General Motors has finalized the production process for its
compressed natural gas-(CNG) powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size
vans. The automaker plans to deliver these vehicles with a fully integrated and
dedicated GNC fuel system to its fleet customers this fall.
The vans are designed to meet all Environmental Protection
Agency and California Air Resources Board emission certification requirements,
and will be fully compliant with applicable vehicle safety standards, according
Green Fan Cord Reduces Energy Costs
GardTec Inc. of Racine, WI has introduced a thermostatically
controlled AC Green Fan Cord designed to reduce energy costs while extending
the life of the fan. Thermostatic control is critical, since most industrial
fans operate 24/7, according to GardTec. As the ambient temperature rises from
continual use, the circuit component life is reduced by up to 45 percent for
each additional 10-12 degrees rise.
The Green Fan Cord was designed to easily replace an
existing cord, requiring no wiring, circuit boards, control boxes or design
changes. The company says that multiple fans can be controlled with a single
Green Fan Cord thermostat without additional controls.
Nissan Rolls out Zero-Emissions Leaf
Nearly 17,000 U.S. consumers have
already placed orders for Nissan's all-electric, zero-emission Leaf, which will be available to consumers in
December in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. These areas
were chosen because they're home to the EV Project, an initiative to create a
charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Nissan says the Leaf's
lithium-ion battery pack will carry a warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles.
Nissan also released data on the
consumers who have placed orders for the Leaf. Reasons for ordering the
all-electric vehicle included a desire for U.S. energy independence (35
percent), environmental consciousness (34 percent) and cost/fuel economy (20
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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