VW Settlement and Clean Transportation

Electric School Bus Midwest Road Tour

ELPC along with Charge Up Midwest is kicking off a four-state electric school bus tour to raise awareness about zero emissions school buses that don’t expose children to harmful diesel pollution as conventional buses do. Representatives from ELPC and Lion Bus, based in Quebec, Canada, are taking an eLion demo school bus on the road. The weeklong tour, which includes an electric school bus demonstration at each stop, will stop in Chicago, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Lansing, Ann Arbor and Columbus.

The tour capitalizes on the moment when state agencies across the Midwest are crafting proposals to allocate their portion of the $2.7 billion in Volkswagen settlement funds. The automaker was ordered to set up the funds after installing devices in diesel vehicles sold in the U.S. that cheated federal emissions testing.

Friday, June 16, Chicago, IL
Press conference at 11:00 a.m.
Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School
3730 N. Oakley Chicago, IL

Monday, June 19, Indianapolis, IN 
Press conference 11:00 a.m.
Marion County Health Department
3838 N Rural St, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Tuesday, June 20, Fort Wayne, IN
Press conference at 10:00 a.m.
Grand Wayne Convention Center
120 W. Jefferson Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Wednesday, June 21, Lansing, MI
Press conference at 11:00 a.m.
Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48915

Thursday, June 22, Ann Arbor, MI
Press conference at 11:00 a.m.
Honey Creek Community School
Washtenaw Intermediate School District and is on the WISD campus
1735 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Friday, June 23, Columbus, OH
Press conference at 10:00 a.m.
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center
546 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215


Volkswagen Settlement Background

Volkswagen (VW) violated the Clean Air Act by selling ~590,000 diesel cars model year 2009-2016 equipped with “defeat devices” designed to cheat on federal emissions tests. This resulted in over 40,400 tons of excess NOx emissions.

EPA and others sued Volkswagen for violating the Clean Air Act. The state-administered Environmental Mitigation Trust settlement provides $2.7 billion for air pollution mitigation projects.

Under the Environmental Mitigation Trust, Midwest states stand to receive more than $438 million for local air quality efforts, including electric vehicle infrastructure and air quality mitigation efforts (targeting vehicle and equipment upgrades). The Mitigation Trust creates a unique opportunity and obligation for Midwest states to modernize public vehicle fleets and infrastructure, reduce harmful air pollution, and stimulate economic development across the region.

VW Mitigation Fund Allocations for Midwest States


States will be required to submit plans outlining how they will use VW Settlement funds. Here is timeline of how that work will proceed. (This will be updated when the effective date is announced.)

Evaluating Eligible Uses of Funds

In evaluating potential investments in eligible vehicles, equipment, and technologies, Midwest states should focus on specific opportunities to minimize NOx emissions and human exposure while maximizing cost-effectiveness and market impact.  Mitigation investments should also seek to protect and improve quality of life for Midwest states’ most vulnerable and disproportionately affected residents, including children.

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