Unlike the diesel pollution mitigation trust fund, Volkswagen won’t be shoveling out cash for recipients to spend. But electric vehicle advocates still have high hopes that the other piece of Volkswagen’s emissions-scandal settlement could be transformative for the Northwest.

That’s why Oregon and Washington teamed up to propose a suite of projects for the shamed automaker to undertake from its court-ordered $2 billion Zero Emission Vehicle Investment fund.

“We wanted to have a coherent,…