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AVL secures automotive emissions testing contract from US EPA

ABR Staff Writer Published 20 October 2015

AVL has secured a contract with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an emissions measurement system at a test site in Ann Arbor, Michigan, US.

The AVL-equipped National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL) will concentrate on measuring emissions from the light- and medium-duty vehicles that are in compliance with the new Tier 3 regulation.

According to AVL, the newly equipped test site will be used by the EPA to measure a vehicle's emissions' 'cleanliness' against all fuel types.

AVL North America chairman and CEO Don Manvel said: "As recent events have shown, accurate emissions testing is becoming an increasingly critical component in the pact that automakers make with their customers.

"And we are honored that the EPA has entrusted us with helping them in this important initiative."

Under the contract terms, AVL will be responsible for all phases of the project, including design, installation, and commissioning of the emissions test equipment as well as training of EPA staff.

The company will also supply its iGENERATION Series II emission measurement hardware and software.

Other products include the analytical bench, AMAi60, constant volume sampler, CVSi60, and particulate measurement system PSSi60.

AVL will supply its iGEM Vehicle software operation on the AVL PUMA Open data acquisition and control system.

Using the system, EPA will be able to measure ultra-low concentrations of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, total hydrocarbons, methane, oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and nitrous oxide (N2O) and particulate matter (PM).

The test site is expected to be completed by February 2017.