Ford has opened a criminal investigation into the certification of emission dataApril 28, 2019
The US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Ford. Representatives of the brand themselves pointed out the inaccuracies in the certification and separately clarified that in their case there are no special devices that underestimate the actual emission indicators.
The diesel scandal around the cars of the German concern Volkswagen AG, equipped with diesel engines, quite seriously shook the automotive industry as a whole. This scandal was nicknamed Dieselgate. In particular, this decision influenced the fact that some automakers decided not to use diesel engines at all.
Foreign publication Automotive News reports that at present, in the offices of the American brand Ford is conducting a new investigation in connection with the certification process of cars.
Journalists of the publication point to the recent filing of an application from Ford to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. At the end of the application, a potential problem related to the certification of Ford emissions in the USA is mentioned. The question is said to be focused on “issues related to road load estimates, including analytical modeling.” The application does not explain what this means, but it clearly states that the problem is not related to the use of special devices that underestimate the actual readings on the level of emissions, as was the case with the German Volkswagen.
The statement further states that Ford voluntarily contacted the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Agency on this issue back in February of this year, and that as a result, the US Department of Justice launched a criminal investigation. In a statement, Ford also reported that “the company is fully cooperating with all government agencies.”
Ford allegedly identified problems in how it models the impact of aerodynamic drag and tire friction on fuel economy. The report further mentions Ford employees’ concerns about incorrect calculations used to obtain information on emissions and amount of fuel, which in turn went to US regulatory agencies.
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