Volkswagen Settlement Agreements

Through a series of partial settlements, agreements have been reached between the U.S. Justice Department, the Volkswagen (VW) Corporation, and its subsidiaries (collectively VW) regarding the installation and use of emissions testing defeat devices in over 500,000 vehicles sold and operated in the United States beginning in 2009.

The environmental mitigation trust (EMT) established as part of the settlement agreements will be administered by DEQ through a state mitigation plan. Funding for eligible mitigation projects may be available in 2017.

Topics of interest on the VW settlement can be accessed directly from these links:

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Submittals for VW Buyback are Due by December 30, 2018

See VW's official Information page for information regarding  the consumer vehicle “recall” program.

Current Developments

October 31, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam announces that the Commonwealth will invest $14 million of the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust (VW Trust) to fund the deployment of all-electric transit buses across Virginia.  Funding will be available through the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s public transportation capital FY 2020 grant cycle, which begins December 1, 2018, and runs through February 1, 2019.  Funds from the VW Trust will supplement state transit capital funds to support the additional capital cost associated with diesel transit bus conversion to all-electric.


VW Settlement Timeline

October 31, 2018: Governor Northam announces that the Commonwealth will invest $14 million of Volkswagen Mitigation Trust to support electric buses.

August 9, 2018: DEQ submits Virginia's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (Plan) to the Trustee.

August 9, 2018: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announces that the Commonwealth of Virginia issues a Notice of Intent to Award RFP for Statewide Public Electric Vehicle Charging Network. Read the press release.

November 6, 2017: RFP#: 18-01-CP for establishing a “Statewide Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station Network” closed. Questions regarding the procurement process should be directed to Carol Papazian, Procurement Manager, phone: (804) 698-4335.

October 23, 2017: DEQ issues Addendum No. 2 to the RFP for establishing a “Statewide Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station Network”. This Addendum provides DEQ’s answers to the Respondents questions and revisions to the original RFP solicitation language, including the price schedule.

October 6, 2017: DEQ issues Addendum No. 1 to the RFP for establishing a “Statewide Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station Network” for the purpose of extending the proposal due date to November  6, 2017

September 29, 2017: DEQ issues a request for proposals (RFP) from qualified sources to provide turnkey services for establishing a “Statewide Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station Network.' Funds from the VW Trust will be used to pay up to 80% of the equipment, installation and administrative costs not to exceed an established dollar cap to be determined through the competitive solicitation process.  Sealed proposals will be received until 2:00 P.M. ET on November 1, 2017.  Details are provided in the RFP, Price Schedule and Final Trust Agreements.

May 31, 2017: DEQ received a total of 35 responses to RFI#:17-01-CP seeking project ideas from governmental and non-governmental organizations that they may later submit to compete for VW EMT funds. Of the 35 responses, 29 organizations submitted 39 project ideas totaling approximately $600 million, and six organizations exclusively submitted responses to the question section of the RFI (Area 2 – VW Program and Solicitation Design Questions). As stated in the RFI, information received through this RFI will be used solely for planning purposes, including but not limited to the development of requirements upon which future solicitation for projects may be based. 

May 3, 2017: DEQ is issuing an addendum to the below referenced RFI for the purpose of modifying the information requested for light duty (LD) zero emission vehicle (ZEV) supply equipment projects and extending the deadline for submitting responses. There are no other changes to the RFI. 

April 4, 2017: DEQ is releasing a Request for Information (RFI) seeking early input from governmental and non-governmental entities on the type and scope of projects that they may later submit to compete for VW EMT funds, funding and project evaluation priorities, and methods DEQ could employ to increase participation in future requests for VW mitigation projects.

DEQ is still accepting comments of the proposed state mitigation plan.  Send comments to: vwmitigation@deq.virginia.gov

November 17-December 16, 2016: A summary of comment received during the November 17-December 16, 2016 public comment period is available.

November 16, 2016: DEQ is announcing an informal public comment period and meeting on a proposed state mitigation plan. See above for more information on how to monitor opportunities for public comment.

Summary of RFP Addenda

The table below provides summary information on each addendum issued to the RFP for establishing a “Statewide Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station Network” released on September 29, 2017.

 Addendum Date Issued Summary
Addendum No. 1 10/6/2017 Extended proposal due date to November 6, 2017
Addendum No. 2  10/23/2017 Provides answers to respondent's questions and includes revisions to the original RFP solicitation language, including the price schedule            

 

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