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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

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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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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 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

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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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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 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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 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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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 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.

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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. Confronted with on-road emission levels far higher than its test results, VW finally. emissions EPA VW software Volkswagen diesel scandal

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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.

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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.

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

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It wasn't until researchers from West Virginia University and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) decided to confirm laboratory results with on-road emissions testing that the.

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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 The military needs stealth modes of transportation, and electric motorcycles are just the thing to travel without noise or much of a heat signature.

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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. Sugar Fuel Cell Vehicles and BEVs charged with electricity from a fuel cell (green bars) were the most efficient. Huang and Zhang. Click to enlarge.

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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.

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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.

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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. Quanta--a maker of replacement parts like fuel tanks and radiators--started with a previous-generation C6 Corvette Z06, which already sports a

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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.

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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.

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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. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Today in Car News

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Brammo wins the 2012 TTXGP North American Championship

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Matt Kent, riding for Virginia In this weekends finale to the TTXGP 2012 North American series, Steve Atlas won the North American Championship for Team Icon Brammo, while team-mate Eric Bostrom won todays race at Miller Motorsports Park.

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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 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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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.

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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 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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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

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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 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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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.

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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. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Today in Car News

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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.

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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 [.].

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