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Top class R&D centres in India

R&D centres across India have come up over these past years. I have found that majority of them being the collaborators themselves opening their own research centres.

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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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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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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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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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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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