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Volkswagen to Invest $1.2 Billion in California for Zero Emission Vehicle Programs

Proposal Submissions Accepted through Jan. 16, Funding Released over 10 Years

December 16, 2016
Volkswagen Group of America has entered into a partial settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.
The outcome of this settlement has established a $2 billion Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) investment program over the next 10 years. Volkswagen has named the program Electrify America. Proposals are due by Jan. 16 and the draft investment plan will be drafted by Feb. 22, 2017.
Through the consent decree, $1.2 billion is mandated — $381 million will be allocated for NOx mitigation through “the Mitigation Trust” and $800 million will be invested in California. The consent decree only allows up to one-third to be paid out during the first year or up to two-thirds during the first two years.
The ZEV investment program is designed to increase ZEV adoption throughout the United States through charging infrastructure expansion, education and awareness programs, and other measures aimed at overcoming ZEV adoption barriers. Volkswagen Group of America will accomplish its mission in four 30-month investment cycles, with planning for the first cycle underway. Volkswagen wants input and proposals, but cautions that some submissions might not fit within the scope of our initiatives for the first 30-month investment cycle. Other promising ZEV initiatives, such as hydrogen fueling stations or national ZEV car-sharing or ZEV ride-sharing services, will be considered in later investment cycles.
Proposal Submissions
States, municipal governments, federally-recognized Indian tribes and federal agencies can submit proposals through Jan. 16.
Potential proposal categories include:
  • Charging and hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure;
  • Zero emission awareness; and
  • The Green City initiative. 
In addition, Volkswagen will be creating the Green City initiative to select a California city to host pilot projects that will develop sustainable mobility projects such as zero emission vehicle based shuttle services or car sharing programs (Partial Consent Decree). 
Additional information resources can be found at: If your municipality is interested in submitting a proposal and has questions, please email Derek Dolfie.

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