For the first time in months, diesel-powered Ram 1500s are once again rolling off the assembly line at FCA’s Warren truck assembly plant.
Automotive News reports the plant has begun to assemble the truck, powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, though output remains very low. Less than two dozen Ram 1500 Diesel trucks are being assembled per shift. Ram may also be moving away from the “EcoDiesel” branding; the report notes recent mules simply wear a “Diesel” badge.
The plant hasn’t built a Ram 1500 Diesel since the middle of 2016 after the EPA began to raise questions over emission software and devices that were not declared with the regulatory body. This past January, the EPA officially accused FCA of cheating emission tests with undeclared auxiliary emission control devices. In May, the U.S. Department of Justice also slapped FCA with a lawsuit.
FCA and the government continue to disagree on the line of legality and the automaker still awaits recertification of its diesel engine. The process may take weeks or months, according to those familiar with the situation.