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  • Donating my truck

    08/17/2016 12:25:41 PM PDT · by Two Kids' Dad · 58 replies
    Two Kids' Dad | 08/17/2016 | Self
    Good day all. I want to donate my truck and would like advice on which non-profit agency FReepers would recommend.
  • Here’s how the smallest production car in the world is manufactured {Peel P50}

    07/08/2016 7:08:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 53 replies
    The Verge ^ | 6 July 2016 | Andrew Liptak
    Share on Facebook (289) Tweet Share (2) Pin (2) Originally manufactured in the 1960s, the Peel P50 has appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's smallest production car. Recently, the Science Channel’s program How It’s Made went behind the scenes to learn how the car is manufactured. Cars are built nowadays in highly sophisticated factories, utilizing robots and computers to turn the raw components into the finished product. For the smallest car in the world? It turns out that its assembly is a bit more low-tech, and probably hasn’t changed much in the last 50...
  • Michigan Governor Vetoes Bill Limiting Consumer Auto Parts Choices

    07/01/2016 11:30:25 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/28/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    When the Michigan Legislature passes a bill by wide margins, it is usually signed into law, regardless of how good the actual policy is. But a bill that would have discriminated against certain auto parts and added red tape for consumers and businesses was recently vetoed by Gov. Snyder. As we previously wrote: Right now, if a Michigan citizen goes to get a car repaired, it is fairly simple for the owner of the vehicle and a mechanic to decide what kind of parts to use to provide the fix. Unless a bill that has passed the Michigan Legislature is...
  • Here's Another Horrific Reminder Of Why The Moose Test Is A Thing

    06/28/2016 11:13:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 6/28
    The infamous Swedish Moose Test can make or break sales in certain parts of the world. It aims to re-create what could happen if a moose suddenly appeared in your path, and you needed to make an emergency maneuver. We’ve already seen this sort of thing once before, but in case you missed it the first time, here’s another reminder of why it’s so important. It’s mainly because moose tend to be so large that they crush the car, imperiling the lives of the human occupants inside. And also, the poor moose is dead. There was a child in the...
  • Legislature Makes it More Difficult to Use Inexpensive Car Parts

    06/28/2016 6:33:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Right now, if a Michigan citizen goes to get a car repaired, it is fairly simple for the owner of the vehicle and a mechanic to decide what kind of parts to use to provide the fix. Unless a bill that has passed the Michigan Legislature is vetoed by Gov. Snyder, that process is about to get a lot more complicated. There are two main types of auto parts: Those made by original equipment manufacturers (OEM) or those made by other companies (aftermarket). By and large, insurance companies, crash tests and research findings do not find a safety difference between...
  • Ford announces new investment in Mexico amid election-year controversy

    04/05/2016 11:38:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 5, 2016 | Staff
    Ford Motor Co (F.N), criticized by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for manufacturing outside the United States, announced on Tuesday that it would invest $1.6 billion to build more small cars in Mexico, starting in 2018. The automaker made the announcement as Trump, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich competed in a primary in Wisconsin seen as crucial in the race to become the Republican presidential candidate in the November election.
  • Justin Wilson in coma, critical condition after IndyCar crash at Pocono

    08/23/2015 6:19:41 PM PDT · by Never on my watch · 57 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 8/23/2015
    Justin Wilson was airlifted to a nearby hospital for a head injury after a crash in the closing laps of Sunday's IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway. He suffered a severe head injury and is in a coma and critical condition. The crash occurred with 21 laps to go when race leader Sage Karam spun in turn 1 and debris from his car hit Justin Wilson. Wilson then, seemingly unconscious, veered off and had a head-on collision with the inside wall, which was protected by a SAFER barrier.
  • Paying by the Mile

    07/15/2015 3:44:23 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | July 1, 2015 | ANTHONY MACUK |
    Excerpt: ... The agency [ODOT] wants to move away from fuel taxes and instead charge drivers based on the distance they drive. ODOT officials have been conducting a decade long search for ways to do it—and it’s turned into an unfocused, meandering and expensive effort. The latest plan: Starting July 1, the state is seeking as many as 5,000 volunteers to pay the state a mileage-based rate rather than taxes at the gas pump. The pilot program, called OreGo, relies on drivers signing up with one of three companies that will supply plug-in devices to count the miles. But the...
  • Demand for electric vehicles in Western Pennsylvania still low

    04/08/2015 2:05:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune-Review ^ | April 7, 2015 | David Conti
    Jake Pultorak chuckles at the mention of “range anxiety,” the fear among some electric vehicle owners that their car's battery will run out of juice before the driver can find a charger. “I had that as a gas-car driver, but the anxiety was over how much I had to pay to get where I was going,” said Pultorak, 44, of Franklin Park, who has owned an all-electric Tesla Model S for about two years. Worries at the gas pumps have diminished over the past nine months as the global crash in oil prices brought the cost of gasoline to its...
  • Ultra-fast charging aluminum battery offers safe alternative to conventional batteries

    04/06/2015 1:10:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 82 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/06/2015 | Provided by Stanford University
    Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today. "We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames," said Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford. "Our new battery won't catch fire, even if you drill through it." Dai and his colleagues describe their novel aluminum-ion battery in "An ultrafast rechargeable aluminum-ion battery," in...
  • Fleet of brand new Ford cars smashed as lorry becomes wedged under low bridge [a bad day]

    03/18/2015 1:15:07 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 18, 2015 | Camilla Turner
    <p>A fleet of brand new Ford cars were reduced to a pile of rubble after their transporter driver's lorry became wedged under a low bridge.</p> <p>The driver was attempting to take a short-cut to avoid queuing traffic when he collided with a 4.4m (14.5ft) high bridge near Long Itchington, Warks.</p>
  • 1,500 hp Koenigsegg Regera hits 249 mph in first (and only) gear

    03/07/2015 1:46:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 3, 2015
    More pics at link. The Koenigsegg Regera is the latest supercar from the small, Swedish brand, and its specifications will blow your mind as easily as the car can blow you away. The two-seat, mid-motor, carbon fiber machine, whose name means "to reign" in Swedish, features a unique plug-in hybrid powertrain with a total output of 1,500 horsepower, and can reach its top speed 249 mph in less than 20 seconds. And it does it with just one gear.
  • Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coupé: Coolest Chrysler Ever Made

    03/03/2015 10:19:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies ^ | 5/01/09 3:00pm | Peter Orosz
    As the first day with Chrysler in bankruptcy dawns, let’s look at a mad car from an era when the automaker was set to conquer the very skies: the jet-powered Gilda coupé. There is something definitely wrong with the heat exchangers of Italian air conditioners. Granted, they have fans in them and machines with fans will never be silent but cooling a small building by Lake Como should not require a jet engine. There, I said it—and as if on cue, this orange-silver concoction from half a century ago rounds a bend and motorvates leisurely down a service road. The...
  • Lasers set to zap engines into running more efficiently

    02/20/2015 6:59:17 AM PST · by ckilmer · 128 replies
    new scientist ^ | 20 February 2015 | by Hal Hodson
    PEW pew! For a week last November an internal combustion engine hummed away in a lab near Chicago. Why the excitement? This particular engine sets fire to fuel with lasers instead of spark plugs, burning fuel more efficiently than normal. Laser-fired engines could lead to cleaner, greener cars.
  • Mercedes to Move U.S. Headquarters From New Jersey to Georgia

    01/06/2015 6:49:55 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 54 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | 1/6/15 | Patrick McGeehan
    In the latest blow to New Jersey, which is still staggering from the recession, Mercedes-Benz USA said on Tuesday that it would move its headquarters to Georgia from Montvale, N.J.
  • A Prototype Battery Could Double the Range of Electric Cars

    12/29/2014 10:14:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 113 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 12/23/2014 | Kevin Bullis
    Startup Seeo has developed batteries that store far more energy than conventional ones, which could extend the range of electric cars. An experimental lithium-ion battery based on materials developed at a U.S. Department of Energy lab stores twice as much energy as the batteries used in most electric cars. If the technology can be commercialized, it could give affordable electric cars a range of over 200 miles per charge, says Hal Zarem, CEO of Seeo, a startup that’s working on the technology. Today the cheapest electric cars, which cost around $30,000, typically have a range of less than 100 miles....
  • Watch a 100-Year-Old, 28.5-Liter Engine Scream to Life (video 3min)

    12/05/2014 7:43:00 PM PST · by virgil283 · 49 replies
    PopSci ^ | December 1, 2014 | Chris Cantle
    "This thundering thing is the Beast of Turin. The Fiat S76 land speed record car. It's a behemoth, nearly as tall as a man, with a four-cylinder engine displacing a staggering 28.5 liters. In 1911 that massive engine propelled the Fiat S76 to 135-mph, an extraordinary accomplishment at the time,..... .....
  • Why this off-road, Russia-only Chevy concept should come to America

    08/27/2014 11:17:15 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 32 replies
    The Chevrolet Niva, a mini-SUV produced as a joint venture between GM and Russian automaker AvtoVAZ, is a beige little ute based on a Lada. It's an incredibly boring car in current form, but the next generation Niva concept unveiled today ahead of the Moscow auto show is a strong enough idea to make us wonder why Chevy hasn't tried something like this over here. Even if you ditch the concept-y winch up front, knobbly tires, off-road snorkel and roof rack featuring enough lights to illuminate Norilsk, the new Niva still manages to look far more aggressive than the standard...
  • Time to lay off Tony Stewart

    08/13/2014 6:01:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 13, 2014
    I drove race cars for three years. I know race cars and race car drivers. It's time to lay off Tony Stewart. Don't get me wrong. Whatever should be said about him as a human being, Stewart is a phenomenally talented race car driver, likely one of the all-time greats of motorsports. By comparison, my racing was infinitely more humble, including three years of competition in the Sports Car Club of America and the International Motorsports Association — i.e. club and semi-pro — levels. I raced on asphalt road courses like Watkins Glen and Summit Point with left and right...
  • Feds raid S.C. home to seize Land Rover in EPA emission-control crackdown

    08/01/2014 12:58:56 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Washinton Times ^ | August 1, 2014
    When it comes to environmental regulation compliance, the Department of Homeland Security isn’t playing — as evidenced by a recent federal raid of a South Carolinian’s home to confiscate a Land Rover that violated EPA emission rules. Jennifer Brinkley said she saw a line of law enforcement vehicles approaching her home and wondered what was wrong, the local WBTV reported. Homeland Security agents then went to her 1985 Land Rover Defender and lifted the hood. “They popped up the hood and looked at the Vehicle Identification Number and compared it with a piece of paper and then took the car...
  • Okay, It Turns Out That Jumping A Car Carrier Isn’t As Easy As You’d Think (Language Warning)

    06/19/2014 2:31:19 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 11 replies
    TTAC ^ | June 19, 2014 | Jack Baruth
    It’s been an important part of who knows how many stunt-filled car movies: the jump over the car carrier. Now, thanks to alcohol, we know how it would work in real life. The official report is surprisingly free of words like “bad-ass” and “awesome” but some news stories on the incident do contain the word “impaired”. This is pretty much how I always figured a jump over a car hauler would work. Unlike bicycle or motorcycle stunt jumping, the rotation of a car that’s doing a big jump is set entirely by the conditions of launch and can’t be changed...
  • Auto industry gets serious about lighter materials

    06/09/2014 1:10:56 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 98 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 9, 2014 1:55 PM (ET) | DEE-ANN DURBIN
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam. What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car. While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials. Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher gas mileage standards. To meet the government's goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.
  • Could Nascar's Danica Patrick become America's first EVER female Formula 1 driver

    06/09/2014 5:43:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 9, 2014 | Jennifer Newton
    NASCAR racer Danica Patrick could be set to become America's first female Formula One driver after her boss hinted she would be a 'great candidate' for his F1 team. The 32-year-old is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing and has competed in NASCAR since 2012, finishing inside the top ten twice. Motorsport mogul Gene Haas, for whom Miss Patrick races for in NASCAR is preparing to launch a brand new Formula One team in time for the 2016 season.
  • $800,000 Hongqi L5 is the most expensive Chinese car you can buy

    04/25/2014 8:03:20 PM PDT · by eldoradude · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 25, 2014 | Blake Z. Rong
    China's oldest car company rolled out its first vehicle on Aug. 1, 1958; it was a chrome-lined black sedan designed -- like the pastiche of 1950s cars it resembled, including the Packard-esque Chaika -- to strike equal amounts of fear and inspiration into the revolutionaries. In Chinese, "Hongqi" in means "red flag," the most potent symbol of the Chinese Communist Party, making it a fitting name for a company that supplied the apparatchik.
  • Feds to require rearview cameras in new vehicles

    04/01/2014 6:07:22 AM PDT · by mykroar · 99 replies ^ | 4/1/2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Years late, the Transportation Department issued a rule Monday that will require rearview technology in many new vehicles -- an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents. The final rule issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require new vehicles under 10,000 pounds and built beginning May 1, 2018, to meet the new rear-visibility standards. The rule includes buses and trucks; motorcycles and trailers are exempt. The rearview cameras must give drivers a field of vision measuring at least 10 by 20 feet directly behind the vehicle. The system must also meet...
  • Tax Refunds, Easy Credit Boost Used Car Prices

    03/10/2014 8:18:08 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 6 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/10/2014 | Cameron Miquelon
    A combination of income tax refunds issued in January and February with accessible financing have boosted used-car prices overall in the first two months of 2014. Automotive News reports prices rose 1.1 percent year to date, and 0.8 percent over the past month, according to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index. Meanwhile, the IRS processed 40.4 million returns in the first two months of the year, refunding $125.8 billion to taxpayers at an average of $3,112, which helped in propping up wholesale used vehicle prices. Easy credit with attractive terms also aided used-vehicle pricing, making the market “more profitable than...
  • NHTSA Data Confirms Traffic Fatalities Increased In 2012

    02/26/2014 8:03:43 PM PST · by Red6 · 14 replies
    NHTSA ^ | November 14, 2013 | Nathan Naylor
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released the 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data indicating that highway deaths increased to 33,561 in 2012, which is 1,082 more fatalities than in 2011. The majority of the increase in deaths, 72 percent, occurred in the first quarter of the year. Most of those involved were motorcyclists and pedestrians. While the newly released data announced today marks the first increase since 2005, highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows. Fatalities in 2011 were at the lowest level since...
  • Missing For 112 Years, First Porsche Is Found In Warehouse

    01/29/2014 6:05:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | January 29, 2014 | Mark Memmott
    Even the famed German automaker concedes that it "may resemble an old horse-drawn carriage." But the recently rediscovered "first Porsche in the world" — dubbed the P1 — was a technological marvel for its time. It "included a compact electric drive weighing 286 pounds," writes the automotive news site Jalopnik, and could chug along at 22 mph. The car was found, according to Porsche, in an Austrian warehouse where it had apparently been left untouched since 1902. As for the car's history, according to Porsche: "The owner of 'K.K. Hofwagenfabrik Jacob Lohner & Comp.' had a wide range of interests,...
  • Bureaucrats Befuddled By America's Auto Market

    01/22/2014 6:06:20 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 55 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/21/2014 | Manny Lopez
    DETROIT — My muffled chuckle was not appreciated by the 20-something clipboard carrier hovering around EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy here at the auto show. I tried to restrain myself as McCarthy emerged from a tiny Chevy Spark tucked along a wall at the General Motors display. "This is my baby," she said turning back to admire the micro car. I chuckled. Her statement was as amusing as it was telling. After all, only a bureaucrat could look at a car that almost no one will buy and beam with pride. The only thing less popular than ultra tiny vehicles in...
  • What a small, brave company could accomplish

    01/11/2014 11:38:58 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 23 replies
    2014-11-01 | WesternCulture
    Scandinavian Koenigsegg, one of Europe's most anonymous car manufacturers, holds an extreme amount of world records in the domain of car performance. Volkswagen and other large, incompetent, multinationals have tried to compete, but have often accomplished nothing else than making complete fools of themselves. The clip features a top model BMW versus a Koenigsegg. Feel free to try and wrestle Vikings, we'll send you to sleep and back home.
  • Woman gives birth in Walmart parking lot

    01/04/2014 6:39:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies ^ | Jan 03 2014 11:36:59 AM EST | John Shull
    A pregnant woman and her three daughters were waiting in the car while the father went into the store to grab a few groceries. The mother's water broke while he was shopping, however, and when he came outside, he saw his children yelling for him to hurry to the car. The man had only been inside the store for a few minutes, but in that short amount of time, the mother had given birth to her fourth child
  • Auto bailout saved 2.6m jobs,$105b in potential lost taxes(No joke,saying this w/ a straight face)

    12/09/2013 2:07:59 PM PST · by bestintxas · 14 replies
    wash examiner ^ | // | p beddard
    Washington’s $49.5 billion bailout of General Motors saved at least 1.2 million jobs, protected hundreds of thousands of pensions and earned about $40 billion in tax collections, turning what some have dubbed a poor investment into a whopping bang for Uncle Sam, according to a new report. The bottom line, according to the Center for Automotive Research study heralded by GM: When the full picture of what was at stake is considered, including the potential for millions to be put out of work, the government actually made out big time. And when bailed-out Chrysler is included, the study found that...
  • Are Health and Auto Insurance Connected?

    10/01/2013 3:24:49 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 10-1-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    October 01, 2013 Windows Media BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, back to the phones and we're gonna go to East Lansing, Michigan. Got a lot of Michigan calls today. Must be something in the trunk lines. Here's Keith. Great to have you, sir. Hello. CALLER: It's an honor, Rush. Thank you for taking my call today. RUSH: You bet, sir. CALLER: I am a route sales representative, and I work down in Jackson, Michigan. RUSH: What kind of sales, med sales, did you say? CALLER: A route sales representative for a salty snack company. RUSH: Route sales, okay. CALLER: Yes. RUSH:...
  • Mr. Orwell’s Neighborhood: Obamacare Is A Disaster And New Car Sales Decline Most In 2 Year

    10/01/2013 12:48:45 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 17 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/01/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Obamacare started today and David Stockman says it is a disaster. Of course it is a disaster. It started today and … the online enrollment didn’t work. And gave wrong prices when it did work. Thanks to the government’s $88 billion software. Simply put, it is an enormous wealth transfer from the top 50% of earners to the bottom 50%, thanks to the Obamacare subsidies. Yes, there will be massive rationing of healthcare to the elderly and “nonproductive.” This is straight out of George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm. animal-farm Unrelated to Obamacare, the annualized domestic vehicles sales collapsed (by the...
  • The efficient choice among combustion engines

    09/12/2013 8:20:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 09-12-2013 | by Claudia Naegeli
    ETH researchers redesigned the conventional diesel engine of a VW Golf to run on 90% natural gas. Credit: Tobias Ott / ETH Zurich Video at link. Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed an internal combustion engine that emits less than half the CO2 compared to a regular engine without compromising performance. This corresponds to fuel consumption of less than 2.4 l per 100 km. This natural gas-diesel hybrid engine is based on a system of sophisticated control engineering. The global energy markets are changing. New extraction methods are tapping into oilfields and natural gas deposits that have been inaccessible until...
  • NADA angers some by choosing Hillary Clinton as convention keynote speaker

    07/30/2013 5:05:03 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 16 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 7/29/2013 | Brandon Turkus
    Automotive News is reporting a serious backlash from car dealers regarding the North American Dealers Association's choice of keynote speaker for the annual industry confab in January: former first lady and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. AN spoke to one dealer that not only cancelled his trip to the NADA conference, but revoked his dealership's membership outright over the association with Clinton. In defense of its choice, NADA Chairman David Westcott argued that the dealer advocate wanted "somebody well-known, with a name – a draw." Still, NADA members aren't pleased with the choice, with dealers delivering a barrage of angry...

    06/30/2013 5:46:54 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 30 replies ^ | 6-30-2013 | tnoutdoors9 with you a personal experience that I had with law enforcement while concealed carry. I strongly believe that this topic should be mandatory discussion for every concealed carry class. This overview of the "stop" and interaction with the officer should give you some guidelines and protocol to follow when this happens to you. It could also be of benefit to law enforcement personnel as well. My desire is not to reveal the municipality where this transpired. The comments in this video (including text responses to viewers) represents my personal opinion only. I am not an attorney and cannot provide...
  • Michigan's Job Growth Is More Than Just Auto-Related

    06/07/2013 6:50:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/3/2013 | James Hohman
    Michigan suffered a unique economic downturn in the 73 months of the 2001 to 2007 economic expansion. But since then, Michigan has rebounded better than national averages. A look at the employment shows that the recovery has been substantial, better than average, and only partly caused by the resurgence of the auto industry. This chart shows the payroll employment in Michigan compared to the United States. The numbers are normed to the recessionary trough in June 2009 to show performance before and after the recession. Michigan lost 5.5 percent of its jobs from November 2001, the beginning of the 2001...
  • Lithium-Ion Battery Breakthrough For Electric Vehicles At Australian University

    06/04/2013 2:09:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    The Motor Report ^ | 06-04-2013 | Trevor Collett
    The University of Wollongong has reached a breakthrough with its research on lithium-ion batteries which could make electric vehicles (EVs) more viable in the near future. The university’s Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials (ISEM) has used a new Germanium-based material, capable of storing five times more energy than a ‘conventional’ lithium-ion battery. Researchers at the university believe this new technology to EVs could at the very least double the distance that the car can travel on a single charge. And the benefits don’t end there, with the new batteries bringing a significant reduction in charging times, and a relatively...
  • Tesla is worse than Solyndra

    05/29/2013 4:23:59 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 37 replies ^ | May 29, 2013 | Scott Woolley
    In 2009, as the financial crisis raged and General Motors and Chrysler plunged toward bankruptcy, Tesla Motors faced a seemingly impossible task: raising half a billion dollars to build an electric-car factory. Tesla had just staggered through a year of layoffs, canceled orders, and record losses. Then suddenly, salvation. The U.S. Department of Energy offered to lend the company $465 million at rock-bottom interest rates. *** And in sharp contrast to Solyndra, the solar panel maker that defaulted on its $528 million loan from the Energy Departtment, Tesla last week paid the government back early, with interest. Yet despite all...
  • Electric car trailblazer Better Place to file for bankruptcy within days (Israeli)

    05/24/2013 8:04:44 PM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | May 24, 2013, 11:41 pm | Yifa Yaakov and David Shamah
    Israeli electric car firm Better Place, which hoped to revolutionize driving habits in Israel and worldwide, will file for bankruptcy in the coming week. The trailblazing firm sought to accelerate a world motoring shift away from gas-guzzling cars to electric, battery-powered vehicles. But “the company was not well-served by having things it thought would happen over a decade happen within a year,” a source familiar with the company’s financial woes told Fortune on Friday. snip It also touted partnerships developing in France and the US, harboring particular hopes of an electric car revolution pushed by the Obama administration. snip
  • The DIY Chevrolet V12

    05/07/2013 5:10:38 AM PDT · by Freeport · 36 replies
    LS1Tech.ocm ^ | 05-01-2013 | V12Baker
    Hey all! Figured i'd throw up the build we are working on! Another LS12 build We're currently in the process of building this one, the crank is almost done and finished the cam earlier today. Found this 1471 littlefield blower laying around so we decided to make a new intake for the next step. Have several already completed blocks layin around so this is the first one we've built that we're going to be putting in our own car! Plan is for this one to go in a Datsun 240z. I'll update when we get further!
  • A Snapshot of What Sub-Prime Buyers are Driving

    04/24/2013 1:55:31 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 25 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 4/24/2013 | Derek Kreindler
    Sub-prime finance has attracted a bit of interest (no pun intended) over at TTAC lately, and the segment itself has experienced phenomenal growth in the post-bailout era. Auto lending site released a list of the top 10 most popular new and used vehicles as purchased by sub-prime buyers over the last six months. While it’s not the most complete list by any means, it does give us a glimpse into the choices of sub-prime buyers. As far as we know, no such list has ever been compiled prior to this.
  • This Is What It Looks Like When You Crash At 220 MPH

    03/27/2013 5:32:53 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 34 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 3/27/2013 | Travis Okulski
    This past weekend was the Texas Mile, a twice yearly speed fest where hundreds of modified cars descend on Beeville, Texas, to try and set records for the fastest standing mile. Hennessey's Ford GT broke its own record and went 267.6 in a mile. The world's fastest Camaro was also on hand, but downforce became lift on a run, which caused a devastating crash and totally obliterated the 2,800 horsepower car.
  • Obama Chickens Out, Says A Million EVs By 2015 Not Important

    01/31/2013 6:57:09 PM PST · by nascarnation · 11 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 1/31/2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    Today must be International Backpedaling Day. Obama says: “Never mind a million EVs by 2015.” Under a new strategy announced today, the Department of Energy promised to support research into new battery technologies and manufacturing methods that would lower the cost of lightweight materials and improve vehicles’ fuel-efficiency, Reuters reports. But the DOE backpedals furiously from a goal set out in a 2011 State of the Union speech, where President Barack Obama announced what he called “Apollo projects of our times.” One of them was the goal for the United States to be “the first country to have a million...
  • Auto Bailout Loss Could Exceed $70 Billion

    12/11/2012 2:53:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/11/12 | Seton Motley
    Courtesy of the $83 billion auto bailout - on which we are already poised to lose more than $40 billion - the taxpayers are stuck with 26% stock ownership of General Motors (GM). It could get much worse. Judge Set to Rule on Case That Could Reverse Auto Bailout A New York federal judge may rule imminently on a case that could reverse the General Motors bailout and send the company back into bankruptcy.... At issue is a backroom deal hatched by GM to fulfill the Obama administration’s demand for a quick bankruptcy, draining the automaker of nearly all of...
  • Consumer Credit Rises $14.2 Billion in October - Federal Consumer Credit Up $6.9 Billion

    12/07/2012 1:35:56 PM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/07/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Federal Reserve announced today that consumer credit rose $14.2 billion in October. The Federal government (aka, student loans) accounted for $6.9 billion of the increase. Quite an increase since January 2009! Overall, here is the revolving credit versus the non-revolving credit growth. Non revolving credit (auto loans and student loans) has boomed when revolving credit is relatively flat. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays … with your auto and student loans! Remember, you start paying soon graduates!!
  • GM rolls out new electric mini-car at LA Auto Show [Doubling Down on Failure]

    11/27/2012 8:17:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 85 replies
    AP ^ | 11-27-2012 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN
    DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors is giving its Chevrolet Spark a jolt of electricity. An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it's made. Other markets will follow. Unlike the Chevrolet Volt sedan, which can run in all-electric mode but also has a backup gas engine, the Spark EV is a pure electric. GM won't say how far the car will go on a charge, but says it will be a top performer among the small number of...
  • Long-abandoned bacterial fermentation process converts sugar directly to diesel

    11/07/2012 12:40:41 PM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 11-07-2012 | Provided by University of California - Berkeley
    A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, University of California, Berkeley, scientists have discovered. Campus chemists and chemical engineers teamed up to produce diesel fuel from the products of a bacterial fermentation discovered nearly 100 years ago by the first president of Israel, chemist Chaim Weizmann. The retooled process produces a mix of products that contain more energy per gallon than ethanol that is used today in transportation fuels and could be commercialized within 5-10 years. While the fuel's...
  • More Than A Dozen Fisker Karma Hybrids Caught Fire And Exploded In New Jersey Port After Sandy

    11/01/2012 11:13:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Nov 01,2012 | Staff
    Approximately 16 of the $100,000+ Fisker Karma extended-range luxury hybrids were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey last night when water from Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge apparently breached the port and submerged the vehicles. As Jalopnik has exclusively learned, the cars then caught fire and burned to the ground. Our source tells us they were “first submerged in a storm surge and then caught fire, exploded.” This wouldn’t be the first time the vehicles, which use a small gasoline engine to charge batteries that provide energy to two electric motors, had an issue with sudden combustion. The vehicle, despite only...