Dodge Ram EcoDiesel back on sale after EPA approval

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Dodge’s popular pick up truck appears to have cleared environmental hurdles and its diesel version is now back on sale in the US.

Called the EcoDiesel, the Ram engine was pulled up by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this year after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was accused of fitting the oil-burner with software that reduced emissions under testing.

Just over 100,000 vehicles are alleged to have been fitted with the code that allowed much higher emissions under certain conditions, with the majority on sale between 2014 and 2016.

According to US news site Automotive News, Dodge Ram EcoDiesel models are starting to appear back in dealerships alongside their petrol siblings.

An agreement has been struck allowing the 2017 models to go back on sale, but 2018 models are yet to be approved. FCA says it is co-operating with authorities and will have updated software in the new Rams, so it would appear 2018 model approval isn’t too far away.

Also to be fitted with the updated software are Jeep Grand Cherokee models, which were also caught up in the EPA crackdown.