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Volkswagen will pay $1.5 million to settle New Hampshire, Montana diesel claims

WASHINGTON-Volkswagen AG said Monday it agreed to pay $1.5 million with the states of New Hampshire and Montana to settle environmental claims over a post-vehicle update of software emissions stemming from the 2015 diesel fraud scandal Is.

Settlements for about $280 per vehicle are a small fraction of the German automaker’s maximum liability that faces the issue of whether states can enforce emissions laws on updates to emissions after vehicles are sold.

VW will pay New Hampshire $1.15 million and has promised to build another high-speed charging station in the state by 2024. VW has agreed to pay Montana $357,280.

VW asked the US Supreme Court last month to reverse an Ohio court ruling that cleared the way for the state to move forward with its diesel emissions lawsuit.

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VW said in court papers that Ohio’s claims “could total $350 million per day over a multi-year period, or more than $127 billion per year.” Settlements with both states equal $280 per vehicle and cover approximately 5,500 vehicles.

The remaining three states and two counties have filed lawsuits involving about 47,000 vehicles.

Volkswagen previously settled US actions prompted by the more than $20 billion emissions scandal, but that did not protect it from local and state government liability, the appeals court found.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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