California Outlines How It Wants To Spend Volkswagen’s $800 Million Diesel Emissions Settlement

California’s Air Resources Board has presented a list of options on how Volkswagen can spend $800 million as part of the recovery from its diesel emissions cheating scandal.

The wish list came via a presentation on its website Thursday showing how the automaker can spend the $800 million share out of a total $14.7 billion settlement with the U.S. government and California.

Volkswagen AG is required to make the $800 million investment in California to install electric car chargers and to introduce services for sharing or hailing rides in zero-emission vehicles.

The California agency had also scheduled a workshop today for public input to gather more suggestions.

California would like to see VW support its agenda to bring more plug-in electrified transportation to its roads and the needed charging infrastructure. It would also support the state’s zero-emission vehicle mandate, and support the state’s more recent efforts to bring these clean vehicles to low-income and disadvantaged communities.

Other possible investments suggested by CARB include installing hydrogen fueling stations, and funding public education awareness campaigns that wouldn’t be allowed to feature or favor the VW brand.

The 10-year spending plan issued by CARB will be divvied into four 30-month spending cycles.

“We urge VW to make early, visible progress in the beginning of the first 30-month cycle,” CARB said in the presentation.

After Friday’s workshop, a board hearing and public comment, VW is required to submit a draft of its plan to California regulators by Feb. 22.

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Volkswagen is still facing settlement of claims by owners of 3.0-liter diesel cars in the U.S., as well as shareholder lawsuits and criminal investigations by the U.S. Justice Department and European authorities.

The VW brand on Thursday reported its first U.S. sales gain in more than a year earlier. Diesel models accounted for more than 20 percent of the VW brand’s U.S. deliveries before sales were halted by the emissions scandal. The German automaker hopes that its ambitious electric vehicle product campaign will help restore its brand image in California and other key markets.

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