In 2004, San Francisco acquired two Honda FCXes. But Hydrogen Fuel Cells? That’s what made them powerful. You see, they’re pretty hard to make so wide-spreadly available. But that didn’t stop then-mayor Gavin Newsom. He happenned to speak highly of the legacy soon to be paved by electric vehicles. With a cup of condensate, he drank the healthy tailpipe sludge and stated simply “You are looking, literally, at the future.”
Nowadays, as the Governor, Newsom had an executive order signed into effect last Autumn, regarding that all that was to be sold were new cars and light-duty trucks by 2035. With this being as royal decree as any, plenty of automakers have decided to hike up their haunches to be part of this EVs list. What fun! What joy it must be to compete! Goody!
According to the California Energy Commission (the CEC) there are about more than 70,000 public and private vehicle charging plugs. This would definitely fit well for Tesla.
But in general, the hydrogen fuel cell push is not so easy to pursue.
Though there have been positive milestones. Like when Toyota debuted the Mirai. It was a sedan powered by hydrogen-fuel-cells. The automaker would look to do everything they could do by calling customers trailblazers.
FCEV owners face a struggle, however. Hydrogen to have isn’t necessarily always the easiest thing to do. A Mirai owner, Doug Dumitru, decidedly began to help others with a website called H2-CA.com. It’s where people are able to see which stations are able to provide hydrogen to refuel hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
However, there has been issues. Like when in June 2019, a hydrogen production facility from the Bay Area caught fire. From this and similar events, the hydrogen production capabilities have become scarce and not very consistent. So here’s hoping that California’s pledge of $115 million will harness at least 111 additional hydrogen-fueling stations, by 2027.
California-based EV startup Drako Motors updated us on its test program ahead of the start of deliveries of its Drako GTE electric supercar.
While the company’s first vehicle, the Drako GTE, doesn’t do much to accelerate EV adoption with a $1.2 million sticker price, it’s still an interesting vehicle due to being equipped with the first quad-motor electric powertrain.
Critics have been extremely impressed with the cornering power of the machine.
The Drako GTE is equipped with 90 kWh battery pack, 150 kW fast-charging capacity, and four electric motors, one at each wheel, that power range of +225 kW to -225 kW.
It enables some pretty insane torque vectoring that makes the car feel like an agile railgun on the track.
Obviously, it would also translate to some great performance on snowy and icy surfaces, but people who buy $1 million supercars generally don’t use them in those conditions.
That’s OK, because Drako decided to winter test the Drako GTE at Winter Performance Track in Steamboat Springs, Colorado:
To demonstrate the GTE’s capabilities ahead of the first customer deliveries this year, we handed the car off to racing driver Andy Pilgrim and let him loose on the Winter Performance Track, sitting above 6,700’ elevation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Pilgrim powers the GTE through deep, rutted snow, connecting corners with high-speed, tail-out slides that belie its ease of control. Watch the front wheels as Pilgrim enters and maintains each slide, paying special attention to how few corrections he makes, and how little steering angle is needed to rotate the car. Pilgrim is able to guide the steering wheel with his fingertips thanks to the GTE’s lightning-quick responses to driver input and traction conditions. Notice, too, how well the car rides over the deeply marred surface despite Pilgrim’s merciless pace, with no perceptible roll and very little pitch or heave, the suspension expertly soaking up the terrain whether sliding into and through a corner or sending four plumes of snow skyward on its way out.
As of recent, Tesla has been testing out their electric semi on the track. And from the looks of it? Tesla is doing great with it. In fact, this may be very well the first time in a while we’ve actually seen the Tesla semi move all by itself. The prototype was last seen travelling across the country. It’s essentially been quite a while since we’ve even seen the Tesla semi move on the prowl. It was first introduced to the general public in 2017.
Tesla had two prototypes that it had shown before. In such a time, the automaker was able to take them all around the United STates in order to display the real-life world road testing. Therefore, by doing this, customers have become eager to reserve the electric semi. Of course, with a deposit. When they had begun to unveil the Tesla Semi, the automaker was certain that the electric truck was going to become available in 2019.
Of course, it was delayed then like it was delayed for “low-volume” means of production throughout late-2020. Which then was pushed back to 2021. Of course. Elon Musk had been announcing to employees that they want to bring the Tesla Semi into some capacity of “volume production.”
Tesla has made it obvious that they want the electric truck to enter production with deliveries to customers. Yet, now after this footage has been viewable on the Internet, there seems to be a renewed interest.
Behold! The Tesla Semi being Tested!
Tesla is seemingly filming the electric semi behind with a lead vehicle loaded into the back of that car. It’s pretty important to note how they’re being used as the Tesla Semis are equipping themselves with 4680 battery cells and structural battery pack architecture. These new technologies may go far.
Tesla is investing over $600 million from an investment in Bitcoin that is truly starting to pay off. For instance, the automaker has made it known that their investment policy will stop wasting time and start adding cryptocurrency and gold to their holding. And obviously they have been able to acuumulate about $1.5 billion dollars in bitcoin investments. How lucky is that of Elon Musk?
The electric vehicle company has been able to update their investment policy in order to provide more flexibility to diversify and max out their returns on cash. It isn’t quite needed to keep operating liquidity adequate. Also part of the policy, the whole idea of messing around with bitcoin? Yeah it was barely passable by the Audit Committee of their Board of Directors. Not the most enthusiastic about it, as it turns out.
They’re likely to acquire and hold digital assets within the long-term. Tesla has not yet disclosed any sort of number of bitcoins, let alone the average purchase price. But, it stands to reason that the bitcoins are averaging around $35,000 in the month of January alone.
Therefore, Tesla should already be able to have 43,000 bitcoins. Furthermore, they have indeed been making money. In certain areas, the surge of the price has gone up considerably.
Bottom Line? Tesla Is Banking On Bitcoin
Is this a smart move on Elon Musk? Maybe so. A stamp of approval on bitcoin is enough to send value surges through the roof. Though, the move itself is not capable enough to bring EV fans any joy. Bitcoins should encourage more investments by Tesla in renewable energy.
Cryptocurrency itself relies on a dedicated few but proud to process transactions within a decentralized network of computers, requiring almost too old power. So again, is this about saving the Earth, or saving a few bucks off Musk’s back?
You know how the Joe Biden administration is trying to get the COVID-19 vaccination out to all the essential workers? Well, apparently, the American Trucking Association would prefer to receive the vaccinations sooner than later. This may be due to the fact that so many truck drivers risk their lives just to deliver essential product to other folks. But the CDC won’t have any of it. Which may be why the ATA and forty-nine other trucking associations throughout the state are asking the CDC to shift truckers into phase 1b for COVID-19 vaccine. This may be pertinent, in fact, to phase 1c.
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, also known as the ACIP placed “frontline essential workers” in 1b and “other essential workers” in 1c. That said, truckers have been heavily snubbed by this lack of consideration.
And this really hurts the community too because the less they are acknowledged, the higher the risk of contagious variants spreading throughout the U.S. High-risk populations depend on the workforce in order to deliver vaccine supplies to each trucker.
ATA is very concerned!
The ATA believes that because the death rates have increased, truck drivers are among the greatest risk individuals.
But then you have to take into account how transportation infrastructure workers. They are already being prioritized enough, considering how they continue to ship the product throughout the U.S.
Truckers are the glue that holds together the entire front line response. Without them, daily and indispensable support could not be properly given to all of the other essential workers. Beyond that, high-risk populations depend on the trucking workforce.
ATA mentioned the increase of more contagious types of virus spreading rapidly across the United States.
Senator Maria Cantwell decidedly said she planned to push the Biden administration to give high vaccine priority to food haulers. Fingers crossed, ATA.
NIO showed off a brand new electric car. The NIO ET7 is actually an electric vehicle with a huge battery pack. With the ability to be totally autonomous, the ET7 is especially an incredible electric entry on the part of NIO.
So who is NIO anyway?
NIO has been in reference as “the Tesla of China.” Yet, the Chinese market has been made great as the leading manufacturer of electric SUVs. But they hope to go further than China. Especially with the electric sedan model, which possesses an impressive powertrain. It’s additionally fully-capable with a 480 kilowatt dual-motor drivetrain. It’s also given power by a battery pack that goes up to 150 kilowatts.
NIO has even come out with a specific statement about the powertrain. “The ET7 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and has a braking distance from 100 km/h of 33.5 m.” This range figure is based on the NEDC cycle, known to rarely represent real-world driving.
Aside from the Powertrain, the ET7 is impressive for Extensive Autonomy
It has a price starting up at roughly $69,000 United States Dollars, before electric vehicle incentives. NIO has a Battery-as-a-Service (BaaS) model, with a cheaper price and a monthly cost for the battery pack.
NIO as a company has their electric sedan coming loaded. With maybe 33 sensors and 4 Nvidia Orin chips that can collectively have a total computing power of 1,016 TOPS.
NIO’s trying o go about it like Tesla does, for sure. And there’s even more rumors where safety features are enabled by autonomous driving tech. However, autonomous driving features are to be available as a subscription. Additionally, there are 11 8-megapixel high-res. cameras, one ultralong-range high-res. LiDAR and 5 millimeter wave radars.
While it does come about as an impressive vehicle, the possibility of 621 mile-range actually being a figure to refer in real-world driving seems relatively impossible.
Trucks like those from UPS, Inc., FedEx Corp., and even the smaller player that is Boyle Transportation are looking to ship out the Pfizer vaccine. Like, now. It’s heading all over the United States in hopes that health care workers and nursing home caretakers can be among the first to receive the supposed cure. In the form of a vaccination.
3 million doses are supposed to arrive at distribution centers all around the world. 94 degrees below zero is how they’re being stored. They will be utilizing dry ice and GPS-sensors. The sensors especially to track how each shipment of the vaccination is safe and colder than Antarctica itself.
This certainly is a nation with vaccination fever.
But the shipping companies are totally eating it up.
You almost wonder what a world would be like without the vaccines. But more importantly, how soon are the truck drivers / plane flyers / boat captaineers getting the vaccination themselves?
God forbid there’s some sort of oversight where the vaccination is left vulnerable to infection. Could that and would that cause a whole slew of new problems? Who really knows? There has to be a better way of keeping things safe than just below sub-zero canisters. But maybe they have already thought of all the outcomes and have therefore avoided them ten-fold. It should be interesting to see how this all plays out.
And then there are those party-poopers who believe the vaccination was rushed out… Well, here’s the thing. You can’t so easily deny yourself the opportunity to branch into trying new things. And you also have to be healthy enough to trust yourself and your immune system.
Just look at truck drivers. They’re usually very fearless because these truck drivers have gone to Hell and back, yet still display positive personality traits. So if you can trust yourself to handle the heavy, maybe the immune system in you is ready.
Nissan is huge on developing electric vehicles for the industry. So much so, the creators of the Leaf are decidedly partnering up with a startup for it’s next shocker. Is the shocker a truck? Otherwise known as Nissan EV. But does it need to be with a startup that they continue moving forward?
Who is the startup Nissan EV will be looking at to help?
Hercules is the name and battery-electric powertrains are their game. The company was founded by former employees at GM and Fiat Chrysler. It may seem unorthodox that a major OEM is taking up some confidence with a startup. But it’s actually quite common. Or did you not see Porsche and Rimac kiss in the hallway?!
The best thing to say about Nissan EV and the productivity that they’re making is that Carlos Ghosn, a major auto industry executive, may have helped them out a bit.
Who’s Carlos Ghosn?
A man on the run who has narrowly evaded the law, Nissan’s former chairman believed in the EV revolution before anyone knew what it was.
He would go on to believe in 2011, that by 2020, all electric cars currently on the streets would account for 10% of the roadworthy vehicles you see today. Sadly, while it is en-route, the EV revolution has only gotten to 1 – 2% thus far.
Ghosn himself wanted Nissan to partner with Mitsubishi and Renault to unify as one to conquer what he thought would be massive for any model in the Nissan EV line. The union so far has so far created the Nissan Leaf, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Renault Zoe. The big issue as of a result has been facing newcomers like Tesla. That company? Hah. They’ve primed themselves as the luxury cars to have in your possession. Eight new models are planned by the Nissan-Mitsubishi-Renault to be released by 2022. But will they release a new lease on life?
Watch out, Elon Musk. Jim Farley is quickly approaching with a vehicle you can trust. Ford has no choice but to hype the ante behind the Mustang Mach-E. It’s a direct competitor to Tesla if there ever was one. And with several other big names in the game of automaking, Ford makes it officially a race to not shy away from. Tesla may have done it’s duty in setting the bar for electric vehicles, but nothing rides quite like a Mustang does.
Sure, Ford has done some electrical work in the past, as far as their gas-powered eco-friendly models are concerned. But truly, the Mustang Mach-E is maybe the first all-electric vehicle they have made with a totally original design. I didn’t even think it to be a Ford until I saw Jim Farley’s name plastered over the intensity of this car. The Ford CEO had this to say:
“The vehicle is a game changer. For me, the Mach-E is the first true competitor with Tesla… It’s a Mustang. Tesla is not a Mustang.”
Comparing the Mustang to Tesla’s Model Y
When pitted against Tesla, Ford finds their Mustang to have a smaller size, more formidable stamina on the road and possibly a less costly pricetage that maybe Tesla has accepted as a calling card. This is largely thanks to the US federal tax credit that while Tesla no longer has access to, Ford is thankfully excited about this in part because of the $7,500 savings.
CEO Farley mentions that the mass production has just recently begun to build the Mustang Mach-E in detailed volume. That’s to say, they’ll produce several dozens, probably, but in a low enough volume to test them for any kinks, while ensuring virtual perfection.
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It happens to everyone. Everyone, that is, who drives a truck. When dealing with low clearance one has to face as a trucker, there’s a certain level of danger that you have to accept overcoming. It’s a matter of principle. You can’t be scared of every bridge you go under. That’s how the trolls end up winning, as a result.
Still, there’s got to be a smarter way of avoiding a destructive turn-of-events much like these ones. It’s the job of a trucker, after all, to see to it that the items shipped reach their final destination safely.
Here are some tips on how to make that happen with low clearance in consideration.
Map your route free of low clearance areas
You know where you’re going. Why not alter the route a little bit? Just to be on the safe side. God forbid it’s fourth of July and you scrape the top of the truck off to let loose a horde of fireworks.
Measure your truck’s trailer
Lest you’re looking to lose a couple pounds off the top, the trailer is not in dire need of having a haircut. So don’t give it one. Just find a friend, measure the height and get it taken care of so that you can avoid any close calls.
Get yourself a Trucker’s Atlas
By clenching your Trucker hands on a Trucker’s atlas, not only do you cement your foundation as the brooding lone wolf who drives a mean truck and an even more convincing summary of Dickens’ classics, you also are likely to be respected as the “low clearance bounty hunter.” That means you hunt them and you kill those low clearance areas by totally giving them the cold shoulder.
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