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NC General Assembly Authorizes Start-up Funding for AVRC.

North Carolina's Advanced Vehicle Research Center (AVRC), the mission of which is to provide a modern automotive testing facility for use in the design, development, testing and certification of advanced vehicle technologies, sub-systems and components, recently announced that the North Carolina General Assembly has authorized start-up funding for development of the nonprofit, independent testing facility.

Additionally, AVRC noted that Northampton County, NC will provide a 630-acre site for the automotive proving ground in the eastern part of the state as part of an economic development initiative.

AVRC said the center will initially include a 3.2-mile, high-speed test track, offices and garages, dynamometers and engine test cells. The center will also feature a hydrogen refueling station and test facilities for fuel cell development.

AVRC noted that the first stage of the project is planned to be completed in the third quarter of 2006, with future development to include a road and handling course, additional labs and education center, a wind tunnel, and other facilities requested by users and members of the center.

Contact: AVRC, website http://www.avrnc.com.

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