Liqiang He1,2, Jingnan Hu 2,3, Shaojun Zhang1,4, Ye Wu 1, Xing Guo2, Xing Guo2, Jinghao Song2, Lei Zu2, Xuan Zheng1, Xiaofeng Bao2

  • 1 School of Environment, State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
  • 2 State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Vehicle Emission Control and Simulation, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
  • 3 Collaborative Innovation Center of Atmospheric Environment and Equipment Technology (CICAEET), Nanjing 210044, China
  • 4 Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Received: December 2, 2016
Revised: March 12, 2017
Accepted: April 15, 2017
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He, L., Hu, J., Zhang, S., Wu, Y., Guo, X., Guo, X., Song, J., Zu, L., Zheng, X. and Bao, X. (2017). Investigating Real-World Emissions of China’s Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks: Can SCR Effectively Mitigate NOx Emissions for Highway Trucks?. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 17: 2585-2594.


  • Sixteen HDDTs were tested by PEMS on three typical roads and with different loads.
  • The HDDTs with SCR reduce on-road NOx emissions by 50% relative to those without SCR.
  • On-road NOx emissions form HDDTs with SCR are higher by 45% than the lab test limit.
  • Higher speeds improve SCR efficiency and reduce NOx emissions form HDDTs with SCR.



The Euro IV emission standards for heavy-duty diesel vehicles require a substantial reduction in NOx emissions, spurring the introduction of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems. However, previous studies have found unsatisfactory control of NOx emissions for SCR-equipped urban buses, which has raised concern among policy-makers and researchers regarding the capability of SCR adopted by heavy-duty diesel trucks (HDDTs) in real-world applications. This study tested sixteen HDDTs in China between 2010 and 2014, including six SCR-equipped Euro IV HDDTs using a portable emissions measurement system (PEMS). On-road emission measurement results show no significant difference in NOx emissions between Euro II and Euro III HDDTs. In contrast, we observed a substantial reduction in real-world NOx emissions, as low as 25.4 g kg-fuel–1, for six SCR-equipped HDDTs (Euro IV) compared with those without SCR systems (Euro II and Euro III), providing an overall reduction of ~50%. However, real-world brake-specific NOx emission factors for the SCR-equipped HDDTs were higher by ~45% than the lab test limit of 3.5 g kWh–1 due to off-cycle NOx emissions, indicating the importance of introducing real-world emission test requirements for HDDTs. Due to the introduction of SCR systems, distinctive impacts from real-world operating conditions are observed for HDDTs. For example, fuel-based NOx emission factors steadily decrease as the vehicle speed increases due to higher exhaust temperatures, which improve the efficiency of SCR systems.

Keywords: Heavy-duty diesel trucks; NOx emission; PEMS; SCR

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