Trends in On-Road Vehicle Emissions of Ammonia

TitleTrends in On-Road Vehicle Emissions of Ammonia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsAndrew J Kean, David Littlejohn, George A Ban-Weiss, Robert A Harley, Thomas W Kirchstetter, Melissa M Lunden
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Date Published03/2009
Keywordsammonia, carbon monoxide, co, emissions, Heavy-duty, Light-duty, NH3, nitrogen oxides, NOx, On-road, Trends, Vehicle

Motor vehicle emissions of ammonia have been measured at a California highway tunnel in the San Francisco Bay area. Between 1999 and 2006, light-duty vehicle ammonia emissions decreased by 38 ± 6%, from 640 ± 40 to 400 ± 20 mg kg−1. High time resolution measurements of ammonia made in summer 2001 at the same location indicate a minimum in ammonia emissions correlated with slower-speed driving conditions. Variations in ammonia emission rates track changes in carbon monoxide more closely than changes in nitrogen oxides, especially during later evening hours when traffic speeds are highest. Analysis of remote sensing data of Burgard et al. (Environmental Science Technology 2006, 40, 7018–22) indicates relationships between ammonia and vehicle model year, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxide. Ammonia emission rates from diesel trucks were difficult to measure in the tunnel setting due to the large contribution to ammonia concentrations in a mixed-traffic bore that were assigned to light-duty vehicle emissions. Nevertheless, it is clear that heavy-duty diesel trucks are a minor source of ammonia emissions compared to light-duty gasoline vehicles.