Approximately $3 billion is available for states and tribes to fund projects that mitigate the past, present, and future harm caused by the excess nitrogen oxides emissions released by the affected vehicles. All 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and tribes are eligible to become beneficiaries. Each approved beneficiary will receive a specific amount of money based on the number of affected vehicles registered in their area. For more information on eligible beneficiaries under the federal settlement, visit the Trust website.
VW must provide relief to owners of vehicles that failed to meet federal emissions standards. In accordance with the settlements, the company must remove the affected vehicles from roads or repair emissions software on at least 85 percent of:
- 2.0 liter vehicles by June 2019.
- Generation one 3.0 liter vehicles by Nov. 30, 2019.
- Generation two 3.0 liter vehicles by May 31, 2020.
If VW fails to meet the 85 percent rate, then additional funds must be deposited into the Mitigation Trust.
VW will also offer owners and lessees:
- Fair replacement value "buy back" (as of Sept. 17, 2015).
- No cost termination of their lease.
The buyback or termination option will be available to consumers for two years and only applies to the specific vehicles below.
|Affected 2.0 vehicles
||Affected 3.0 vehicles
||Volkswagen Touareg (2009-2016)
|Jetta Sportwagen (2009-2014)
||Porsche Cayenne (2013-2016)
||Audi A6 Quattro (2014-2016)
|Beetle Convertible (2013-2015)
||Audi A7 Quattro (2014-2016)
|Audi A3 (2010-2015)
||Audi A8 (2014-2016)
||Audi A8L (2014-2016)
|Golf Sportwagen (2015)
||Audi Q5 (2014-2016)
||Audi Q7 (2009-2016)
For more information about consumer relief and how to file a claim, visit the VW website
Washington and Oregon joint proposal
As part of the 2.0 liter partial settlement, VW will invest $2 billion over the next 10 years in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure. VW has established Electrify America, LLC to manage these investments. Of the $2 billion for ZEV infrastructure, Electrify America will invest $800 million in California and $1.2 billion throughout the rest of the nation. Electrify America will provide opportunities for public input on the type and locations of the ZEV projects.
Washington and Oregon jointly submitted a proposal to Electrify America recommending ZEV infrastructure projects in both states. Seattle and Portland were two of the metropolitan areas selected for Cycle 1 funding. During this first cycle, Electrify America will invest $300 million across the country.
Washington also submitted proposals for Electrify America's Cycle 2 investments. The period for submitting formal comments closed on March 1, 2018. However, you can provide feedback on Electrify America's website at any time.
Examples of ZEV investment projects include:
- Electric vehicle charging stations at multi-unit dwellings, workplaces, and public sites
- Electric vehicle fast charging stations available to all vehicles using non-proprietary connectors
- Brand-neutral community outreach to increase awareness of ZEVs
Visit EPA's website to learn more about this part of the settlement.