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Category Archives: Automotive

Use Car Can Be Greener Than Hybrids


Many people look at the environmental crisis and are driven to buy a hybrid. These autos require less gasoline to operate because they also utilize electric batteries. However, most of them take an enormous amount of energy to build – on some estimates, in the neighborhood of one hundred million BTUs of energy, about the same as one thousand gallons of gasoline. That means that every new hybrid on the market has already driven the equivalent of nearly 50,000 miles or more, when you compare BTU usage.

Additionally, hybrids cause some serious problems when it comes to emissions. These vehicles run off of two engines, which raises production costs through the roof in terms of air quality. Plus, electric batteries are filled with dangerous chemicals, many of which are strip-mined in areas with less stringent environmental policies than the United States, a classic example of shifting-the-burden. It is estimated that many hybrids actually leave the environment worse off due to the material cost of transporting heavy batteries across the ocean on tankers. And, while plug-in autos sound like a good idea, the electricity used to power them comes from a coal plant, which can cause more pollution than gasoline, in the long run.

The Manufacturing Process

When considering the environmental impact of a car purchase, MPG is typically the first condition to come to mind. This is not an altogether misguided move, as the more efficient the car is, the less energy it will expend and the fewer pollutants it will release into the atmosphere. However, every new car takes energy to produce. This is true of traditional SUVs, plug-in electric vehicles, and hybrids.

Biodiesel and Sunflower Oil

Biodiesel is made from used sunflower oil. Many restaurants and cafes use sunflower oil in bulk. They could use hundreds of litres of this sunflower oil in a day. Thus disposing of it is a mission for these restaurants. It is legally required that they dispose of it in an ethical and healthy manner. Biodiesel producers have identified this market and have thus turned this wasteful used sunflower oil into a valuable resource.

The biodiesel producers collect the used sunflower oil from the various restaurants and take it back to their factory where they convert the oil into a usable fuel resource that you can use in your truck. This is a great resource for truck fleet owners. You could purchase biodiesel in bulk at a low cost and power your fleet of trucks for long time.

So now you have a better idea of biodiesel is and what is made of. You can easily use in your diesel powered truck and save a lot of money while you’re at it. Be sure to buy in bulk so that you have enough biodiesel. This is also great way of saving as you can keep stock of it while you negotiate better rates for large quantities.

Our core focus at Golden Fry is to provide specially customized products and services to Restaurants, Take-Aways, Food Manufacturers, Caterers, Wholesalers, Supermarkets and Spaza Shops. We are an approved used oil collector that supplies Biodiesel to businesses.

Achieve Maximum Fuel Efficiency for Car

  • Drive smoothly: Driving like a racer will consume much fuel. Aggressive acceleration and applying sudden brakes will affect the fuel efficiency, and the parts of your car engine. Therefore, make sure to accelerate gently and not suddenly. This will save up to 60% of the fuel.
  • Use gears sensibly: Some people do not use gears properly and don’t change the gear at proper speed even after knowing when to change. Changing the gear correctly will help save a lot of fuel. You can save up to 15% of the fuel by using brakes and gears properly.
  • Tires: Maintain proper tire pressure. Check regularly the pressure of your tire, or at least once in two weeks. For appropriate pressure, check the owner’s manual. Proper pressure maintenance will give up to 3% of fuel economy. If the pressure is not right, it will lead to excess fuel consumption, and the tires will wear out quickly.
  • Speed limit: Driving at a reasonable speed will give a good mileage. Check your car’s mileage and see when it is giving good mileage and drive within that limit. If you maintain a speed limit between 70 mph and 80 mph you will save up to 10% – 20% of the fuel. Maintaining this speed helps avoid accidents.
  • Do not use your car for short distances: Some people use cars even if they are going out for a small distance. If the distance is walkable, go by walk. This will not only save fuel, but is also good for your health.
  • Avoid rush hours: During rush hours, the traffic is heavy, and the car has to stop and start very frequently and this makes the vehicle move slowly in the traffic. This will consume excess fuel. Therefore, avoid rush hours as far as possible, or try other routes if you know.

Electric vs Traditional Car

The consequences of all the air pollutants does not come at no risk. The large amount of carbon dioxide emitted every year is what experts believe is the cause of global warming. The warming can endanger our health and can cause extreme weather such as higher sea levels due to flooding and droughts. Because oil is a non-renewable resource, it will only become more difficult to obtain, which will make the burning of gasoline even worse.

With all the seemingly negative effects of traditional car engines, there are some positives. Engines that run on gas will travel much further than an electric engine. All electric cars will only travel up to 100 miles on a full charge before needing to be plugged in again. If a consumer is not near somewhere they can charge, this can be a cause for concern to the individual. Charging stations have not become a commodity that is everywhere yet. Also, the price for a car with a combustion engine will be priced lower than that of a pure hybrid vehicle. The average price to buy the hybrid car brand new can reach up to $30,000, but a regular midsize sedan has an average price of around $18,000.

Although electric vehicles are priced significantly higher than the others, they will typically last several years longer than a gasoline based car. A battery in the electric car will last up to 100,000 miles before needing to be replaced. With no engine to give maintenance to, money is saved through the lack of oil changes and upkeep. In addition, brakes will last notably longer therefore making it even more cost efficient. Lastly, and most important, zero emissions will flow out from the electric vehicle. Some emissions are exuded to make the electricity to charge the car, but it does not compare to the greenhouses gases put into the air through combustion engines.

The demand for an all hybrid car has increased within the past decade, yet traditional cars still sell better. According to the EIA, electric cars sell at a very small fraction compared to gas cars. Yet, by 2040, the growth rate of electric cars is expected to be 11%, whereas conventional cars will only grow by 0.1%. Most family households are presumed to have the two types of vehicles in the future, one for traveling far distances and the other for riding around town. If these predictions are correct, transportation will no longer be a tremendous contributor of greenhouse gases and each individual’s carbon footprint will not have as much of an impact on the environment.

All about Mileage SUV

Among SUVs with the best gas mileage, the Toyota Highlander has a 3.5 liter V6 engine and a hybrid synergy drive system with electronic motor which is capable of delivering 280 horsepower. It is one of the best SUVs on gas with a mileage rating of 27/28 city/highway. It has a hybrid power meter which helps to show the user when the system is fully charged. It has two modes namely eco mode where the best hybrid vehicles modify throttle response to help with fuel efficiency and ev mode for the electric motor when driving at low speeds.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid has several safety features such as enhanced vehicle stability control, anti-lock braking, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, tire pressure monitor system and smart stop technology.

Lexus RX 450h is among the best gas mileage SUV vehicles available and has a 3.5 liter V6 gas/electric engine which is capable of producing 295 horsepower. As a hybrid SUV, it is very fuel efficient and has an mpg rating of 32/28 city/highway. It has a fuel tank capacity of 17.2 gallons. It has several gadgets to ensure convenience and comfort for the occupants similar to other hybrid vehicles. Some of the gadgets include keyless start, vehicle anti theft system, remote engine start, power door locks, heated mirrors, cruise control and fog lamps.

This luxury hybrid SUV has several safety features namely front, rear and side airbags, brake assist, electronic stability control, child safety control, integrated turn signal mirrors, traction control and daytime running lights.

About Electric Automotive Connectors

Electric vehicles are a type of automobile that uses one or more electric motors or traction motors for propulsion. Unlike gas-powered cars, they are fueled by electricity, which can come from a variety of sources (fossil fuels and nuclear power, but also renewable sources like tidal, solar, and wind power). They require less maintenance because they don’t have as many parts as traditional vehicles, and they offer tax benefits. Electric vehicles are also easy to charge at home, run on renewable energy, and emit no pollution from their tailpipes. There are many benefits to owning an electric car, but like most things, they come with disadvantages too. Electric vehicles can take several hours to charge and aren’t able to last on long road trips. They will also increase the demand for electricity and there are very few models currently available.

Charging up an electric vehicle is easy, but it will require some patience. The most convenient (but also expensive) option would be to purchase a charging station for home use. If you charge your car overnight, it will always be ready for the morning commute.

To make the process of charging an electric car more convenient, national societies and commissions work together to establish industry standards for electric vehicle connectors. The common connector for the United States is the J1772 combo plug, which was chosen by the Society of Automotive Engineers. It allows for AC and DC charging, is 43mm in diameter, and contains five pins. Designed for single phase electrical systems with 120 V or 240 V, electric vehicle connectors use a 1 kHz square wave at +/- 12 volts on the pilot pin (to detect the vehicle, communicate the maximum allowable current, and control the charging process). These connectors will often be located outside, so it is important that they are able to withstand environmental concerns like wind, rain, and heat. They are also equipped with many safety features like shock protection, connector pins located on the inside (so humans have no physical access), and pins that have zero voltage when not in use.

About Future of Electric Cars

These vehicles are already in the market already but in selected countries in the world. The real realization of more cars in our streets is expected to be in early 2018. Companies such as General Motors is said to be preparing to release their Chevrolet EV within weeks from now. Nissan is also said to have gearing closer to releasing their EV before 2020.

Volkswagen showcased their electronic car model which they are calling it e-Golf I.D recently in an exhibition in France. It is one of the first one to be produced by their group- Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) that deals specifically electric cars. They are set to release it in 2020 with its reproduction set to begin in 2025.

It is expected to have a 400-600km of range. The I.D electric motor is expected to be placed in the back of the car. This will allow the front while to have a lighter turning circle. The I.D will also have a pilot mode. This means that the car will have an option for self-drive. This will give the driver time to chat with passengers or do other stuff.

Its horsepower will be placed in the rear will have zero emotions and with very little noise which is great for environment preservation.

Amazingly the I.D will have no door mirrors commonly known as a side mirror. It will have an inbuilt camera in the front giving you the picture of how your rear, right and left look like.

The headlights are the one thing that will leave you excited. They look at the driver when approaching and signal when in I.D pilot mode. They will also look at the pedestrians and other road users as well as turning to the direction the car wants to move. Isn’t that amazing? That is the great future we are soon to see.

Installations Car Charging Stations

An electrician experienced with car-charging stations is of paramount importance for this project. The electrician can offer advice about household amperage needed to support the system, circuit breakers to purchase, and installation location for optimal convenience and reasonable installation costs. It’s also common to make upgrades to a home’s electrical wiring to handle the increased load from the electric automobile.

You may need to get a special permit to operate certain charging apparatus at your home. To apply for a permit, submit documentation to your local municipality for review. You may need to visit the office in person, or you might be able to apply for the permit online. Expect to pay a fee for the permit. It’s also likely that the local municipality performs inspections of all car-charging stations within its jurisdiction. Once you have your equipment installed, schedule the inspection. A building inspector will check the location of the installation, any upgrades you have made to your electrical system, and any modifications you have made to the structure of your garage. As long as the equipment and modifications fall within local codes, you should receive your permit without problem.

Turbo Wastegate Works

1) Burn more fuel

2) Make more power

3) Make more exhaust to drive the turbine

If left unchecked, the cycle repeats 1,2,3 1,2,3 1,2,3 until BOOM! Your engine self-destructs. Not the most effective arrangement, so we want a solution to keep your power from climbing, unchecked. Enter the wastegate. The wastegate is actually a valve (literally, a “gate”) that permits a lot of the exhaust gas (waste) to bypass the turbine. Now we can add a fourth step:

4) The wastegate opens, allowing the turbine to slow, and the boost pressure (and by extension, the power) to fall. The cycle then repeats.Linked to the wastegate itself, is a wastegate actuator. This is just a spring loaded diaphragm that holds the wastegate closed, until some boost pressure is reached. As soon as the boost pressure is sufficient overcome the spring pressure, the wastegate is opened and the boost pressure falls. The cycle will repeat, if there’s sufficient exhaust pressure and boost (I.e., when you keep your foot in it).

Automatic Transmission

Automatic transmission parts rapidly becoming affordable

Up until the recent past, using or replacing its parts used to cost very high for customers, which thereby even discouraged many to use vehicles with the technology at all. However, the emergence of companies, which produce a large variety of its parts at affordable prices have ensured that the production cost and market price of automatic transmissions are now entering within the general affordable reach. With the entry of several third party manufacturers from Korea and China that are producing several parts in bulk at much lower rates, its parts are set to become even more affordable in the near future.

New developments that improve productivity

Several auto experts and magazines even today point out that it isn’t fuel efficient or powerful enough compared to manual transmissions. However, new smart technologies that integrate automatic transmission with state-of-the-art software have ensured that several new models using reliable parts can provide better performance and fuel efficiency compared to manual systems. It can be argued that the recent evolution of automatic transmission have ensured that it is a safer, better performing and a more economical alternative than manual ones.

Not just for passenger vehicles

With the increased demand for productivity and quality, this has been recognized as a technology that can be used with various plants and factory vehicles. Automatic transmission is more compatible with automation technologies that several modern factories are either already using or are planning to use. In fact, most self-driving or remotely operated vehicles extensively make use of its parts. Renowned companies also produce automatic transmission parts specifically for factories and industries.