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EPA’s Removal of EcoDiesel Fuel Economy from Website Doesn’t Serve Citizens

If you’ve been following the news, the EPA is investigating FCA regarding the emissions from the company’s EcoDiesel engines. These engines are available as options in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500 pickup truck. While there hasn’t been a ruling — the investigation is ongoing — the EPA removed the fuel economy numbers from their FuelEconomy.gov website.

The Environmental Protection Agency made the FuelEconomy.gov website available as an easy resource for people looking to buy a new or used car. They list the window sticker numbers of virtually every car on sale, plus all the vehicles sold for the past few decades. It’s all there to make cross-shopping easier.

The EPA believes that knowing the fuel economy of any vehicle would help in the purchasing decision of that consumer. I tend to agree with them.

Then why, oh why, has the EPA pulled the EcoDiesel from the site?

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EPA has issued a Notice of Violation to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC for Model Year 2014-2016 light-duty diesel vehicles (Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee). All relevant data from the affected vehicles has been removed from this website until further information is available.

Well okay then. So there is no further information available, and the vehicles are still on sale, but they’re “guilty until proven innocent?”

The EPA has the power to compel a recall. They haven’t done so. The EcoDiesel vehicles are out in the marketplace for sale. People can buy them today, especially on the used lots. Why not continue to offer the fuel economy ratings on the website? Maybe you can mention that they’re under investigation or in violation, but by pulling it from the site ahead of any official ruling or fine, you’re not helping the consumer at all.

About Chad Kirchner

Chad Kirchner is the Editor-in-Chief of Future Motoring, along with the main host and producer of the Future Motoring podcast. In addition to his work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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