Extra than 40 producers, shippers and field teams including Siemens, Maersk and Unilever referred to as on the EU on Thursday to mandate that all freight vans be zero-emission types by 2035.

In a letter posted on Thursday the team claimed its signatories “urge the European Commission to set all new freight vans on a route to zero emission from 2035,” with a five-calendar year exemption for vocational autos these kinds of as design, mining and timber vans that will have to have for a longer time to produce and develop at scale.

A zero-emission strategy “will identify how speedy the EU transitions absent from polluting fossil-powered vehicles to clean zero emission choices and if the EU will guide or be remaining guiding in this unavoidable industrial transition.”

The Commission is currently functioning on proposals for CO2 reduction targets for freight trucks and the infrastructure to cost electric powered or gasoline hydrogen-run weighty-responsibility vehicles.

The European Union has presently proposed an productive ban on fossil-fuel passenger cars by 2035.

Although there are a huge range of electric passenger car versions both on the industry or coming over the next few several years, there are really couple of zero-emission major-duty models at this time offered.

The signatories of the letter named on the European Commission to raise the 2030 CO2 reduction concentrate on for freight vans to 65% down below the emissions amount in 2019, in contrast with the past 2030 focus on of a 30% reduction. They also known as for the EU to established a new intermediate concentrate on of a 30% reduction by 2027.

The group also reported that “focused economic assist” will be required to offset the “bigger upfront purchasing expense of electrical trucks, in particular for early frontrunners and for compact and medium-sized organizations.”