A while ago we reported that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and their EcoDiesel engines were found to be in violation of the Clean Air Act. Earlier this week it was reported that the government might be pursuing legal action against the company. It appears that has been an avoided as FCA has developed modifications for the engines and is resubmitting them for certification.
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.
We’re unsure how long the process will take, but if they pass certification we should again be able to purchase EcoDiesel-equipped Ram and Jeep products.
It’s also unclear what the change in software will do to the performance our touted fuel economy of the affected products. We’ll have to wait and see.