Fiat Chrysler faces $79 million U.S. penalty for fuel economy shortfall

On Wednesday, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V) said that it will be paying a sum of $79mn as US penalty as it failed to meet the fuel economy needs of 2017.

The regulators have reported many more automobile companies who have failed the US greenhouse gas release standards.

FCA said that the payment isn’t expected to pose a material influence or impact upon its business.

Out of the 19 key automakers in the US, 13 including FCA, failed to meet the 2017 fuel economy as well as greenhouse gas release standards without utilizing credits, as per the NGTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

The review of the agency on 2017 model year vehicles revealed the carmakers falling short further behind the present standards.

The model fleet for 2017 dropped 1-1/2 miles a gallon short of 33.8mpg standard depending on annual performance without using credits, reported the NHTSA. The shortfall remained at 1/2 mile a gallon for 2016 model year vehicles.

In fact, the NHTSA said that more of carmakers were failing to comply with the standards for model years 2018 & 2019. As such, the possible penalties imposed on them are expected to rise, the agency further said.

Meanwhile, environmental regulators and groups in California as well as other US states are battling against any layoff in standards, suggesting that harder rules are required to deal with climate change.