VW’s Electrify America is launching ‘Green City’ initiative in Sacramento this week

VW’s Electrify America is launching ‘Green City’ initiative in Sacramento this week

In accordance with Volkswagen (VW)’s settlement with the EPA and CARB over the infamous diesel-emissions cheating scandal, the German automaker has recently announced that its Electrify America company is launching a ‘Green City’ initiative in Sacramento.

Volkswagen had agreed to make an investment in a ‘Green City’ initiative as part of its emissions-cheating scandal settlement, which also required the automaker to contribute to the development of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

In announcing the ‘Green City’ initiative, VW said in a recent press release that the project is being launched by Electrify America in Sacramento this week; and will include notable investments by Electrify America in a number of different programs.

According to the press release, the programs in which VW’s Electrify America will be investing millions of dollars as part of the ‘Green City’ project will chiefly include electric car sharing programs, ZEV bus service and on-demand micro-shuttle service, as well as EV charging infrastructure.

With the launch of the services included in the ‘Green City’ initiative likely to start by the end of 2018, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said the partnership between Sacramento and Electrify America is “a key piece of the City of Sacramento’s effort to become a national center for testing and development of alternative and autonomous vehicle technologies.”