FCA Officially Files for EPA Certification of 2017 EcoDiesel Models
Software Program Will Also Be Applied to 2014-2016 Models
Despite threats from regulators to file suit, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is proceeding with filing for EPA certification of its 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel models. Pending approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), FCA will install the 2017 software program to 2014-2016 EcoDiesel models to bring them into compliance with regulations. From the beginning, FCA has denied the engine software was programmed to circumvent applicable emissions regulations, but rather optimized performance under limited operating conditions.
Currently the 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel are on sales hold until the EPA and CARB give their official approval to the software calibration. Testing and scrutiny of new diesel models has increased significantly since the Volkswagen TDI emissions cheating scandal in 2015, causing many models to be delayed until the EPA and CARB can verify they meet emissions standards in all conditions. Several manufacturers that had planned 2017 diesel models have abandoned efforts to have them certified for U.S. sale, and have changed future product plans to move toward more electrification in the form of hybrids or full electric powertrains. The predominant trend in the U.S. market going forward seems to be the offering of diesels in trucks and SUVs, but by and large discontinuing diesel engines in passenger cars.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles