MOVES2014a: Latest Version of MOtor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES)
EPA's MOtor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) is a state-of-the-science emission modeling system that estimates emissions for mobile sources at the national, county, and project level for criteria air pollutants, greenhouse gases, and air toxics.
- It incorporates significant improvements in calculating onroad and nonroad equipment emissions.
- It does not significantly change the criteria pollutant emissions results of MOVES2014, and therefore is not considered a new model for SIP and transportation conformity purposes.
- MOVES2014a Questions and Answers (PDF)(6 pp, 527 K, EPA-420-F-15-046, November 2015) highlights the differences between MOVES2014a and earlier versions of MOVES, and explains EPA policy on using MOVES2014a in State Implementation Plans and Transportation Conformity Analyses.
- Download the December 2017 Update to MOVES2014a (EXE) (60 MB, revised April 2018) : The December 2017 Update to MOVES2014a is the third update to MOVES2014a. The first update, originally released in December 2015, fixed issues with CB05 and CB6 chemical mechanisms. The second update, originally released in November 2016, fixed issues with the MOVES Fuel Wizard and updated emission rates for dioxins and furans. This third update repairs a recently discovered problem with nonroad post-processing scripts.
- After downloading the setup file, run MOVES2014a-Setup-20180423.exe and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the MOVES2014a installation.
- This December 2017 Update includes corrections to three nonroad post-processing scripts that can be used to convert nonroad inventory output into emission factors. Previous versions of MOVES included an error in these three scripts. Anyone who wants to use nonroad emission factor scripts to post-process nonroad result should either install the December 2017 version of MOVES2014a above, or download just the scripts and follow the instructions below for manual installation. The three post-processing scripts convert nonroad inventory output into emissions factors. These scripts can be run on both new and existing MOVES-Nonroad output databases, even if the old scripts had previously been run on them. They will delete output from the previous scripts and re-perform the calculations correctly. These scripts are the only change in the December 2017 update (i.e., there are no changes to the MOVES code or database). The current installer, MOVES2014a-Setup-20180423.exe, contains additional user help to ensure MySQL is installed and configured properly. Please note that MOVES is not compatible with the recently released MySQL Server 8.0.
- The November 2016 update to MOVES2014a (also included in the version linked above) repaired a problem in the Fuel Wizard that, in some cases, resulted in incorrect adjustments to fuel formulations when users changed the ethanol content of the fuel. More information on which fuel scenarios were affected by the error and how the fix impacts a sample county-level emissions inventory are documented in the Fuel Supply Report on the MOVES Technical Reports webpage (https://www.epa.gov/moves/moves-technical-reports). Details on using the Fuel Wizard can be found in the MOVES2014a User Interface Reference Manual (PDF)(59 pp, 605 K, EPA-420-B-16-085, November 2016).
Manual Installation of Nonroad Post-Processing Scripts
- If you already have the November 2016 update of MOVES2014a installed on your computer, you can manually replace the faulty nonroad post processing scripts using the following steps:
- Make sure that MOVES is not currently open or running
- Locate the “database\NonroadPostProcessingScripts” sub-directory of the MOVES installation folder (if the default installation location was used, this will be
- Download the updated scripts (ZIP)(5 K) and extract them to the folder located in the previous step. If prompted, you should overwrite the existing files. If the scripts are properly installed, the documentation displayed before the scripts are run will display “NONROAD Post Processing Script (updated 11/17/17)” in the first line.
- MOVES2014a User Guide (PDF)(266 pp, 11 M, EPA-420-B-15-095, November 2015) walks users through various MOVES examples, and provides an overview of menu items and options.
- MOVES2014a User Interface Reference Manual (PDF)(59 pp, 556 K, EPA-420-B-16-085, November 2016) provides details on using the MOVES interface, commands and menu options.
- MOVES2014a Software Design Reference Manual (PDF)(112 pp, 1 M, EPA-420-B-15-096, November 2015) provides background on configuring and installing MOVES and describes MOVES code structure.
- Federal Register Notice of Availability: Official Release of MOVES2014 Motor Vehicle Emissions Model for Emissions Inventories in SIPs and Transportation Conformity (PDF)(5 pp, 230 K, published October 7, 2014): This notice approves the use of MOVES2014 and MOVES2014a in official SIP submissions and starts a two-year grace period before MOVES2014 and MOVES2014a are required to be used in new regional emissions analyses for transportation conformity determinations outside of California.
- Policy Guidance on the Use of MOVES2014 and Subsequent Minor Revisions for State Implementation Plan Development, Transportation Conformity, and Other Purposes (PDF)(18 pp, 230 K, EPA-420-B-14-008, July 2014): How and when to use the MOVES2014 and subsequent minor revisions, including MOVES2014a, for SIP development, transportation conformity, general conformity, and other purposes.
- MOVES2014 and 2014a Technical Guidance: Using MOVES to Prepare Emission Inventories for State Implementation Plans and Transportation Conformity (PDF)(63 pp, 1.0 MB, EPA-420-B-15-093, November 2015): Guidance on appropriate input assumptions and sources of data for the use of MOVES2014 and MOVES2014a in SIP submissions and regional emissions analyses for transportation conformity purposes.
- See State and Local Transportation Resources for further information on transportation conformity and SIPs.