quote:Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:quote:Originally posted by g-man:quote:Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
I'd take that deal.
The really funny thing is when the car wasn't in "Test" mode it had better fuel economy and produced way less CO2...
it wasn't the CO2
it was the nitrous oxide i believe
and it produced quite alot of nox =)
The "test" cheat circuit was to reduce the NOx, it also drastically decreased the HP and increased CO2 (but still below allowable cutoffs). They did this because it was too expensive to incorporate AdBlue to the engine (like MB Bluetec etc...). So when the car isn't on the cheat circuit it actually delivers much better fuel economy and the CO2 emissions go down. NOx emissions do however go through the roof.
So you can say that the decreased CO2 and the much better fuel economy (and way more horsepower) should at least offset the increased NOx, but the EPA won't care because the hate diesels.
NOx is only an issue in cities with a concentration of NOx emiting vehicles, and in particular, ones with lots of sunshine and inversions. A good solutions would be to allow the offending diesels to be operated in rural areas, but you know that won't happen because owners would cheat.