Maryland announced detailed plans for spending its $75.7 million share of the Volkswagen settlement on electric cars, buses and charging stations.
Under an agreement reached in 2016, the German automaker was required to pay $2.7 billion into an environmental mitigation trust fund for its use of devices to cheat on emissions tests. The money was then divvied up among the states and D.C. based on the number of illegal cars in each jurisdiction.
Diesel Volkswagens and Audis sold between 2009 and 2015 emitted multiple times more nitrogen oxide pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act. Roughly 16,000 of these rogue Volkswagens and Audis were purchased in Maryland. The illegal emissions were equivalent to an extra 375,000 cars on the road each day in the state. Maryland will get just under 3 percent of the total settlement money and plans to spend it on projects that will reduce smog, clean up the Chesapeake Bay and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Read the full report from WAMU.