Donation Brings Zero-Emissions Vehicles One Step Closer to Reality

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New light-duty emissions testing facility gives UC Riverside the inside track toward the goal of zero-emission vehicles
By Holly Ober on July 11, 2018
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Ribbon cutting ceremony at CE-CERT’s new light duty testing facility that uses equipment donated by AVL. From left: Tom Durbin, Research Faculty, Emissions and Fuels Research, CE-CERT; Kent Johnson, Principal Investigator, Emissions and Fuels Research, CE-CERT ; Kyle Kimel, President, AVL Test Systems, Inc.; C. V. Ravishankar, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Education, Bourns College of Engineering; Siegfried Roeck, Director Business Development, Instrumentation & PT Calibration Tools, AVL Test Systems Inc.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) in the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside is about to shift into high gear in the race to develop zero-emission vehicles.
AVL, a leading company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains for passenger cars, trucks and large engines, has donated $1 million worth of emissions testing instrumentation and software to develop the automotive laboratory of the future at CE-CERT.
The donation allows CE-CERT to launch a new training program for engineers, managers and academics who would like to learn how to use the new equipment for compliance, research or emissions inventory purposes. The first training opportunity, a two week portable emission measurement systems class, is being held July 9–20, and features the new lab, including demonstrations of the road-to-lab concept
“This new phase in the partnership between AVL and CE-CERT will strengthen our region’s efforts to grow a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem around air quality and sustainability,” said Rosibel Ochoa, associate vice chancellor for technology partnerships at UCR and member of the Riverside County Workforce Development Board. “The training and research opportunities made by AVL’s state of the art emission testing systems will enhance our workforce development efforts.”
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