The RAM/Jeep EcoDiesel Should be Back Soon!

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, May 19, 2017.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] FCA submits conformity request letter.

    [​IMG]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 19, 2017

    The most efficient pickup drivetrain once available in the U.S. should be back shortly!

    Following up on the RAM 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Emissions Issues story from January of this year, earlier today FCA stated that it has formally filed an application for diesel vehicle emissions certification with the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2017 model-year MY Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 turbo diesel vehicles. The EcoDiesel will include updated emissions software calibrations to meet every last line of code in order to satisfy the U.S. EPA.

    The filing is the result of many months of close collaboration between FCA US and EPA and CARB, including extensive testing of the vehicles, to clarify issues related to the Company’s emissions control technology. With the permission of EPA and CARB, FCA US intends to install the same modified emissions software in 2014-2016 MY Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. FCA US believes this will address the agencies’ concerns regarding the emissions software calibrations in those vehicles.

    FCA US also believes that these actions should help facilitate a prompt resolution to ongoing discussions with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and other governmental agencies.

    FCA US expects that following EPA and CARB approval, owners of the 2014-2016 MY vehicles will be able to receive the software updates at their dealerships. FCA expects that the installation of these updated software calibrations will improve the 2014-2016 MY vehicles’ emissions performance and does not anticipate any impact on performance or fuel efficiency.

    2016 RAM 1500 HFE

    [​IMG]
    A more than solid 21/29 mpg rating for a full size work truck.​

    One phrase describes my enthusiasm for this news. Welcome back and thank you!
     
    BillLin likes this.
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Not so fast. :(

    In 2016, Carder, Marc Besch, research assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Sri Hari Chalagalla, an engineer at CAFEE, and a team of engineers and technicians tested two Jeep Grand Cherokees and three Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel.

    2016 RAM 1500

    [​IMG]

    The team conducted on-road emissions testing with a scaled-down versions of traditional laboratory equipment called a portable emissions measurement system, or PEMS.

    This “mobile lab” fits in the back of the vehicle and samples and analyzes its exhaust while it is being driven on the road, allowing researchers to study the performance of the vehicle’s cleaning technologies in real-world driving conditions.

    CAFEE’s testing covered a variety of road and ambient conditions, traffic patterns and terrain over two routes – an urban and a highway route – in the Morgantown, West Virginia, area.

    Additionally, CAFEE engineers tested the vehicles in their lab. There, a vehicle is placed on a light-duty chassis dynamometer, which functions as a large treadmill.

    The instrument allows the vehicle to be driven through a test that closely simulates the route that was driven on the road. The study used the same mobile lab equipment used on the road to analyze the vehicles’ exhaust in the laboratory.

    The testing showed that compared to in-laboratory tests, route averages of NOx emissions exceeded government standards by a factor of 3 to 20 during on-road driving.

    Carder:
    Carder said that data from CAFEE research will be used by the center to help refine existing vehicle technologies and define technology advancements for the future. Additionally, CAFEE uses data from its research and other independent research organizations, to identify possible gaps between regulatory certification and compliance standards and real-world performance.

    Carder added that Clean diesel is not a myth!
    FCA Statement

    FCA has been made aware of on-road emissions testing conducted on two of the Company’s diesel-powered vehicles by West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels Engines and Emissions (CAFEE). Based upon court filings and discussions with CAFEE, this testing appears to have been commissioned by a plaintiffs’ law firm for purposes of litigation.

    FCA US has asked CAFEE to discuss its testing methodology and share the resulting data for the Company’s understanding, and to determine which on-road test results could conceivably be compared with results from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laboratory procedures. CAFEE has been unwilling to discuss the report.

    The CAFEE report implies it would be appropriate to compare its on-road test results with those of one of five required EPA test procedures – each of which is conducted off-road, under laboratory conditions. However, CAFEE’s reported on-road results fail to consider that its tests were conducted:
    • At average speeds more than 50% greater than those in the EPA test procedure
    • With 600-700 lbs. more payload than is used in the EPA test procedure
    • Under road conditions (e.g., grades) that are not representative of those in the EPA test procedure
    Each of the above may increase emissions readings, therefore rendering invalid a comparison of on-road and off-road test results. Further, the aggregation of these variations makes any comparison misleading.

    Despite the report, there is no regulatory protocol for conducting on-road emissions testing. The report also indicates that the vehicles were modified by CAFEE prior to testing ostensibly in an effort to replicate a prior recall.

    FCA US has formally filed an application for diesel vehicle emissions certification with the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2017 model year (MY) Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles, the latest model year of the same vehicles apparently tested by CAFEE. FCA US has updated the emissions software calibrations in this MY 2017 certification proposal.

    The updated calibrations are the result of many months of close collaboration between FCA US and EPA and CARB, including extensive testing of the vehicles, to clarify issues related to the Company’s emissions control technology. FCA US continues to discuss improved software calibrations with the agencies. Subject to the permission of EPA and CARB, FCA US intends to install the same modified emissions software in 2014-2016 MY Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. FCA US believes this will address the agencies’ concerns regarding the emissions software calibrations in those vehicles.
     
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    It's back!!! :D :D :D

    2016 RAM 1500 HFE with the 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel

    [​IMG]
    The world's most fuel efficient full size truck is again for sale. :)

    Earlier today, RAM announced that it has cleared every and all hurdles relating to the EPA and CARB emission issues. Meaning its 60+ pages of documentation and a few minor SW changes placed the two regulators back on their heels with nothing involving emissions to hold the iconic truck maker back. The Emissions Conformity Certificates have been issued and they will again be available from RAM dealerships nationwide.

    FCA announced today that it has received a certificate of conformity from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a conditional executive order from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), permitting the production and sale of FCA US 2017 model-year LD Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with 3.0L Turbo Diesel engines.

    The agencies’ approval was the product of several months of collaboration between FCA US and the EPA and ARB to address the agencies’ concerns with respect to the diesel emissions control technologies employed on earlier model-year versions of these vehicles. The 2017 updates include modified emissions software calibrations, with no required hardware changes, and FCA US expects that the modified calibrations will have no effect on the stated fuel economy or the performance of these vehicles.

    FCA US intends to continue to work closely with the agencies and seek their permission to use a version of the modified software to update the emissions control systems in the 2014-2016 model-year Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles that were the subject of the Notices of Violation issued by EPA and ARB in January 2017. FCA US believes that the modified software can address the agencies’ concerns as to the emissions performance of those vehicles.

    Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer of FCA US and FCA:
    What do I think? 2017 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel and 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee equipped with the 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel, welcome back! :D

    Wayne
     
    BillLin likes this.
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The final installment on this award winning and imho, best full sized tuck drivetrain in existence settlement.

    FCA Announces Final Approval of EcoDiesel Settlement

    FCA has received final approval of a class-action settlement that ends a dispute about performance of certain vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel engines.

    The Court also approved consent decrees between FCA US, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and agreements with all 50 states and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, all of which were reached in January.

    The settlements contain no findings of wrongdoing, nor admission of any wrongdoing, by FCA.

    The approvals open the official benefit period for affected customers, paving the way for free engine-control software updates and an extended powertrain warranty for diesel-powered 2014-2016 Ram 1500 pickups and Jeep® Grand Cherokee SUVs.

    The software update does not affect average fuel economy, drivability, durability, engine noise, vibration, or other driving characteristics of the vehicles.

    The class-action settlement also provides monetary compensation to eligible customers. Class members may submit claims at RAM/Jeep Eco Diesel Settlement; customers with questions may call 1-833-280-4748.

    Class members who submit a timely and valid claim will receive a cash payment. Under the class action settlement, owners may receive up to $3,075, while lessees may receive up to $990. Eligible former owners and former lessees are entitled to receive up to $990.

    The deadline for class-action claim submissions is February 3, 2021. Claims will not be considered if vehicle software is not updated by May 3, 2021, through a certified Jeep or Ram dealer. Former owners and lessees must submit valid claims by August 1, 2019.

    I still have not heard any more on the 3.0L EcoDiesel being offered in the award winning and Best in Class 2019 RAM 1500.

    Wayne
     
    BillLin likes this.

Share This Page