Truly clean diesels - what Chrysler's doing to keep ahead

Truly clean diesels - what Chrysler's doing to keep ahead

The concept of a clean diesel is relatively recent, with Chrysler doing its share to stave off the unfortunate history of competitor automakers that have lent themselves to the bad reputation of the technology. This, all the more compounded by the recent Volkswagen emission scandal, we as a Chrysler dealership thought it would be appreciated if we moved away from talking about the negative and, instead, focused on the positive elements of the efficient medium.

So, where is the technology going?

To explore that, we first want to point out that, in recognition of the bad press that the aforementioned parties caused, FIAT Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has already taken the first step to a more transparent and honest emission reporting system.

Truly clean diesels - what Chrysler's doing to keep ahead

This is despite the fact that all FCA vehicles have been properly tested and currently respect the emission standards expected from diesel engine-equipped vehicles. Beginning in April 2016, FCA will offer new engine calibrations, to start, for their European diesel vehicles to meet the Euro 6 emission requirements. While this isn't an outright recall in any fact or form, it is a promise that moving forward there won't be any mistakes or misunderstandings between the companies, the public, and the regulatory bodies that set the net standards.

FCA has had the following to say in a press release that followed the recent complaints about diesel vehicles and their negative effect on the environment, people, and the stigma that they bring to the automotive industry:

"FCA diesel vehicles do not have a mechanism to either detect that they are undergoing a bench test in a laboratory or to activate a function to operate emission controls only under laboratory testing. In other words, although emission levels vary depending on driving conditions, the emission control systems of the FCA vehicles operate in the same way under the same conditions, whether the vehicle is in a laboratory or on the road.

FCA will continue working to improve its diesel vehicles' emission performance in line with its own goals for sustainability and to properly address public concerns over diesel technology and its application in vehicles."

Truly clean diesels - what Chrysler's doing to keep ahead

Alongside the compliance with the Euro 6 protocol, FCA will also be using more selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology in future diesel vehicles that, currently, have not been equipped with the feature.

What does SCR do?

Well, put simply, it injects a liquid, (adBlue, or sometimes called urea) through a catalyst and into the exhaust steam which assists in the conversion process and limits the effects of nitrogen oxides as they are pushed out into the atmosphere.

While we can focus on the negative connotations that have followed the emission scandal, it's important to recognize that the technology is moving in the right direction and for those companies, like FCA, the fallout has only enabled a more gracious position to become the standard other automakers can live up to. Moreover, the poor press has put yet another boosting light on alternative engine and hybrid models, which, as recent years have implied, will continue to see the positive change we want in the world. Learn more about diesel engines and how they can improve your driving experience today by visiting Marine Chrysler!