July 28, 2017 by Ronjoy Bezbarua
(Source: CARB) The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today approved the first of four plans by VW to invest $800 million over 10 years in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, public outreach, and access to these ultra-clean vehicles for residents of disadvantaged communities. The investment is part of a multi-pronged settlement agreement resulting from the automaker’s use of software that caused its 2009-2016 diesel passenger cars to spew up to 40 times the allowed amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) into the atmosphere.The tenacious efforts of CARB technicians forced the company to admit the use of the so-called “defeat device” in those cars in 2015. VW has paid out more than $15 billion in claims and penalties for using those defeat devices, and this ZEV investment is one of multiple pieces to mitigate the environmental harm caused by VW’s actions. A separate part of the overall agreement requires VW to mitigate the excess NOx emissions of its diesel passenger cars by paying about $422 million to California to replace older, dirtier heavy-duty vehicles and equipment with cleaner versions. The agreement also requires VW to buy back or fix affected vehicles, and to pay $153.8 million to the State in penalties. Read full article….
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