Electric vehicle charging companies are calling for independent oversight of the $2 billion Volkswagen AG
is required to invest in clean car infrastructure, sayingshould not have the power to shape the nascent charging space.
The German automaker agreed to invest the money, which includes $1.2 billion nationally and $800 million in California, as part of its penalties for equipping hundreds of thousands of its diesel vehicles sold in thewith software designed to cheat tailpipe emissions tests.
While charging station companies called the money a potential “game changer,” they worry that if it is misspent, it could hurt competition.
“The agreement shouldn’t pick winners and losers, especially given that this emerging market transition will in no small part define 21st century transportation,” twenty eight companies, including ChargePoint, EV Connect and Electric Vehicle Charging Association, said in a letter to the US Justice Department on Friday.
The letter, seen by Reuters on Tuesday, said an independent administrator is key to ensuring that the programme treats all industry participants, regardless of business model and technology, fairly.
VW did not immediately respond to a request for comment.