NewsPublic Affairs / August 20, 2020

State Gives Out Second Round Awards For Greener Vehicles In Volkswagen Settlement

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The City of South Bend will get money to buy six transit buses that use compressed natural gas, like these in Virginia.  - Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz/Wikimedia Commons

The City of South Bend will get money to buy six transit buses that use compressed natural gas, like these in Virginia.

Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz/Wikimedia Commons

The state has announced which schools, cities, and businesses will get money for greener vehicles during the second round of Volkswagen settlement awards. Indiana received funding to reduce the state’s diesel emissions after the company violated the Clean Air Act. 

About $5.9 million will go toward purchasing more than 190 greener vehicles — most of them propane school buses. Monroe County Community School Corporation received funding for two electric school buses and Crown Point Community School Corporation got enough money for one. 

READ MORE: State To Help Purchase Electric Buses With Volkswagen Money

The City of South Bend will also get enough money for six transit buses that use compressed natural gas. 

Indiana Department of Environmental Management officials say the pandemic led to fewer applicants for this round of the Volkswagen program.

Contact reporter Rebecca at rthiele@iu.edu or follow her on Twitter at @beckythiele.

Indiana Environmental reporting is supported by the Environmental Resilience Institute, an Indiana University Grand Challenge project developing Indiana-specific projections and informed responses to problems of environmental change.

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