No More Diesel Cars for Chrysler by 2020
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will not use diesel-powered engines anymore. The FCA is determined to terminate production of their diesel vehicles by 2020. Could this mean more electric-powered vehicles for the future?
Stricter Euro 6 regulations are one likely culprit of this termination. Euro 6 regulations were put in place to reduce harmful levels of exhaust emissions that cause pollution. One harmful pollutant that is linked to serious health problems is NOx. According to Euro 5 regulations, diesel-powered vehicles could obtain a maximum NOx level of 180mg/km. Now, to comply with the Euro 6 regulations, diesel-powered vehicles must only obtain a maximum NOx level of 80mg/km. Because of this drastic change in regulations, it would cost FCA hundreds of millions of dollars to bring all of their diesel-powered vehicles up to code.
Another likely culprit of this transition is the diminishing popularity of diesel-powered vehicles. The sales of diesel vehicles have dropped 25 percent in the U.K. and 13 percent in Germany. Vehicles powered by electricity have been rising in popularity also. By 2025, CEO Sergio Marchionne expects most vehicles to be fully electric or fully hybrid.
FCA does not currently sell diesel-powered cars in the United States or Canada, but they do sell some SUVs and trucks powered by diesel engines. Fiat Chrysler has concluded that they will continue to offer a diesel option of the Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 in the U.S.
Does the future of automobiles lay in electric energy? For more information, visit your local Chrysler dealer today.