Figuring out Emissions. Company Claim to Be Able to Provide Data of How Your Car Really Performs When It Comes to Pollution Statistics

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Figuring out Emissions. Company Claim to Be Able to Provide Data of How Your Car Really Performs When It Comes to Pollution Statistics


Byline: m.barry@roadrecord.co.uk By Maggie Barry

A PRIVATE company providing independent data on car emissions has emerged in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal.

Emissions Analytics claim they do on-theroad testing that is far more in tune with real-life fuel economy and emissions, and their results are therefore more reliable than the figures put out at the moment from laboratory tests.

Nick Molden, the founder and head of the company, says the work of Emissions Analytics is intended to complement the official testing.

At the moment, this is done on a rolling road under strict conditions in a governmentapproved test facility, with a governmentappointed independent witness.

This is to ensure that all cars are tested equally, since the load, the conditions, the gradient, the driving style and even the temperature can all affect the outcome. From next year, the test will be even more stringent and will also include a Real Driving Emissions road section of the test, which is meant to back up the lab work.

The problem is that real-world nitrogen oxide (NOx) can sometimes be four times higher than the official government-approved figure that the car manufacturers, by law, must publish.

Molden says his company's new EQUA Air Quality Index is designed to clear up the confusion surrounding emissions figures. He said the information will be easy to understand and highlight the cars that perform well.

He went on: "There's a great deal of confusion among car buyers on the subject of pollutant emissions, but we're able to deliver impartial and precise information to help them buy better.

"We're also looking forward to working with the industry as a whole to highlight the best vehicles available."

Financed independently, the EQUA Index has the backing of a board of experts from Imperial College London, King's College London, the International Council on Clean Transportation and the University of Cambridge.

Helen ApSimon, Professor of Air Pollution Studies at Imperial College London and one of the board members, said: "I am so glad to see this information on vehicle emissions made available so that the public can use it to avoid buying cars that are more harmful to human health. …

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