California ready to spend VW payout on electric propulsion

Source: Motorship | July 10, 2020

California is offering funding for zero-emission projects including repowering ferries, tugboats and towboats with all-electric or fuel cell propulsion and the installation of shore power at berths that serve ocean-going vessels.

The US$35 million available now is expected to be followed by another US$35 million in 2022. The money is part of US$423 million the state will receive from the National VW Environmental Trust. In a landmark settlement, VW is paying US$2.9 billion to the US to mitigate harm from NOx released as a result of the company’s use of illegal emissions testing defeat devices in some diesel passenger cars.

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