Electric shuttles and trucks funded by VW settlement dollars

Electric shuttles and trucks funded by VW settlement dollars
Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Nev. Image: Kenny Eliason / Unsplash

CARSON CITY — Nearly $5.5 million of Nevada’s VW settlement funds are going to support the purchase of 13 zero-emission vehicles in Clark County and Carson City. The purchase is being made through grants from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.

Most of the grant funding – more than $4.9 million – will be used to replace 11 diesel-powered shuttle buses with new electric buses at Harry Reid International Airport in Clark County. MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and Carson Tahoe Health in Carson City will also each replace one of their diesel-powered delivery trucks with an electric truck.

NDEP administrator Greg Lovato said switching from diesel-powered transportation to greener alternatives is not only good for the environment but good for communities.

“Transportation is the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions in Nevada, degrades air quality more acutely in urban areas, and disproportionately increases air pollution in historically disadvantaged communities,” Lovato said.

Nevada received $25 million in 2017 through the VW settlement. The agreement was reached after the automaker admitted to intentionally installing devices on its diesel vehicles to “cheat” emissions tests.

Source: NDEP