EU real-world emissions tests to bring “marked reduction” in NOx emissions
From 2017, part of the type approval process for passenger cars in Europe will include a compulsory real-world test using a portable emissions measurement system (PEMS). For the first time, official tests will be conducted outside the laboratory to measure NOx levels emitted in real driving against the regulated limits.
“Our data on the very latest Euro 6 diesels shows an improvement on Euro 5 of 49%,” said Nick Molden, CEO of Emissions Analytics. “We believe the manufacturers, anticipating this legislative change, have really stepped up their game and the results are encouraging, although still mixed.”
However, a recent project with The Sunday Times highlighted a sizable challenge still ahead. Emissions Analytics concluded that the average variance of all the Euro 6 diesel cars so far tested is 4.4 times the legislated limit, but what was particularly striking was the variance between model types, as manufacturers employ different approaches to reducing emissions.
The newly approved Real Driving Emission (RDE) test procedure has been designed to tackle the long-standing discrepancy between lab-based testing and real-world results.
Molden said, “We think this is a good decision by the Commission and member states. Emissions Analytics started testing tailpipe emissions on the road four years ago as we identified this was the only way to truly understand real-world performance. It is good to see this is now being recognised in the legislation.”