Automotive tailpipe emissions regulations and testing, a highly technical field which had been quietly evolving since the first standards were written back in the 1950’s and 60’s, experienced a shockwave of seismic proportions in 2015 as the ‘Diesel-gate’ scandal which started in the US, began to ripple through the automotive world. As automotive manufacturers faced the scrutiny of prosecutors and law suits from an angry customer base, regulators intensified their work to bring forward more stringent standards, with the aim of protecting both the public and their own reputations.
This review process led to revised testing protocols in Europe and the inclusion of Real-world Driving Emissions (RDE) testing that would have a significant impact on vehicle manufacturers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their product development processes. Through extensive consultation with the automotive industry, this paper aims to summarize Frost & Sullivan’s analysis of the challenges and also the opportunities presented by new vehicle RDE certification or type-approval processes included in the latest regulations.
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