As we enter week 4 of a partial U.S Government shut down, questions have begun to arise about whether or not it will affect the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty launch. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of the government agencies affected by the shut down and must certify vehicles before they are approved for sale.
While there has been some speculation on how this situation will affect the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty we reached out to FCA for clarification on the matter.
The 2019 Ram 2500 has received its emission certification. The Cummins diesel version of the Ram 3500 could receive its certification shortly after the EPA returns to work. The vehicles are undergoing their normal quality validation testing which takes place when a vehicle is launched. Shipments are not being delayed by emission certification at this time.
It appears as though all 2500 models have been certified, and 3500 models with the 6.4 Liter V8 have already been certified. FCA is confident that the 3500 Cummins trucks should be certified fairly quickly after the shut down has been resolved. A few of our Forum members have already placed orders for trucks and it is our understanding that 2019 Ram HDs have already started production.
UPDATED on January 29th, 2019, FCA U.S. has released an official statement regarding the situation…
FCA US has received certification for its new 2019 Ram 3500 pickup – gasoline- and diesel-powered models. The Company previously received certification for its new 2019 2500 models. FCA US is grateful to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for expediting this process. The new vehicles remain on schedule for their
planned Q2 launch. – FCA