As we enter week four 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 shutdown 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 our sister site HDRams.com reached out to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (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 HEMI 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.
HDRams.com and MoparInsiders.com will stay on top of this situation and let you know if anything changes.