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  • Ricardo to help develop technology for ultra-low-emission natural gas heavy truck engines

    20 January 2016

    Ricardo will partner with Gas Technology Institute (GTI) on two major contracts to enable natural gas engines to provide a viable, fuel-efficient, and less polluting alternative to diesel power for medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles on the highways of California.

    Despite California’s substantial progress in reducing emissions from heavy-duty trucks and other mobile sources, diesel trucks remain major contributors to statewide emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), greenhouse gases (GHG), and diesel particulate matter (PM). By 2031, the South Coast Basin will exceed mandatory air quality standards unless NOx emissions are reduced 90 percent compared with today.

    The Ricardo-GTI projects, co-funded ...



  • Ricardo participates in major natural gas heavy duty vehicle research initiative

    23 September 2015

    It can be revealed today that Ricardo will be a key partner in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Green Vehicle Initiative project ‘HDGAS’ – a project that aims to develop, demonstrate and optimize advanced powertrain concepts for dual-fuel and pure natural gas powered heavy duty vehicles.

    Long haul trucks are an essential element of the transportation mix of modern, industrialized society. They are, however, inherently less amenable to the type of electrification and hybridization strategies that are already contributing to reduced carbon emissions and potential long-term sustainability for the light vehicle sector. A key global imperative is, therefore, the substantial improvement ...

  • Euro III buses can be cleaner than Euro V hybrids if retrofitted with new aftertreatment

    27 November 2014

    In an extension of a study of the Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach company fleet in partnership with HORIBA, Ricardo research has shown that some of the oldest vehicles can also be the cleanest, if retrofitted with the latest low emissions exhaust aftertreatment technology.

    As part of a research project examining the real-world emissions of buses operating through a known pollution hot spot in Brighton city centre, Ricardo published results earlier in the year demonstrating the important role that improving traffic flow can have upon reducing NOx emissions. The study, the findings of which were reported in July, focused on ...

  • Coventry Univerity students’ link-up with Ricardo leads to design ‘Oscar’

    29 September 2014

    Students at Coventry University have beaten over 4,750 entries from 63 countries to win what is considered an ‘Oscar’ of the global design industry – and have helped the University achieve a number one ranking for design in the UK.


  • Ricardo and Clean Air Power to collaborate on development of dual fuel truck engine

    10 February 2014

    Clean Air Power has announced the award of a funded concept development agreement with a global truck manufacturer, under which it will work with Ricardo to develop a dual-fuel engine for a South East Asian Market.

    The purpose of the development programme is to utilise Clean Air Power’s Dual-Fuel™ combustion technology to deliver an advanced dual-fuel engine that not only achieves its emissions objective but also reduces the extent of emissions after-treatment required by the base diesel engine. Subject to a successful concept phase, expected to last six months, the agreement will then enter a second stage to bring ...

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