These are important facts, but emission measurement at ŠKODA no doubt comes with many personal stories. For example, you are not the first in your family to specialise in this area.
Yes, my father – also Jaroslav Mansfeld – did some measurements on engine brakes. One of the things that is really hard to forget was the development of the ŠKODA FAVORIT. We had to respond to legislative changes, and the emission labs at ŠKODA and ÚVMV worked hard to optimise various catalytic systems while designing the mixture for ŠKODA OHV engines fitted with a mechanically and electronically controlled carburettor by Pierburg and a single-point fuel injection system by Bendix.
What is in store for the Emissions Centre in the future, with hybrids and electric cars becoming increasingly widespread?
Those who work here don’t have to worry about losing their jobs, because the testing of hybrids is a great deal more complex and time-consuming than the testing of conventional cars with combustion engines. Measurements need to be taken across various battery-charge statuses, the focus is not only on emissions, but also on electrical parameters and the like. In other words, electric vehicles also come with many systems that need to be tested and measured, and although “exhaust pipe” emissions are not part of the process, we will have to measure, say, power consumption and the range per battery charge.