Thousands of recalled Volkswagen vehicles parked along I-25

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — Several thousand perfectly fine-looking Volkswagen cars are parked along Interstate 25 just to the south of Colorado Springs.

It’s a part of a federal lawsuit from a year ago as Volkswagen was found to have violated the Clean Air Act by selling nearly 600,000 cars equipped with devices to beat emissions testing.

“It’s just fascinating to see. Every time we drive by here it grows and grows and grows,” Patty Rooks said.

Rooks drives along the stretch of I-25 at least three times a month and enjoys the view every time.

“You’ve got the beautiful mountains in the background and it’s just a sea of cars,” she said.

Volkswagen would not say how many cars are parked in the lot near Pikes Peak Raceway.

The lot is estimated to be about 90 acres. With 170 cars able to be parked per acre, more than 15,000 cars can fit in the lot.

Volkswagen said there are multiple storage facilities similar to the one in Colorado throughout the country.

It can resell affected cars after making approved emissions modifications. The cars that cannot be correctly modified will be scrapped.

Colorado will receive $68 million from Volkswagen’s emission-scandal settlement, with $10 million going to building electric vehicle charging stations on major roads, workplaces and apartments.

Transit agency buses would get an $18 million upgrade to new natural gas-powered or electric-powered buses. Another $18 million would go to upgrade trucks, school buses and shuttles.

A public hearing will be held on the draft plan in September, followed by public comments. The plan will be finalized in November.

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