Daimler Board member in charge of Trucks and Buses, Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, has just been elected as the chairman of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)’s Commercial Vehicle Board.
According to Dr. Bernhard, the success and sustainability of commercial vehicle manufacturers depends on their ability to “jointly articulate and address our industry’s developments, progress, and demands, and make them known to political decision-makers.” That was part of the statement he gave at the last board meeting.
Dr. Bernhard takes over from Andreas Renschler, who started his chairman stint back in January this year. The chairman post rotates among the members, and one is elected each year.
There are more Europe-wide initiatives on the way for industry players, such as a continued drive to reduce CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles.
More research and development will be undertaken in order to further cut back on emissions, even with the more-stringent Euro VI standard already in place. That initiative is dubbed Vision 20-20, which stands for the 20% reduction per ton-kilometer of CO2 emissions by the year 2020.
Dr. Bernhard says that he believes the initiative can be completed on schedule, considering everything manufacturers are doing in this aspect.