Fiat Chrysler pays millions to settle emissions charges

January 14, 2019 by  
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Fiat Chrysler has reached a settlement with the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the owners of about 100,000 of their diesel-powered Jeep SUV’s and Ram pickups. After facing charges that the company had sold diesel vehicles in the United States that had improper software — allowing it to violate emissions rules —  Fiat Chrysler has agreed to pay $800 million to settle the matter. The automaker will pay different state and federal agencies approximately $400 million in fines, plus $280 million to the car owners — which is up to $2,800 per vehicle. The additional $120 million will go to various efforts to curb emissions and future warranty costs. Fiat Chrysler will need to get at least 85 percent of affected vehicles repaired or risk facing additional fines. The vehicles involved in the settlement are Jeep Grand Cherokees from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 model years and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks that have a 3-liter diesel engine. To receive a settlement payment, car owners will first need to have their vehicle repaired. “Today’s settlement sends a clear and strong signal to manufacturers and consumers that the Trump administration will vigorously enforce the nation’s laws designed to protect the environment and public health,” said Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. He added that Fiat Chrysler , aside from breaking the law, also made the efforts to hide their conduct. However, the deal did not include any admission of guilt or wrongdoing by the company. The settlement is only a fraction of what Volkswagen was forced to pay in 2016 when the company was fined for installing emission deceiving software into a half-million diesel cars. As a result, Volkswagen paid $14.7 billion and the company admitted that they improperly installed the software to vehicles. Fiat Chrysler has continued to maintain that they did nothing wrong, and their software for their diesel engines was a legitimate way to meet emission standards. Via CNN Image via Shutterstock

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SNEAK PEEK: Chrysler’s electric Town & Country minivan spotted on the streets of LA

July 28, 2015 by  
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What do we have here? Yesterday on my way to the office I pulled up next to two heavily camouflaged prototypes of Chrysler’s all-new Town & Country minivan , which is expected to arrive sometime next year as a 2017 model. While this isn’t the first time that spy photographers have caught the new minivan driving around the country, what sparked my interest here was the “EV” sticker on the back – providing a hint of the electrified powertrain under all that camouflage. Read the rest of SNEAK PEEK: Chrysler’s electric Town & Country minivan spotted on the streets of LA

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the Most Fuel-Efficient Full-Size Pickup Ever

February 5, 2014 by  
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In the past full-size pickup truck manufacturers have always boasted about how much their vehicles can tow or haul – largely at the expense of fuel economy. Now Chrysler has taken a step towards making these vehicles more fuel efficient with the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which has a 28 MPG highway rating – the highest ever achieved by a full-size pickup. Read the rest of 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the Most Fuel-Efficient Full-Size Pickup Ever Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chrysler , diesel , diesel power , diesel truck , efficient truck , green transportation , Green Truck , ram , ram 1500 ecodiesel , ram trucks        

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Global Automakers to Debut New Technology That Recharges EVs in 20 Minutes

May 3, 2012 by  
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Next week global automakers from the United States and Germany will demonstrate new fast-charging technology that will give electric vehicle owners the ability to recharge their EVs in as little as 15-20 minutes. Audi , BMW , Chrysler , Daimler , Ford , General Motors , Porsche and Volkswagen have agreed to support a harmonized single-port fast charging approach – called DC-fast charging – for use on electric vehicles in Europe and the United States. Read the rest of Global Automakers to Debut New Technology That Recharges EVs in 20 Minutes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AUDI , BMW , chrysler , daimler , electric vehicles , ford , general motors , porsche , volkswagen

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Honda Civic, Toyota Prius Earn Least-Toxic Car Scores

February 16, 2012 by  
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A new study about the potentially toxic off-gassing chemicals in vehicles — responsible for 'new car smell' — finds steady improvement across most vehicles, though cars from Mitsubishi, Chrysler and Kia showed high levels of those chemicals.

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US, Canada Launch a New Global Attack on Climate Change Pollutants

February 16, 2012 by  
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The $15 million effort involving four other countries and the United Nations Environment Program is aimed at reducing powerful but relatively short-lived pollutants to bring about near-term results in the battle against climate change.

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GOP Investigating Obama’s New Fuel Economy Rules

August 2, 2011 by  
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Just four days ago, we were celebrating the news that President Obama reached a landmark agreement with 13 automakers to pursue a 54.5 MPG average fleet goal by the vehicle model year 2025. The agreement was a huge step forward for Obama’s environmental campaign, and shows that automakers and our government are on the same page when it comes to fuel efficiency . The rules will save drivers a whopping $8,000 per vehicle at the pump, but guess what? Republicans aren’t having it. Claiming that Obama violated administrative law by meeting with automakers behind closed doors, the GOP, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cali.), is launching an investigation into the new fuel economy requirements. Read the rest of GOP Investigating Obama’s New Fuel Economy Rules Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 54.5 miles per gallon , automakers , chrysler , darrell issa , ford , fuel economy , fuel economy agreement , fuel efficiency , fuel efficiency mandate , GM , green cars , new fuel economy standards , new fuel efficiency rules , president obama , republicans , sustainable cars , Toyota

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Students develop hydraulic hybrid school bus

May 26, 2011 by  
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Newsman: Exhibiting a unique effort, a group of students at Georgia Tech are developing a new drivetrain which when installed in a bus, will substantially bring down its running cost by almost 20 percent.

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Chrysler Will Display Electric Fiat 500 In Detroit

December 31, 2009 by  
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Chrysler was in dire straits earlier this year, and while bankruptcy is now behind the Pentastar, the battle that looms ahead will prove if Chrysler can truly remain a viable company. Chrysler’s hope rests with Fiat, the Italian car comglomerate who took a 30% stake in Chrysler as part of the bankruptcy proceedings. While we’ve heard much and seen little thus far in regards to the future Chrysler lineup, the Detroit International Auto Show should give some hint as to the direction of Chrysler/Fiat

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Toyota to Become First Vertically Integrated EV Company With Solar Charging Stations

December 31, 2009 by  
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Pictured above is a solar charging station under development by Toyota. The company has plans to open the first of 21 in the Spring of 2010, signaling a move by Toyota to become a vertically integrated company.

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