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California Approves Sacramento-Area Electric Car Share Program

Randol White / Capital Public Radio
 

Randol White / Capital Public Radio

California has approved Volkswagen's plan to invest $44 million in an electric car sharing program for Sacramento.

The Sacramento area beat out the state's other large cities as Volkswagen's choice for the nation's largest city-focused, single investment in electric vehicle infrastructure.

It's called Green City, part of the automaker's Electrify America program.

It was approved unanimously by the California Air Resources Board Thursday as part of the company's settlement with the state over VW's emissions cheating scheme.

Austin Brown with the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy at UC Davis said it could serve as a model for future planning.

"So, that's getting great siting, that's getting good distribution, and then I think maybe even most importantly, there's a really big effort on a part of this to integrate electric vehicle charging into disadvantaged communities," Brown said.

Volkswagen said it will work to use California-based companies and employees, and will build on Sacramento's electric vehicle plan to serve those disadvantaged communities.

The city will announce next week how it plans to collaborate with Electrify America.

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