Fiat Chrysler Following in Volkswagen’s Footsteps
Now, more than ever, the U.S. government is cracking down on companies violating the Clean Air Act. Fiat Chrysler is the latest offender. The EPA has accused the American auto manufacturer of installing deceitful software on its diesel vehicles that allowed them to emit pollutants above legal limits. Sound familiar?
Earlier this month, federal prosecutors announced criminal charges against six Volkswagen executives for their part in the company’s emissions scandal. Volkswagen also pleaded guilty for conspiring to commit wire fraud, violating the Clean Air Act, obstructing justice, and committing customs violations. The total cost of Volkswagen’s penalties and settlements in the United States is $20 billion.
More than 100,000 Fiat Chrysler vehicles are in question, including the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel. “We don’t belong to a class of criminals,” said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler. “We have done, in our view, nothing that is illegal. We are having a difference of opinion as to whether the calibrations met the regulations or did not meet the regulations.”
If Fiat Chrysler is found guilty, it can potentially face penalties of up to $44,500 for each affected car, which equates to a total of more than $4.5 billion. It seems that automakers secretly violating emissions standards is becoming a troubling trend.
Where There’s Smoke…
Aside from the software issue, these engines are emitting unacceptable levels of DPM, or diesel particulate matter, which consists of pollutants such as NOx, hydrocarbons, ash, sulfates, and silicates. This is a result of an engine’s inability to efficiently consume the fuel being delivered. NOx, or Nitrogen Oxides, are a family of poisonous, highly reactive gases that greatly contribute to the production of ozone (smog).
Not only does DPM pollute the environment, it also causes health problems when inhaled. According to the EPA, short term exposure may cause eye, nose, throat, and lung irritation, as well as lightheadedness. It may cause a cough, nausea, or worsen asthma symptoms. Long term exposure may cause more serious effects including lung inflammation, cellular changes, and even lung cancer.
A Solution: Broad Spectrum Fuel Additives
One way to lessen harmful emissions is by using a broad spectrum fuel catalyst to aid the engine in utilizing the full energy potential of fuel. Fuel catalysts, like AFC 710, are a catalyst oxide that helps facilitate the break down the carbon deposits in the combustion chamber, as well as the fuel being injected. The resulting exothermic reaction simultaneously delivers more horsepower while lowering emissions.
For car and truck owners, the use of fuel additives is a great step in lowering DPM. However, car manufactures like Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen need to take responsibility and ensure that their vehicles meet federal emissions regulations. To learn more about AXI International’s AFC series, give us a call or send us an email today.