Hurricane Harvey may have totaled up to 500,000 cars

August 30, 2017 by  
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Hurricane Harvey didn’t just devastate homes and businesses – it may also have totaled up to half a million cars. An estimated 500,000 Texan vehicles will likely be scrapped, leading to a massive sales wave of new and used cars in the near future. Compared to the fallout of other major storms, such as Hurricane Sandy , the density of totaled vehicles in Houston is staggering. Cox Automotive — the company behind Kelly Blue Book and Autotrader — told CNBC that nearly 500,000 vehicles are likely to be totaled. Reportedly, “scores” of trucks and cars had water up to their windows and, in some cases, over the hood and roof. Said Jonathon Smoke, chief economist for Cox Automotive, “This is worse than Hurricane Sandy . Sandy was bad, but the flooding with Hurricane Harvey could impact far more vehicles.” 250,000 vehicles were scrapped in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy battered New York and New Jersey. Related: 1,200 dead, millions homeless due to flooding in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh Whenever a hurricane hits, it leaves a legacy of damaged property, industrial waste, raw sewage, and oil spills – and the repercussions of Hurricane Harvey will be felt for many months. According to Ryan Maue with Weatherbell, 11 trillion gallons of rain dumped on the state during the actual storm ; by the time the weather dissipates completely, that number is expected to increase to 25 trillion gallons of rain. In total, 30,000 people sought temporary shelter and 450,000 are expected to seek assistance from FEMA . Via Jalopnik , CNN , CNBC Images via Defense.gov

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BREAKING: Tesla unveils powerful new 100kWH battery for Model S and Model X

August 23, 2016 by  
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In a surprise announcement this afternoon, Tesla  revealed a powerful new battery option for its Model X and Model S that pushes the cars into new territory. The upgrade would extend the range of the Model S to 315 miles per charge – the first time any electric vehicle on the market has surpassed 300 miles of range. The Model X will receive a more modest upgrade, extending its range to 289 miles on a single charge. The upgrade will also allow the Model S P100D Ludicrous to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds flat, making it the third fastest production car in the world. CEO Elon Musk said during a press briefing that the battery would be available for any cars with a “ Ludicrous Mode ” option included. Current owners will, however, be able to upgrade to the new battery pack for $20,000. Those who have ordered a Tesla but haven’t yet received their car can upgrade at a discounted price of $10,000. (The price difference is due to the cost of recycling the existing battery.) Related: Tesla announces plan for world domination: includes trucks, buses and solar power New cars with the upgraded battery option will start at $134,500 and will be produced at a lower volume than the manufacturer’s other vehicles, due to the complexity of the battery pack. It will be available for order immediately, and customers will be able to receive their vehicles starting in September. The initial production run will be limited to about 200 packs per week, so if you’re interested in supercharging your vehicle, you should act fast or expect a bit of a wait. Via CNBC images via Tesla and Maurizio Pesce

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Are Auto Tires Headed In The Right Direction?

July 25, 2016 by  
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The year 2015 was the best year in American automotive sales on record, with The Wall Street Journal reporting there were 17.5 million cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. Americans are also paying more on average for their vehicles. The booming…

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Truck lays 50 meters of its own road in 6 minutes, and then picks it back up

July 15, 2016 by  
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Rather than create an all-terrain vehicle that doesn’t need a road, a company in Wales designed a truck that carries its own road surface , lays it down, and then picks it back up. Faun Trackway —the name of the company as well as its amazing truck—utilizes a series of thin aluminum extrusions to roll out a temporary roadway capable of supporting vehicles weighing up to 70 metric tons. This unique function allows the truck, and other vehicles in its party, to travel across otherwise impassable terrain such as mud, sand, and ice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LANuOhGGG8 The Trackway was built in 50-meter lengths, comprised of a series of aluminum extrusions linked together and rolled around a spool. Similar to an invisible tape dispenser, the truck can let out the track and essentially create a road where there was none, providing an easier way to reach destinations that would otherwise be out of reach without, say, a helicopter. Although originally intended for military use (and currently used by 30 military forces around the world), Faun Trackway has another obvious application: disaster aid. Related: Crazy “zipper truck” snaps LEGO-like bricks together to build a tunnel in 24 hours Because of its ability to create a temporary, passable roadway just about anywhere—even while partially submerged—the Trackway would be incredibly useful in helping aid units traverse washed out roads, mudslides, and other obstacles that typically follow earthquakes, tsunami-induced floods, and other natural disasters . Reportedly, the truck can roll out all 50 meters of its roadway in six minutes, making it possible to reach people in need much faster than other post-disaster convoys. Once the vehicles have crossed, the Trackway truck can roll the roadway up just as easily, ready to move on to its next challenge. Via Core77 Images via Faun Trackway

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Madrid Launching Smart Parking Meters That Charge Based on Vehicle Pollution

May 5, 2014 by  
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Madrid is one of the most polluted cities in the European Union , however city officials are fighting back against air pollution by launching the first smart parking meter system to charge based on vehicle emissions. Starting on July 1st, diesel and other higher emission vehicles will pay more to park. A diesel car made in 2001 will pay 20 percent more to park in the city, while hybrids will be charged 20 percent less and electric vehicles will park for free. Read the rest of Madrid Launching Smart Parking Meters That Charge Based on Vehicle Pollution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cars , diesel , emissions , european union , madrid , nitrogen dioxide , Pollution , smart parking meter , smog , Spain , vehicles

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Audi and Global Bioenergies Turn Sugar into a Sweet Biofuel Alternative

January 30, 2014 by  
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Sugar is classically one of the very worst things you can put in a car’s gas tank but that has not stopped Audi from exploring ways to make biofuel made from the sweet powder . The German automaker has teamed up with the French company Global Bioenergies to make synthetic gasoline derived from sugar. The pair claim their process is faster and cheaper than other biofuels . What’s more, the resulting bio-isooctane doesn’t require any car modifications, which makes it an easy replacement fuel for regular gasoline-burning automobiles . Read the rest of Audi and Global Bioenergies Turn Sugar into a Sweet Biofuel Alternative Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative fuels , AUDI , automobiles , bio-isobutene , bio-isobutene fuel , bioconversion , biofuel , biofuels , carmakers , cars , clean fuels , corn , distillation free biofuel , e. coli bacteria , e.coli , ETHANOL , French fuel made of sugar , fuels , gas , gasoline , Global Bioenergies , green energy , green fuel , isooctane gas , natural fuels , sugar , sugar bio-isooctane , sugar biofuel , sugar cane , sugar made ethanol , synthetic gasoline , vehicles , wood chips        

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Fastest Electric Vehicles on Earth

August 16, 2013 by  
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Emission-free electric vehicles are one of the greenest ways to get around – but early EVs lacked the pulse-pounding specs of their gas-guzzling counterparts. Fortunately, breakthroughs in electric power are happening by the day, and the improvements bring with them the one thing EV skeptics have been craving… SPEED. In celebration of the trend towards high performance electric vehicles, Car Finance 24/7 has created an infographic showcasing the fastest electric vehicles in existence – hold on tight and check it out after the jump! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The Fastest Electric Vehicles on Earth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all-electric vehicle , alternative transportation , electric car , electric vehicles , ev , fastest car , Fastest Electric Vehicles on Earth , fastest train , green transportation , infographic , sustainable transportation        

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GM Encouraging Chevy Volt Drivers to Come in for Battery Work

January 5, 2012 by  
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The Chevy Volt has hit its first snag, but GM seems to be handling it in stride.  After some battery fire issues during crash testing, GM is taking steps to ensure that Volt drivers have a safe vehicle on their hands. According to the AP, GM is encouraging Volt drivers to bring their vehicle into a dealer where mechanics will “strengthen the structure around the batteries.”  Extra steel will be added to the plates that surround the batteries making them better protected during an impact and preventing any coolant leaks that were the cause of the crash test fires.  The fix has been confirmed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency. This isn’t a formal recall, but affects about 8,000 cars out on the road and another 4,400 for sale. Initially after the test fires, GM offered Volt drivers an opportunity to sell back their cars or to be provided a loaner replacement.  To prevent fires after any real-world crashes, GM has been sending out teams to drain batteries after being notified by the vehicles’ OnStar system. via AP  

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Hailstorms and Tornadoes Thrive on Car Exhaust

January 3, 2012 by  
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If you wanted something else to blame on the internal combustion engine, you can now add tornadoes and hailstorms to the list.  Scientists have found that both weather events are more likely to occur during the week than the weekend due to the higher levels of pollution in the air from our workday commutes. The study, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres , looked at summer storm patterns in the eastern U.S. from 1995 to 2009 and found that hailstorms were occurring at a rate of about 20 percent above average midweek and about 20 percent below average on Saturday and Sunday. The team then looked at EPA records of summertime air pollution in the eastern U.S. and found that it peaks midweek. The reason is that water particles cling to pollutants in the air, floating up higher in the atmosphere where it’s colder and creating more hail.  Pollutants also create tornado-friendly conditions by making the air warmer. The western U.S. doesn’t experience this same phenomenon since the air is dryer and cloud masses are too high and cold for the air pollution to interfere with. via National Geographic

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Future GM Vehicles Could Drop Drivers Off at Destination and Park Themselves

October 25, 2011 by  
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There are already cars that can take the stress of parallel parking in a tight spot by automating the action. Novel as this idea is, you still need to stick behind the wheel and make sure nothing goes awry. GM sees a future where you are removed from the situation entirely. Your car of the future could drop you off at your final destination and drive itself to the closest parking space cutting out the need for you to circle urban city blocks looking for a spot. The idea is that your searching and circling uses more gas than a direct shot by the car to the closest open space — better yet, your time is saved in the process. Though a personal driver — minus the driver — that drops you off at the front door sounds great, there seem to be a couple of problems with this situation. First being, how does the car know better than you where the open spots are and how in the world is it going to feed the meter ? Read the rest of Future GM Vehicles Could Drop Drivers Off at Destination and Park Themselves Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: efficient car , efficient vehicle , gas saving , gm cars , gm en-v concept , green transportation , how to save gas , self parking , self parking car , vehicle technology

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