In an attempt to produce more realistic emissions and fuel economy data for new cars, the next few months will see the introduction and overhaul of emissions testing for new vehicles.
The new tests will measure fuel consumption rates, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide presence, particulates by mass and number and the presence of carbon monoxide.
The changes and regulations are hoped to help renovate what many consider an extremely dated system of testing and measuring a vehicles emissions production.
Furthermore, all newly launched cars will have to undergo robust on-road usage testing before they go on sale, this is something that no other vehicle testing protocol in the word requires.
As more people use their cars for earning money such as a car courier, sales of new vehicles are increasing.
Mike Hawes, Chief Executive at SMMT has commented on the upcoming changes, saying that:
“Over the past 20 years, vehicles have advanced at a rapid rate, with high tech safety and comfort features, from electronic stability control, parking sensors and airbags, to air conditioning, heated windscreens and electric seats now increasingly fitted as standard. However, the way they are tested has not kept pace, resulting in a gap between performance in the lab and on-road where fitment of these in-car technologies can differ across models, and conditions such as speed, congestion, road surface and driving style can vary dramatically from journey to journey and driver to driver,”
SMMT have stated that the tests are designed to provide a more accurate representation of emissions production in the real world, and will crack down on the skewing of emissions data throughout the vehicle manufacture industry.
New models in development and hoping to come to the UK market will also need to provide proof that they have air quality credentials by passing a redesigned Real Driving Emissions test which is conducted portable emissions measurements equipment.
The equipment analyses the amount of trace tailpipe emissions of pollutions such as Nitrous oxide while the car is driven in every-day environments and through extreme conditions.
Hawes continued to state that:
“We welcome this challenging new regime, which will provide hard evidence that the industry’s ongoing investment in ever more advanced technology is delivering on air quality goals,”
“Combined, these new and demanding tests will soon give consumers emissions performance information that is far closer to what they experience behind the wheel – and inspire greater confidence that the new cars they buy are not only the cleanest, but the most fuel efficient ever produced.”