Continental Launches Microsite For Fleet Operators

Continental, technology company and manufacturer of premium tyres, have launched a new microsite highlighting useful information about the latest CO₂ emissions regulation for heavy goods vehicles and the simulation tool for trucks VECTO (Vehicle Energy Consumption Calculation Tool).

In line with the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, the first carbon dioxide emissions regulations for new heavy-duty vehicles (HDV) were introduced by the European Commission in 2019 (EU Regulation 2019/1242).

These new regulations will mean cutting average CO₂ emissions from new HDVs by 15 percent by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030 compared to figures from July 2019 to June 2020. This regulation currently applies to 4×2 and 6×2 trucks with a gross vehicle weight over 16 metric tonnes, while a future extension of the regulation is currently being considered by the European Commission. To ensure these ambitious reduction targets are met, the Commission launched the VECTO simulation tool.

Given that tyres significantly influence fuel consumption and therefore the CO₂ emissions generated by a vehicle, Continental have launched a new microsite to provide fleet managers with comprehensive information about the new regulation and its implications for their trucks.

The website can be found here:

Included on the site are:

  • Embedded videos, including a video explaining how the VECTO simulation tool works and what exactly is calculated for the HDVs (also available on YouTube) as well as a video highlighting why industry and society need to act now
  • Information about the business effects for fleet operators, focusing on fuel efficiency and greater transparency with regard to the purchase of a truck
  • A comprehensive infographic about the new regulation, with facts and figures showing how the VECTO tool performs its calculations, which vehicles are affected, the potential of tyres to reduce fuel consumption and fleet operating costs, plus other parameters to reduce CO₂ emissions

Constantin Batsch, Head of Truck Tyre Replacement at Continental’s business region Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), sees a clear need for such a microsite: “From our talks with customers we see that there is a lot of interest from fleet managers all over Europe. We know that fuel consumption and thereby CO₂ emissions will not only become more important when buying a new truck, but also when replacing tyres. So, we want to provide fleet operators with important information on how the new CO₂ regulation and the resulting changes for tyres affect their business and how they can make best use of it. We see ourselves as service consultants, especially with regard to finding the right tyre, tyre management and how this helps reduce overall operating costs and CO₂ emissions.”

The European Parliament states that 25 percent of the European Union’s CO₂ emissions from transport are generated by heavy-duty vehicles. If truck manufacturers fail to comply with the new regulations, they will incur penalty payments for each vehicle. Further regulations that could affect fleets directly are currently under discussion. Tyres impact up to 40 percent of fleet operating costs because they have a significant influence on fuel consumption (30 percent) as well as on repairs and maintenance (5 percent) and actual tyre costs (5 percent).

An overview of all the information provided is available here: