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President Obama raised the bet for kicking the fossil fuel habit in a speech held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, saying the country's reliance on fossil fuels hurts the economy and the nation that moves beyond them will reap huge benefits.
Obama spurred the nation on in the contest to develop clean energy, saying the United States risks losing its leading position if it fails to win.
"The nation that wins this competition will be the nation that leads the world economy. I am convinced of that. And I want America to be that nation. It's that simple,"he said
The president touted energy research at MIT, together with solar power windows, virus-built lightweight batteries, quantum dot lighting and combined offshore wind/ocean energy systems. Obama also pointed out his administration's thrust to make the research and experimentation tax credit permanent, and its direct funding for science. "The Recovery Act offers the largest single enhancement in scientific research in history," he said.
The speech also gave Obama a chance to rally support for the climate bill senators Barbara Boxer and John Kerry recently introduced. Kerry was in the audience. "All of this must conclude in the passing of comprehensive legislation that will finally make renewable energy the profitable kind of energy in America," Obama said.
The president said he saw consensus building for the bill, and for energy legislation also wending its path through Congress. The two bills are considered critical to international discussions of a new global warming deal. The president has said he wants the United States to lead the path in addressing global climate change. He has also said that he wants to see one million plug-in vehicles for sale by 2015.
Watch MIT's webcast of the president's speech here
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 3:27 AM
Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC ("Oncor") is a regulated electricity supply and transmission business that uses greater asset management skills to offer reliable electricity delivery to consumers. Oncor controls the largest circulation and transmission system in Texas, delivering power to approximately 3 million homes and businesses and operating approximately 117,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines in Texas. At the same time Oncor is owned by a limited number of investors (including majority owner, Energy Future Holdings Corp.), Oncor is administered by its Board of Directors, which is comprised of a majority of independent directors.
Oncor enthusiastically supports the announcement that was done on 21st of October by Edison Electric Institute, the national trade association for electric utilities, to speed up the full-scale commercialization of electric vehicles and make electricity a vital transportation fuel. EEI Chairman Tony Earley, Ford Motor Company Chairman Bill Ford, and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm made the joint announcement at the"Business of Plugging In" conference in Detroit.
"Oncor embraces and endorses this industry pledge to go forward with speed and sincerity towards the nation's goal of putting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015," said Bob Shapard, Oncor Chairman and Chief Executive. "Oncor has already stated laying the groundwork for manufacturing plug-in electric transportation reality, not a vision. The most significant element in the success of plug-in vehicles is the advanced meter, and Oncor is a chief in the nation in bringing this technology to everyone it serves."
Oncor is behind the introduction of dynamic pricing that will encourage the progress of a Texas-based electric vehicle industry. In addition, Oncor's investment in new transmission lines to move wind power from West Texas to more-populated regions in Texas will make clean, renewable energy available at night to charge electric vehicles, a dynamic mixture equivalent to the development of the microchip in the technology industry.
"Electric vehicles powered by pure, renewable energy produced at night when electric load is light makes good economic and environmental sense," said Shapard. "Texas has all the essential elements in place - an emerging smart meter system that enable electricity retailers to offer real-time pricing, abundant, accessible wind power resources, and an environment that encourages innovation and creativity."
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 3:15 AM
In an unanticipated U-turn, the U.S. Senate has agreed to continue to back research for the next generation of hydrogen cars - funding that the Obama administration had earlier planned to cut.
The move was established last Thursday as Senate members voted to commit $187 million to hydrogen research, approximately as much as was promised before the indecision.
Don't hold your breath for the move to a bold hydrogen future although, industry insiders claim that before hydrogen cars can become extensive the government may need to pump in up to an astonishing $55 billion more in additional funding to pay for research and subsidies to build fueling stations.
They've certainly got a long way to go - it is anticipated that fewer than 200 hydrogen vehicles are currently operating in the U.S. Still, who was it that believed that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 3:51 AM
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The firm says that the production slowdowns has blocked machinery orders but has forced producers into employing new manufacturing methods together with increasing the use of automation equipments.
According to the firm, the recession in the market has also moved the demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles
for commercial and consumer markets making opportunities for GMC suppliers in the automotive market.
The firm also says that the use of the new automobiles will require new manufacturing lines for vehicles as well as for new chief components such as batteries and electric motors. So let’s always hope for the best.
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 2:22 AM
GM Daewoo has decided to stop production at all its manufacturing facilities from Dec. 22 until Jan. 4 next year. The work stoppage stems from the deterioration of exports along the global economic slowdown.
Chances are that GM Daewoo plants that roll out SUVs and mid-sized sedans, whose sales have fallen sharply, will be closed for the whole month of December. Renault Samsung, in the meantime, is rumored to stop production soon. Dark clouds hanging over the global automobile industry are at the present gathering over Korea.
The Big Three U.S. automakers -- GM, Ford and Daimler Chrysler -- are already unable to carry on operating without government help. Toyota, the world’s biggest automaker, saw its first-half sales fall 6.3 percent from on-year, while operating profit dropped 54 percent. After laying off 3,000 non-regular workers so far this year, Toyota plans to let go another 3,000 before the end of this year and cut down production by 400,000 vehicles. Other Japanese automakers, including Nissan, are getting prepared to lay off workers and cut production.
Several experts believe that if automakers overcome this crisis, the international automotive industry will take off again. The projections come from potentially gigantic demand from emerging economies that will replace advanced countries, whose markets are drenched. Brazil, Russia, India and China accounted for a sum of 10.27 million automobiles, which was less than 60 percent of the 17.47 million sold in the United States. This year, the BRICs markets are anticipated to go beyond the American market by 10 percent. Demand for cars in the world's advanced countries has been declining 0.2 percent every year since 2000. But demand in rising countries has risen 12.9 percent.
But the chance will be offered only to those automakers that survive this crisis. And there would be a boom in auto industry by 2012.Executives with Korean automakers and their unionized workers must understand the real conditions in the global auto industry and show iron determination. And the government has to keep a close eye on the American and European auto industries and look for ways to support domestic automakers and their suppliers.
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 4:41 AM
An increasing number are willing to buy plug-in hybrids from Toyota, Chevy, Ford, Fisker. Oil prices have doubled from their low this year. People are setting up to save on fuel for years, by using more low-cost electricity and less gasoline.
The amount of money spent for fuel is about millions for the delivery of our mail and goods. About one million new vans are bought annually in North America.
Ford is preparing to take orders from municipalities and other government organizations that will use the new Transit Connect light-duty van in a range of transportation applications .Deliverance of these electric vehicles, made for Ford by Smith Electric Vehicles, will start in 2010.
South Coast Air Quality Management District has helped fleets attain considerable mileage gains with Sprinter Vans converted to be plug-in hybrid.
The electric utility that helps to power these plug-ins often have thousands of vehicles in their fleet. Ford F550s were first converted into hybrids and now into plug-in hybrid trouble trucks. In addition to using a lesser amount of diesel fuel, these trucks can run all their accessories electrically.
Plug-in vans and trucks can have a major influence on U.S. oil dependency. The Federal, state, and local fleets own 4 million vehicles. Corporations have bigger range of total fleets. There is great curiosity in extending the electric-range of vehicles. More attention has been placed on battery enhancement. A more sensible way to expand range is to make vehicles more aerodynamic and lighter.
Bright Automotive desires to make 50,000 plug-in hybrid vans per year that are built from the ground-up to deliver 100 mpg in a van that can carry 180 cubic feet of cargo. A typical van shipping such load might achieve 15 mpg. The Bright IDEA van weighs only 3,200 pounds, less than a Prius, and can go 30 miles on battery power alone. It is expected to be stronger than steel, yet manufactured with light-weight aluminum and composite material like the Tesla. With a sub-.3 drag coefficient, the van only needs a 10 kWh lithium battery pack. In challenging delivery applications, each Bright IDEA could save $6,000 per year in fuel.
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 2:57 AM
All of a sudden when someone asks such a question I am sure no one will be able to answer. Or else the answer can be "Soft drinks are just liquid, how can they be compared to the weight of cars? And Can they as heavy as huge number of cars?"
Ok, let's do some math to find out the answer for this question.
A liter of soft drink weighs about 1 kilogram. At 65% bottle/cans (exclusive of the 35% fountain sales), this is over 400 billion pounds of carbonated water unnecessarily shipped with the syrup. Let's not neglect the weight of the cans/bottles. To put this in perspective, this is the weight of 100 million cars. In 2007, 16 million cars, SUVs and trucks were put on the market in the US. Each and every car sold in the United States over the past 6 years weighs much less than the weight of the excess water shipped EVERY year with bottled soft drinks.
So if you have guessed it is cars then you have mistaken and we are happy for providing you the real stats.
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 1:37 AM