Fiat Chrysler seeks diesel emission certification from EPA

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Bear Mountain May 2014

"The filing is the result of many months of close collaboration between FCA US and EPA and (the California Air Resources Board), including extensive testing of the vehicles, to clarify issues related to the Company's emissions control technology", FCA said in a statement.

Fiat Chrysler says its 2017 diesel models feature updated emissions software calibrations and that with permission from regulators it would also install the updated software on 2014-16 Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesels.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced today that it has formally applied for emissions certification for its 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles that it hopes will resolve allegations of Clean Air Act violations.

Bloomberg News reported Wednesday that the Justice Department was preparing to file a civil lawsuit against FCA, which Fiat said would be "counterproductive".

In addition to the fines, the beleaguered German automaker has agreed to pay $14.7 billion to fix or buy back about 475,000 rigged 2-liter diesel vehicles and $1.2 billion on 80,000 3-liter diesels. The investigation is ongoing, but FCA said yesterday that it was in talks with the Department of Justice to settle the investigation.

The Auburn Hills, Michigan, company said that if its application is approved by the agencies, vehicle owners would be able to get the software updates at their dealerships, but did not give a time frame.

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The company already faces accusations in Europe that its cars produce far more nitrogen oxides in normal driving than during tests.

And the evidence has piled up that those high emissions levels were part of efforts to evade environmental standards.

In the latest instance, the USA university researcher who exposed Volkswagen's emissions scandal said that tests of Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 had revealed major discrepancies between road and lab emissions.

Since the beginning, FCA has been clear in saying that the software is not a "defeat device", or there to intentionally fool regulators. FCA - the automaker behind Jeep, Ram and four other US brands - said today that it filed an application with the EPA and California Air Resources Board for emissions certification on diesel versions of the 2017 Ram 1500 and Grand Cherokee.

A 2013 study by Carder's team set off a chain of events that exposed Volkswagen's use of illegal software to hide excess emissions in diesel cars.

Fiat Chrysler told the European Parliament a year ago that the vehicle was not programmed to detect emissions tests or to deactivate the pollution control equipment after a certain period of time.

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