The Environmental Protection Agency is ready to accuse over 100,000 trucks and SUVs from the Fiat Chrysler Automotive Group of using illegal software that allowed them to cheat on emissions tests.
It might go down in history as FCAgate – because the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to publicly accuse Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) of using cheat software in the same vein as Volkswagen did in its Dieselgate emissions scandal, according to reports. This is not really a surprise – Fiat was questioned by German regulators last spring and then accused of using an emissions cheat device in October. FCA models accused of cheating are all equipped with diesel engines and were sold since 2014 using software that turned off or delayed emission systems.
By the way, FCA has quickly responded and accused the EPA of politicizing the case – while also claiming they will take the matters to the upcoming administration, so we’re wondering if this new administration isn’t favoring the big companies instead of regulations. Anyways, Volkswagen’s own emissions scandal has taken an interesting turn – with the authorities starting to arrest or charge senior managers of the company. The automaker also agreed to pay a $4.3 billion fine to the authorities.