Another turbo diesel in trouble… Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 12, 2016 2017 RAM 1500 Tradesman RWD with the 8’ bed with the 3.0L EcoDiesel - $32,485 to start including the $1,320 D&H charge. Just over $25k with discounts. This is by far the BEST WORK TRUCK AVAILABLE IN ALL OF NORTH AMERICA. The EPA has targeted FCA as the next Turbo Diesel emissions violator. In its release today, the EPA stated FCA has allegedly installed and failed to disclose that software installed increases air pollution from its 3.0L EcoDiesel. This morning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation to FCA for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0L turbo diesel engines sold in the United States. The undisclosed software results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the vehicles. The allegations cover roughly 104,000 vehicles. EPA is working in coordination with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which has also issued a notice of violation to FCA. EPA and CARB have both initiated investigations based on FCA’s alleged actions. Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance: The Clean Air Act requires vehicle manufacturers to demonstrate to EPA through a certification process that their products meet applicable federal emission standards to control air pollution. As part of the certification process, automakers are required to disclose and explain any software, known as auxiliary emission control devices that can alter how a vehicle emits air pollution. FCA did not disclose the existence of certain auxiliary emission control devices to EPA in its applications for certificates of conformity for model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks, despite knowing that disclosure was mandatory. By failing to disclose this software and then selling vehicles that contained it, FCA violated provisions within the Clean Air Act. FCA may be liable for civil penalties and injunctive relief for the violations alleged in the NOV. EPA is also investigating whether the auxiliary emission control devices constitute “defeat devices,” which are illegal. In September of 2015, EPA instituted and expanded testing program to screen for defeat devices on light duty vehicles. This testing revealed that the FCA vehicle models in question produce increased NOx emissions under conditions that would be encountered in normal operation and use. As part of the investigation, EPA has found at least eight undisclosed pieces of software that can alter how a vehicle emits air pollution. RAM 1500 Tradesman with the 3.0L EcoDiesel In Sedona, AZ. FCAs Response The company stated they were disappointed that the EPA has chosen to issue a notice of violation with respect to the emissions control technology employed in the company’s 2014-16 model year light duty 3.0L turbo diesel engines. FCA intends to work with the incoming administration to present its case and resolve this matter fairly and equitably and to assure the EPA and FCA US customers that the company’s diesel-powered vehicles meet all applicable regulatory requirements. FCA US diesel engines are equipped with state-of-the-art emission control systems hardware, including advanced combustion control, Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), and a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. Every auto manufacturer must employ similar strategies to control tailpipe emissions in order to balance EPA’s regulatory requirements for low nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and requirements for engine durability and performance, safety and fuel efficiency. FCA believes that its emission control systems meet the applicable requirements! FCA stated they have spent months providing voluminous information in response to requests from EPA and CARB authorities and has sought to explain its emissions control technology to EPA representatives. FCA US has proposed a number of actions to address EPA’s concerns, including developing extensive software changes to our emissions control strategies that could be implemented in these vehicles immediately to further improve emissions performance. FCA US looks forward to the opportunity to meet with the EPA’s enforcement division and representatives of the new administration to demonstrate that FCA US’s emissions control strategies are properly justified and thus are not “defeat devices” under applicable regulations and to resolve this matter expeditiously. RAM 1500 Tradesman with the 3.0L EcoDiesel There is no better work truck available. PERIOD! My take? SOB, here we go again. It looks like minor dynamic emissions control SW additions, not an outright defeat once of the Dyno. Hopefully we will hear more soon. In the meantime, this really could be the death of the diesel in light duty vehicles. CAFÉ requirements continue to get stricter while Ford, GM and Mazda are currently in the process of releasing their own 2.0L, 2.2L, and 3.0L TDs to bring about the 40 to 45 percent thermodynamically efficient engines to the public. What a G** Damned F***ing mess!!!