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The New York State government has announced more than $20 million in funding to replace diesel trucks and buses with electric models in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The state will use a portion of the money secured from the federal Volkswagen (VW) settlement to fund the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Programme.

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The other capital will come from the New York State Department of Transportation to permanently remove older, and more polluting diesel trucks and buses.

 VW was ordered to pay a hefty fine in October 2016 after testing revealed that approximately 580,000 of its vehicles emitted up to 40 times the carbon emissions certification standard between 2009 and 2016.

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New York received $127.7 million from the VW settlement.

The Truck Voucher Incentive Programme is administered by NYSERDA and has funded the purchase of 65 electric trucks and buses between 2014 and 2018.

The aim is to accelerate the electrification of the transportation industry to combat climate change.

 New York state governor Andrew Cuomo said: “New York continues to lead the nation in implementing effective policies that prevent the harmful effects of air pollution and climate change by moving away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past to cleaner energy sources of the future.

“With this investment from the Volkswagen settlement funds and federal money to support cleaner transportation options, we are removing vehicles that significantly contribute harmful emissions, allowing New York to make great progress toward achieving our goals for a healthier environment and stronger clean energy economy.”

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This VW settlement builds on our investments to make clean transportation more convenient and efficient as part of our aggressive energy goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.”