Touting the Tiny Car

Apr 28, 2015

With gasoline prices well below three dollars a gallon, large, gas-guzzling vehicles are again selling well.  Last year’s top three were full-sized pick-up trucks that get less than 20 miles to the gallon in city driving.  Jim Phelan doesn’t care. 

The Charlottesville man has fallen in love with something that gets 55 miles to the gallon, and he hopes to sell others on a car most people have never heard of.

Hydrogen Economy A Step Closer

Apr 7, 2015
Virginia Tech

The quest to transition to a hydrogen economy, where cars run on nearly emission- free fuel, faces many roadblocks. But a discovery by a team at Virginia Tech may help pave the way for cleaner burning vehicles.

Typically, hydrogen fuel for cars is made from natural gas.  But Virginia Tech researchers have come up with a new way to make hydrogen from bio-mass, readily available plant leftovers such as corn husks or saw dust, with no need for fossil fuel in the process.

Governor Declares State of Emergency in VA

Feb 16, 2015

  With a major snowstorm blowing across the Commonwealth, Governor Terry McAuliffe says the declaration allows the Virginia Department of Transportation to mobilize its 12,000 pieces of equipment, and 2,500 workers and contractors to respond. 

The governor is also calling on Virginians to stay off the roads, if possible, in order to allow emergency vehicles passage and to cut down on the potential for accidents.

"Every part of the Commonwealth is going to be impacted by this storm," Gov. McAuliffe said. "Every single part of the Commonwealth."

When the federal government refused to issue a permit for the proposed Route 29 bypass, opponents in Charlottesville were relieved, but Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation says the idea is not dead.

Aubrey Layne is a businessman, but he served five years on the Commonwealth Transportation Board, and in that time he was convinced something had to be done about traffic congestion in Charlottesville.

“When I was a CTB member, I did vote for the bypass.”

Creative Commons,

Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have now approved bills that authorize ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber to operate in Virginia-but under greater scrutiny.  The legislation would apply standards to the companies that are similar to those governing the taxi industry.

The taxicab industry balked at the notion that these companies could not only set up shop and compete for the same customers, but could do so without paying set-up costs, getting insurance, or vetting drivers. House bill sponsor Delegate Tom Rust described the benefits.