Dutch 32-meter-long super trucks to reduce CO2 by 27%
Super trucks with a length of 32 meters will soon be on display in the Netherlands, now that the RDW (Road Traffic Service) has given permission for an extensive test with the super truck, which can reduce CO2 emissions by 27%.
The so-called SEC – Super Eco Combi – consists of a tow truck with two standard 13,60-meter trailers connected by a dolly. In the first phase, the combinations will drive on an enclosed terrain. From 2020, there will be a route on the highway between the Maasvlakte Venlo, and early 2021, there will be a test with four combinations. These vehicles will never drive in the city.
The arrival of the super trucks also is good news for motorists, according to policy advisor Techniek, Ambro Smit, of TLN (Transport en Logistiek Nederland). As a result, fewer rides will be required compared to ‘normal’ trucks, which reduces the risk of traffic jams.
“One SEC can transport the same quantity of cargo as two regular combinations, saving up to 27% CO2. This is an easy solution that can be carried out with existing material,” Smit adds.
Traffic safety first
“We are already used to trucks of 25 meters in the Netherlands. There are already about 2.000 units operating. The new super trucks are 7 meters longer and up to 12 tons heavier. The possible effects on other road users and the infrastructure must be thoroughly investigated. After all, road safety can not be compromised,” Smit continues.
In Finland, the SEC is now officially allowed on the road. However, in Sweden, Norway, Spain, and the Netherlands, the new concept is currently being tested. “Drivers wishing to drive the SEC must have a special certificate, which is also required to drive the 25-meter-long trucks.
When the pilot is finished, we will see if any additional requirements are necessary if these combinations are to be used regularly,” concludes Irene Heldens of the CBR (Dutch driving school and traffic safety organization).