The ETC test cycle has been introduced, together with the ESC (European Stationary Cycle), for emission certification of heavy-duty diesel engines in Europe starting in the year 2000 (Directive 1999/96/EC of December 13, 1999). The ESC and ETC cycles replace the earlier R-49 test.
The ETC cycle (once also referred to as FIGE transient cycle) has been developed by the FIGE Institute, Aachen, Germany, based on real road cycle measurements of heavy duty vehicles (FIGE Report 104 05 316, January 1994). The final ETC cycle is a shortened and slightly modified version of the original FIGE proposal.
Different driving conditions are represented by three parts of the ETC cycle, including urban, rural and highway driving. The duration of the entire cycle is 1800s. The duration of each part is 600s.
- Part one represents city driving with a maximum speed of 50 km/h, frequent starts, stops, and idling.
- Part two is rural driving starting with a steep acceleration segment. The average speed is about 72 km/h
- Part three is motorway driving with average speed of about 88 km/h.
FIGE Institute developed the cycle in two variants: as a chassis and an engine dynamometer test. Vehicle speed vs time over the duration of the cycle is shown below (the vehicle version of the FIGE cycle has never been standardized). For the purpose of engine certification/type approval, the ETC cycle is performed on an engine dynamometer. The pertinent engine speed and torque curves are shown below.