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Will a new test procedure solve the problem? Latest developments on EU vehicle testing

Over the last few weeks, we published two major reports on the real-world emission behavior of passenger cars in Europe. The first one talked about air pollutant emissions, specifically nitrogen...Two recent ICCT reports clearly demonstrate the serious on-road problem for CO2 and NOx emissions in Europe. The European Commission is working on it, but the approaches chosen to address the real-...
Published 2014.10.30: Blog Post

The WLTP: How a new test procedure for cars will affect fuel consumption values in the EU

The current European type-approval procedure for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of cars (the New European Driving Cycle, or NEDC) includes a number of tolerances and flexibilities and no longer...
Published 2014.10.29: Publication

Discrepancies between type-approval and real-world fuel consumption and CO2 values in 2001-2011 European passenger cars

In order to limit the negative effects of climate change and to reduce dependency on oil imports, the European Union (EU) needs to reduce its GHG emissions by 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050. A...
Published 2012.04.04: Publication

Inertia classes, vehicle emissions tests, and the dead hand of the past

Test procedures are a key feature of any system of regulating vehicle emissions. Vehicle emissions testing* involves running a vehicle on a chassis dynamometer, which (among other things) simulates...The current system of using inertia classes for vehicle emissions testingĀ is an anachronism, kept in place by force of habit rather than force of logic. And it has the bad effect of allowing...
Published 2011.12.09: Blog Post

Inertia classes proposal

Historically the weight of a vehicle was represented by hanging rotating inertia mass on a dynamometer. This approach required the use of discrete inertia classes and an upper limit for inertia mass...
Published 2011.06.17: Publication

Inertia classes in worldwide harmonized light vehicle test procedure (WLTP) development

The definition of vehicle weight used for testing procedures is an important decision when drafting the regulation on determining emission values under the WLTP. Currently, different inertia class...
Published 2011.05.18: Publication