(Reuters) – Volkswagen AG said on Monday that it has agreed to pay $ 1.5 million to settle environmental claims with the states of New Hampshire and Montana over emissions software updates stemming from the 2015 cheating scandal.
The settlements, about $ 280 per vehicle, are a small fraction of what the states originally sought. The German carmaker and several courts have previously cited astronomical figures as the maximum responsibility the German carmaker faces in the matter of whether states can apply emission laws over emission software updates after the vehicles are sold.
VW will pay New Hampshire $ 1.15 million and it promised to build another high-speed charging station in the state by 2024. VW has agreed to pay Montana $ 357,280.
New Hampshire had applied for up to $ 25,000 per vehicle per day and Montana applied for up to $ 1
Last month, VW asked the US Supreme Court to reverse a court ruling in Ohio that allowed the state to proceed with its lawsuit.
The German automaker previously said in court documents that Ohio alone "could amount to $ 350 million a day, or more than $ 127 billion a year, over a multi-year period."
Three remaining states – Illinois, Ohio and Texas – and two counties – Hillsborough County, Florida and Salt Lake County, Utah – have sued about 47,000 vehicles.
If the other states and counties were content with $ 280 per vehicle, the total would be only $ 13 million.
Volkswagen previously settled on U.S. actions caused by the emission scandal worth more than $ 20 billion, but it did not protect it from local and state responsibilities, a court of appeal found. Catalog