The European Commission has proposed new rules to allow manufacturers to develop more aerodynamic trucks in order to reduce fuel consumption by 7 to 10 percent, cut emissions of greenhouse gases and enhance the safety of road users.
The proposal will allow cabins with a rounded shape and the use of aerodynamic flaps at the back of the trailer. For a typical long-distance truck covering 100,000 kilometers (about 62,137 miles), the improved aerodynamics of the vehicles will save an estimated €5,000 (about US$6,563) per year in fuel costs and cut about 7.8 metric tons of carbon dioxide, while simultaneously improving the field of vision of the driver.
“A brick is the least aerodynamic shape you can imagine; that’s why we need to improve the shape of the lorries on our roads,” said Siim Kallas, EC vice president responsible for transportation, in a written statement.
The current proposal must be adopted by the European Parliament and European Union member states before becoming law. The new trucks could be expected to be seen on roads by 2018 to 2020.