IAQM Webinar - The effect of Euro 6 vehicle “defeat devices” on urban air quality

Photo of urban traffic overlaid with text: IAQM webinar The effect of Euro 6 vehicle “defeat devices” on urban air quality, Wednesday 13th March, 12:30 - 1:15pm GMT online
Wednesday, 13 March 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Online

This webinar introduces the findings of recent tests done to explore the impact of "defeat devices" fitted to diesel vehicles on air pollutant emissions.

Euro 6 diesel passenger vehicles (mostly fitted with 'SCR' catalysts to reduce their NOx emissions) have been common since 2014 but their natural aging has meant that they are now starting to fail MOT tests due to SCR failures (indicated by a warning light mandated by legislation).

Legitimate repairs and replacements are expensive (typically £800+) but there is another option: the “emulator” is an SCR defeat device which disables the SCR system and suppresses the warning light, thus enabling the vehicle to pass through the current MOT.  A quick internet search for “Adblu emulator” will bring up many pages of defeat devices for trucks, vans and cars, sometimes accompanied by claims of better fuel economy but generally with a price tag of £50 or less. In the very small print, it might be possible to spot wording to the effect that: “once fitted, the vehicle should not be driven on European roads”.  Many garages who previously provided “engine re-mapping” services will also offer the fitting of defeat devices.

The results from some recent tests involving the deliberate defeating of an otherwise clean, modern diesel vehicle are shown in this webinar, turning this normally Euro 6 vehicle in to a “gross emitter”.

This free online event is open to everyone.


Our speaker

Dr Mark Peckham, Director, Cambustion
Mark Peckham studied at Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities gaining a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and PhD from each respectively.  After a brief spell working at Ricardo Consulting Engineers, he joined Cambustion in 1994, becoming a director in 1997. He now looks after the fast response gas analyzer department there which has diversified over the past 5 years away from direct engine exhaust measurement to medical and air quality applications.

 

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