Fiat Chrysler has announced it will apply voluntary updates to its diesel passenger cars that will improve real-world emissions performance and make it easier for them to adhere to developing Real World Emissions (RDE) standards. The automaker notes its vehicles are already within Euro 6 compliance, however these updates improve the emissions of its diesel engines even further.
Last year the European Commission laid out plans to develop RDE standards that would see new real-world test procedures put in place as to the lab tests that are currently carried out. This action was of course inspired by the Volkswagen diesel scandal, which has caused governments, the EC and automakers to react accordingly to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“As a voluntary measure, not mandated or requested by any regulatory authorities, FCA will be updating its Euro 6 calibrations with new data sets to improve emission performance in real driving conditions,” the automaker said in a statement. “These new calibrations will be ready starting from April 2016 and will be available on all new vehicles sold on or after that date, and will be made available to all other owners of Euro 6 FCA vehicles at no charge, as part of vehicle calibration update programs that are implemented on a regular basis. This does not constitute a recall campaign.”
FCA also said it will work to expand its use of Active Selective Catalytic Reduction (or SCR) technology in its diesel engines beginning the second quarter of 2017 ahead of upcoming regulations. SCR technology reduces the NOx levels emitted from the tailpipe of a diesel engine, using ammonia as a reducting agent.