The main objectives of the EU-PEMS project were defined as follows:
- To assess and validate the application and performance of different portable instrumentation relative to each other, and in comparison with alternative options for IUC testing;
- To define a test protocol for the use of portable instrumentation within the IUC of heavy-duty vehicles;
- To evaluate the US ‘Not To Exceed’ (NTE) approach and possibly develop a simplified method in order to propose IUC pass/fail criteria;
- To address the need of the European industry, authorities and test houses to learn about the application of such systems.
Once the research and development works have reached a satisfactory status, the intention is to make the test protocol and its data evaluation tools available for a PEMS IUC pilot programme, involving the European heavy-duty industry and National Authorities with the support of the Commission.
Overview of the work progress:
The main contributions can be summarised as such:
- The European Commission through DG JRC, acting in close cooperation with DG ENTR, prepared and co-ordinated the programme. In particular, DG JRC followed-up and executed the vehicle road tests in co-operation with ACEA. It also co-ordinated the data analysis required to examine the test results together with the relevant experts of the participating organisations.
- ACEA (with its members DAF, MAN, Iveco, Daimler, Volvo Powertrain, Scania) provided the test vehicles and co-operated with DG JRC to perform the on-road tests;
- Sensors Inc, Horiba, AVL and Control Sistem supplied the portable systems and provided training and product support whenever necessary;
- National laboratories (TNO, RWTÜV, IDIADA) involved in type approval
and in-IUC have provided ad-hoc technical support based on their own