Colorado to buy new buses with money from Volkswagen settlement

Bustang bus run by CDOT.
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DENVER (AP) — Colorado will use part of an emissions scandal settlement to replace 28 diesel buses with electric or cleaner-burning vehicles.

The Denver Post reports the state will provide around $14 million in grants to six transit agencies from the $68.7 million the state received from Volkswagen of America Inc.

The company admitted in 2017 to installing software in diesel cars that activated pollution controls during testing and then deactivated them during normal driving.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says the funds will be used to purchase battery-powered buses with charging equipment and four buses powered by low-emission compressed natural gas or propane.

Grants between $8.5 million and $183,700 have been awarded to the Denver metro area, Colorado Springs, Eagle County, Fort Collins, Boulder, and Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority.