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Virginia dealers double down on Tesla attack, demand probe of sales

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Tesla Motors continues to battle Virginia car dealers over the opening of a second company-owned retail store in the Old Dominion State. Politics dealers Tesla Motors Dealership plug-in cars state laws Virginia

Virginia Tech report finds national crash rate for conventional vehicles higher than crash rate of self-driving cars

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Estimates of unreported rates of crashes have ranged from as little as 15.4% to as much as 59.7%. Rates reported to the police. Source: VTTI.

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VA to deny Tesla a store license; dealers say they want to sell Teslas

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Tesla Motors recently had another setback in its fight with Virginia's franchised car dealers over direct sales of its luxury electric cars. Now, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is recommending against. dealers Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships state laws Virginia

Virginia Sees Sense, Scraps 2013's Hybrid Vehicle Tax

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Virginia''s annual tax on hybrid vehicles did not make sense. Taxes are rarely popular, but if they''re to be accepted by the populace the bare minimum they have to do is make sense. Proposed and enacted early last year, the tax added a fixed yearly sum to the cost of running a hybrid vehicle, in an effort to make up a gas tax shortfall.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, partners demo automated, connected vehicles on I-395

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The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and Transurban, which operates the express lanes, conducted a demonstration of automated, connected vehicles on a 10-mile stretch of I-395 for federal and state officials. US Sen. Brief

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Tesla Must Alter Electric-Car Buyer Bounties, State Law Says

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sales Tesla Motors plug-in cars VirginiaTesla has come under fire from franchised car dealers in several states for its direct-sales model. That's led those dealers to lobby for changes to existing franchise laws, specifically to prevent Tesla from selling cars directly to customers in some states. DON'T.

Virginia Clean Cities requests proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting to propane Autogas

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The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are requesting proposals from fleets in the southeastern US interested in converting eligible gasoline vehicles to run on propane autogas. The application deadline is Friday, 12 August 2011, at 5pm EDT. Brief

Virginia Tech launching second annual 3D printed vehicle contest

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Virginia Tech launched the second annual Spring Additive Vehicle Design Challenge, a competition for students to design a remote-controlled 3-D printed vehicle that can drive on ground and fly in the air. This is a competition about design, creativity, and problem solving. —Christopher Williams, the W.S. Judges from the U.S. Brief

Virginia Tech team develops process for high-yield production of hydrogen from xylose under mild conditions

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A team of Virginia Tech researchers, led by Dr. Y.H. To liberate the hydrogen, Virginia Tech scientists separated a number of enzymes from their native microorganisms to create a customized enzyme cocktail that does not occur in nature. Flow of the new process; enzymes are in red. Credit: Martín del Campo et al. Click to enlarge.

Virginia Utility Tests Cheap Rates for Electric Car Owners

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Dominion Virginia Power announced yesterday that is waiting for Virginia State Corporation Commission approval to offer two electricity tariffs exclusively to electric vehicle owners in a bid to encourage customers to make the switch to electric cars.

Virginia’s Hybrid HOV Lane Perks: Anything But Easy

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For years, we’ve covered California’s High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access perks for drivers of ultra-low or zero-emissions cars. Reasonably simple to understand, with a few exceptions, California’s HOV lane rules allows drivers of qualifying vehicles fitted with official HOV lane access stickers to drive in the HOV lane

VA auto dealers sue Tesla, DMV over hearing to 'hide' proposed store

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But the situation in the state of Virginia may be among the odder episodes in Tesla's eight years of selling cars online directly to buyers. Green Dealership Politics Tesla Motors Virginia dealers state lawsIn the Old Dominion state, the auto-dealers' trade group.

Virginia Tech researchers develop high-energy-density sugar “biobattery”, an enzymatic fuel cell

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A Virginia Tech research team led by Dr. Y.H. Support for the current research comes from the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech and Cell-Free Bioinnovations, a biotech start-up, located in Blacksburg, Va. This enzymatic fuel cell is based on non-immobilized enzymes that exhibit a maximum power output of 0.8?mW?cm

Tesla a 'predator,' dealer lobby howls; second VA store OKed anyway

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The Virginia department of motor vehicles ruled yesterday that Tesla is eligible to open a second retail store in Virginia, in the state capitol of Richmond. dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships Virginia

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute receives University Transportation Center Tier 1 Grant; focus on connected vehicle technology

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million to establish a multidisciplinary program of transportation research, education, and technology transfer for a Tier 1 University Transportation Center to be headquartered at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. The centers will advance transportation technology and expertise in research, education, and technology transfer.

Carmakers Lobby To Keep Software Secret, Despite VW Emission Scandal

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Instead, its effects were discovered by researchers at West Virginia University, working with the International Council on Clean Transportation. The software that allowed Volkswagen diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests was not found by government regulators. emissions EPA VW software Volkswagen diesel scandal

Kalmar and Virginia International Gateway deploy three hybrid shuttle carriers

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, recently delivered three hybrid shuttle carriers ordered by The Port of Virginia in late 2014 to Virginia International Gateway terminal (VIG) in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA. Brief

Mainstay Fuel Technologies delivers 30 CNG fuel systems to Virginia Transportation for car carriers for Honda

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The CNG-powered fleet will be utilized as part of a collaboration between Virginia Transportation and American Honda Motor Co. in Alabama.

CARB Shows Test Equipment That Found VW Diesel Defeat Device (Video)

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DARPA Funds SilentHawk Military Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle Prototype

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Logos Technologies, a defense technology company based in Fairfax, Virginia, recently won its second award from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to continue development of the

Virginia Tech professor proposes simple biomass-to-wheel efficiency analysis to inform decisions on biomass/biofuel/powertrain combinations; the advantage of sugar fuel cell vehicles

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However, notes Virginia Tech Prof. Comparison of biomass-to-wheel (BTW) efficiency for different biomass utilization scenarios. Huang and Zhang.

Glucose-Based Battery Has 10 Times Energy Of Lithium: Researchers

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As ExtremeTech reports, researchers at Virginia Tech have Humans and batteries--and indeed most other things in the natural world, operate on largely similar principals. Energy is generated somehow, stored, and expended for work. It''s only the details that separate these processes, but the gap might shrink with the advent of biobatteries.

Virginia Tech team wins EcoCAR Competition

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The team from Virginia Tech University received top honors as overall winners of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge after designing and building an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol). Taking second place, also with an E85 EREV, was Ohio State University. Brief

Hybrid Corvette Is Now Real, With 773 Horsepower

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Yes Virginia, there really is a hybrid Corvette. But it wasn''t built by Chevrolet. The Quanta Corvette QHP770 features an aftermarket hybrid powertrain that''s good for 773 horsepower, according to Gizmag.

Virginia Clean Cities reaches 1,000 vehicle conversions to propane

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Virginia Clean Cities announced that 1,000 vehicles have been successfully converted to run on propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP). The Program is supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program. Brief

Plug-in electric car sales, CAFE standards maintained, Tesla VA store: Today's Car News

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) elects to maintain emissions standards in their current form through 2025, and Virginia approves Tesla's request for a second retail store. Virginia approves Tesla's request for a second retail store. Today, we tally plug-in electric car sales for November 2016, the U.S. Today in Car News

Two connected vehicle test beds running in Virginia

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Vehicles are testing connected vehicle systems on two instrumented test beds in Virginia—one in Northern Virginia and one in Southwestern Virginia. The Northern Virginia test bed is a tremendous asset with respect to testing and deployment of research findings. Brief

Brammo wins the 2012 TTXGP North American Championship

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Virginia Tech and FHWA bring SCRIM continuous pavement friction measurement system to US

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In a project funded by the Federal Highway Administration, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has brought the first Sideway-force Coefficient Routine Investigation Machine ( SCRIM ) to the United States. SCRIM was originally developed by TRL in the UK.) Higher friction can help a vehicle stop or maneuver its way out of a crash. Brie

Virginia Tech team engineers optimized synthetic enzymatic pathway for high-yield production of H2 directly from biomass

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Glucose and xylose were simultaneously converted to H 2 with a yield of two H 2 per carbon, the maximum possible yield. source: Rollins et al.

GM and Virginia Tech Creating Advanced Tire Test Facility

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is investing $5 million to help create the National Tire Research Center at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). Other funding for the $14 million center is coming from Virginia Tech and the national tobacco settlement. General Motors Co. The facility is the result of a long partnership between VTTI and GM. to Interstate 81.

NHTSA awards Virginia Tech Transportation Institute $1M for V2V framework project

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The Virginia Tech institute has been building connected-vehicle technology since 2001. The institute, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation, has a $14-million connected-vehicle test bed along Interstates 66 and 495 near Fairfax, Va., On 3 Feb. We see this as a hugely progressive move.

Virginia Tech wins $55M in federal contracts for commercial truck driver safety and automated vehicle research

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The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been awarded two federal contracts worth a combined potential $55 million to further study safety efforts for commercial truck drivers and break new ground in the burgeoning field of automated vehicles. These studies by Blanco were carried out on the Virginia Smart Road, in Blacksburg.

Final race in TTXGP's 2011 North American series to be held at Miller Motorsport

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A few weeks ago the TTXGP 2011 North American series was thrown akilter when the AMA pulled out of the August 15 weekend at VIRginia International Raceway. The TTXGP North American championship was to have been held at VIR

Virginia Tech hosting debut student competition to design 3-D printed aircraft, ground vehicles

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Virginia Tech will host a university-wide competition for students to design on-demand, remote-controlled 3-D printed aircraft and ground vehicles. This competition promises to catapult Virginia Tech to a leadership position in additive manufacturing linked to robotic systems. according to challenge organizers. Brief

Virginia Tech Transportation Inst. investigating adaptive stop/yield traffic signs; part of connected vehicle research

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Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) are in the early stages of investigating the development of adaptive stop and yield traffic signs. Dingus, the institute’s director and an endowed professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. VTTI test display for adaptive road signs.

West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd: Coal Must Embrace The Future

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It is a non-starter, and puts the entire state of West Virginia and the coal industry in a terrible light. ’ West Virginia would be much smarter to stay at the table.” West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts immediately expressed disappointment with Byrd’s essay. —Jack Rosebro.

Electric-Car Owner Loyalty, Tesla Car Sharing, Hyundai And Kia Do It All: Today's Car News

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Virginia tells Tesla to alter its electric-car buyer bounties, claiming they run afoul. Today, a Ford survey shows that electric-car drivers don't want to go back to gasoline, the possibility of a Tesla-run autonomous electric-car sharing service, and Hyundai and Kia plan a wide variety of new green models. Today in Car News

Hertz Rental Ditches Plug, Trials Wireless Electric Car Charging

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Now Hertz is helping Virginia-based Evatran test its wireless charging technology -- a scheme that could ultimately help do away with Over the past year we’ve seen car rental firms like Hertz and Enterprise launch new schemes designed to give customers a hassle-free way of renting a plug-in car instead of a gasoline one if they so wish.

Tesla VA saga, GM vs Silicon Valley, small cars leave U.S.: Today's Car News

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Today, Tesla Motors experiences a setback in its plan to open a second retail store in Virginia, a General Motors executive says the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car proves the automaker can compete with Silicon Valley, and U.S. production of small cars dwindles as Ford announces plans to build the next Focus in Mexico. Today in Car News