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ABQ to get electric car charging stations as part of settlement

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two dozen new electric vehicle charging stations will be built around Albuquerque thanks to a new disbursement from the Volkswagen Settlement Fund.

The New Mexico Environment Department is awarding $4.6 million from the settlement fund for projects throughout the state. It includes $180,000 for the Albuquerque charging stations and another $800,000 to help Albuquerque purchase five new electric buses.

The charging stations will be located at 11 city facilities, including the Albuquerque International Sunport, Central and Unser Library, Albuquerque Balloon Museum, North Domingo Baca and Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Centers, Los Altos Golf Course and Explora, the city said in a news release. Drivers will also find them in on-street parking spots in Nob Hill and Downtown.

NMED says the federal settlement funding was available for projects involving electric vehicles, alternate-fueled vehicles and light duty zero emission vehicle supply equipment.

The $4.6 million allocated will fund electric vehicle charging infrastructure in communities like Artesia, Clines Corners, Des Moines and Vaughn.

“In a rural state like New Mexico, installing charging infrastructure is critical to encouraging and increasing the use of electric vehicles, resulting in fewer emissions and better air quality, as well as decreasing the state’s contribution to global warming,” NMED said in a news release.

A settlement was reached in 2017 between the federal government and Volkswagen after the carmaker admitted misrepresenting the emissions levels of its vehicles by installing illegal devices on cars.

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