At Last! The Electrical Car Industry Gathers Momentum

The electric car industry has had many false starts with the first one coming as early as the 1880s. To be exact, the first successfully built electric car hit the road in 1888, having come off a German manufacturing plant. Since then, several other attempts have been made over the course of history to bring these cars to the mass market to no avail. The current wave of excitement towards them began in 2008 and is likely to stay, considering how far the industry has gone in the last five years. All factors considered, it looks like these cars are finally breaking the “glass ceiling” to enter the mainstream automobile market.

These cars, as their name suggests are automobiles that are fully powered by electric energy. The energy is stored in a reserve (battery) from which it drives motor(s), which propel the automobile. Since electric energy is renewable, these cars have elicited quite some attention in recent years due to their ability to eliminate the emissions problem that is bedeviling environmental conservation efforts globally. It is common knowledge that motor vehicles are the biggest contributor to the emissions menace. As such, a shift from diesel and gasoline powered motor vehicles will no doubt cut global green house gas emissions by a massive margin.

This makes them one of the solutions to global warming and its devastating effects. At this point one would wonder why, if these cars have the potential to solve such a serious problem, they have not been adopted on large-scale basis. There are several answers to this question.

First off, their inability to travel long distances without interruption has been, by far, their biggest shortcoming. Since they are powered by energy from a battery, the capacity of the battery becomes an issue of interest. Up to recently, batteries could only store charge capable of powering an electric car for a distance of 90 kilometers at a time. This shortcoming led to what is commonly referred to as ‘range anxiety’ by electric car enthusiasts. The problem was further accentuated by the fact that charging infrastructure was largely lacking or underdeveloped in most parts of the world. Owning an electric car was, thus, impractical.

However, there is some good news! Tesla recently unveiled a new battery with a 315 mile range for use on these cars. This translates to 506.9 kilometers. Without doubt, this will effectively solve the range anxiety problem and make these cars more popular because most car owners, for example in the U.S., drive less than 40 miles per day. This, coupled with the fact that charging infrastructure and equipment are being established across the world, ensures that people will no longer worry about being stranded on the road when their batteries run out. To add to the good news, current batteries can charge much faster and more efficiently.

Another contributor to the struggling popularity of electric cars has been their prohibitive cost. Although today almost every major auto maker has its own model in this category, they still produce them on a small-scale basis, making the production very costly; costs that are liberally transferred to the buyer. The implication here is that even though some environmentally conscious individuals may want to own an electric car, they cannot a afford one that can meet their travel requirements. For example, the Tesla models fitted with the 315-mile capacity battery will cost between 134,500 USD and 135,500 USD. This price range is way above the means of the average car owner. It is, however, encouraging that since such improvements will bolster their popularity, this will lead to mass production and eventually, a reduction in costs.

These two have been the biggest obstacles for the electric car industry. However, since they are gradually being surmounted, the electric car industry is rearing to go. It is only a matter of time before they upset the status quo in the automotive industry. There have been claims of auto makers being prevailed upon by stakeholders in the oil industry to let go of their ambitions to populate the world’s roads with electric cars. A classic example is GM’s EV1. However, currently the world is past that stage and it can finally be said that electric cars will compete favorably in the auto market. So, yes! There is hope for the electric car industry.

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USPS And Autonomous Mail Delivery Is The Future

t seems that every major tech company is working on autonomous transportation. The auto companies are already selling cars with semi-autonomous features and these technologies are already getting to the point they are safer than humans driving. One major beer company has already had a self-driving truck deliver beer from their manufacturing facility to one of their large warehouses. Google has nearly a million miles of autonomous driving in CA and well over that in Nevada now. Yep, no people in the vehicle and I guess this is the future. Of course, if you drive for a living; limo, taxi, delivery, truck, bus driver, well, let’s just say your days are numbered – scary thought yes, but this is the future of work – it’s going not to hell, but to the robots.

Indeed, I read an interesting article in the premier Electric Vehicle online news outlet “Charged” titled; “US Postal Service commissions prototypes for possible future plug-in vehicles,” written by Charles Morris on October 14, 2016 which stated:

“The USPS has selected a design from Indiana-based manufacturer AM General (best known for the Humvee military vehicle and its civilian cousin, the Hummer) as part of its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle program, under which several prototype designs will be designed, built and tested over an 18-month period. AM General will build a series of prototype vehicles that seek to provide ‘fuel efficiency and zero-emission capability.’ The Postal Service will determine production requirements and future vehicle replacement award(s) after prototype testing.”

This is wonderful, but the USPS needs to get with the program. The USPS needs to think with more vision – these vehicles should be autonomous and deliver the mail without people. Why not? You see, these vehicles go on the same exact route every day, they stop at each mailbox at an exact location, every day. The driver opens the mail-box and puts in the mail – heck even a simple robot can do that task and the driverless autonomous mail jeep can get it there, on-time, every day, rain or shine.

Maybe this will help the United States Postal Service from losing billions of dollars per quarter? And, don’t worry about the job losses, we can use attrition and allow early retirement for the postal carriers. We are talking about faster mail delivery, lower costs, no price rises in stamps, and good use of some great robotic autonomous car technology – it’s the perfect application for autonomous transportation robotic technology. Think on this.

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Biodiesel: A Modern Alternative to Diesel

It is clear to see that the number of vehicles on our roads today has increased vastly over the past couple of decades. With this increase in vehicles, an increase in fuel consumption and in carbon emissions has followed. This has led to fuel resources being challenged and the environment suffering because of the pollution elements. Due to these changes in our lifestyles, an alternative fuel has been considered so researchers have been and still are looking for new sources of fuel.

One of these sources is used sunflower oil. Yes, it sounds a bit far-fetched like something out of a science fiction movie, but it has become a reality. Used oil is taken and then used in the chemical and bio fuel industry. There are designated used oil collectors that go around to various restaurants and other food establishments to collect all the used oil. Be sure to you check if the collector is certified. This task is beneficial to many parties in the following way. The restaurant is able to dispose of its used oil in a safe manner by handing it over to the used oil collector. The used oil collector creates jobs and relieves the restaurant of the burden of disposing of the used oil. The bio fuel industry receives a new basis ingredient for biodiesel. They are able to chemically transform the used oil into a usable form of biodiesel.

Biodiesel can be used in trucks as an alternative to diesel fuel. It is able to power the vehicle in a similar way as every day diesel does. However, whereas standard diesel emits much toxic fumes, biodiesel is less harmful to the environment because it is a resource that stems from nature originally.

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