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EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Emissions Cheating on EcoDiesel

Posted in News on January 12, 2017
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Since September 2015, regulatory scrutiny on diesel vehicles in the U.S. and globally has increased significantly. This increased scrutiny has resulted in certification delays on certain models, increased testing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and third party labs commissioned by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Today, the EPA issued a noticed of violation for 2014-2016 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee models equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6.

FCA wasted no time in responding to the agency’s accusations, saying it has cooperated with the EPA for months and has provided “voluminous” documentation in response to the agency’s request for information. Similar to the issue with the Volkswagen TDI models, the EPA alleges that FCA employed “auxiliary emissions control devices” on the engines (essentially software) that could result in increased NOx emissions under normal driving conditions, without disclosing the software to the agency.

The company says it has been proactive in working with the agency and has proposed a major software update to improve emissions performance. Interestingly, in FCA’s official response, it stressed it looked forward to working with the “incoming” administration on the matter, likely an indication of its belief that the incoming Trump administration will take a more lenient attitude toward regulatory matters.

Source: EPA, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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