Recently the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced a new initiative called REAL – Real Emissions Assessment Logging (“REAL”), which is designed to track greenhouse gas and smog-related emissions. This new program, in which CARB requires recording emissions data in diesel trucks starting in 2022, is an amendment to the current OBD (On-board Diagnostic) Regulations. OBD systems are mainly comprised of software designed into a vehicle’s on-board computer to detect emission control system malfunctions as they occur by monitoring virtually every component that can cause increased emissions.
“While the OBD system currently notifies drivers when emissions components are malfunctioning, the REAL program would require the OBD system to do more than that. It would require OBD systems to collect and store emissions data from NOx (oxides of nitrogen, a pre-curser to smog) on medium- and heavy-duty diesel vehicles in-use starting in the 2022 model year. It would also require OBD systems to collect and store fuel consumption data that would be used to characterize CO2 emissions on all heavy-duty vehicles in-use.”
Currently determining emissions performance requires laboratory testing of vehicles or equipping a handful of vehicles with Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS). Which is time-consuming and provides for a limited data set.
“REAL will provide the ability to monitor all vehicles for emissions performance, and allow us to spot trouble faster. Had this program been available sooner, we would likely have recognized widespread, serious problems with manufacturers such as Volkswagen and Cummins much earlier,” said CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey.
Diesel Emissions Service specializes in diesel emissions parts, service and retrofits. DES has been successfully navigating CARB/EPA regulations for many years. We will be keeping tabs on these and other emissions related regulations as more details become available.
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Diesel Emissions Service (DES) began its operations in 2006 as the emissions division of parent company North State Truck Equipment, Inc., which has been serving the heavy duty truck market since 1978. DES was established to help California businesses meet and exceed the strict CARB and EPA emissions regulations placed on diesel trucks. Since 2006, DES has sold and/or installed over 15,000 emission control devices, and is now an industry leader in diesel emissions on the west coast and beyond.