Here’s How New York Will Spend Its $127 Million VW Dieselgate Funds

SEP 16 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 12

New York is set to utilize the funds to significantly increase the number of electric and clean vehicles in the state

The fallout from Volkswagen dieselgate scandal is still one of the prominent features of the automotive industry in the United States. However, the funds that are coming online thanks to the fines paid by the German car maker, are finding their way to clean transportation projects across the nation. According to an announcement by the New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the state has received a whopping $127.7 million from the 2016 Volkswagen settlement. In turn, this will allow them to significantly increase the number of electric vehicles and other eco-friendly vehicles in the state.

For New York, the improvements will include getting new trucks, buses, locomotives, ferries, tugboats, and cargo handling equipment. Furthermore, the funding will improve the availability of electric vehicle charging equipment statewide.

To ensure proper spending of the funds, acting on Governor’s direction, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in concert with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, New York Power Authority, state Department of Transportation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and others, have developed Clean Transportation NY – a blueprint for the state to invest the settlement funding for maximum benefit.

When a federal judge approved the national settlement plan for Volkswagen’s installation and use of NOx cheat devices, hitting approximately 580,000 Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles back in October 2016, there was little doubt that most of that money will be spent on improving eco-friendly vehicle infrastructure across the nation. Thanks to the support of the Attorney General’s Office, New York received $127.7 million as part of this legal settlement. More than 60% of the amount is slated to be spent to accelerate the adoption of electrified transportation. This will be done VIA reducing the cost of electric buses and trucks, but also, the funding is to boost the adoption rates for the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the state as well.

Furthermore, New York aims to replace or re-power older vehicles and devices. These include older generation school buses, but also, utility trucks and equipment used by various NY public services. These are slated to be replaced with both emission-free modern electric versions or other newer, much lower-emitting technologies that would provide substantially greater emission reductions.

The Clean Transportation NY investments will also include funding for electric vehicle charging points and infrastructure. In turn, this is slated to encourage the growth of all-electric ground support equipment at airports and light-duty, on-road all-electric vehicles throughout the state. We’re already seeing cargo ships docking and turning off their engines, utilizing the power grid provided by the ports. With these items, the level of emissions arising from the state’s busiest airports could be taken down, resulting in a more hospitable working environment and a more pleasant surrounding for the passengers.

Finally, the plan calls for bolstering the state’s Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) program. The ZEV program calls for vehicle manufacturers to research, develop, and market electric vehicles that will have zero emissions. If proper funding is provided, we could see more car companies venturing into EV production across the state of New York, further curbing the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: Green Car Congress

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12 Comments on "Here’s How New York Will Spend Its $127 Million VW Dieselgate Funds"

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Put in chargers and EV buses.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

They will squander the money on bull$hit pet projects and NY will be lucky to to see 200 AC L2’s and any DCFC’s from the settlement funds.

Stooooopid politicians will make sure that’s what will happen.

I agree. The governor’s race between democrats has been ONLY about the Metropolitan Transit Authority (NYC subways )- that are in horrible condition – especially frustrating since they spend SEVEN TIMES the amount that they do in similar places such as London or Paris. There is so much featherbedding that 1/3 of the payroll – no one knows what jobs those people do, and that DOESN’T include ‘Greasers and Oilers’ who are paid but have nothing to do since sealed bearings have been used for decades – at least those people could conceivably do something if they had something that needed oiling.

I’m expecting nothing from state gov’t since we have the most corrupt legislature (so many former members are in jail) of any of the 50 states.

127.7 million is pin money for NY State. Wouldn’t be surprised if they pissed it away on absolutely nothing, and then demand they need more money.

Do you vote 100% of the time?

I’m not allowed to vote in NYC elections as I’ve never lived there, but I am frustrated that the monies generated from the NIAGARA POWER PROJECT – rather than giving nearby electrical subscribers low cost juice instead gets funneled into the NYC MTA which gets no NF power, – they just get the MONEY over 400 miles away.

All the arrested legislators have been from the downstate (i.e., NOT Western NY) area, or the Capital area, 300 miles away. Yes I do vote 100% of the time. Apparently it doesn’t do much good most times.

Well the Niagara Falls Power Plant was built to carry power over long distances. Previously Edison’s method use DC would only allow power to travel short distances. When the original plant was built in 1895 to provide power over long distances and New York City was where the majority of people in New York State lived at the time.
I presume you live in Buffalo or somewhere in that area so I’m sure you know the history.

The MTA carry’s how many passengers a day a year. How would people get to work in NYC without the MTA.

Meanwhile in Europe, there is no punishment for VW in most of the countries.

The only other place in the world that it was sold that had the same or more stringent emissions regulation was in Europe. VW has its tentacles in the politics of Europe.

In Europe they are updating the cars software and leave the clients with a car full off problems after that.

Meanwhile in Florida, we still don’t have a plan lol and our Republican candidate for governor denies climate change lol

Along with spending to get more EV’s and the infrastructure charging stations. New York and a number of east cost states will install 10 GW of Offshore Wind Turbines to power those electric cars and create good paying jobs.

https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2018/09/building-americas-regional-offshore-wind-powerhouses-10-gws-counting.html