Stellantis to pay $300 million fine for polluting diesel engines

Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel

  • This accusation is part of the scandal that broke out with Volkswagen in 2015

  • The EcoDiesel engine installed in some Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee 2014-2016 is to blame

  • This ticket is part of a plea deal

Stellantis risks a penalty of 300 million dollars due to the non-compliance of one of its diesel engines with pollution regulations in the United States and in particular in California.

Since Volkswagen was embroiled in a scandal over its diesel engines in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resource Board (CARB) have taken a closer look at diesel-powered vehicles and a number of other manufacturers have been found selling engines that do not comply with federal or state laws regarding nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions.

The 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 that was installed in certain Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee models of the 2014-2016 model years was apparently equipped with a number of software codes that could affect the pollution levels emitted at certain times, which had not not disclosed to authorities during engine certification.

This is a problem because the EPA allows diesel engines to pollute more than usual during a cold start or when the particulate filter needs regenerating, but it requires the manufacturer to identify each element of the software that has an effect on vehicle emissions, which FCA, which has since become Stellantis, has not done.

The automaker will strike a plea deal in which it will pay $300 million to the federal government and California, although details have yet to be finalized. An earlier proposed $800 million fine called for a check for $2,800 for each owner of any of the 100,000 affected vehicles, but that has not been confirmed as part of the new plea deal. .

Late model years of EcoDiesel engines are not affected by the agreement, as from 2017 the engine complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

Stellantis is not the only car manufacturer to have been investigated for its diesel engines, since in addition to the Volkswagen group, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and General Motors are also under federal investigation.

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