Category Archives: Transportation

Remarketing Truck Assets: How you can Maximize Asset Recovery

In an article a couple of months back, TruckInfo noted that over 15.5 million trucks are available in the country, although there is one major shortcoming: only about 3.5 million drivers are currently in employment and eligible to operate the trucks, and that one in nine work independently. In other words, the country has a…
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Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013

On the verge of bankruptcy, the company sought a savior in Larry Page. This story is excerpted and adapted from Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, due out May 19 from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. On May 8, 2013, Tesla Motors shocked just about everyone by posting its first-ever…
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Revolutionary graphene polymer batteries charging 10 minutes to run 1000 km

According to a report from a Chinese website, The Spanish Graphenano, along with the University of Cordoba and Grabat Energy, developed a polymeric graphene battery, especially suited for electric cars, that will be cheaper and lighter than conventional batteries and will run 1000km on a 10 minute charge. Graphenano claims that this revolutionary battery will…
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Batteries That Will Save the Planet

Just three years ago, science journalist Farhad Manjoo wrote an article for Slate called “Better Batteries Will Save the World.” The subtitle, however, quickly undercut the headline’s claim: “Too bad they’re impossible to make.” This in spite of the recent launch of the Tesla S, the Nissan LEAF, the Chevrolet Volt and the announcement of…
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Amazon wants to curb warehouse clutter by installing 3D printers on trucks

More than anything, logistics are the biggest hurdle for retailers like Amazon. Managing stock, maintaining warehouses, and shipping orders is a constant juggling act. What if you could cut out all of the hassle, make an item on demand, and deliver it directly to the consumer? A recent patent application from Amazon has that future…
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Boeing invents four-part reusable satellite launch vehicle

Taking even small payloads into orbit is expensive, thanks in large part to the use of expendable rockets to break the bonds of gravity. Companies like SpaceX are working on reusable rocket technology that could carry cargo and people into space, but Boeinghas just filed a patent for an alternative method. Being’s new reusable launch…
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Why Apple should build its own car

Can Apple build a new car? It’s no more laughable than the idea that Apple, or Radio Shack, could create a personal computer infrastructure in the 1970s and challenge the dominance of IBM mainframes or Digital Equipment Corp. minicomputers. Multiple published reports of the past week say Apple has hired hundreds of people known for automotive…
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Nanowire breakthrough could recycle vehicle exhaust, improve car efficiency

A group of researchers at Sandia National Labs have announced a major step forward in thermoelectric nanowires, hopefully paving the way for new types of efficiency-boosting mechanisms in internal combustion engines. The team’s long-term goal is to use nanowire construction to capture heat from the exhaust system and use it to power in-vehicle sensors and…
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Mercedes-Benz May Have The Best Ad Of Super Bowl XLIX: Video

The classic tale of the tortoise and the hare gets a fresh, modern spin in Mercedes-Benz’s ad for Super Bowl XLIX. The tortoise is still the winner, but this time he doesn’t rely on the hare falling asleep but rather the pace of the all-new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT. In the 60-second spot, we see the…
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Airbus focuses on thermoplastic composite materials

Company claims thermoplastic CFRP holds several advantages over thermoset CFRP, including 100 percent recyclability. While the use of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) has become a mainstay in aircraft production, many are unaware there is more than one type available. Airbus, Toulouse, France, is working to take maximum benefit of thermoplastic CFRP material—which holds several key advantages…
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China is going to mine the Moon for helium-3 fusion fuel

China’s Chang’e lunar probe dynasty is already having a great year. The Chang’e 3 lunar lander surpassed all expectations last week to emerge from its 14th hibernation while the Chang’e 5-T1 just completed its transfer from the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 2 into a stable orbit around the Moon. Chang’e 3’s main mission was only to…
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Elon Musk’s speed-of-sound Hyperloop is actually being built

Way back in the summer of 2013, SpaceX’s Elon Musk proposed a new transportation system that was equal parts awesome and insane: The Hyperloop. The system, which would consist of an above-ground vacuum tube, would be able to get people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under 30 minutes. Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles. We…
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