Are the Electric Vehicles and Gasoline Powered Vehicles Comparable in Terms of Body Weight to Power Output?

Are the Electric Vehicles and Gasoline Powered Vehicles Comparable in Terms of Body Weight to Power Output? Let us understand the construction of an electric vehicle as compared to a gasoline powered vehicle (assuming some of the weight…

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How ‘intelligent’ the steering system for the electric vehicles should be?

How ‘intelligent’ the steering system for the electric vehicles should be? In conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles, we find that the steering system is a Rack & Pinion type steering system. If not hydraulic, it is a manual…

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Batteries for Electric Vehicles and Their Types

Types of Electric Vehicle Batteries What is an electric battery? A battery is a device for storing chemical energy and converting that chemical energy into electricity. Studying the construction of the battery we find that a battery is…

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When Will Electric Cars Become A Common Sight On The Roads?

I think days are not far when the electric vehicle (EV) will be here on the roads around the world sooner than many people think. If we see the data, then we find that out of 100 million…

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How many total revolutions an engine makes when driving the car for 4 hours continuously?

I was wondering how many revolutions the engine of my car made when driving at an average speed of 80 kmph! We can calculate that! Say, the engine is reviving at 1600 RPM.Now at that engine RPM, running…

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Why do the automotive wheel nuts fail?

I was shocked when my Ford Ecosport got punctured and I was not able to open the wheel nuts with the nut opener supplied along with the vehicle when bought. I went to the dealership and explained the…

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How the ignition coils and the carburetors looked in a yesteryear Bentley?

I came across this old yesteryears Bentley at an exhibition. It was a good opportunity to study the vehicle design and dynamics. This picture shows the engine and the arrangement of carburetors and the ignition coil. From the…

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How good are the automotive petrol engines today in comparison to hybrids?

Toyota has developed a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that is said to have a thermal efficiency of 40 percent – just 1 percent short of what the Prius offers with its 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain. Toyota states that the…

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What Causes the Cars to burn like this?

On the highway, I came across these two burnt cars one from Tata Motors and another from Skoda. I wondered what might have happened to the cars that they both caught a fire. Was it a fuel leakage…

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How good are the vintage car rallies? How they help us imagine the different time zones?

Last Sunday, I got an opportunity to visit a vintage car rally at Gurgaon (Haryana-India). Here is a glimpse of the same…

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Patience matters in neck-to-neck traffic!

When driving in heavy traffic, one may lose patience. And often we hear cases of road rage. In today’s rat race, one should learn how to keep cool!

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Performance during a shearing load on the body of a Ford Ecosport and the properties of Boron Steel used in it!

I saw this Ford Ecosport—a mid size SUV at a workshop for repairs on its skin. I wondered what caused it and whether the sheet metal of this car was strong enough. I decided to dig in about…

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How good is a battery operated tow-cart on a factory shop floor, when we talk electric cars?

The tow carts we generally see on the factory shop floor are mostly used for towing goods trolleys from one place to another. These kind of vehicles have traditionally used series wound DC motors which is a form…

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How safe are the flat head trucks? What generally happens to the drivers after the collision?

I saw this truck in a bad shape and wondered what would have happened to the driver. First of all these front flat trucks have a very narrow margin for the driver to escape unhurt although the body…

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Axle failures in heavy duty trucks! Bad roads to blame or the vehicle overloading?

The Indian road conditions have to go a long way in order to improve to international standards, that we see in the US or Sweden for example, suitable for medium and heavy duty trucking. As a result leaf…

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Why would an electric car fail?

How it feels and looks when an electric car is towed like one in the picture above. What would have failed? It is sometimes the battery pack which has exhausted! Was the Battery dead? Was there an electric…

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A hydrogen powered bus! Why aren’t we seeing a lots of them on the roads?

Tata Motors (India) launched the future of mass public transportation today at its Pune (India) facility and took another step in the direction of green technology and mobility solutions. The Hydrogen Powered Starbus Fuel Cell bus is a…

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An electric vehicle exposition-the initiative towards pollution free nation!

I am planning to visit this EVExpo! See the details and do visit! Must be an interesting expo…I believe!

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Automotive steel wheel rims!

Today I was returning back home on the highway that I overtook this truck carrying automotive steel wheel rims…possibly for supplying to vehicle manufacturers situated in the northern India automotive parts and vehicle manufacturing belt. This northern belt…

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Why Volvo is considered one of the most safest cars in the world?

I found this Volvo plying on the road, badly damaged, after a truck hit it from the rear. Volvo is considered one of the most safest car in the world. When I looked from that angle I found…

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What is inside the Automotive Safety Handbook?

Examining the state of art in passenger car vehicle safety, this book of Automotive Safety Handbook is an essential reference book on safety engineering. This book covers both active and passive safety systems and it describes basic relationships…

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Total Quality Management and Automotive Industry

Total quality management consists of organization-wide efforts to install and make permanent a climate in which an organization continuously improves its ability to deliver high-quality products and services to customers. So, when it comes to maintaining quality and…

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What is a Steering Ratio, Gear Ratio and Variable Gear Ratio in a Rack & Pinion type automotive steering system?

Let us discuss about a Rack & Pinion type steering gear, which is manual type (that is not a power steering system) So, a rack-and-pinion gearbox does two things: It converts the rotational motion of the steering wheel…

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What is great about the V8 engine of the Maserati?

A friend of mine who owns one informed me that the compact and lightweight 4.7-litre V8 is fitted on all GranTurismo models, develops 460hp, 520Nm of torque and revs up to an impressive 7,500 RPM. He is all…

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The solar car in Adelaide (South Australia) and the world solar challenge!!

My friend, from Adelaide, South Australia, caught this solar car crossing the street, while on way to his work and sent me this picture!

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