U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Grants Approval for AVL Portable Particulate Matter Sampling System

Oct 22, 2010, 10:47 ET from AVL

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- AVL announced today the approval of its mobile particulate matter (PM) sampling system by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), allowing heavy-duty diesel manufacturers to comply with the Clean Air Act using a lightweight instrument that is more cost-effective and less complex than its competition.

Part of the company's Mobile On-board Vehicle Equipment (M.O.V.E) portfolio, the AVL "PM Portable Emission Measurement System (PEMS) 494" has been endorsed by seven heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturers as their preferred solution for particulate measurement. The new AVL system offers a compact and highly efficient portable tool for heavy-duty in-use testing (HDIUT) applications.

Current EPA legislation requires heavy-duty diesel manufacturers to report compliance with the Clean Air Act through in-use vehicle emission measurement. These tests must be administered by an EPA-approved PEMS field testing system, which is able to generate and transmit reports directly to the EPA server.

"AVL supports the Clean Air Act and the EPA's dedication to protecting our nation's air quality," said Don Manvel, chairman and CEO, AVL. "For this reason, we've developed an exceptional instrument that not only meets EPA requirements, but satisfies industry needs including real-time concentration analysis of precise soot and particulate measurements in an affordable sampling system."

Demonstration of the AVL "PM PEMS 494" will take place at the Automotive Testing Expo North America, Oct. 26Oct. 28, at Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Mich. The instrument, similar in size to a piece of carry-on luggage, will be featured at booth 12000 and installed in a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

AVL is the world's largest privately owned and independent company for the development of gasoline, diesel and alternative fuel powertrain systems, as well as fuel cell and hybrid technologies. The company offers combined solutions of powertrain engineering, simulation software and testing and instrumentation systems. AVL's North American Headquarters is located in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Michigan. For more information, AVL can be found at www.avl.com.