Volkswagen Settlement Funds: The Case for Electrification

Last week, VPIRG spoke to members of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the statehouse to outline the various pieces of the Volkswagen Settlements. Our Clean Energy Advocate, Kanika Gandhi, presented the group with a memo (see below) and described the state and federal level settlement outcomes. The caucus is pushing for all funding, both the state and federal settlements, to be directed towards the electrification of vehicles. This would include a program to help get more light-duty vehicles on the road using the state settlement dollars, focusing on Vermonters with lower incomes, as well as directing the federal funds to purchase more heavy-duty electric vehicles. We appreciate the leadership of these policymakers as they work tirelessly to pass crucial legislation for the state!