The California Air Resources Board signed off on a decade-long "clean technology" plan back on May 25 funded by $423 million given to the agency via the National VW Environmental Trust, which is funded by a settlement made between German automaker Volkswagen, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and CARB.
The agency said it plans to invest that $423 million primarily in zero-emission replacement units for heavy duty trucks, buses, and equipment. There is also money to reduce emissions at freight facilities and marine projects, while fostering light-duty electric vehicle charging stations, CARB said.
Senate Bill 92, passed last year, also requires that a minimum of 35 percent of the mitigation investment must benefit "disadvantaged communities." Thus CARB said its plan invests about 50 percent of its $423 million in such communities.
In terms of specific investments in certain types of vehicles, CARB said it plans to spend:
The plan will be submitted to the environmental fund's trustee before the first actual withdrawal is made from the trust fund, CARB added.
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