The Truck of the Future:
Innovative, Fuel-Efficient, Safe

Meeting tomorrow’s transport needs in a safe & fuel-efficient way

The aim of this ‘Truck of the Future’  website and event is to open up the debate on how we can make sure the trucks of tomorrow continue to serve our society – with maximum safety and minimum impact on our environment.

What are commercial vehicles?

The term ‘commercial vehicle’ includes trucks, vans (also known as ‘light’ commercial vehicles) and buses. Commercial vehicles fulfill a huge range of functions and come in all shapes and sizes: mini-buses, articulated buses, urban delivery vans, container trucks, ambulances, fire trucks, dumpers, crane trucks, car transporters and so on.

Commercial vehicles often share common components or underlying configurations, frequently using the same basic layout, chassis construction, axles, suspension, wheels, cabins, drivetrains and engines. However, the structure and final design of the truck are dependent on its intended mission. Most trucks are custom-built on an individual basis in order to meet specific requirements – from the number of axles to the size of the fuel tank down to the colour of the cab. This means that no one commercial vehicle is like any other.

You bought it, trucks brought it

The cars we drive, the clothes we wear and the food we eat; one common theme binds these products: the way they are delivered.

Today, trucks, vans and buses fulfill the overwhelming majority of our transport needs. They deliver the goods we take for granted in our homes and workplaces, and the services upon which the business community relies. Many of our essential public services are also delivered by trucks and vans: postal and courier services, emergency services and waste management, to name but a few.

Rising to the challenge

In the future, transport demand is expected to increase in line with GDP and trade growth. This raises the challenge of striking a balance between growing mobility needs and environmental protection.

To meet this challenge, all transport modes will need to further improve their efficiency, safety and environmental performance, and to work together in a complementary way.

Europe‘s truck and van manufacturers: world-leaders in green and safe technologies

Trucks are the benchmark for fuel-efficiency thanks to technologies like common rail injection, automated gearboxes, turbocharging and intercooling. As a result, modern European trucks are a third more fuel-efficient than 30 years ago, producing less CO2 per tonne-km. Market forces are constantly driving further technological advancement because fuel outlays form a significant portion of overall operational costs for commercial haulage operators.

Regarding safety, today’s trucks are fitted with the latest active technologies to prevent accidents from happening, and also with passive systems to protect occupants and other road users should a crash occur. Truck fatalities have come down by 25% in the last two decades thanks to investments in these life-saving technologies.

Looking ahead: The truck of the future

Where do we go from here? How can truck manufacturers go further with innovations in fuel-efficiency and safety?

There is no one single answer to this question, but rather a combination of solutions. These include further development of vehicle technologies, more flexible and aerodynamic design, improved driver training, intelligent infrastructure and logistics, and the availability of alternative fuels.

The aim of this ‘Truck of the Future’  website and event is to open up the debate on how we can make sure the trucks of tomorrow continue to serve our society – with maximum safety and minimum impact on our environment.