VW’s settlement in emissions scandal reaches USD 1.3 billion

San Francisco, Jul 21 (AP) California says Volkswagen will pay the state another USD 154 million in penalties and costs over the automaker’s emissions scandal.

California’s Air Resources Board says the increase in a consent decree filed Thursday brings VW’s total settlement in California to USD 1.3 billion.

Volkswagen Group of America acknowledges rigging 11 million of its vehicles with software used to cheat on vehicle emissions tests.

Environmental regulators say some of the VW vehicles emitted up to 40 times the allowed levels of unhealthy nitrous oxides when on the road.

The negotiated USD 1.3 billion final settlement still must be approved by courts.

It includes penalties and payments to help California boost its network supporting cleaner-running electric cars.

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