Derive Systems has entered an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that “will establish and promote enhanced practices within the automotive aftermarket industry,” according to the company.
The agreement provides a clear path for Derive’s existing tuning products and new products to thrive in the market with EPA’s approval, including its market-leading catalog of existing tuners, according to the company. The agreement additionally resolves EPA allegations primarily stemming from several of the company’s products that were developed by legacy companies prior to Derive’s acquisition of them.
“We are committed to continued cooperation and a partnership with the EPA in the effort to serve our industry and guarantee that standards and practices remain current as automotive aftermarket technology advances,” said David Thawley, CEO of Derive Systems. “We look forward to applying the enhanced practices and procedures within our operations and across our brand portfolio and to our continuing leadership position in encouraging the industry to similarly embrace strong environmental performance.”
The agreement between Derive Systems and the EPA is the first of its kind, according to Derive. The newly established practices will include new product development procedures, revamped product testing and an inaugural training and certification program for all employees and product resellers.
The new procedures set an industry-leading model for automotive aftermarket companies to ensure continued sales of products and the introduction of new products with certainty and continuity in partnership with EPA, according to Derive Systems.
“As a leader in this market, we take seriously our responsibility to help establish the processes that will ensure that our collective industry is a good corporate citizen,” Thawley said. “Our goal with EPA was to find a mutually beneficial solution while continuing to be able to deliver valued products to our loyal customers. Today, I firmly believe we’ve achieved both and, in doing so, are fulfilling our mission to bring technology innovation to every vehicle on the road.”
Derive Systems is headquartered in Sanford, Florida, with offices in Broomfield, Colorado, and Pocatello, Idaho. The company’s SCT and Bully Dog brands provide aftermarket products for vehicle enthusiasts, while the company’s Derive products serve the fleet industry.