Tech and GM Partner to Help Develop Safer, More Fuel-Efficient Tires.
Virginia Tech has partnered with General Motors to build an advanced tire research facility in Southside Virginia. Charles Fishburne reports.
What will become the National Tire Research Center will provide the automotive industry a world-class facility to help engineer and develop new, greener tires that will be safer and more fuel-efficient for tomorrow’s vehicles. It will be built adjacent to the Virginia International Raceway in Halifax County, create up to 183 jobs, and spend more than 12 million in research and testing in the next five years.
Funding for the center will total $14 million, with $5 million provided by GM, $5 million from the Tobacco Commission and $4 million from Virginia Tech.
The goal is to develop a new passenger tire that will increase car mileage by three to five miles per gallon.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News