PEMS testing service now available

MAHLE Powertrain has recently expanded its extensive vehicle emissions testing capability at its Northampton, UK headquarters to include Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS) testing. This new service further enhances the vehicle testing services which are available and allows the precise measurement of tailpipe emissions whilst the vehicle is being driven on normal roads.

This testing forms part of the new RDE (real driving emissions) legislation requirements for EU type approval which is planned to come into force in September 2017, with the monitoring phase commencing in January 2016. It will also provide a more accurate measurement of fuel consumption / CO2 emissions during ‘real world’ driving conditions which will also be required for future WLTP drive cycle tests. The current fleet average CO2 target of 130 g/km is expected to be reduced to 95 g/km in 2020.

The new PEMS equipment is fully self-contained and includes a vibration proof exhaust gas analyser unit, a flow meter amplifier, a range of pitot tubes (for collecting the tailpipe gas), sensors for temperature / atmospheric pressure / humidity, a GPS unit, a dedicated laptop PC and a NiMH battery pack. The analyser has two input channels to allow use in vehicles with twin exhaust outlets.

The complete system is designed to be mounted inside the vehicle with the tailpipe gas being delivered through a 2m sampling line. Accurate measurements of CO, CO2, NO, NOx and water are taken during the drive, as well as mass emissions, air-fuel ratio and exhaust gas temperature. Video capture is also included within the system as a recently added legislative requirement for RDE testing with PEMS.

Our new PEMS testing capability complies with all the latest documented EU requirements and, with the ability to provide related support for the in-depth analysis of the resulting data, MAHLE Powertrain is clearly demonstrating its commitment to meeting our customer’s vehicle development requirements now and well into the future.

Further queries:
MAHLE Powertrain Ltd.
Daren Mottershead
Sales & Marketing
Costin House, St. James Mill Road
NN5 5TZ Northampton
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1604 738-226
Fax: +44 1604 738-030