By 2022, Fiat Chrysler will not have diesel engines in any of its passenger vehicles. The plan will be revealed on June 1, 2018. The Italian-American carmaker is expected to announce that it plans to abandon the diesel from the cars in all its brands. However, Fiat Chrysler, which owns the Ram, Jeep, Dodge, Maserati, Chrysler, Fiat marques, and Alfa Romeo refused to comment.
The group is not the first to make this announcement. Last year Toyota told the Financial Times that it was planning to discontinue making cars with diesel engines. Porsche maker Volkswagen also stated that it was planning to drop using diesel from its range of cars. Diesel was once the predominant fuel source in Europe, but its shares of the market have been declining due to the VW emissions scandal. There are also rising political resistance to the fuel type and plans by some cities to outlaw it altogether.
Carmakers and governments have preferred diesel as a way of lowering CO2 emissions when compared with petrol. However, the 2015 discoveries that Volkswagen made 11 million cars globally with software intended to mislead regulators about the level of pollution in vehicles led to a political resentment against diesel with governments dropping incentives for the fuel and others anticipate banning it in the future.
The decision to abandon the fuel by FCA arrives amid soaring costs of making the technology compliant with stronger emissions controls. Industry estimates that the cost of producing diesel engines that match European laws will be 20% higher than in the past resulting in less affordable cars for consumers. Inversely, the cost of producing electric cars is decreasing since manufacturers want to meet emissions targets.