Millbrook weighs in with new emissions test facility26 February 2019

Testing facility Millbrook is building a new vehicle emissions test facility to expand its capability for heavy duty and 4WD vehicles.

Construction starts soon and is due to be completed by the middle of 2020. The new facility will replace Millbrook’s VTEC (variable temperature emissions chamber) and will be able to handle vehicles up to 60 tonnes.

The facility will be climatically controlled from -30°C to +50°C and used primarily to test buses, trucks and off-highway vehicles for emissions, fuel and lubricant performance and climatic performance. It is also designed to test electric vehicles to determine energy consumption, range and energy efficiency, and to test vehicles powered by alternative fuels such as hydrogen, LNG and CNG for range, emissions and fuel consumption over a drive cycle.

Millbrook says the new test facility will measure the effect on CO2 emissions of a range of technologies including the heat recovery system, retrofit emissions/energy technologies and gearbox and engine oils.

It will continue to support the full range of existing schemes for large vehicles, including the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS), LowCVP’s HGV Accreditation Scheme and the UK Bus Cycle (UKBC). It will also have the capability to perform the full range of current vehicle emissions tests to determine whether a vehicle meets the strict requirements for clean air zones across Europe, such as the London ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) and Germany’s environmental zones, and the French Crit’Air air quality certificate scheme.

The facility is part-funded (£2.4 million) by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) investment, through the Local Growth Fund.

Laura Cork

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