EC: Study on retrofit technologies’ potential to reduce emissions from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles

The European Commission is asking retrofit emission control (REC) systems providers to participate in this study on potential emission reduction through retrofitting of existing passenger cars and vans.

In more than 130 cities across Europe, concentrations of NO2 and particulate matter exceed the limit values set out in Ambient Air Quality Directives. Many city authorities are introducing or considering introducing limits, taxation, or bans on older vehicles entering their cities, to reduce emissions and improve air quality.

The Commission’s 2018 Horizon Prize on Engine Retrofit for Clean Air demonstrated the effectiveness and relatively low costs of retrofitting. It spurred the development of new technologies that can be applied to recent EURO 5 and EURO 6 diesel engines.

The current study will assess effectiveness of different retrofit technologies for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Using laboratory and real driving emissions tests across a range of driving conditions, we will determine which technologies under which conditions can meet the Euro 6d emission limit values and access requirements for low emission zones. Ultimately, we will study possibilities for a retrofit technology certification scheme based on the assessment of the effectiveness of the retrofit options.

The participation of retrofit emission control (REC) systems providers is essential to this project. See more details on the open call for participation.


Source: European Commission


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