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article imageEPA asks car manufacturers for mileage tests in the real world

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 15, 2014 in Technology
After several cases in the American judicial system over mileage claims the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now asking manufacturers to do mileage tests in the real world in addition to any lab work.
The information comes from a Consumerist report that cited the Wall Street Journal as well.
Many tests for mileage are done with computer simulations, much like the ones done for car crashes. You just do not see them as often as the crash safety videos are the ones that companies put up.
So where are these tests being conducted? At places like the Oak Ridge National laboratory. The capabilities of the EPA to estimate mileage from tests like these have been called into question by big names such as Car and Driver.
Major names such as Hyundai and Kia have already settled cases over false mileage claims. The settlement amounted to $400 million after they were taken to task by the Environmental Protection Agency. Major companies such as Ford have also had cases filed against them for exaggerated mileage claims.
The EPA currently has a system set up for managing emissions and mileage targets but larger companies can afford to buy credits to offset some of their missed targets. Environmental activists with LiveScience caution that this system may lead to other problems with mileage and emissions.
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