Virginia Stories September 13

Sic semper tyrannis. True to its motto, Virginia has dealt a death blow to the tyranny of diesel school buses. A few weeks ago, we highlighted some successful electric school bus V2G pilots, discussed the countless benefits, but lamented that we seemed to be stuck with one-off pilot projects involving just a handful of school buses. But now Virginia and utility Dominion Energy have delivered us salvation: They will be buying a minimum of 1,050 V2G electric school buses over the next five years. That single purchase dwarfs all others, and will serve as the catalyst for a nationwide fleet conversion by bringing down the upfront cost of electric school buses. It will also hopefully shame the rest of the US into ceasing purchases of child-poisoning diesel school buses. But it doesn’t end there.

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Virginia Stories January 10, 2018

Virginians will get 10% up to $3500 back on EV purchases if new law passes

Virginia lawmakers have put forward House Bill 469 which would allow for a 10% State tax refund on the purchase of an electric vehicle up to a $3500 maximum.

Virginia Stories August 18, 2015

Contractor dies during Supercharger installation in Norfolk, VA

Sad news: It appears that one of the contractors putting up a Tesla Supercharger got electrocuted (unconfirmed but speculated) and has died.

Norfolk Police are investigating a report of a worker who may have been electrocuted, Tuesday.

Norfolk police said crews were called out to the JANAF Shopping Center located in the 5900 block of East Virginia Beach Boulevard, around 10:30 a.m. According to a witness, contractors had been working at the Tesla Supercharging center located at the shopping center.

A Tesla spokesperson tells WAVY.com , “During the installation process at our new Supercharger station in Norfolk, there was an accident involving an electrical contractor.”

Extremely sad news for sure but with over 500 stations being built an accident was statistically likely to happen.  Other local news reports here, here and here.

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