EPA reports massive emission fraud on diesel pickup trucks
The engines would be modified by their owners
Since the Volkswagen case and the historic dieselgate of 2015, suspicions of emissions fraud have increased and many other manufacturers have also been caught. However, the list, which continues to grow, has until now only concerned professionals equipping their customers' vehicles.
The Volkswagen scandal, revealed by the American environmental agency EPA, could now give rise to a new controversy affecting private individuals. And it is still the EPA that has revealed significant problems. A large number of owners of diesel pickup trucks are said to have illegally modified their vehicles.
The latter would see their performance drastically increased after a simple visit to a professional garage reprogramming the electronic in order to defeat the emissions control systems of their vehicles. All this is obviously to the detriment of the emissions of pollutants, particularly nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
Class 2B pickup trucks (Ford F-250, Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, RAM 2500...) and above are concerned. This problem would affect around 500,000 vehicles in the United States. The EPA has discovered 28 organisations involved in the illegal modification of diesel pickup trucks. Some companies have already received heavy fines. This is the case of Punch It Performance and Tuning, which has been ordered to pay $850,000.
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