Title: Gaseous Emissions from Light-Duty Vehicles: Moving from NEDC to the New WLTP Test Procedure
Citation: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY vol. 49 no. 14 p. 8315-8322
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC96606
ISSN: 0013-936X
URI: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b01364
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01364
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The Worldwide Harmonized Light Duty Test Procedure (WLTP), recently issued as GTR15 by UNECE-WP29, is designed to check the pollutant emission compliance of Light Duty Vehicles (LDVs) around the world and to establish the reference vehicle fuel consumption and CO2 performance. In the course of the development of WLTP, the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission has tested gaseous emissions of twenty-one Euro 4–6 gasoline and diesel vehicles, on both the current European type approval test procedure (NEDC) and the progressive versions of the WLTP. The results, which should be regarded just as an initial and qualitative indication of the trends, demonstrated minimal average differences between CO2 emissions over the NEDC and WLTP. On the other hand, CO2 emissions measured at JRC on the NEDC were on average 9% higher than the respective type approval values, therefore suggesting that for the tested vehicles, CO2 emissions over WLTP were almost 10% higher than the respective NEDC type approval values. That difference is likely to increase with application of the full WLTP test procedure. Measured THC emissions from most vehicles stayed below the legal emission limits and in general were lower under the WLTP compared to NEDC. Moving from NEDC to WLTP did not have much impact on NOx from gasoline vehicles and CO from diesel vehicles. On the contrary, NOx from diesel vehicles and CO from low-powered gasoline vehicles were significantly higher over the more dynamic WLTP and in several cases exceeded the emission limits. Results from this study can be considered indicative of emission patterns of modern technology vehicles and useful to both policy makers and vehicle manufacturers in developing future emission policy/technology strategies.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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