Help Volkswagen Spend $2 Billion On Electric Car Infrastructure


As part of its settlement of civil claims arising from the sale of diesel powered cars in America that failed to meet applicable state and federal emissions standards, Volkswagen has agreed to spend $2 billion on efforts to promote electric car infrastructure in the US over the next 10 years. The money is broken into 4 chunks spread 30 months apart. During each segment of the program, Volkswagen will invest $500,000 in clean tech programs like building charging infrastructure, educating the public about the benefits of driving an electric car (something the rest of the industry has been woefully poor at doing), and launching a “Green City Initiative.”

Volkswagen Electrify America website

Volkswagen has now launched a website called Electrify America where people and organizations can make suggestions about the money should be spent. One of the proposals is to use some of the money to add three hundred 240 volt Level 2 and fast charging Level 3 charging stations in 15 US cities. If your city is not on the list, you might want to log on to Electrify America and suggest it be added. Another part of the plan is to create an network of at least two hundred fast charging stations along principal transportation routes throughout America. Here is your chance to request one be installed near where you live or work.

The California Air Resources Board played a leading role in negotiating the settlement and wants a significant proportion of the money spent within California. Its goals focus on providing access to electric car chargers in low income neighborhoods. People with limited income often buy the cheapest cars they can find to get back and forth to work. Those cars tend to pollute far more than newer cars. CARB wants to give those folks the opportunity to drive electric to help get those old beaters off the road in California’s cities.

The comment period on the Electrify America website for how the first $500,000 should be spent ends January 16, so if you want your voice heard, add your comment before then. Volkswagen is required to submit a draft investment plan to CARB and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by February 22.

Source: Green Car Reports

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  • kvleeuwen

    Point 2; education and awareness: you could ask for 1% of the 2 billion for your website?

    • bioburner

      I’m sure Steve and his bosses would really like that. My 2 cents….I would like to see a DCFC and a hand full of L2 installed at the local mall. Lots of people would see that.. Generate some interest.

  • Harold Thiers

    I believe DC FC is the only investment in infrastructure they should make. With 125 mile second gen cars, L2 is irrelevant other than at work or home, perhaps at a place you spend more than one hours in like a mall or cineplex. All the local L2 sites are at inconvenient places from shopping or parks etc.. in my area. Only one outlet mall has 12 stalls that are useful at the Tanger outlets. DCFC at gas stations, and town centers, highway rest areas with services available. Make a deal with fast food chains, Gas station franchises, and the like.