From Deceit to Transformation: How States Can Leverage Volkswagen Settlement Funds to Accelerate Progress To a Clean Transportation System

Volkswagen (VW) perpetuated a fraud on the American people, deceiving consumers into believing that they were getting the best possible combination of performance and sustainability. As a result of the settlement that followed this fraud, an Environmental Mitigation Trust (EMT) was set up with $2.9 billion dollars to be distributed to states to reduce transportation emissions. Given the structure of the VW settlement and its available uses, the overwhelming need to reduce harmful emissions that make us sick and destroy the planet, along with the opportunity to accelerate a market transformation toward an electrified transportation system, this report recommends that the maximum allowable amount (15 percent) be invested in fast charging electric vehicle infrastructure and the remaining amount (85 percent) be spent on new, all-electric transit buses to replace older, outdated diesel buses. Contents of this report include: Volkswagen's emissions cheating; The VW settlement; The case for electrifying U.S. Highways; The case for electrifying public transit buses; How recommended VW settlement investments complement existing U.S. clean air goals; and Zero emissions vehicle fund.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 47p

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  • Accession Number: 01641415
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2017 9:53AM