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  1. According to the Sierra Club who is following the VW Dieselgate issues closely, they have been watching who gets how much money and how are they spending it. Dieselgate settlement is that so much money is spent on actual EV infrastructure and so much has to be spent on removing nitrogen oxide from the air that you breath. The breakdown of money given to each state is based on how many VW offending auto's were sold in each state. Sierra club was able to get some info on how some states are planning to spend that money and here is what has been reported: California will spend its money mostly on replacing heavy-duty trucks, buses and equipment with zero-emission models. The state will also invest in electric-vehicle charging stations and efforts to cut emissions at freight facilities. Pennsylvania's plan includes funding projects to retrofit diesel-burning locomotives, marine engines and other equipment that sullies the air. The state will focus on densely populated areas -- including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh -- where impoverished neighborhoods tend to be disproportionately affected by air pollution. Minnesota, which received $47 million, is spending money on grants to replace hundreds of diesel school buses, ferries, tug boats and other heavy-duty vehicles. It also plans to develop about 65 electric vehicle charging stations. Georgia, awarded $63.6 million, plans to spend money on a fleet of electric buses and charging depots, including terminal-to-terminal emission-free shuttles to replace diesel burning models at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Connecticut, which got $55.7 million, plans to make $7.5 million of that available for grants to reduce nitrogen oxide in a variety of vehicles. Some states are still deciding how to use this newfound cash including Texas who is considering buying new CNG and Diesel auto's to replace older ones in the state fleet. The Sierra Club has opposed that idea pointing out that dirty technology like diesel and or natural gas should not be what this cash is spent on and instead be used for additional EV autos and more EV charging infrastructure including EV buses to increase clean mass transit. Autonews story

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