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  • Ricardo awarded key heavy-duty zero-emissions vehicle project by CARB

    24 October 2017

    Ricardo Strategic Consulting has been selected by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to monitor, collect, and analyze the data for heavy-duty vehicle projects funded under Air Quality Improvement Program and the low carbon transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

    The Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) are initiatives of CARB, and have seen significant investments since their inception in fiscal year 2014-15. A wide range of advanced technology demonstration projects have been carried out under these initiatives, all aimed at helping to pull forward Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) technology in the commercial vehicle and bus transportation ...

  • Ricardo to present innovative approach to marine propulsion design at ISME, Tokyo

    12 October 2017

    At the International Symposium on Marine Engine (ISME) to be hosted in Tokyo on 15-19 October, Ricardo will demonstrate how simulation and optimization technologies originally developed in the automotive sector can be used extremely effectively in the design of future low cost, low emission marine propulsion systems.

    The paper to be presented by Ricardo sets out the results of a study carried out by the company’s marine propulsion experts, in which some of Ricardo’s state-of-the-art computer aided engineering software was used to evaluate the environmental and commercial performance of different marine propulsion system architectures under a range of different usage scenarios. ...

  • Nanoparticles: how small must we measure?

    20 March 2017

    Improving urban air quality is the major impetus for a continuing push towards monitoring and regulating particle emissions. Now attention is extending to include particles significantly below the threshold of current regulation, approaching the molecular range – and Ricardo is spearheading some of the latest research in this area as well as helping industry comply with existing and future regulation.

    In the continuing endeavour to control harmful emissions from motor vehicles, the measurement of particle numbers (PN) is now firmly a part of the European regulatory framework. The introduction of PN standards followed the pioneering work carried out by Ricardo ...

  • Ricardo launches real-world vehicle emissions monitoring service

    20 March 2017
    • Accurate measurement of the emissions of passing vehicles
    • Linked to automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras for individual vehicle identification
    • Data can be used to inform Clean Air Zone and Low Emissions Zone design and policy
    • Highlights the most polluting of vehicles at a given highway location based on actual usage


    Vehicle emissions are the primary cause of air quality standard exceedances in the majority of UK Air Quality Management Areas. Increasing pressure to reduce the impact of pollution from vehicles has led to growing interest in the introduction of ‘Clean Air Zones’ and ‘Low Emission Zones’. However, such mitigation measures are expensive to ...

  • VIEWPOINT: The auto industry can learn from rail in autonomous vehicle safety

    20 December 2016

    David McShane – VP of business development, Ricardo Inc


    There can be little doubt that the world is urbanizing fast. According to United Nations statistics, more than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, and this number is expected to increase to 66 percent by 2050. By 2030, it is projected that there will be 41 so-called ‘megacities’, and managing these fast-growing, densely populated conurbations will pose numerous challenges – including meeting the need for efficient transportation.

    Today’s world of mobility is thus dramatically changing in response to this ...



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