EPA Suspected FCA Of Using Emissions Defeat Devices Since 2015

The war between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the Environmental Protection Agency recently escalated, but newly released documents reveal the battle has been brewing since 2015.

According to e-mails attained by Reuters, the EPA informed FCA it suspected the company had used a defeat device in some of its models. The company set up a meeting with the EPA in November 2015 and the government agency revealed there was a least one auxiliary emissions control device that appeared to violate regulations.

After a couple of month, the director of the EPA’s Transportation and Air Quality Compliance Division e-mailed FCA North America’s Head of Vehicle Emissions, Certification, and Compliance to ask for a conference call. As Jalopnik reports, the email sent by Byron Bunker said: “I am very concerned about the unacceptably slow pace of the efforts to understand the high NOx emissions we have observed from several [redacted] vehicles with the [redacted].” The redacted words are believed to be “diesel-powered” and “3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine” or some variation of them.

FCA’s Head of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance followed up with the EPA a few days later: “As I am sure you can appreciate, conclusions regarding possible noncompliance of FCA’s engine design, as violating EPA’s ‘defeat device’ regulations, are conclusions of a legal nature with potentially significant regulatory and commercial consequences.” Mike Dahl went on to ask the EPA to hold off on making any conclusions before the company could fully explain its emissions strategy.

Last month, FCA presented a proposal to install updated emissions software on 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 vehicles equipped with diesel engines. The company also filed an application for a diesel vehicle emissions certification on the 2017 Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

The proposal apparently didn’t cut it with the authorities, as the United States Department of Justice and the EPA both sued the automaker a few days later, claiming 104,000 vehicles equipped with the 3.0-liter diesel engine have a defeat device as well as “software functions” that were not disclosed during the certification process.

Photo Gallery

  • LOOKS LIKE JUST ABOUT EVEY DIESEL IS GONNA BE SUSPECT.

  • Radovan

    There is no defeat device on these engines. This is very different from VW. The problem is engine emission control strategies that turn off EGR under load etc. It should have been disclosed to EPA but it was not.

    The headline of the article is just plain wrong.
    Radova

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    VW have opened Pandora’s box…

Aston Martin Unveils Vantage Cup For One-Make Racing Series

The Cup is based on the street-legal Vantage V8, with the championship set to start in Europe next year and expand to Asia in 2021.

The Mercedes-AMG One Sounds Just Like An Actual F1 Racer!

The Mercedes-AMG One’s powertrain consists of a 1.6-liter turbo V6 coupled to no less than four (!) electric motors.

Someone Created A Tesla Model 3 Low-Rider Because Why Not?

A low-rider electric sedan ain’t something you see on a daily basis, but with the proliferation of EVs, maybe we should get start getting used to it.

Ford Is Reportedly Developing A Focus-Based Ute In Australia

Code-named the P758, it is expected to target the South American market, though it could be sold elsewhere as well.

Hyundai’s Pickup Could Get A Ranger Raptor-Rivaling Variant

A Hyundai pickup with the i30 N’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and close to 300 HP could be very fun indeed.

This Chevy Camaro Has Turned To The Dark Side, Sith Lords Don’t Approve

Underneath this badly executed body kit, which comes bundled with all sorts of unusual add-ons, lies a sixth-gen Camaro.

V8-Powered Ford Fusion With 450 HP And RWD Is The Closest Thing To A Mustang Sedan

Not content with the stock 325 HP twin-turbo V6, the owner of this saloon fitted a tuned Coyote engine and a 2007 ‘Stang GT500 transmission.

Kevin Hart’s Plymouth Barracuda Crash Investigated By Californian Authorities

The California Highway Patrol may recommend modified cars like Hart’s are fitted with five-point safety harnesses.

2020 Genesis G90 Vs. 2019 Mercedes S-Class: Underdog Takes On Top Dog

The 2020 G90 is fantastic value for money, but is it good enough to take on the luxury segment’s benchmark?.

Here’s a Close Look At The ID.3, Volkswagen’s Most Important New Car In Many Decades

The all-new compact electric hatchback is available in three different battery and electric motor configurations.