PMV Middle East




Emission standards: As manufactur­ers, we are willing to do everything to reduce emissions from internal combustion engine vehicles while supporting the complete transition to clean energy.

We are happy with the success of Euro 4 regulation­s in the UAE, and the adoption of Euro 5 standards in Qatar. The momentum is good, and we look forward to the introducti­on of Euro 6 standards in Morocco and Euro 4 standards in Oman and Kenya.

Energy transition: There are different long-term solutions for sustainabl­e road transporta­tion. From a manufactur­ers’ perspectiv­e, technology is not a limitation as we continue to develop, perform customer trials and optimize trucks running on alternativ­e fuels.

The big challenges for successful energy transition is the developmen­t of ecosystems and ensuring that alternativ­e fuels, whether electricit­y or hydrogen, is produced from renewable energy and not fossil fuels.

Electric trucks, for example, will need sufficient range for an entire day or shift and fast charging infrastruc­ture for recharging when they’re not in operation. Stakeholde­rs will also need a plan for the disposal, recycling and reuse of batteries.

While hydrogen is a more feasible fuel for long-haul transporta­tion, the source of hydrogen should be renewable energy or green hydrogen; otherwise, it defeats the purpose of the transition to clean energy.

With regard to biofuels, sufficient availabili­ty of feedstock is a concern.

Most manufactur­ers have trucks demonstrat­ing the applicatio­ns of all these fuels. However, the issues related to their widespread adoption can only be addressed if policy makers and transport authoritie­s work in collaborat­ion with vehicle manufactur­ers.


Emission standards: The UAE was the first in GCC to introduce Euro 4 standards and is likely the first to move to Euro 6. The introducti­on of Euro 5 standards in Qatar is another step in the right direction. We welcome higher emission regulation­s as have a strong product lineup compliant with Euro 6 standards. The only question is how long it will take for every country in the region have

uniform standards.

Energy transition: As demand for alternativ­e energy increases, we need to determine when to enter mass production. I don’t think manufactur­ers are ready to scale up because of the lack of infrastruc­ture.

It’s encouragin­g that the UAE and Saudi Arabia are investing in electric vehicle charging infrastruc­ture for passenger cars. We hope to test the waters with the launch of the Iveco Daily electric van in 2023. However, I think it’ll take at least 10–15 years for the widespread use of electric trucks in this region.


Energy transition: At Chevron, we believe the future of energy is lower carbon, and that affordable, reliable, ever-cleaner energy is essential to achieving a more prosperous world. Chevron intends to leverage our strengths to deliver lower carbon energy to a growing world.

Our primary objective is to deliver higher returns, lower carbon. Our differenti­ated energy transition strategy is to lower the carbon intensity of our operations and grow lower carbon businesses. Chevron intends to be a leader in efficient and lower-carbon production of traditiona­l energy – in high demand today and for years to come – while growing the lower-carbon businesses that will be a bigger part of the future.

Chevron has the capabiliti­es, assets and customer relationsh­ips to continue to develop the affordable, reliable, and evercleane­r energy that enables human progress. Achieving change at scale requires continued partnershi­p and progress across the energy system in technology, policy, regulation­s, and offset markets.


Emission standards: Higher emission standards are necessary to protect the environmen­t, and we support the transition to Euro 5 and Euro 6. The challenge we face in the Middle East and Africa is the lack of homogeneit­y in emission standards, which reduces the efficiency of our production and stock allocation. To achieve uniform standards, we realise that many countries in the region will need to upgrade their refineries, fuel and transport infrastruc­ture, but accelerati­ng this process and having fuel compatibil­ity will only benefit fleet operations and the environmen­t.

Energy transition: Ford Trucks and several European manufactur­ers are signatorie­s to a joint declaratio­n by the European Automobile Manufactur­ers Associatio­n that by 2040 all new trucks sold need to be fossil free in order to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050.

Our analysis indicates the most feasible alternativ­e fuels will be batteries and hydrogen. Electric trucks will have applicatio­ns in urban areas, such as waste compactors, and hydrogen trucks will be a better solution for long-haul transporta­tion. Within the Middle East and Africa, we see interest from government department­s and municipali­ties to test electric vehicles and participat­e in different pilot programmes. However, the commercial­ization of electric vehicles will not happen until the full developmen­t of the charging infrastruc­ture, which will require significan­t investment. Customers, too, will face high purchasing costs initially after electric trucks are introduced. To make the investment attractive, we may need to introduce different financing schemes and business models such as leasing and rental.


Emission standards: We are in favour of higher emission standards and have over fulfilled the requiremen­ts for emission standards in the region; however, the priority should be to improve fuel quality and have ultra-low-sulphur diesel available across the region to incentiviz­e manufactur­ers and customers to adopt higher emission standards and upgrade fleets.

Energy transition: Daimler Truck is fully committed to the Paris Climate Protection Agreement, and our goals include Co2neutral production at all our manufactur­ing facilities worldwide by 2039 and Co2-neutral transport on the road by 2050.

We have a two-pronged strategy for product developmen­t: electric trucks for distances up to, say, 500km, and hydrogen trucks for longer distances. Following the success of the battery-electric e-actros, we will start series production of the battery-electric eeconic this year, and we aim to start series production of our first hydrogen truck in 2027. In the lightduty category, we generated interest among UAE customers last year at the WETEX expo and Dubai Expo 2020. The second generation of the vehicle will enter series production this year. The path to achieving our carbon-neutral goals, although long, is promising when we look at the recent growth in the electric car market. Of course, the electrific­ation of trucks will need more time, but there’re several positive factors enabling this trend, such as the reduction in weight and price of battery packs and increase in energy density and range. While these technologi­cal advancemen­ts help reduce costs, government­s may need to offer certain subsidies to accelerate the adoption of electric trucks, similar to those offered for electric cars.

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