The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) together with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and Department of Environment (DOE) have jointly launched the nation’s first National Emission Test Centre (NETC) in Rawang, Malaysia.
The RM50 million NETC is operated by MAI and is available to all local vehicle manufacturers as well as those in the ASEAN region. Testing of emission standards and fuel consumption is in accordance to UN Regulations R83 and R101.
The emissions lab is equipped with a soak room to prepare the test vehicle to a stable ambient temperature and an emissions chassis dynamometer within a climatic chamber which can adjust the lab’s ambient temperature to replicate hotter climates. Data sampling equipment as well as a control room are in close proximity of the lab.
Emissions tests are a requirement for vehicles to comply with the Road Transport Department’s Vehicle Type Approval and Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) certification. With the establishment of the NETC, MAI foresees a significant reduction in testing and certification cost as well as faster test cycle times for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and vehicle manufacturers instead of the current practice of having the tests done overseas.