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A Clean Air Act violation by Volks-wagen and the resulting federal settlement means millions of dollars for electric vehicles and charging stations in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Environmental Department has opened the public comment period for a plan to address how money from the Volkswagen settlement should be spent in the state. In the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, the NMED recommends the funds be used for local governments and others to purchase alternative-fueled vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations.
A federal settlement was reached in 2017 after Volkswagen admitted misrepresenting the emissions levels of its vehicles by installing illegal devices on cars. The settlement provides $2.7 billion to all 50 states and Puerto Rico to reduce harmful vehicle emissions like nitrogen oxide (NOx) and ozone.