Ten US states have released their proposed mitigation plans with $400 million available to purchase new all-electric school, transit and shuttle buses from the VW Mitigation Trust.
In total, the Trust is providing $2.9 billion to implement approved air pollution mitigation initiatives in the 50 States, Puerto Rico and federally-recognized Native American nations.
Arizona will use $38 million over the next two years to replace up to 281 school buses
California is proposing that $130 million be allocated for zero-emission school, transit and shuttle buses
In Washington, up to 45% of their $104 million will be directed towards electric transit, school and shuttle buses and electric trucks
Oregon will spend $18 million to replace 450 old diesel school buses
In Nevada, 80% of $22.2 million will be used for electric transit, school and shuttle buses and electric trucks
Georgia will use $63.6 million to replace older diesel transit buses
Wisconsin: $42 million to replace public transit vehicles, Louisiana – $18 million over three years to replace old diesel school buses, Illinois – $10.8 million to purchase new electric school buses and Ohio – Up to $15 million to replace old diesel school buses
Brendan Riley President of GreenPower, said the projects are “… helping to undo the damage done to our environment by the cheating VW diesels by replacing older diesel buses that are proven, notorious polluters with our zero-emission, quiet, all-electric buses.”