Diesel retrofit systems reduce school bus pollutants outside, but not inside

A recent UCLA study analyzed the performance of retrofit systems for diesel-fueled school buses and discovered the systems significantly reduce tailpipe emissions, but had no measurable effect on in-cabin pollution.

In a study published in Environmental Science & Technology, Qunfang Zhang and Yifang Zhu found that the concentration of outside air pollutants played a significant role in determining the in-cabin air quality of school buses. When idling, the in-cabin concentrations of particulates were not significantly lower after retrofitting. This makes sense, since the results show that tailpipe emissions are not the likely source of in-cabin air pollution. Retrofitted or not, it seems that outdated diesel school buses are still inefficient, yellow, tot-hauling machines.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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