Volkswagen to pay New Hampshire $31 million in settlement

The state has received the award as part of the settlement from the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

–Markus Schreiber / AP Photo, File

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has received $31 million as part of the settlement from the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

The Concord Monitor reports the state is using $4.6 million from the settlement to increase the amount of charging stations for electric cars.

The state has few public charging stations, and the ones that exist are mostly Tesla-only stations along Interstates 93 and 95.

An additional $15.5 million will help replace older vehicles owned by the state and local school districts with cleaner diesel or alternative-fuel vehicles.

Another $6.2 million will be put up for bids from groups with ideas for reducing the state’s vehicle air pollution. The rest of the settlement will go toward administrative costs.

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Applications for use of the funds will be collected next month.

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