Cummins Inc., diesel engine supplier to Fiat Chrysler, has released a statement following the EPA’s claims that FCA used a cheat device on around 100,000 of its diesel vehicles.
While Cummins does supply FCA with the 6.7-liter diesel engine in the Ram Heavy Duty line of pickups, it does not produce the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine involved in the EPA’s investigation. The company released the statement to avoid any potential confusion brought on by this week’s announcement, seeing as it is a widely recognized supplier of diesel engines to FCA.
“Cummins Inc. today stated that it does not supply engines for the FCA vehicles that are discussed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Violation issued today, nor was Cummins named,” the company said in an official release.
“Cummins does not use defeat devices and is committed to meeting emissions standards. Cummins has a long history of working transparently and collaboratively with regulators to develop and meet emissions requirements.”
The EPA accused FCA this week of using engine software that would revert the EcoDiesel engine into a less efficient mode when driving for long periods of time or at high speeds. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told Reuters he “will investigate the claims against Fiat Chrysler and stands ready to work with our state and federal partners,” if it is found of wrongdoing.