Malaysia developing draft for fuel economy driving cycle

Malaysia is in the initial stage of developing a fuel economy driving cycle, according to Fatehah Aziz, assistant manager at Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI). Driving cycles, a series of data points representing the speed of a vehicle versus time, are produced by different countries and organizations to assess the performance of vehicles in terms of fuel economy and emissions, for example. Every driving cycle resembles the specific road conditions of a particular place and can vary widely.

Aziz spoke during a panel discussion on Real-World Emissions at the joint IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress and CAA Better Air Quality Conference being held this week in Busan, South Korea.

She said that Malaysia is taking a “step-by-step approach.” In accordance with the country’s national automotive policy, “we have established standards for passenger cars and motorcycles. So the next step is the adoption of fuel economy and driving cycle.”

“We are still in the initial stage,” she said. Aziz added that MAI hopes to have a draft ready by next year.

The session was jointly organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and Manila-based Clean Air Asia.