Intertek Teams With US DoE to Collect Real World Data on Alt-Fuel Vehicles

APR 15 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 3

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Intertek Teams Up With DoE To Gather Real World Data on Alt Fuel Vehicles

“Intertek, a leading provider of global testing, quality and safety solutions, is working with the United States Department of Energy (DoE) and several national laboratories taking the lead on collecting “real world” data on a variety of alternative energy vehicles. Testing includes vehicle performance, durability and operational costs, helping consumers and the automotive industry better understand how vehicle technologies intended to reduce the consumption of petroleum actually perform in the streets.”

Real-world data, including operating costs and “fuel” consumption will be presented to the public.  Score!!!

While EPA testing does its best to provide us with somewhat accurate figures, there’s simply no substitute for real-world data.

“Testing at Intertek’s Phoenix location starts with selecting and acquiring the advanced technology-equipped vehicles directly from a dealer, just as any consumer would purchase their car. Once equipped with Intertek’s data logging systems, vehicle performance data is collected at a closed course test track, including vehicle acceleration, braking performance, top speed and full-electric range testing for vehicles that use batteries for some or all of their motive energy. One of each model being tested is also sent to one of the DoE’s national laboratories for more detailed laboratory testing and evaluation. This, and a number of other data, establishes a baseline that is compared to other vehicles tested and to the vehicle’s own performance through the life of the test.”

“Through various fleet operators, the vehicles are then driven daily for nearly 200,000 miles over three years, all while collecting data on the overall performance of the vehicle and its advanced technologies. Each car is equipped with Intertek’s data loggers, which use Wi-Fi to automatically upload the operational data. The fleet operators also collect and record all refueling, maintenance and repair costs in order to track the real world performance and the cost of ownership.”

“This combination of real world and laboratory analysis provides a more comprehensive understanding of what a customer and the industry can expect once they choose one of these alternative energy vehicles.”

Collecting all of this data will take a considerable amount of time.

“Results from Intertek’s testing are compiled and the information is made available to the public and industry on the Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity section of the Idaho National Lab. This can be found online at avt.inel.gov.”

As of now, the Ford C-Max Energi is the only “result” (link here) posted to that page, but soon more vehicles will be added.

C-Max Energi Test Results

C-Max Energi Test Results

Here’s a list of current vehicles being tested right now by Intertek:

  • 2012 Honda Civic GX NGV (Natural Gas)
  • 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Fully Electric Vehicle (EV))
  • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO eAssist (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV))
  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV))
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi (PHEV)
  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid (HEV)
  • 2013 Ford Focus Electric (EV)
  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi (PHEV)
  • 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid (HEV)
  • 2013 Nissan Leaf (EV)
  • 2013 Toyota Prius PHEV (PHEV)
  • 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid (HEV)
  • 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI (Diesel)
  • 2014 Honda Accord PHEV (PHEV)
  • 2014 Smart Fortwo ED (EV)

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3 Comments on "Intertek Teams With US DoE to Collect Real World Data on Alt-Fuel Vehicles"

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Number of vehicles: 2

Those are some rather representative results, eh?

Here’s an idea. Get GM to fix OnStar’s telemetry and check out voltstats.net

Three years testing in Phoenix, AZ?

Expect energy use from A/C cooling will be higher than typical, and heater use will be less than typical. The data set could be more useful if testing included other location more represenitive to the other 96% of US vehicle drivers.

No Model S?