Martin Lundstedt (CEO of Volvo Trucks) is the new Chair of Commercial Vehicle board within ACEA, the association that gathers together the major European manufacturers in the automotive sector. Within ACEA, the Commercial Vehicle group includes manufacturers such as DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ford Trucks, Iveco Group, MAN Truck & Bus, Scania, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and Volvo Group.
The new role of Martin Lundstedt within ACEA
Martin Lundstedt, former President and CEO of Scania, has been a member of the Executive Board of Volvo Group since October 2015. “2022 will be a decisive year on the road to zero-emission road freight transport”, he said. “Battery electric trucks are ready to hit the road in large numbers, and fuel-cell trucks will follow shortly. However, transport operators’ ability to invest in zero-emission trucks is directly linked to the availability of the right charging and refuelling infrastructure”.
“Unfortunately, the infrastructure that is suited to the specific needs of heavy-duty vehicles is almost completely missing today“, added Mr Lundgren. “This is something that the AFIR needs to address urgently, with dedicated and ambitious targets for truck-specific infrastructure. It is very simple: no transport operator will ever buy a battery-electric truck unless they can charge it for smooth and seamless operations”.
The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR)
The European Parliament and national governments are currently discussing the proposed Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), which will bring in binding targets for charging and refuelling infrastructure for each EU member state. The European Commission is also set to propose revised CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles later this year.
ACEA’s CV Board of Directors elects its Chairperson on an annual basis. Mr Lundstedt takes over the position from Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Truck.