£8 million vehicle emissions testing centre opens

Engineering, research and testing firm HORIBA MIRA has opened an Advanced Emissions Test Centre (AETC) for exhaust emissions testing in ‘real world’ driving conditions.

Located at HORIBA MIRA’s headquarters in Nuneaton, the facility is centred around a four-wheel drive (4WD) climatic chassis dynamometer and includes three individual climatic soak rooms and an ambient soak room.

HORIBA MIRA’s Advanced Emissions Test Centre has opened in Nuneaton

The combination of the 4WD dynamometer, range of climatic conditions and state-of-the-art emissions systems will allow the determination of exhaust pollutants over a range of climatic conditions, from temperatures of -20°C to 35°C, HORIBA has said.

The AETC facilities will provide testing capabilities for global compliance, including Euro 6d Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), as well as incorporating Real World Driving Emissions (RDE) testing capabilities.

The 12,000 sq. ft facility was officially opened this month (5 July).

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Engineers at the facility will work closely with vehicle manufacturers, offering the full gamut of emissions testing which comply with current and foreseen future emissions regulations – including additional Type Approval for real driving emissions, the company has added.

George Gillespie OBE, chief executive at HORIBA MIRA, commented: “We are incredibly proud to officially open our new Advanced Emissions Test Centre together with the HORIBA Group. Vehicle manufacturers will now have access to world-class facilities and engineers to ensure their vehicles meet new emissions regulations, housed in one location in our central England headquarters.

“The launch of the AETC represents our commitment to working alongside our customers to develop world leading products through our extensive expertise and cutting edge facilities, and reiterates our position as a global leader in advanced engineering.”

HORIBA Group’s chairman, president and chief exeuctive Atsushi Horiba commented: “The inauguration of AETC is one of the first visible achievements of this investment. Before the launch of the facility, we have already received a large number of orders from customers. I am very pleased to be able to open the centre in a time when regulations are being introduced across the world.”