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 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.