EU Tightens CO2 Standards for Heavy Vehicles – ChargePlan Aids the Transition

On May 13, 2024, the European Parliament adopted new emission standards for heavy vehicles. The updated regulations will further reduce CO2 emissions from road transport and will introduce new future targets.

The new rules maintain the current 2025 target, which is currently set at a 15% emission reduction for heavy trucks over 16 tons. In line with the EU's climate goals for 2030 and beyond, the regulation further sets the following new targets:


  • A 45% emission reduction by 2030 (increased from 30%)
  • A 65% emission reduction by 2035
  • A 90% emission reduction by 2040


These targets will apply to medium trucks, heavy trucks over 7.5 tons, and coaches (including city buses) and corresponding commercial vehicles from 2035 onward. The new rules introduce a target of 100% zero emissions for new city buses by no later than 2035 with an intermediate target of 90% for this category by 2030.


Intelligent Charging of Vehicles Can Significantly Reduce CO2 Emissions

It's not just the conversion of vehicles from fossil fuels to electricity that makes a difference in reducing CO2. Unfortunately, electricity is not always green. Shifting electric charging from times of high demand to times of low demand can have a significant impact on CO2 emissions. However, the exact amount of CO2 that can be saved depends on several factors, including the composition of energy sources in the power grid and the efficiency of the electrical system.


Here is an overview of the key aspects:


  • Composition of Energy Sources: During periods of low demand, more energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar is often used, as the demand for energy from fossil fuels decreases. During periods of high demand, however, the power grid may rely more on fossil fuels, which release more CO2 during combustion.
  • Reduced Peak Load: By avoiding charging during peak load periods, the need to start additional power plants that often run on more CO2-intensive energy sources like coal or gas can be reduced.
  • Energy Efficiency: The overall efficiency of the system can also be improved when the load is more evenly distributed throughout the day. This can reduce total CO2 emissions, as less energy is lost in transmission and distribution.


To estimate how much CO2 can be saved by shifting the charging, it is important to know the specific energy mix and load profile of the relevant power grid. With ChargePlan, we can automate your charging so that it occurs when the power is "greenest," and simultaneously offer you significant savings. Thus, a clear win-win for both your finances and the environment.


With ChargePlan, you get a full overview of your charging as well as your financial and CO2 savings. ChargePlan is completely independent of which charging system provider you use.

Are you curious to learn how we can help your business save money and contribute to reducing CO2 emissions? Contact Svend Aage Færch Nielsen at +45 22 68 34 26 or by email:

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