Examining the Influence of Road Grade on Vehicle Specific Power (VSP) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emission over a Real-World Driving Cycle
The Carbon Dioxide (CO₂) emission from a EURO 3 diesel van over a real-world driving cycle were investigated utilizing part of the Leeds University - Headingly Ring Road (LU-HR) driving cycle, which comprises both an urban (congested) and extra-urban (high speed) driving section. The vehicle used in this research was a 1.8-liter Ford Connect TDCi diesel van. Emissions were monitored by a Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS) incorporating an on-board FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) exhaust emission measurement system, a Horiba On Board emissions measuring System (OBS 1300) which measured the exhaust flow rate and air/fuel ratio, and a RaceLogic VBOX II differential GPS system provided geographical position, speed and acceleration data. Route topography is known to have substantial influence on vehicle emission.