presentation that summarized the results achieved in FALCON project, which was commissioned to HAN-AR by the Confederation of European Road Directors (CEDR). The main outcome of FALCON project was the definition of Smart Infrastructure Access Policy, which ensures a good fit between any vehicle combination and the infrastructure in terms of carrying capacity of the infrastructure and the operational safety of the vehicle, such that the capability of infrastructure network can be optimally exploited.

Such a policy may be an enabler for the wider introduction of High-Capacity Vehicles on dedicated parts of EU road network. Experience shows that HCV’s are more efficient and productive than regular heavy-goods vehicles, as they can consolidate freight from smaller trucks, consuming less fuel and producing less emissions. This makes them more environmentally-friendly than standard vehicle combinations. Indeed, according to a new ACEA paper, three high-capacity vehicles can replace six regular trucks, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 27%.