Benefits and drawbacks of plugging-in your vehicle

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In March of 2012, at the Daimler Truck factory in North Carolina, President Obama launched EV-Everywhere, part of Energy Department “Clean Energy Grand Challenges”, whose goal is to make electric vehicles more affordable and convenient to own and drive than today’s gasoline-based automobiles within the next 10 years. Before that, Obama’s predecessor George W.Bush in his 2007 State of the Union Address urged scientists and engineers to “press on with battery research for plug-in and hybrid vehicles.”

 

Non-profit organizations and PHEV ...

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The history of the VW Beetle

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Often called the Super Beetle, Bug, Maggiolino, Fusca or Cucaracha the Volkswagen (VW) Beetle economy car was manufactured and marketed by VW from 1938 until 2003. During the 1938-2003 production period, 21,529,464 cars were built, making the Beetle the world’s longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform.

2- 1935 VW Beetle prototype copy

1935 VW Beetle prototype, source: www.autoconcept-reviews.com.

Even though it ...

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Magnesium and Aluminum Alloys in the Automobile Industry

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The growing interest in environmental protection and the increased demand for fuel-efficient vehicles has created challenges for automobile producers all over the world. In order to decrease the effect automobiles have on climate change, automakers started considering substitutions of materials in the automobile parts with such that are less harmful to the environment.

Naturally, lighter vehicles are more fuel-efficient than heavier vehicles. According to a research conducted by Prof. Julian Allwood of the University of Cambridge, global energy use ...

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Automotive Transportation in the US

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Automotive transportation significantly affects our everyday life, without us even realizing it. How different would our lives be without transportation? Would we be able to perform same daily activities within the same period of time without using any form of auto transport? And all you travel addicts out there, can you imagine a world where it would take several days or even weeks or months, to get to your preferred destination?

I know I can’t. Younger generations, who were used to ...

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Top 6 safest used cars for teenagers

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Although cars are becoming safer, young drivers are still vulnerable and prone to accidents. Teen drivers are just not ready for the same level of responsibility on the road as adults. They speed and they get distracted easily, especially when their friends are in the car. The fatal crash rates are much higher among teenagers mainly due to their immaturity and the lack of skills and experience.

Below, are some considerations to help you choose the safest vehicle for the teen driver ...

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America’s strangest traffic laws

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Motorists and their co-pilots, most of you have probably heard of Ignorantia juris non excusat – a legal principle suggesting that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape responsibility for violating it merely because they were not aware of its existence. No doubt you’ve got a good grasp of the basics, thanks to your driver’s ed. However, every state has their own set of rules no driver’s ed ever reveals. Some of these laws seem quite ...

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United States’ most scenic road trips

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Does traveling by plane feel like traveling to you? I know to me it doesn’t. Of course, sometimes it can be exciting. You might be able to enjoy some beautiful views here and there, if you are lucky enough to have a window seat. But the view is still quite limited. That is why, most of the time, I don’t mind taking the longer route and traveling by car, bus or train as long as I can enjoy the beauty ...

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The Cities with the Worst Traffic in the USA

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Next time you need to drive to your next business trip or you choose to take a last-minute summer road trip before the sunrays hide behind the clouds of autumn, make sure you avoid driving in any of the cities mentioned below! Traffic jams can occur at any time of the day and usually cost us a fortune –in terms of wasted time and fuel, but also anger, anxiety and lost productivity.

Inrix, a global software company providing road traffic and ...

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Why do we yawn while driving?

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Have you ever wondered why we yawn? Well, if you haven’t, scientists out there have been doing it for you. And turns out that yawning is a real head-scratcher.

To begin with, apparently everyone yawns and by this, I mean all humans, animals, including birds. Even fetuses in the womb yawn! Now I’m sure I got your attention. So why is this completely involuntary and uncontrollable event taking place?

The easiest way to understand this is to see your brain as the ...

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Does Your Personality Affect Your Driving Style?

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In the past decade, researchers in the field of psychology have shown interest in exploring the relationship between the way people are in their daily lives and the ways they behave behind the wheel. Is there any correlation? Would your enthusiasm for socializing or your tendency to overreact in discussions prevent you from staying focused on the road?

When we talk about driving style, we don’t really mean the way you hold the wheel or what color shoes you wear. Not ...

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