Volkswagen US settlement to fund cleaner trucks

Billions to go towards clean diesel engine tech

Volkswagen US settlement to fund cleaner trucks

Volkswagen recently handed over a huge $15.3 billion (US) cheque to the US government and now a large portion of those funds will go towards cleaner diesel engine technology, particularly in heavy vehicles.

The funds were a settlement with the US the Federal Trade Commission over the emissions-cheating scandal and will be used in part to establish a $2.7 billion environmental remediation fund.

That fund will introduce incentives to encourage the replacement of older heavy-duty diesel vehicles with newer, cleaner-operating replacements.

Advocates for diesel technology, The Diesel Technology Forum said that in the US only about a quarter of all commercial vehicles are of the newest generation of clean diesel technology vehicles.

“Accelerating the turnover to the new technology clean diesel engines will achieve substantial NOx reductions,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of DTF.

“Significant air quality benefits will accrue to communities across the country if more of these older commercial vehicles are replaced with new or newer diesel engines.”

“Consumers will continue to find the new generation of clean diesel cars, trucks and SUVs a competitive choice to meet their personal transportation needs,”

“And clean diesel technology is a key strategy to achieving current and future energy and climate goals.”

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Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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