Could Ram Diesel Be Disappearing?

Could Ram Diesel Be Disappearing?

Hoverboards, flying cars, time travel, the disappearance of Diesel … these are all things which have been projected into the vague and distant future. While we didn’t have time travel figured out quite as early as Back to the Future predicted, technology does continue to surprise us. Some of these possibilities seem more likely than others.

 

Recently, Germany made it known that they wish to outlaw diesel and combustion engines by 2030. The German Federal Council passed this resolution and asked the European Union as a whole to consider doing the same. It isn’t legally binding, but it has put the potential disappearance of diesel on every truck-lover’s mind.

 

Recently, a member of a Ram forum made a post about this European movement. This got other users worked up when they were forced to ask, could Ram diesel be disappearing? Members of the forum made speculations and discussed the potential alternatives of the future. One member shared a press release from a truck company named Nikola who claims to be developing a hydrogen fuel semi truck.

 

If and when diesel and combustion engines are out of the picture, drivers will turn to electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. GM has been working on hydrogen fuel for some time, but argue that they are currently lacking the infrastructure needed to really make it happen. Refueling in remote locations would not be possible … yet.

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Fiat Chrysler Creates 700 New Jobs In Michigan

Fiat Chrysler Creates 700 New Jobs

In a move that defies some recent political finger-pointing, Fiat Chrysler has announced a plan to create 700 new jobs in Michigan. The Detroit area factory has shown some signs of dwindling in more recent years. The factory has been producing the Chrysler 200 sedan, which is now being discontinued.

Now, Fiat Chrysler is reworking the factory’s plan, making it a central location for manufacturing the 2018 Ram 1500. It’s thanks to a $4.6 million grant and an $11.4 million tax break that they are able to remake the plant. Not only will the new Michigan plant create 700 new jobs, but it will also preserve current jobs and afford laid-off employees the opportunity to return.

Even as Fiat Chrysler creates 700 new jobs, some onlookers still react skeptically to their decision to move smaller productions to Mexico. Recently Ford has received some criticism for making a similar decision and moving some of its production to Mexico, too. For both Ford and Fiat Chrysler, the goal is to have all of the best-selling, most profitable vehicles made in the USA, with smaller products down south. This will centralize the production of big sellers like Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups in the states, a plan that hopes to boost the economy at each plant location.