Austrian engineering company AVL has opened an emissions engineering center at the University of California, Riverside to better assist California with emissions work.
In partnership with the university's Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology, the center will service and repair portable emissions measurement systems and conduct "real-driving emissions" tests.
"We've been expanding our foothold in California for 10 years because this is where our customers need the added support," Kyle Kimel, president of AVL Test Systems, said in a statement. Real-driving emissions tests measure nitrogen oxide emission levels generated by vehicles in real-world conditions.
"It's all about reducing and measuring vehicles and making sure that these vehicles A, improve and get better over time, and B, that there are no violators, so that Volkswagen doesn't happen again," said Siegfried Roeck, director of business development instrumentation at AVL's offices in Plymouth, Michigan, referencing VW's diesel-emissions scandal. "We measure with our equipment and allow the regulators to make the decision that they have to make."
The center will cut lead times for portable emissions measurement system calibration and repair cases from days to "a matter of hours," the company said in a statement.
The partnership provides AVL with a "great pool of good engineers and scientists" to help install the portable systems, Roeck said. All testing will be done by students supervised by professors.
"It's a good training ground, good learning ground and ultimately allows AVL to hire these students when they graduate," Roeck said.