In a project for the European Commission’s DG CLIMA1, TNO and TU Graz have performed a study on “Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPMS) as a means to reduce Light-Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) and Heavy-Duty Vehicles (HDVs) fuel consumption and CO2 emissions”.
While Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems has been made mandatory for M1 vehicles in 2012 for new types of cars and from 2014 for all new cars (Regulation (EC) 661/2009), LCVs and HDVs are not subject to such mandatory requirements even though Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems could potentially contribute to curbing LCV and HDV fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Goal and scope of this study.
This report has assessed the feasibility, potential and cost-effectiveness of applying tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) in light commercial vehicles (LCVs) and heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) for the purpose of reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. In addition, also potential safety benefits have been estimated as well as a range of other impacts that may affect cost-effectiveness from the end-user as well as the societal perspective.
Below, results of the following topics are summarized:
- 1. The potential of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems for fuel saving and CO2 reduction
- 2. State-of-the-art of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems technologies
- 3. Current and projected market penetration of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems for LCVs and HDVs
- 4. Costs of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems for LCVs and HDVs
- 5. Potential safety benefits of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems for LCVs and HDVs
- 6. Cost-effectiveness of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems for LCVs and HDVs
- 7. Options and rationale for policy intervention
The results show that Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems can be cost-effective for the considered LCV and HDV applications. Yet in an autonomous growth scenario, suppliers expect that market shares to remain small in the coming years. This may be a motivation for the European Commission to implement policy measures to promote the uptake of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems .