Emission Scandal: VW To Pay $15 Billion & Buy Back Diesel Vehicles

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German automaker Volkswagen has agreed to buy back its polluting cars and fund clean energy automotive solutions as part of a $15.3 billion settlement agreed with the US government.

The $15.3 billion settlement is the largest ever automotive settlement in the history of the United States comes more than 10 months after the emissions scandal was first exposed in September 2015.

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The settlement covers 475,000 VW Group vehicles including the Golf,Jetta, Beetle, Passat and the Audi A3 that use the 2.0-liter VW TDI diesel engine and were from the 2009 to 2015 model years. 

Volkswagen will set aside $10.033 billion to cover buybacks and fixes for its diesel cars and SUVs fitted with the emissions test duping software.

In addition to this Volkswagen will provide $2 billion over the next 10 years to the California government and the Environmental Protection Agency to promote construction of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and the development of zero-emissions vehicles.

VW will also pay the California government and tribal agencies $2.7 billion to help them replace old diesel buses or to help fund infrastructure to cut down diesel emissions.

Volkswagen also announced a $600,000 settlement with 44 other US states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico with regards to the issue.

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