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  • Discovery could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer

    05/23/2016 10:51:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    phys.org ^ | 23 MAY 2016 | Provided by: University of Texas at Dallas
    A University of Texas at Dallas researcher has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones. Dr. Kyeongjae Cho, professor of materials science and engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has discovered new catalyst materials for lithium-air batteries that jumpstart efforts at expanding battery capacity. The research was published in Nature Energy. "There's huge promise in lithium-air batteries. However, despite the aggressive research being done by groups all over the world, those promises are not being delivered in real life," Cho said....
  • Daytona 24 Hour Sports Car Race Open Thread

    01/30/2016 7:52:39 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    The race starts today 1-30-16 at 4 pm EST and ends tomorrow at the same time. Coverage at the web site or Fox Sports 1 Starting at 2 pm EST and switching to Fox Sports 2 at 4 pm EST. A very interesting race this year with the first race for the new Ford GT with two cars entered by Ford/Chip Gnassi Racing in the GTLM (GT Le Mans) class. In the Prototype class Scott Pruett is trying to break his tie with Hurley Haywood for most Daytona 24 overall wins where they each have 5 wins. A mix of...
  • #1 Large Luxury Car In US = Tesla Model S (2015 Sales Comparison)

    01/23/2016 8:35:30 AM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 101 replies
    cleantechnica.com ^ | 1-15-16 | Zachary Shahan
    Thanks to RobStark on the Tesla Motors Club forum, we've got news that the Tesla Model S was the #1 best-selling large luxury car (or "premium car," as some might prefer to call the class) in the United States in 2015. As we all know, Tesla doesn't report sales/deliveries by country. However, various outlets estimate Tesla sales using a variety of methods. EV Obsession estimated 26,566 Tesla Model S sales in the US in 2015. Rob notes that the lowest estimate was 24,200. In either case, the Model S outsold the Mercedes S-Class, the BMW 7-Series, the BMW 6-Series, the...
  • VANITY-Have to Buy A New Car-Any Recommendations?

    01/13/2016 4:44:36 AM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 101 replies
    Bought a 2007 Subaru Forester 5K cash, 150K miles earlier this year against my better judgement--hubs was insistent it was reliable. They USED to be reliable. I had an 88 Justy that you couldn't kill. BTW I live in upstate NY with its harsh winters. Seems they now have major engine problems. Something I've found out the hard way. Any recommendations on a new car?
  • The future of the automobile is being reshaped in California

    11/19/2015 6:51:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/19/2015 | Jerry Hirsch
    Within walking distance of Tesla Motors' Palo Alto headquarters and across the street from Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Co. has set up a new Silicon Valley outpost. With a team of 100 reporting to a former Apple engineer, the Detroit giant is researching how humans experience machines, running autonomous-vehicle driving simulations and testing software that examines how bicycles and cars interact. "For 100 years, automobiles have been a mechanical engineering industry," said the center's director, Dragos Maciuca, who on his morning commute drives past a nearby research center of German automotive electronics and parts supplier Bosch. "Now, there is the shift...
  • More VW trouble: 2016 diesels have new suspect software

    10/15/2015 2:07:15 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    phys.org ^ | October 14, 2015 | By Michael Biesecker And Tom Krisher
    A Volkswagen Touareg diesel is tested in the Environmental Protection Agency's cold temperature test facility, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Volkswagen has disclosed to U.S. regulators that there's additional suspect software in its 2016 diesel models that would potentially help their exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) **************************************************************************************************************************************** U.S. regulators say they have a lot more questions for Volkswagen, triggered by the company's recent disclosure of additional suspect software in 2016 diesel models that potentially would help exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests. That's more bad news for VW dealers looking for...
  • Report: BMW X3 Diesel Also Emits More Than Legal Limit [Update]

    09/25/2015 6:47:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    www.roadandtrack.com ^ | Sep 24, 2015 @ 9:39 AM | By Robert Sorokanich
    In the wake of the VW diesel scandal, German magazine Autobild found the Euro-market BMW X3 xDrive 20d also exceeds emissions limits by a significant amount. Volkswagen's unfolding diesel emissions crisis may prove to involve other automakers as well: German magazine Autobild reports that ​a German-market, diesel-powered BMW X3 xDrive 20d put out 11 times the legal limit of pollution in a test commissioned by the magazine. (Update below) Automotive News, which translated the Autobild report, explains that the BMW was tested by the International Council on Clean Transportation, the same group whose findings led U.S. regulators to investigate Volkswagen's...
  • Automakers commit to put automatic brakes in all cars [Braking News!]

    09/12/2015 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    phys.org ^ | September 11, 2015 | By Joan Lowy
    <p>Ten automakers have committed to the government and a private safety group that they will include automatic emergency braking in all new cars, a step transportation officials say could significantly reduce traffic deaths and injuries.</p> <p>But safety advocates were swift to criticize the effort as a backroom deal that allows automakers to avoid the possibility that the Transportation Department will impose a legal requirement for inclusion of the braking systems in cars and set binding standards for the technology.</p>
  • Audi to unveil 310-mile electric SUV to rival Tesla Model X

    08/20/2015 2:35:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    www.ft.com ^ | Andy Sharman, Motor Industry Correspondent
    Audi is to unveil an electric car to rival Tesla’s forthcoming Model X that the German marque says is capable of traveling at least 310 miles on battery power alone. The Volkswagen-owned carmaker will display the concept, a sport utility vehicle provisionally called the e-tron quattro, at next month’s Frankfurt motor show and plans to put it into production in 2018 as its first mainstream electric car. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email...
  • Ohm has worked up a drop-in replacement for car battery

    08/14/2015 7:36:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 114 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 14, 2015 | Nancy Owano
    Ohm is a 6-pound drop-in replacement for your car battery. What's not to like about what it claims to deliver. It never needs jump-starting. Works on the coldest days (in temperatures as low as -40C). Lasts more than twice than lead-acid batteries, which go for three years. Here, you are looking at a 7-year average lifetime. No lead, no acid. When Ohm says it is a drop-in replacement they mean that it is installed in the same way. The site says to "remove the positive and negative leads from your old battery, drop in Ohm, and reattach the lead to...
  • Your Green Car Could Cause Black Rain in China

    07/28/2015 9:27:51 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    National Observer ^ | July 28, 2015 15:12 GMT | Charles Mandel
    You may have a "green" car, but it could be causing black rain in China from the graphite mined and used in its lithium ion battery. Two academics at Toronto's York University, Carla Lipsig-Mumme and Caleb Goods, applaud many of the new advances in green technology in recent years, but at the same time warn that those very technologies may come with a host of environmental issues. The pair issue a caution about “superindustrialization” in which the answer to climate change is a matter of “technological adjustment.” In an article recently published in The Conversation and picked up by the...
  • Hacker remotely crashes Jeep from 10 miles away

    07/21/2015 9:51:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    (UK) Daily Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    Hackers took control of a car and crashed it into a ditch by remotely breaking into its systems from 10 miles away whilst sitting on their sofa. In the first such breach of its kind security experts cut out the engine and applied the brakes on the Jeep Cherokee, sending it into a spin. The US hackers said they used just a laptop and mobile phone to access the Jeep’s on-board systems via its wireless Internet connection. They claim that more than 470,000 cars made by Fiat Chrysler could be at risk of being attacked by similar means - including...
  • Researchers demonstrate method that reduces friction between two surfaces to almost zero...

    05/15/2015 1:36:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    05-15-2015 | Bob Yirka
    A team of researchers working at Argonne National Laboratory, in Illinois, has found a way to dramatically reduce friction between two macroscopic scale surfaces—to near zero. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they accidently discovered the method and why they believe it might be useful for real world applications. As most people are aware, friction causes energy loss and wear and tear on mechanical parts—lubricants such as oil are used to help reduce friction and to dissipate heat, but scientists would really like to find a way to prevent it from happening in the...
  • Researchers study how metal contamination makes gasoline production inefficient

    05/01/2015 9:44:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/01/2015 | Provided by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Utrecht University have identified key mechanisms of the aging process of catalyst particles that are used to refine crude oil into gasoline. This advance could lead to more efficient gasoline production. Their recent experiments studied so-called fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) particles that are used to break long-chain hydrocarbons in crude oil into smaller, more valuable hydrocarbons like gasoline. "A major problem is that these catalysts quickly age and lose their activity, so tons of fresh catalysts have to be added to a reactor system every day," said lead researcher...
  • Fastest hydrogen battery ever stepping stone to hydrogen car?

    05/01/2015 8:58:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/01/2015 | Provided by Eindhoven University of Technology
    Can cars run on formic acid? They just might one day, after what physical chemist Georgy Filonenko discovered in his dissertation. He developed a catalyst in which hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) can form formic acid in no time, faster than had ever been measured before. And the reverse reaction is just as quick. It seems to be the start of a hydrogen battery for use in hydrogen cars of the future, for example. He received his PhD degree yesterday, cum laude. Hydrogen is one of the foremost candidates in the running towards becoming the energy carrier of the future....
  • Tesla reports 'record' quarter for auto sales

    04/04/2015 9:42:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/04/2015 | Staff
    Electric carmaker Tesla announced Friday it delivered a "record" number of vehicles in the first quarter, as it began more timely reporting of sales figures. The California firm started by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said it sold 10,030 cars in the first three months of 2015. "This was a new company record for the most cars delivered in a quarter and represents a 55 percent increase over the first quarter last year," the company said in a statement. Going forward, Tesla said it would publish the number of new car deliveries within three days of quarter end. "We have decided...
  • More US Consumers Signing Long-Term Auto Loans

    03/20/2015 7:13:12 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 55 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/20/2015 | Camernon Aubernon
    In the past, six-year auto loans were few and far between. Today, more of those loans are being issued, with seven- and eight-year loans gaining popularity. NPR reports such loans are helping to fuel a boom in U.S. new-car sales, with one-third of the loans lasting 74 months and beyond. AutoPacific analyst Ed Kim says the cars are one of the reasons for the long loans: Consumers are demanding a lot more technology in their vehicles, infotainment technologies. There’s also a lot more safety features that are in vehicles right now. Emissions and efficiency technology that are in vehicles right...
  • Mechanical Engineer 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission for a Toyota 22RE Engine

    03/12/2015 10:48:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    3dprint.com ^ | 03-12-2015 | by Whitney Hipolite
    Who says that you can’t make anything useful on a desktop 3D printer? Sure, there are plenty of designs that you can find on 3D printing repository websites which make you question the motive of the designers — but at the same time, there are engineers and designers creating things that make you just stop and say, “WOW!” One of these latter instances comes in the form of a 3D printed 5-speed transmission for a Toyota 22RE engine, created by a mechanical engineer named Eric Harrell of Santa Cruz, California. Not only does it look legitimate, but it also is...
  • New Ford GT to carry $400k-price tag

    03/05/2015 5:24:07 PM PST · by nascarnation · 62 replies
    Autoblob ^ | 3/5/2015 | Noah Joseph
    The last time Ford made a GT, it built more than 4,000 of them and sold each one for around $150,000. Judging by the premiums at which they later traded, they were evidently worth a lot more than that. But this time, the new Ford GT will be far more expensive and far more scarce. Official performance, production and pricing figures have yet to be released, but upon the new American supercar's European debut in Geneva, Ford performance chief Dave Pericak indicated it would be priced competitively with the Lamborghini Aventador – which carries a base sticker price approaching $400,000,...
  • US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

    03/03/2015 10:46:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 79 replies
    Yahoooooo ^ | 03-03-2015 | By JONATHAN FAHEY
    The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months. For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the country's main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years, the Energy Department reported last week. If this keeps up, storage tanks...
  • Motorcycle maker Yamaha to launch small cars in Europe

    02/27/2015 12:26:57 PM PST · by nascarnation · 71 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 2/27/2015 | AFP
    Japanese motorcycle giant Yamaha will join the four-wheel market by launching small cars in Europe as early as 2019 to meet rising demand for energy-efficient vehicles, a company official said Friday. The firm has been mulling manufacturing four-wheel vehicles for years, exhibiting a prototype 1,000 cc engine car and an electric-car battery at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Yamaha is planning to build car plants in Europe to sell them in the region before 2020, the company spokesman said, without elaborating. "As small cars are already prevalent in Europe, our first car launch will be (there)," he said. "But we...
  • New paper-like material could boost electric vehicle batteries

    02/22/2015 10:55:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Feb 18, 2015 | by Sean Nealon
    Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have developed a novel paper-like material for lithium-ion batteries. It has the potential to boost by several times the specific energy, or amount of energy that can be delivered per unit weight of the battery. This paper-like material is composed of sponge-like silicon nanofibers more than 100 times thinner than human hair. It could be used in batteries for electric vehicles and personal electronics. Scanning electron microscope images of (a) SiO2 nanofibers after drying, (b) SiO2 nanofibers under high magnification (c) silicon nanofibers after etching, and (d) silicon nanofibers...
  • George Gibson, chief engineer of the Dodge Dart, dies at 92

    01/23/2015 7:21:39 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 58 replies
    Automotive News ^ | Jack Walsworth
    George Gibson Jr., a former chief engineer for Dodge, died Wednesday in Rochester, Minn. He was 92. As chief engineer, Gibson’s biggest pride of his work was the Dodge Dart. According to his daughter, Lisa Gibson, the Dart was the most hands-on work he did at the company. He admired the functionality of the compact car and was even featured in Dart ads. Given his 6-foot, 190-pound frame, critics couldn’t believe that a man of his size could fit in the car. He proved them wrong with the ad showing him getting in and out of the car. It read,...
  • My Idea of a Hybrid Automobile

    12/06/2014 2:23:28 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 35 replies
    Vimeo ^ | Today | Top Gear
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  • ssue 35: Cleveland's traffic cameras to be removed

    11/07/2014 8:49:30 AM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 6 replies
    WKYC-TV Cleveland | 7:06 a.m. EST November 5, 2014 | WKYC Staff
    A Gannett propaganda outlet is the source. http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/traffic/cameras/2014/11/04/issue-35-clevelands-trafficspeed-cameras-will-be-removed/18509815/
  • Google Co-Founder &#8203;Sergey Brin Doesn't Understand Us And Never Will

    07/09/2014 8:49:56 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 8 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 7/09/2014 | Damon Lavrinc
    Sergey Brin lives in another world. Like every other non-gearhead, he doesn't understand us. He doesn't get why we wrench in our garages, spend weekends at track days, or take off in the middle of the night for a ride. He's like your Aunt Martha, except Brin has the power to change the world. And he doesn't make those awesome cookies. Brin recently joined his compatriot, Google CEO Larry Page, on stage with venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to chat about where Google is headed. In many respects, where Google goes, so goes the world, so naturally, the conversation turned to...
  • More Fuel Efficient Cars Causing Highway Trust Fund to Go Broke

    07/07/2014 7:38:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    www.weeklystandard.com ^ | 9:24 AM, Jul 7, 2014 | By GEOFFREY NORMAN
    Washington needs more money and if it doesn’t get it, your morning commute will become: a) more expensive b) more unpleasant c) both The problem, you see, is that the Highway Trust Fund is "going broke,” by the Beltway’s curious definition of the phrase. It is sort of the way that after a round of painful “cuts,” spending somehow still goes up. The Highway Trust Fund takes in more than 18 cents on every gallon of gasoline sold in this country, so there is plenty of revenue. Just not enough to meet Washington’s needs and desires. People are driving more...
  • Ford opens 88 new dealerships in China in a single day

    06/23/2014 6:00:53 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 10 replies
    TTAC ^ | 6/23/2014 | Brandon Turkus
    Ford opened 88 dealerships in China last year." "Ford opened 88 dealerships in China during the first half of 2014." "Ford opened 88 dealerships in China last month." None of those statements – even the last one – would seem unbelievable. Saying "Ford opened up 88 dealerships in China last Thursday," though, is a bit more dramatic. Yes, on June 19 alone, Ford opened the doors on nearly 100 showrooms in the People's Republic, boosting the Blue Oval's total presence in the country to 750 dealerships. Of course, while an overabundance of dealers in the US proved troublesome for American...
  • Volvo Will Export Chinese-Made Cars to America

    06/18/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 22 replies
    TTAC ^ | 6/18/2014 | Derek Kreindler
    Honda may have been the first OEM to bring Chinese-made cars to North America, but their Made-In-China Fit never arrived in the United States. Now, it looks like Volvo will be the first brand to import Chinese-made cars to America. Reuters is reporting that Volvo will import the S60L (for long wheelbase) sedan to the United States, with volumes of around 10,000 units per year. The S60L is identical to the S60, save for a 3.1 inch longer wheelbase, for enhanced rear seat comfort. Volvo did not confirm which models will actually come to the United States, but a Volvo...
  • The Tuesday List - Ten Inventions That Changed The World

    06/17/2014 11:35:24 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 66 replies
    Stuff of Genius ^ | June 24, 2013 | Ed Grabianowski
    If you think that the world's greatest inventions came from the fevered minds of solitary geniuses, think again. As you scan this list of the 10 inventions that changed the world, note how many of them perfected workable designs. 10. Plow Compared to some of the gleaming, electronic inventions that fill our lives today, the plow doesn't seem very exciting. It's a simple cutting tool used to carve a furrow into the soil, churning it up to expose nutrients and prepare it for planting. Yet the plow is probably the one invention that made all others possible. No one knows...
  • Terrafugia, seeking $30M in funding, plans to have first flying cars ready in two years

    06/04/2014 10:07:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.bizjournals.com ^ | Jun 3, 2014, 7:04am EDT | David Harris Tech Editor- Boston Business Journal
    The idea of a flying car might seem like something out of a science fiction novel, but it may soon become a reality. All it'll take is about $30 million in funding and some patience. Terrafugia, a Woburn manufacturer of flying cars has been working on its vehicles for almost eight years. The MIT-born company has been working on two kinds of cars: the Transition, which is scheduled to be released in mid-2016 and can fly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour at up to 10,000 feet in the air; and the TF-X, a semi-autonomous plug-in hybrid...
  • Where The World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die

    05/20/2014 10:18:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    worldtruth.tv ^ | May 17, 2014 | Staff
    In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as “channel stuffing”, of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning? Presenting… Where the World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die Above is just a few of...
  • Average Car Price Affordable Only To Washington, DC Customers

    03/14/2014 3:42:19 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 31 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/14/14 | Cameron Miquelon
    Unlike the average Beltway insider, a report by Interest.com claims the majority of medium-income American households in 24 of 25 cities studied cannot afford the average new-car price of $32,086. AOL Autos reports the study focused on each city’s median income in relation to the new-car price average as pegged by Kelley Blue Book. Said price was broken down to monthly payments of $633 per month for 48 months with 20 percent down while interest, insurance and principal exceeded no more than 10 percent of the household’s gross income. The only city out of 25 to pull off the feat?...
  • New Jersey blocks Tesla sales in state

    03/12/2014 9:24:33 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 9 replies
    Silicon Valley Business Journal ^ | 4/12/14 | Eric Van Susteren
    The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission passed a ruling today that will block the sale of Tesla Motors Inc. vehicles in the state, according to Bloomberg, which could ding the company's growth plans. The rule would require an auto dealers franchise agreement in order to legally sell new cars in the state. But Tesla sells its cars through direct sales – from the manufacturer straight to the consumer. Tesla may have to close its two showrooms in the state, Bloomberg noted.
  • 25 Fuel Efficient Cars That Are Not Hybrids

    01/19/2014 7:58:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    MPG-O-Matic ^ | January 1, 2014
    Are you thinking about buying a new fuel efficient car but are wary of hybrid technology? Fear not! There are dozens of cars on the market today that deliver great fuel economy without resorting to heavy and expensive battery packs. While most of these vehicles are designed to run on petroleum products (either conventional gasoline or diesel fuel), the Ford Focus SFE is a FlexFuel vehicle that can run on 100% domestic E85 ethanol fuel as well as conventional unleaded gasoline. 2014 Ford Focus five-door E85 holds a significant price advantage over regular unleaded gas in some parts of the...
  • Deloitte Study Shows That Money, Not Ideology Is The Biggest Obstacle To Car Ownership

    01/17/2014 1:57:48 PM PST · by nascarnation · 32 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | Jan 17, 2014 | Derek Kreindler
    One of the main criticisms of Generation Why is the lack of hard data to support this column’s ongoing thesis: that the lack of interest in car ownership among millenials is related to economics, rather than any sort of anti-car/pro-environment/pro-urban ideological shift among young people. Now, a key study from Deloitte confirms our initial hunch: young people want cars, but cannot afford them, and the notion of a car-free future, with walking, cycling and transit replacing the automobile (whether privately owned or shared via a service like Zipcar) is an unrealistic fantasy that somehow continues to have currency. Deloitte’s annual...
  • China's BYD pledges to sell cars in America

    01/09/2014 4:22:31 PM PST · by nascarnation · 41 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 1/9/14 | Noah Joseph
    Chinese automakers have been making noise about entering the North American market for years, stretching back a decade or more. A combination of factors – from the disjointed nature of the Chinese auto industry to lingering quality issues – have kept that from happening, but the day when Chinese cars roam the Great American Road may finally be upon us. Following aborted efforts by such automakers as Geely and Great Wall, it's BYD that appears to be leading the charge this time. The company backed by investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate is now targeting 2015 – just a year...
  • Turbos Beat Displacement In Police Testing

    12/18/2013 1:58:28 PM PST · by nascarnation · 61 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 12/28/2013 | Jack Baruth
    It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to join the dark (blue) side. Every year, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department runs the newest crop of donut-holders around Fontana Speedway. With no significantly new entries available, it’s no surprise that the results are fundamentally the same as they were last year. I’m not exactly sure what the justification is for using lap times to rank police vehicles, but we live in an era where police get to do pretty much whatever they want. Why not run ‘em around a track? Some of the significant laptimes: Ford (Taurus) Police Interceptor:...
  • Ford’s New Low-Cost “Ka”: Don’t Call it Cheap

    11/14/2013 12:32:01 PM PST · by nascarnation · 76 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Mike Ramsey
    Ford Motor Co. is coming a little late to the race to design an ultra-low cost car for first-time car buyers in developing markets, but company executives have learned a lesson from rivals that moved first. Affordable, yes; cheap, no. Ford is unveiling in Brazil on Wednesday a prototype for a new tiny subcompact car called the Ka that aims to tackle the entry-level buyer in countries where being middle class means you can just afford a car that costs about $10,000, or a third the average price of a vehicle sold in the U.S. With a car like the...
  • Urbee 2, the 3D-Printed Car that will drive across the country

    11/05/2013 3:38:44 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 15 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 11/04/2013 | Joe Bargmann
    About two years from now, Cody and Tyler Kor, now 20 and 22 years old, respectively, will drive coast-to-coast in the lozenge-shaped Urbee 2, a car made mostly by 3D printing. Like Jackson and Crocker, the young men will take a dog along for the ride—Cupid, their collie and blue heeler mix. Unlike Jackson and Crocker, they will spend just 10 gallons of fuel to complete the trip from New York to San Francisco. Then they will refuel, turn around, and follow the same west-to-east route taken by Jackson, Crocker, and Bud.
  • Energy Dept. Seeks Company to Turn Sunshine Into Gasoline

    11/01/2013 1:20:28 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | NOV 01,2013 | By JERYL BIER
    Although CO2 is considered a "greenhouse gas" that contributes to climate change, if the Energy Department (DOE) finds partners to capitalize on the research of one of its laboratories, someday cars might run on sunshine. Technically, cars would run on the product of sunlight, CO2, and water using a "two-step solar thermochemical cycle" developed by the Albuquerque, New Mexico government lab. The DOE posted the special notice seeking interested companies on the Federal Business Opportunities website on Tuesday: Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) is conducting ongoing research and development into solar fuels, the conversion of sunlight, CO2, and H2O into high...
  • How we give tribute to USA, a beloved ally and a superpower in the domain of magnificent cars

    10/10/2013 4:16:26 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 9 replies
    www.youtube.com ^ | 10/11/2013 | WesternCulture
    This clip is from Västerås, Sweden. Each year, a festival celebrating classic American cars is held in this Nordic city. See link below.
  • BMW recalls 176,000 vehicles over power brake system

    10/04/2013 1:22:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | OCT 01, 2013 | Staff
    German carmaker BMW is recalling 176,000 vehicles from the model years 2012 to 2014 over a problem with the power brake system. The company says in rare cases an interruption in the oil supply to a part can mean the loss of power braking assist. The brakes will still work, but the driver would have to press harder on the pedal. The recall covers 76,200 vehicles sold in the U.S.
  • Vintage Chevy auction to deal in low-mileage gems

    08/21/2013 8:21:35 PM PDT · by Doogle · 11 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 08/21/13 | AP via FOX
    Seventeen years have passed since Ray Lambrecht closed his Chevrolet dealership, a small-town operation in northeast Nebraska with a big and valuable secret. For decades, the owner of the Lambrecht Chevrolet Co. in Pierce held on to new cars and trucks that didn't sell right away. He stashed them in warehouses, at his farm and in other spots around the town he worked in for 50 years. Now, his automotive nest egg — about 500 vintage cars and trucks — will go on the auction block. Next month, visitors from at least a dozen countries and throughout the U.S. will...
  • Low-temperature combustion enables cleaner, more efficient engines [Diesel]

    08/13/2013 10:35:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 08-13-2013 | Provided by Sandia National Laboratories
    As demand climbs for more fuel-efficient vehicles, knowledge compiled over several years about diesel engines and a new strategy known as "low-temperature combustion" (LTC) might soon lead auto manufacturers and consumers to broader use of cleaner diesel engines in the United States. The journal Progress in Energy and Combustion Science published a summary of recent research on diesel LTC in a review article titled "Conceptual models for partially premixed low-temperature diesel combustion." The article, prepared by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories, provides what the authors say is a necessary science base for auto and engine manufacturers to build the next...
  • Fascinating 1936 Footage of Car Assembly Line

    08/06/2013 12:26:15 AM PDT · by Windflier · 38 replies
    Dump.com ^ | unknown | Unattributed
    An amazing video of American industrial prowess, prior to WWII.
  • Ultra High Mileage Car: Elio Motors

    07/10/2013 7:42:07 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 60 replies
    eliomotors.com ^ | 2013 | Elio Motors
    Click on a question to get the answer. Q. Is the Elio available for international customers? Q. Who makes the engine/drive train/brakes etc.? Q. How will it do in the snow/bad weather? Q. Will I fit in the vehicle? Q. Where can I buy an Elio? Q. What options will be available on my Elio? Q. Can I be a distributor or a service outlet for the Elio? Q. Once I make a reservation, how long before I get my Elio? Q. What kind of gas does Elio take? Q. Are test drives available? Q. Is Elio a car or...
  • Tesla to demo quick-swap electric car batteries

    06/18/2013 1:54:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-18-2013 | Staff
    Tesla Motors said Thursday it would demonstrate a way to quickly recharge electric cars by swapping drained batteries for fresh power cells. Tesla chief executive and founder Elon Musk used popular the messaging service Twitter to put out word that a "live pack swap demo" was taking place at the company's design studio in the Southern California city of Hawthorne. Video from the event was to be posted on the Tesla website about 0430 GMT on Friday, according to Musk. Making it fast and easy to restore full power to electric car batteries is seen as a big step in...
  • India's Apollo Tyres to buy Cooper Tire for $2.5 billion

    06/12/2013 9:53:55 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | Bijoy Anandoth Koyitty and Aradhana Aravindan
    India's Apollo Tyres Ltd (APLO.NS) agreed to buy U.S.-based Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (CTB.N) for about $2.5 billion in a deal that would make it the world's seventh-largest tire maker and reduce its dependence on a slowing Indian auto market. Apollo, which currently gets two-thirds of its revenue from India, will pay $35 per share, representing a premium of about 43 percent to Cooper's Tuesday close. The acquisition of Cooper, the world's 11th biggest tire company with annual sales of $4.2 billion, will give Apollo access to the U.S. market for replacement tires for cars and light and medium...
  • February 2013: No Leap Day (Car sales up strongly)

    03/01/2013 5:55:03 PM PST · by nascarnation · 6 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 3/1/2013 | J. Neff
    Among major automakers, Ford Motor Company (+9.33 percent) and General Motors (+7.17 percent) were the leaders, while Toyota Motor Company (+4.34) and Chrysler Group (+4.11 thanks to a +30.33-percent performance by Dodge) managed to stay positive. Nissan North America, however, fared less well, reporting a drop in year-over-year sales of -6.65 percent. Among brands, we see many luxury marques near the top, including Bentley (+42.86 percent), Porsche (+30.53 percent), Audi (+27.77 percent), Mercedes-Benz (+23.05 percent), Cadillac (+20.34 percent) and Land Rover (+19.97 percent). If taken as a sign of a recovering economy, then the wealthier among us appear to be...