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Battery Manufacturing

Lithium producing countries…Canada!

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History of the electric vehicle

Edison and a 1914 Detroit Electric model 47 (courtesy of the National Museum of American History) An EV and an antique car on display at a 1912 auto show Electric motive power started in 1827, when Hungarian priest…

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भारत में इलेक्ट्रिक वाहनों का भविष्य

पिछले दो सालों में एक माहौल बना था और लगने लगा की बस अब इलेक्ट्रिक वाहनों की शुरुआत हो जाएगी. लेकिन इस विषय ने जो गति पकड़ी थी वो धीरे-धीरे कम होती नज़र आयी. आख़िर कारण क्या है!…

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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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Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year 2019!

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Test Driving A Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Petrol Automatic Sedan

Test Driving A Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Petrol Automatic Sedan Maruti Suzuki is an Indian passenger car manufacturer. Let us talk about the petrol sedan they had launched in the year 2012. In the beginning it was manual gear…

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Testing the New Maruti Suzuki DZire

Background It was in the year 1987 when Maruti Suzuki, a joint venture between Government of India and Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan, the passenger car manufacturer launched its first 800 cc car in India. It has been a…

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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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Where does the automobile and aircraft scrap goes? How is it recycled?

Normally, aircrafts remain airworthy for around 22-25 years before they are written-off! I came across one such great piece—a Boeing 737 while traveling to Jaipur. It seems that the owner bought it as a scrap and parked it…

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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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Why we ignore advice on wearing helmets?

High speed bikes spin faster than you can think. And the results may surprise you and could be dangerous. So while you have fun, make sure you always use safety equipments and assessories. These will enhance your fun,…

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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 Is The Role Of Fluid In Automotive Suspensions?

Pneumatic and hydraulic shock absorbers are used in conjunction with cushions and springs. An automobile shock absorber contains spring-loaded check valves and orifices to control the flow of oil through an internal piston. So where this energy will…

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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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Driving in the neck-to-neck traffic?….Patience counts!

I came across this sketch probably drawn by an AOL (Art of Living foundation) follower…which is based on the teachings of the Gurudev (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar), which I liked a lot, hence sharing here on this site!

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What’s there under the bonnets of an aircraft and an automobile?

I boarded my flight from New Delhi to Ranchi. My boarding pass showed seat no. 1C. It was the first row. I stowed my luggage and sat down. It was an early morning flight. I prepared to settle…

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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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The yesteryears Italian scooter—the Lambretta!

Somewhere on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway I stopped for a quick cup of tea to relax myself after a long drive. And I came across this fancy item of the day. A Lambretta scooter! Lambretta is name of the…

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A pony-cart in today’s world made of bullet trains and the electric cars!

While going to Jaipur, Rajasthan (India) I stopped by the road side, on the highway, for a quick break. All types of vehicles like heavy duty trucks, trailers, buses, scooters, motorcycles, three wheelers, cars and SUVs were plying…

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