Ohio to spend Volkswagen settlement funds on clean vehicles

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will spend the millions it receives from a national settlement over Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal on technology aimed at reducing air pollution.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the state will spend more than half of its $75 million share from a nearly $3 billion settlement on cleaner-running vehicles such as public school buses, public transit buses and freight trucks.

The settlement requires states to use the money to reduce the release of nitrogen oxide, a key component of smog, into the atmosphere. The money will be paid out over a 10-year period.

Just over $11 million of Ohio’s settlement will be spent on charging stations and infrastructure for electric vehicles.

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