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Maryland Announces Draft Spending Plan for Volkswagen Settlement Funds

Maryland proposes to invest $75.7 million share of federal court settlement in Volkswagen “defeat devices” case in clean car technology; public comment period open, listening sessions to be announced

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Department of the Environment, in conjunction with the Maryland Energy Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation, has developed a draft spending plan that would invest tens of millions of dollars in settlement money from the Volkswagen “defeat devices” case toward the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and the replacement of old, dirty diesel engines with clean diesel engines and other strategies to help improve air quality.

“Maryland is proud to be a national leader in protecting our environment and promoting cleaner air and water,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This comprehensive plan is further proof of our commitment to leveraging 21st century technology to preserve our natural resources for generations to come.”

“Maryland Energy Administration’s transportation programs have helped to displace more than 10 million gallons of petroleum over the past four years,” said Maryland Energy Administration Director Mary Beth Tung. “I am confident this plan, will lead to increased usage of EV and other alternative fuel vehicles. Furthermore, this plan will help us reach our targeted goals while improving the environment and the economy throughout our state.” Click here to read full release.

Maryland Volkswagen Mitigation Plan can be found here.