Ford Raptor found by Edmunds to pollute less than a leaf blower

by Cornelius Nunev

Long time car authority service Edmunds lately executed a fascinating group of emissions tests. The Ford Raptor, the incredibly powerful V-8 performance-tuned F150 pickup, pro-duces fewer pollutants than a leaf blower.

What is the truck?

The Ford F150 Raptor pickup is not an environmentalist's dream. You are able to anticipate 411 horsepower and 434 foot-pounds of torque in the truck that has a massive 6.2-liter eight-cylinder motor.

A lot of people would expect this thing would get ter-rible gas mileage -- and it does. They would also count on that it produces far more pollutants than, say, a Fiat 500 or a leaf blower. USA Today explained that this is wrong. Testing has proven it to be this way.

Federal requirements considered

The American Automotive Association owns the Automotive Research Center where Edmunds did its test through its Inside Line publication. The Federal Testing Procedure 75, or FTP-75 emission cycles assessments, were done. This is how the EPA tests emissions in vehicles.

The test measures emissions in three intervals with a 505-second test after a cold start, an 864-second test during normal operation and a 505-second test after ignition. This is done even though the car has been warmed for other tests al-ready. The accelera-tion, idling and other things are varied with assessments to be able to simulate driv-ing conditions. Since a change in speed is easier to compare with a vehicle, the leaf blower was chosen rather than picking other yard equip-ment.

Many vehicles conquer the leaf blower

Three greenhouse fuel emissions were considered in the test: oxides of nitrogen, non-methane hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide.

The Raptor emitted 0.005 grams of NMHC per minute, 0.005 g/m of Nox and 0.276 g/m of carbon monoxide. The Fiat let off 0.016 g/m of NMHC, 0.010 g/m of Nox and 0.192 g/m of CO. The Ryobi produced 0.182 g/m of NMHC, 0.031 g/m of Nox and 3.717 g/m of CO. The Echo produced 1.495 g/m of NMHC, 0.010 g/m of Nox and 6.445 g/m of CO.

The leaf blowers still emitted more NMHC and CO when idling than the cars did during the first cold-start test. The lab also measured the air in the lab for NMHC emissions, finding that there were fewer NMHC parts per million while the Raptor was operating than before the testing began. To be able to emit as much NMHC as the Echo does, the Raptor would have to go from Texas to Alaska.

Individuals against green

Car emissions are bothered consistently. The wisdom is constantly challenged. For instance, as reported by Automobile Advice Australia, a 2010 scientific paper calculated that if a Tesla Roadster is charged at a typical home receiving power from a coal-fired power plant, the carbon monoxide emissions from the power plant in charging the Roadster would be 25 percent more per year than if an individual drove a gas-powered Lo-tus Elise, the automobile the Roadster was depending on.

About the Author: