Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been accused of having altered emissions of some of its vehicles with diesel engines by the u.s. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The group is Italian-american has received the same notice of violation that in his day, came to Volkswagen and that ended up triggering the well-known Dieselgate.
Although in this case the number of vehicles affected would be much lower. The EPA estimates that there are to 104,000 units which equiparían the software to reduce their emissions. On the one hand is the Jeep Grand Cherokee with a V6 engine of 3.0 liters (about 25,000 units) and on the other the Dodge RAM 1500 with the same diesel engine of 3.0 liters (some 78,000 units). Those affected are all those units of these models that have been manufactured between 2014 and 2016.
apparently these vehicles include eight functions which modify the emissions, and that should be documented and the EPA accuses FCA of not having reported it. Report that because of this, in some cases, this operation increases the NOx emissions significantly. Although for the moment it is only an allegation, it has already had some repercussions as the decrease of 16% in the value of the shares FCA on the New York Stock exchange.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has also decided to defend themselves and claim not to have broken the law. Have been placed at the disposal of the EPA to work together and resolve this case in a fair manner. Also want to distance themselves from the Dieselgate Volkswagen saying that your system of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) has not been tampered with intentionally as in the case of the germans. We’ll see how it ends up solving this case and if it comes to affect Europe. In any case there would be too many units affected due to reduced sales of the RAM 1500 on our continent.
Source – EPA