Audi set to compete with Tesla

As with what seems like every car manufacturer in the world, Audi have announced they are aiming to rival Tesla in the electric vehicle industry. Rupert Stadler, the chief executive of the Audi has reportedly given the all clear for an all-electric luxury Sedan to be designed and constructed in a bid to challenge the highly successful Model S of the Tesla brand.

If all the objectives of Audi are met then it would be very reasonable for them to expect to challenge the Model S, reportedly going to be called the ‘A9 e-tron’, it’s expected to be able to travel 300 miles per one full life of battery, will be a level 4 for autonomous driving and is going to consist of three electric motors.

Stadler has stated that Audi intends on having three different electric vehicles in its fleet by 2020 and by 2025, wants 25% of all sales to be accounted for by battery powered vehicles. In January, the Audi group committed to building an all-electric SUV using the concept established from their e-tron Quattro range, it’s expected that production of SUV will begin in 2018.
Anyway, back to the Sedan, Audi have said that the ‘A9 e-tron’ will follow on from the impressive features of the e-tron Quattro and expand further. Arguably the most impressive feature was that of the re-charging plate, where by the vehicle parking over it, it will then charge your car as opposed to having to plug it in. In addition to this, the autonomous setting on the ‘A9 e-tron’ is going to enable the car to drive itself to a parking spot where there is an accessible re-charging plate.
So Tesla, do you have it within you to maintain a mass share of the market, despite big name brands entering the industry?

2017 RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE: CHAMPAGNE WISHES AND CROSSCAB DREAMS

Nissan’s Murano CrossCabriolet propelled the world’s first—to the extent we know—car survey written as a Homeric tribute. Dearest by around eight individuals (half of whom may or won’t not work at Car and Driver), the CrossCab was a business frustration, vanishing after the 2014 model year. Fortunately, the upstanding Brits at Land Rover apparently have persuaded their Indian supervisors that the CrossCabriolet passed on in light of the fact that it basically wasn’t sufficiently upmarket. Notwithstanding its real thinking, the organization was permitted to go ahead with the Evoque convertible, which initially showed up as an idea at the 2012 Geneva automobile fair.

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Witness, sweethearts of the droptop SUV, the Evoque convertible underway appearance, complete with a rooftop that brings down itself in 18 seconds at velocities of up to 30 mph. In its nose, the Evoque conveys the same 240-hp turbocharged four-banger as it has since its 2012 dispatch. The motor is dashed to the same ZF nine-speed programmed transmission it obtained for 2014, going through an AWD framework nearly relatedto the one in the up and coming Ford Focus RS, less the Ford’s hoon-couraging “float mode.”

The top lies flush with the beltline when stowed, while out back, a trunklet reminiscent of the Mini Cooper convertible’s gives 8.9 cubic feet of capacity. A ski go through is accessible. In advance, the two-entryway convertible components Jaguar Land Rover’s new InControl Touch Pro infotainment framework and a 10.2-inch screen from which to work it.

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What amount of will this outside CUV-ing cost a man? A fundamental SE Dynamic package–equipped model will run $51,470 to begin, which is generally $10,000 more than Nissan requested its entrance in the fragment.

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IMPORTANCE OF METALS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

Whether you like it or not, metals play a BIG PART in our everyday life. We interact with them differently as each of them has it’s own properties : some are used as supporting elements for buildings, smartphones, transportation. Some are used for decoration by artists and sculptor or some are used to display wealth, like gold for example.

That being said, we have tendency to overlook the importance of metal because we confront them directly or indirectly everywhere, therefore perceiving their presence as self-evident. Oh and also, some of them are imperceptible to human eyes so this may contribute to our lack of understanding metal in our life.

So let’s explore these hidden but common metals we interact with everyday shall we ?


COPPER for example, is a type of cheap metal used by companies to conduct electricity. The average American will use more than 1,000 pounds of copper in their lifetime ! You can find them in your ALARM CLOCKS, DENIM JEAN BUTTON, PORTABLE AUDIO DEVICES or your DOORKNOB and even in your GRANOLA BARS ! Copper is essential not only for everyday objects but also for our own body.

Next on the list is STEEL. Like Copper metal, you can find it almost everywhere too. Taken for granted, they are in buildings, machinery, cars, galleries and statues. So can you imagine our world without these elements ? It would be hard to conceive another element as useful as these metals. When the word Steel is pronounced it also means RECYCLING. Each year, the US alone recycles no less than 80 million tons of steel, which works out to about 70% of the world’s total steel recycling

Another metal important for our future is ALUMINIUM. Thanks to its strength, low weight and good potential for recycling Aluminium is as useful and flexible as it’s other metal brothers. It’s properties also allow to build high buildings, transportation and also for packaging, the most common use that this metal is known for.

Not to mention other types of metal, these three principles are maybe the most commonly known by public although people easily tend to forget their usefulness.

Apart from the referred objects we just mention, the crazy thing about  metal is that it has a really wide range of function and can be used by any types of profession. Physicians and architects take advantage of these metals by constructing impressive buildings industry while some artists see these elements as pure physical support in which they transfer their imagination and creativity.

See how great metals are ? As representatives of the metal industry, Shanghai Metal Corporation is one of the leading businesses in the global field. As a major producer of copper, aluminium, steel and other metal products and service, we essentially are committed to the universal use that metal can offer by delivering overseas and promoting environmental sustainability.

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ALUMINIUM – THE BATTERY OF THE FUTURE

Why do we like so much aluminium at Shanghai Metal Corporation? This is a very easy question. Because aluminium is a very versatile material that can be employed for a wide range of purpose. For instance, according to some specialized websites in the near future aluminum may be used in the production of various electronic devices batteries. The researchers of the University of California at Stanford have announced the development of aluminum-based batteries promising better performance and a lower impact on the environment compared to current models made of lithium.

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What is more special about the aluminium batteries is that, not only their life would be significantly higher than conventional batteries (7,500 versus 1,000 cycles), but especially we should be able to fully recharge them in just a minute. Moreover, the aluminium batteries could be applied to a high number of devices such as smartphones, electric cars and laptops.

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Since aluminum is very less expensive than lithium, a further advantageous feature of the aluminium battery would be its lower cost of production. Furthermore, aluminum guarantees the total absence of any risk of fire. The environmental benefits are obvious. A smartphone battery  that takes only one minute to charge results in a considerable decrease in energy waste.

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COPPER, CORE ELEMENT OF HYBRID AND ELECTRIC CARS

 

With the development of sustainable businesses and social corporate responsibility, many companies are trying to change their products in order to make them more eco-friendly. The automotive industry has been at the heart of these changes do to its tremendous impact on the environment and the growing demand for vehicles around the world.

Having been criticized for being a the main source of pollution , many manufacturers have developed new motors that are less pollutant but while  trying to keep a high level of performance and satisfy the clients needs.
Ricardo , an American company that provides engineering solutions and consulting services and intelligent vehicles to its client deals with the dilemma every day.  Chris Domin Ricardo’s chief engineer , explains how the integration of wireless technologies, telematics, and electronics is used to improve the efficiency of vehicles. He emphasizes on the fact that copper is the main elements to the good functioning of this technology . He says “This technology relies on a number of different components, and copper is critical because it’s the glue that ties it all together”.  Its high conductivity and adaptability properties offer many advantages in order to improve the motors performance and comply with the high technological level of hybrid engines.

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According to the  Copper Development association, using copper in induction motor in hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles has plenty of benefits. Copper rotors are more economical, and compact than permanent magnet motors, and gives the manufacturer a bigger flexibility.

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT A CAR-SHARING PROGRAM IS?

Swedish German design firm Kram/Weisshaar has cooperated with Audi and developed a “micro-sharing initiative” to encourage Swedish people to share their cars. This initiative has been launched mostly in Stockholm. What does a “micro-sharing initiative” actually mean?

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When car turns into a fridge

During the hot summer days people use those kinds of fridges that you put in a car and it keeps your beers and food cold. Have you ever imagined that there is also a fridge literally made out of the front end of the real car?

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Italian home appliance manufacturer Smeg turned the cute Fiat’s 500 front into a fridge. These two very famous Italian brands and icons of Italian design joined together to create  something new out of existing product.

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Inside the fridge there is an instrument panel, cluster, the same you would find in a car Fiat 500. The capacity of fridge is 100 liters and can chill or freeze. There are three color options : red, green and white – the colors of national Italian flag.

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This refrigerator is a part of Fiat Design Collection, a design project celebrating the original small car. (via inhabitat.com)

I am not sure that this is the fridge that everybody wants to buy and own but it can be funny to watch guests in your house trying to find the ice in the kitchen.

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When a dream comes true – a flying car

We have everything these days – pocket computers, smartphones, smart watches, robots. Just one thing is still missing…a flying car!

“Mark my word : A combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” Henry Ford, 1940

Slovakian company Aeromobil made people’s dream come true and they are much closer to introduce this car to the world than anybody else. Štefan Klein, a Slovak man graduated from the University of Technology in Slovakia, has devoted 20 years of his life for working on his prototype of Aeromobil 3.0.

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Aeromobil is a flying car that can use existing  infrastructure already created for planes and cars. It fits in a standard parking space, it can tank at any gas station, it is fully accustomed to road traffic and it can perfectly take off and land at any airport all over the world.  Amazing!

This Aeromobil is suitable for two passengers and can fly up to 430 miles on standard 91 octane gasoline. On the road wings of this flying car fold behind the cockpit, so there is no problem with parking. In the air it can reach a top speed of 124 mph, on the road it is a bit slower and can reach a top speed of 100 mph and a driving range of 300 mph.

“We want to make personal transportation exciting, more efficient and sustainable. With ever more cars on the roads and ever more crowded airports, traveling is no longer what it used to be,” Klein stated. The latest design was tested this week and it is ready for the Pioneers Festival in Vienna in Austria, held on Oct. 29, 2014.

This Aeromobil is super stylish, comfortable and combines the performance of a sports car with qualities of an “ultralight”. Now I am just curious how much this flying car will be 🙂

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Can bamboo replace the carbon fibre?

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Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Certain species of bamboo can grow 35 inches within 24 hour period and that is unbelievable.  Bamboos are typical significance for South, Southeast and East Asia. It can serve as a building material, food source and as a versatile raw product. Will be bamboo the next “carbon fiber” in automotive industry?

Real carbon fibre is still quite expensive to make in large quantities, requires quite a lot of effort to manufacture, when you made it poorly, it can be very brittle, but what is more important – it is not recyclable and has a bad impact on environment while being produced. Gary Young, a manufacturer of surfboards, says : “With the right approach, bamboo could be used in many applications in automotive industry thanks to its qualities plus it doesn’t have a negative effect on the environment.

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A future bamboo car

Bamboo really looks promising on many levels. It could pass several difficult problems connected to new-car production. It could withstand flame and fire resistance standards. The bamboo wood costs pennies per pound and it is perhaps the best renewable material, as it grows very quickly. What is more, the dust from a bamboo  weave production decomposes over time.

Toyota’s Lexus division is one of car-makers committed to renewable materials and now it is offering 8 models of Lexus’ bamboo-rimmed steel wheel. According to engineers’ words, if you feel comfortable at the wheel, you don’t feel so tired, even after a long drive.

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A bamboo-rimmed steering wheel

There is a lot of questions around using bamboo at the high temperatures common in automotive industry and fabrication. So for now carbon fiber still can’t be replaced by bamboo, but things could change soon or later.

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A car – all bamboo on wheels except engine

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Simple Anti Theft System –Drive A Stick Shift

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Huffington Post reported that three teens attempted to steal a car at gunpoint, only to discover none of them could drive a stick. Aside from the inherit security feature, stick shifts (or ‘manuals’ as they are known in the UK) have many other benefits:

  1. Cheaper to maintain – Replacing the transmission on an automatic tends to run in the neighborhood of $3,000. But on a manual it’s just $1,200.
  2. Cheaper fuel-According to Consumer Reports stick shifts can increase fuel efficiency by 5 mpg.
  3. Speed- You can speed up or down much easier in with a stick shift, braking is more responsive, and you have more control on gear changes when speeding up.

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So, next time you’re buying a car, consider a stick shift to improve your driving experience!

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