Particle mass emission rates from current-technology, light-duty gasoline vehicles.


Now that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has promulgated new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for PM2.5, work will begin on generating the data required to determine the sources of ambient PM2.5 and the magnitude of their contributions to air pollution. This paper summarizes the results of an Environmental Research Consortium program, carried out under the auspices of the U.S. Council for Automotive Research. The program focused on particulate matter (PM) emissions from representative, current-technology, light-duty gasoline vehicles produced by DaimlerChrysler Corp., Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Corp. The vehicles, for the most part taken from the manufacturer's certification and durability fleets, were dynamometer-tested using the three-phase Federal Test Procedure in the companies' laboratories. The test fleet was made up of a mixture of both low-mileage (2K-35K miles) and high-mileage (60K-150K miles) cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks. For each vehicle tested, PM emissions were accumulated over 4 cold-start tests, which were run on successive days. PM emission rates from the entire fleet (22 vehicles total) averaged less than 2 mg/mile. All 18 vehicles tested using California Phase 2 reformulated gasoline had PM emission rates less than 2 mg/mile at both low and high mileages.

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@article{Chase2000ParticleME, title={Particle mass emission rates from current-technology, light-duty gasoline vehicles.}, author={Richard E. Chase and G J Duszkiewicz and Th. E. Jensen and David W. Lewis and E J Schlaps and Alicia Weibel and Steven H Cadle and Patricia A Mulawa}, journal={Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association}, year={2000}, volume={50 6}, pages={930-5} }