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 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

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 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

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 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 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.

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

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. Mainstay Fuel Technologies, Inc.

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 to push natural gas and electric cars

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Electric cars Green cars Latest news Bob McDonnell Governor natural gas cars VirginiaTheUSstate ofVirginiahas expressed a commitment to natural gas and electric powered vehicles after Governor Bob McDonnell signed two pieces of legislation to promote their use. An executive order has been signed to set out the state’s alternative fuel plan. According to the Governor it is important that the state pursue all practicable and cost effective [.].

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 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

State With Dirtiest Power Grid Has Highest Electric-Car Incentive

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West Virginia, for instance, turns out to offer a remarkably high income-tax credit of up to $7,500 for citizens (who can take advantage of it) who buy a. Carbon Footprint carbon dioxide plug-in cars renewable energy energy West VirginiaLife is full of little ironies. And life in the 50 states that make up the United States of America is full of inconsistencies, including those among electric-car incentives from state to state.

These engineers uncovered the VW diesel emission scandal

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It was discovered by independent researchers from West Virginia University (WVU), working with the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Green TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandal West Virginia emissionsVolkswagen's use of illegal "defeat device" software in its TDI diesel cars wasn't uncovered by the Environmental Protection Agency—or by any other regulatory agency.

Virginia Scraps Hybrid Tax, Tesla In China, Green Honda Dealer: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: CEO Elon Musk says China may become Tesla Motors'' biggest market, Virginia scraps its hybrid-vehicle tax, and a New Jersey Honda dealer achieves electric-grid neutrality. All this and more on Green Car Reports. With Model S electric cars priced at $121,000, China could be the biggest market for Tesla, Elon Musk says

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.

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 lawsThe state-by-state battles between electric-car maker Tesla Motors and lobbyists for state auto-dealer interests often take unusual twists and turns.

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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

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. Now, Tesla finds itself in another legal bind over a different sales-related issue. DON'T.

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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.

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.

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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Lillian Light Is No Lightweight - The Environmental Lioness of the South Bay is Fired Up, Ready To Go!

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So I took Manhattan Beach, Virginia Hilker took Torrance, Barbara Sattler was Rolling Hills Estates, and Ed Hummell was Rancho Palos Verdes. People like Virginia Hilker, people like Beth Muir, like Ed Hummel.

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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.,

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.

TTXGP comes to Virginia International Raceway for the final 2010 North America race

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This weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is the final race of the 2010 TTXGP North America series. This will be the fourth of the four 2010 North American races and it promises to be another history-making race. While the results

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Clean Cities Autogas Vehicle Conversion Program Rolls Out First of 1,189 LPG Cars in Virginia

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Administered by Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University, the program will deploy nearly 1,200 propane Autogas vehicles, reducing air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, soot and smog-causing emissions when compared to traditional gasoline vehicles. The program is managed and administered by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University.

NSF and DOE Award Virginia Tech $1.5M for Thermoelectric Materials Work

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A team of Virginia Tech engineers has received a three-year, $1.5 million award from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy ( earlier post ) to develop new thermoelectric materials and specific designs to improve fuel efficiency and reduce pollution. The researchers will use new techniques to rapidly synthesize skutterudites and silicides that are thermoelectric in nature.

West Virginia Univ. receives $1.15M grant for second hydrogen production-fueling station in state; focus on fossil-fuel-to-hydrogen

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The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University (WVU) has received a $1.15-million grant to develop the state’s second hydrogen production-fueling station. By building and operating a new hydrogen fueling station in Morgantown, West Virginia University will demonstrate running automobiles on hydrogen fuel made from coal-powered electricity.

DOE Regional Partner Initiates Coal Seam CO2 Injection and Methane Recovery Study in Virginia

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DOE’s Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) began injecting CO 2 at the test site in Russell County, Virginia, in mid-January. The site was selected because it is representative of the Central Appalachian Basin, an area of about 10,000 square miles located in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. The project is being coordinated by the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research.