The next round of grants from the state’s Volkswagen emissions-cheating settlement includes new criteria to award charging with local clean energy.
Legislative politics, industry influence, and financial pressures from an aging bus fleet helped shape spending.
After a three-year political struggle over spending authority, state lawmakers approved a plan with little fanfare.
Though COVID-19 has slowed tourism, the state’s effort is continuing: “This infrastructure is going to be needed for decades to come.”
A political dispute has prevented the Tar Heel State from awarding any funds from its Volkswagen settlement share.