Contributing to greener road transport
A new facility at the Vehicle Emissions Laboratory of the JRC site in Ispra, Italy was opened today by European Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik. The latest JRC VELA 7 facility is the most advanced in Europe to test fuel consumption and related emissions of full size trucks and buses under simulated road driving conditions within a broad, realistic temperature range. To conduct the tests, the laboratory can host vehicles up to 40 tons and 12 metres and simulate wind drag, tyre/road friction as well as full drive cycles. VELA 7 will provide sound scientific data needed to support new legislation e.g. the upcoming Euro VI guideline which is aimed at reducing emissions of heavy duty vehicles.
In the past decade, the JRC has played a significant role in setting emission norms for all kinds of vehicles in Europe. The new facility will complement the existing capacity to test every type of engine and vehicle, from lawnmowers to tractors, from motorbikes to cars and vans.