Reports have come up about a study being undertaken by the West Virginia University's Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions. The report of the study which will be brought out in a few weeks' time alleges that the diesel-powered vehicles produced by Jeep and Ram in 2014 and 2015 emits excess pollution.
The report has not mentioned if the cars were equipped with a cheat device. We emphasized on cheat device because this is the same lab which investigated Volkswagen and its emissions cheating.
It is not clear if the report mentions any of the huge Cummins diesel engines used in the larger heavy-duty pickup trucks produced by Ram. But since the report mentions both Jeep and Ram, it is safe to assume that it is the EcoDiesel V6 engine being investigated, as the engine is used in vehicles from both the brands.
This news comes just a short while after a Federal investigation into Fiat Chrysler Automotive's (FCA) diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency and the state of California too had in January accused FCA of using a cheat device in the aforementioned vehicles.
Fiat Chrysler Automotive on the other hand, has alleged that the West Virginia University might have been commissioned by those interested in suing the company. Would this turn into another diesel-gate?
It is becoming even more difficult for companies to keep up with emissions regulations with environmental agencies turning up the heat on manufacturers in terms of their cars' emissions. In such a scenario, manufacturers must step up their budget on R&D and develop cleaner, greener engines instead of using shortcuts like Volkswagen did.