Virginia becomes 15th Clean Cars state; LEV and ZEV program signed into law

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Virginia Ralph Governor Northam recently signed HB 1965 , legislation establishing a low-emission vehicle (LEV) and zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) program in Virginia, making it the 15 th state to become a Clean Cars state. Under the bill, the percentage of ZEVs required to be delivered for sale under Virginia’s ZEV program is approximately equivalent to, but does not exceed, the percentage required under California’s ZEV program.

Fairfax County & Dominion Energy launch Virginia’s first publicly funded autonomous electric shuttle pilot project

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Fairfax County and Dominion Energy have launched passenger service on Relay—the first publicly funded autonomous electric shuttle and test of driverless technology in public transportation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Audi of America, Virginia DOT and Qualcomm plan initial C-V2X deployment in Virginia

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Audi of America, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., The initial deployment is expected to take place on select roadways in Virginia beginning in the third quarter of 2020.

Virginia allocating >$12M for electric buses; new statewide contract

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The state of Virginia will allocate more than $12 million in state funding to deploy electric transit buses in three Virginia localities, using nearly $9 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Trust) that the Commonwealth received as part of its settlement with Volkswagen.

Virginia Legislature passes Clean Car Standards bill; to Governor for signing

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At the end of last week, the Virginia State Senate passed HB 1965, which directs the State Air Pollution Control Board to implement a low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program for motor vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later. With this rule, Virginia joins 14 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting clean car standards.

EGEB: Can coal state West Virginia become the ‘poster child’ for clean energy?


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): There are currently more than $127 million in clean energy projects in West Virginia. Dominion Energy proposes the largest solar and storage expansion in Virginia’s history.

Virginia adopts EV-boosting California clean car standards, with support of dealers

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Virginia is the latest state to adopt California's emissions standards, creating more aggressive fuel-efficiency targets for vehicles sold in the state. However, Virginia hasn't adopted a California-style zero-emission vehicle

Audi collaborates to deploy C-V2X communication technology on Virginia roadways; two specific use cases

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and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are collaborating in an initial deployment of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communication technology in Virginia. Audi of America, American Tower Corporation, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.,

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Toyota West Virginia rolls its first hybrid transaxle off production line; $226M investment

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After more than two years of preparation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) produced Toyota’s first hybrid transaxle in North America this previous week.

Virginia Tech team demonstrates green manufacturing method for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Virginia Tech have demonstrated a green and more sustainable manufacturing method for LIBs in which no hazardous organic solvent is used during electrode manufacturing and recycling.

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Tesla’s war against direct sales wages on with big win in Virginia


The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has approved Tesla to sell its cars and will open three new locations in the State. Tuesday, Virginia DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb stated Tesla is now eligible to open the three sales locations in the state.

Virginia proposes state-tax rebate up to $3,500 for electric-car purchase

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Virginia is for lovers—and it may soon be for lovers of electric cars and plug-in hybrids, too. Virginia House Delegate David A. Currently, Virginia's green-car incentives are. Plug-In Hybrids incentives tax credit plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) state laws VirginiaReid [D-32nd] has proposed a bill, expected to hit the House floor Wednesday, that would see buyers of electric vehicles receive a state-tax rebate of up to $3,500.

Virginia Tech team developing intelligent wearable analyzer for pollutants in transportation-related workplaces

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With a $2.3-million award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an interdisciplinary team of Virginia Tech researchers led by Masoud Agah, the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is developing an intelligent wearable analyzer for vapor exposure, called iWAVE, that can be used to measure hazardous air pollutants in real-time in transportation-related and other workplaces.

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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. Virginia International Gateway is a privately-owned marine container terminal located along the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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). In the Commonwealth of Virginia alone, the Program has helped a variety of public and private fleets convert vehicles to autogas, including Groome Transportation, Virginia Premier Health Plan, the city of Newport News, Spotsylvania County and the August, Culpeper and Frederick County Sheriff’s Offices in Virginia.

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. Mark Warner, US Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Greg Winfree, Virginia Tech President Timothy D.

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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. In March, the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA) filed a lawsuit against both Tesla and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, alleging a conspiracy to "hide" the opening of a second Tesla Store. Politics dealers Tesla Motors Dealership plug-in cars state laws Virginia

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). Virginia Tech competed against 15 other universities to take home the top prize of the three-year competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and General Motors.

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. —Center Director Tom Dingus, who is also director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

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 year’s competition will expand beyond Virginia Tech and include participants from the US Air Force Academy, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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. Zhiguang Zhu, the first author of this paper, and a 2013 biological systems engineering graduate of Virginia Tech, is the principal investigator for the National Science Foundation grant.

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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. Support for the current research comes from the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. Flow of the new process; enzymes are in red. Credit: Martín del Campo et al. Click to enlarge.

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

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Following a US Department of Transportation decision to move ahead with require vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for all cars and light trucks on the nation’s highways ( earlier post ), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) a $1-million follow-on to a $3 million project managed by the transportation institute. The Virginia Tech institute has been building connected-vehicle technology since 2001.

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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. Fleets in the following states are welcome to submit proposals: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington DC.

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

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and Virginia Transportation Corporation announced the completion and delivery of 30 custom fuel systems for use in Virginia Transportation’s new fleet of CNG-powered car haulers. The CNG-powered fleet will be utilized as part of a collaboration between Virginia Transportation and American Honda Motor Co. Mainstay Fuel Technologies, Inc.

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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. The project is led by Gerardo Flintsch, director of the institute’s Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure and a professor with Virginia Tech’s Charles E.

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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. The challenge at Virginia Tech is seen by the Air Force as the starting off point for larger, future competitions at US universities that have established 3-D printing lab programs.

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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. The $30-million award builds on a previous five-year, $10-million contract from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that led to several of Virginia Tech’s largest-impact transportation results from the past decade.

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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. Click to enlarge.

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

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A team of Virginia Tech researchers and colleagues has demonstrated the complete conversion of glucose and xylose from pretreated plant biomass to H 2 and CO 2 based on an in vitro synthetic enzymatic pathway crafted from more than 10 purified enzymes. Joe Rollin, a former doctoral student of Zhang’s at Virginia Tech and co-founder with Zhang of the start-up company Cell-free Bioinnovations , is the lead author on the paper.

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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. This week

West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd: Coal Must Embrace The Future

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Writing in last Thursday’s West Virginia Metro News that “ the time has come to have an open and honest dialogue about coal’s future in West Virginia ”, US Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) issued a stinging rebuke of the coal industry’s recent political tactics, challenging the industry to transition away from mountaintop mining, currently practiced in three US states, and towards low-carbon coal production processes.

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. GM engineers and scientists, and Virginia Tech faculty will conduct the research and tests to speed introduction of vehicles with advanced tire technology. General Motors Co.

Diesel Car Owners Won't Like Virginia's Road Tax Plan Either

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Last month, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell proposed dropping the state's tax on gasoline, the revenue from which has become stagnant in recent years. To make up for axing the state's gas tax, revenue would have to come from elsewhere--extra sales tax, new car registration fees, and a new $100 annual fee for all plug-in and hybrid cars. As well as

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

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A new report, “ Automated Vehicle Crash Rate Comparison Using Naturalistic Data ,” performed by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and commissioned by Google, shows that the crash rates for self-driving cars are lower than the national crash rate of conventional cars.

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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 consortium consists of Virginia Tech, University of Virginia and Morgan State University and will guided by a group of stakeholders, many of which are experts in the connected vehicle domain.

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. Virginia franchise laws prevent automakers from operating their own dealerships, but the state's Department of Motor Vehicles can grant special dispensation to companies that have no. dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships Virginia

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Virginia General Assembly moving forward with replacing gasoline and diesel fuel tax with sales tax; $100 annual tax for EVs, HEVs and alt-fuel vehicles

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The Virginia General Assembly is moving forward with legislation ( HB2313 ), that, among its other elements, would abolish the state’s gasoline and diesel fuel taxes and replace them with a sales tax. Dick Saslaw, the Virginia Senate Democratic Leader told the Daily Press (Hampton Roads, Va) earlier in the week that the new legislation would provide roughly the same amount of revenue as the flat 17.5

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Volvo Group’s New River Valley plant in Virginia achieves zero landfill status

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Volvo’s New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin, Va. has achieved zero landfill status at its truck manufacturing operations. Waste generated by the facility, which manufactures all Volvo trucks sold in North America, is now recycled, composted or converted to electricity. The 1.6 million square-foot heavy-duty truck assembly plant is one of the Volvo Group’s largest manufacturing facilities in the world, and the company’s first in North America to achieve zero landfill status.

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TransGas and SK EC team on West Virginia coal-to-gasoline project

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Ltd (SKE&C) leading to engineering, procurement and construction of its first US coal-to-gasoline plant—Adams Fork Energy—to be located in Mingo County, West Virginia. The project team has been issued a permit to construct by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and plans to begin work on the site during the second quarter of 2011. TransGas Development Systems, LLC announced an agreement with SK Engineering & Construction Co.,

Ford Europe EV Plans, Virginia Now a ZEV State – EV Week In Review: Feb. 15-22, 2021

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Virginia to Adopt ZEV Standards and Targets – On February 19, the Virginia Senate voted to adopt California regulations that set stringent vehicle emissions standards and electric car sales targets. 19, via Virginia Mercury.

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 VirginiaOver the past several months, Tesla has battled dealers and their lobbyists in the state over plans to open a second company-owned store.

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Virginia Governor signs legislation and executive order beginning transition of state vehicles to natural gas, electricity or other alternative fuels

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has signed two pieces of legislation that promote the use of natural gas, electric or other alternative-fueled vehicles in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Office of Fleet Management Services oversees approximately 4,000 passenger-type vehicles, used by more than 175 state agencies and institutions. This potential is why, in my administration, Virginia is pursuing an “all fuels approach” to the vehicles it uses in conducting its business.

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