Testing Cars for Real-World Emission Figures

Car makers have been facing today some tougher emission regulations than ever before. So, it is seen that by the year 2021, all new car models should achieve 95 gram per kilometer of CO2, whilst the current New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) has been set for replacement to prevent carmakers from using loopholes of the laboratory in the emission tests.

So, in 2017, the new test cycle dubbed as the “World Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure” or WLTP is set to come into force. This is expected to make conditions in tests more “real-world” than ever. Therefore, the two-year time frame before the ultimate enforcement of this new test procedure needs a unified effort of the industry’s brightest of minds in order to thrive.

For many car buyers, unachievable economic condition has long been a concern, so they hoped that the new measures will change the trend. Giving consumers more confidence is their aim as they can hit mpg targets which are quoted on the road, and they will be able to use these figures to better influence their decisions in buying new cars.

However, such stringent measures need investment and research particularly with only a remaining few years until targets must be achieved. Whilst there’s a huge stride which has already been made in reducing CO2 emission levels, the lower number falls the harder that carmakers have to thrive for the diminishing returns.

Hence, it’s currently a car industry-wide struggle, thus car makers have been assisted by many of the brightest minds in the business in order to win this battle. They need to prepare themselves through the brightest possible means so that they can avoid the havoc and pain that diminishing returns will bring unto them that will probably cripple the car industry across the globe.

On the other hand, in a new £2.6million Centre for Low Emission Vehicle Research or CLEVeR located at Bath University – the latest expansion to it’s highly-rated Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre or PVRC, where the very latest technology that helps cut emissions, the Auto Express was invited for a guided tour throughout the facility.

The facility has been one of the most unique set-ups in the car industry that provides any researcher with the ability to review “real-world” driving situations whilst collecting all the important data with improving accuracy.

Therefore, with the current change in emission legislation in the United Kingdom (UK), the Bath University has been put in a unique position because its new set-up has been designed to conveniently accommodate the new WLTP tests.

It should be known that the researches being conducted at the Bath University is not only for theoretical analysis and academic papers. The PVRC has already been involved heavily with car makers through its engine and transmission bays.

It can be recalled that there was a high-level research took place with Ford in developing the one-litre EcoBoost engine as well as its ongoing work on UltraBoost engine with JLR that helped towards the latest two-litre ingenium engine.

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