Update on Emissions Measurement Performance of a PZEV Test Cell 2006-01-1359
In Fall of 2001, a new emissions test cell was installed at Ford Motor Company that was specifically designed for precise low-level measurements (as described in Reference 6). The primary design focus for this cell was to ensure that optimal measurement capability was available to test vehicles that meet the stringent Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) tailpipe requirements (NMOG = 10 mg/mile, NOx = 20 mg/mile).
Over the past four years, there have been numerous improvements to the operational and Quality Assurance (QA) practices used in the PZEV Test Cell. Several investigations have also been performed to demonstrate the quality of its emissions measurements. Finally, a number of “lessons learned” have been documented from our experiences with PZEV measurements and with testing hybrid-electric vehicles. This paper summarizes these findings as a reference for others interested in low-level emissions measurements.