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A new state program using nearly $1 million from Volkswagen’s environmental mitigation fund will offer rebates for companies and individuals installing electric vehicle charging stations in Arkansas.
The state Energy Office, part of the Department of Energy & Environment’s Division of Environmental Quality, is promoting the installation of Level 2 EV charging stations by public and private applicants around the state. Level 2 stations can charge electric vehicles in eight hours or less using a 240-volt output.
The state’s goal is to bolster its EV charging infrastructure to reduce air pollution and “and position Arkansas as a leader in the United States in electric vehicle adoption,” according to a state news release.
“We want to support electric vehicle owners, as well as encourage higher electric vehicle adoption in our state,” said Becky Keogh, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment. “Arkansas is the Natural State for a reason. We want to continue to provide some of the cleanest air in America. This infrastructure helps us achieve that.”
The division has allocated $215,563 each year for the project this year through 2024, drawing the money from the State Environmental Mitigation Trust established after the Volkswagen Settlement of 2016, in which the automaker admitted using devices to defeat environmental testing and allowing Volkswagen vehicles to emit up to 40% more nitrogen oxides than allowed under the Clean Air Act.
That trust money is derived from a $2.7 billion trust established in the settlement to support environmental programs nationwide to cut nitrogen emissions.
For more information about the Arkansas program and how to apply for the rebates, click here.