New European Driving Cycle (NEDC)

What is the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC)?

The New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is a laboratory-based test designed to assess the emission levels of car engines and fuel economy of car models on sale. All the figures quoted by car manufacturers in their publicity materials were the result of NEDC tests.

The test results were supposed to represent the typical usage of a car in Europe, but were constantly criticised for being unachievable in reality. It was replaced in 2018 by a new test called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) which is more based on real-world situations.

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What is the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)?

The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) is a laboratory test that is used to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from passenger cars, as well as their pollutant emissions.

What are a car's CO2 emissions?

When petrol or diesel burns in an engine, carbon dioxide gas – also known as CO2 – is the result.

Why is mpg important?

In Britain, a car’s fuel consumption is measured in miles per gallon, which is shortened to MPG.

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