- Photo credits Chevrolet

EPA reports massive emission fraud on diesel pickup trucks

The engines would be modified by their owners

47w ago

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.

Photo credits RAM

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Comments (29)

  • Who cares, I’m still gonna send it

      10 months ago
  • I’m all for tuning, but not at the expense of emissions controls. Especially for diesel, which releases more particulate matter.

      10 months ago
  • Stop fuel subsidies and help stop the stupidity? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      10 months ago
  • I absolutely love the power and performance of modern diesels and unless you have driven one you just cannot understand the feeling of all that torque and for the uninitiated they are surprisingly fast. However, the modern diesels have some HUGE achilles heels in the emissions equipment and they are frought with problems and expensive to repair. A lot of people "delete" (ie: remove) the equipment to avoid the costly repairs however it is only a matter of time until that will not be possible without the real risk of fines. I can imagine manufacturers will make so that the electronics are locked down and unhackable like an iPhone and I imagine the emissions equipment will get better and be made so that it cannot be removed. Rolling coal is the absolute dumbest thing but rednecks will do what rednecks do best.

      10 months ago
  • Once someone buys the truck why can’t they modify it? Sometimes the EPA goes too far. I totally get the the Manufacturer’s who were scamming everyone getting in trouble, but I’d like to be able to take my own. At to a shop and have the freedom to work on it. This is over-the-top government oversight.

      10 months ago