The EU has decided that there is going to be extra space for streamlining and safety optimalisation on trucks in the near future. In other words, a truck can be made longer to fit those safety and efficiency bonnets and tailflaps. Now the ACEA, the organisation representing the truck manufacturers, say that they need more time to implement this.
ACEA says it takes about 15 years before a new cab platform is introduced and most of the brands just made that step towards Euro VI. The newly proposed European rules are not implemented yet. At this moment nobody seems to know from what weight classification the new rules are going to be mandatory. All this is going to take a lot of time and we don’t expect the first serious new bonneted streamlined cabs before 2022. Of course there are already some studies like these two from Scania. Interesting to see where these new regulations take truck design in the future!