Fiat Chrysler has released a statement addressing West Virginia University’s findings that vehicles equipped with its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine emit 20 times more nitrogen oxide levels than is legally allowed.
West Virginia University came out with its findings this week after its Center for Alternative Fuels Engines and Emissions (CAFEE) tested several Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 vehicles equipped with the EcoDiesel engine in both laboratory and on-road driving scenarios.
FCA has now come out and said it would like clarification on how the lab conducted its tests. It also believes the lab only performed such tests for the purposes of litigation.
“FCA US has recently been made aware of on-road emissions testing conducted on two of the Company’s diesel-powered vehicles by West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels Engines and Emissions (CAFEE),” FCA’s statement reads. “Based upon court filings and discussions with CAFEE, this testing appears to have been commissioned by a plaintiffs’ law firm for purposes of litigation. ”
“FCA US has asked CAFEE to discuss its testing methodology and share the resulting data for the Company’s understanding, and to determine which on-road test results could conceivably be compared with results from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laboratory procedures. CAFEE has been unwilling to discuss the report.”