Volkswagent Settlement Information

Through a series of settlements, agreements have been reached between the U.S. Justice Department, the Volkswagen 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. At least 16,000 such vehicles were sold in Virginia. Defeat devices resulted in better fuel mileage and driving performance, but also resulted in the release of much higher levels of pollution.

In Virginia, DEQ administers the environmental mitigation trust (trust) established as part of the settlement agreements through a state mitigation plan. DEQ is the designated lead agency acting on the state’s behalf as beneficiary to distribute Virginia’s allocation of $93.6 million from the settlement.

VW Settlement Project Types


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EV_charger Statewide Public EV Charging Network

DEQ is partnering with EVgo to develop the nation’s first statewide electric vehicle (EV) charging network. The charging network will use approximately $14 million in funds from Virginia’s share of the Volkswagen settlement.

In May 2019, EVgo and DEQ celebrated the groundbreaking of the first location in the network in Vienna, Va. At the Pike 7 Plaza. Upon completion, the location will include a total of four 50 kW fast chargers capable of delivering up to 90 miles of range in 30 minutes. 

EVgo is using two Virginia-based contractors to help develop the electric vehicle charging network. The network will be developed over three one-year investment cycles. EVgo will also open a service center in Richmond that will allow for rapid deployment and maintenance support of Virginia’s statewide charging network and encourage local job growth.

green_bus All-Electric  Public Transit Buses

DEQ is investing $14 million, or 15 percent, of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund the deployment of all-electric transit buses across Virginia. DEQ will provide funding through a new Clean Transportation Voucher Program to replace heavy and medium-duty polluting vehicles with cleaner vehicles. The goal of the program is to provide enough funding to cover the incremental cost of transitioning from new diesel buses to new all-electric buses.

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DEQ continues to accept input as we  award grants from the VW trust. Questions and suggestions can be submitted to If future revisions to the Plan are necessary, DEQ intends to seek public input on them.

The goal for all projects that utilize trust funds are:

  • Reduce diesel exhaust emissions by replacing or repowering older, dirtier diesel vehicles and engines with new all-electric, alternative fueled, or diesel vehicles and engines.
  • Consider statewide air quality improvement goals. Prioritize those areas most impacted by diesel emissions.
  • Accelerate the transition to a zero emission transportation system by promoting greater use of all-electric vehicles and prioritizing diesel-to-electric replacement projects.
  • Achieve desired environmental benefits as cost-effectively as possible by leveraging private and other financing.

You can get additional information about the VW Settlement from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition, Volkswagen provides consumers with information on the settlement and buyback/modification program along with access to all court documents.

This page will be updated as funding is provided for eligible projects in Virginia.

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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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