Governor Roy Cooper has designated the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to manage North Carolina’s share of the VW Settlement, an agreement between the German automaker and the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). North Carolina’s beneficiary mitigation plan is structured in two phases, so DEQ can seek additional input and make changes as needed along the way. In Phase 1, nearly $30 million was awarded for projects across North Carolina. In Phase 2, the state plans to invest the remaining $67 million in additional projects.
Phase 2 of the VW Settlement invested nearly $68 million on projects to significantly reduce NOx emissions and improve air quality.
DEQ has a new interactive map showcasing all electric vehicles and electric vehicle chargers funded by the N.C. Volkswagen Settlement that are now operating in the state.
Highlighted projects include Level 2 and DC Fast electric vehicle charging stations available to the public as well as new all-electric school buses, transit buses and heavy-duty vehicles already on the road thanks to the Volkswagen Settlement. As new chargers and vehicles come online, they will be added to the map.