“What happens when power is provided to all four wheels of a car at the same time?”
Different driving conditions will need different modes. When a vehicle is off-road in a low-traction environment, the wheels will need to receive a large amount of power. This can be solved using a Four-wheel Drive in which all wheels of a car are powered evenly and simultaneously. Although four drives are great for off-road conditions, the immense power can wear out tires on a normal road.
Image credit https://icdn6.digitaltrends.com
Ultracapacitors for EVs
“What is one possible way to speed up EV recharge times?”
In order to achieve deep-decarbonization of transportation, the global vehicle fleet needs to become much more electrified. However, the long recharge times associated with electric vehicles are a roadblock for this to happen. One way to solve this would be to implement Ultracapacitors for EVs. Ultracapacitors have quick recharge times, low weight, and low degradation, making them a formidable option. The downside is that manny ultracapacitors lack the storage capacity found in traditional solid-state batteries. But if this problem gets solved, then expect a paradigm shift in the EV industry!
Image credit 468y981o84o43v2wo2600a0gcj-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com
Low Carbon Fuel Standards
“How can we ensure that our vehicles burn cleaner fuel?”
Vehicles gasoline is extremely pollutive. However, through a little bit of policy and technology, we can overcome this. If we were to mandate that all petroleum in vehicles only emit a certain amount of carbon per volumetric unit, it would force companies to innovate and invent/distribute cleaner fuel. This usually involves mixing or replacing petroleum in the vehicle with low-carbon alternatives such as biofuels. This is known as a Low Carbon Fuel Standard and is used in countries all over the world to control emissions.
2018 KIA Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Works
“How does a 2018 KIA Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle work?”
The workings of a 2018 Kia Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle is relatively straightforward. The system has both a battery and an ICE. During initial acceleration or low-speed operation the car is entirely powered by its battery. When it needs to accelerate uphill or quickly both the ICE and the battery will work together. During cruise control it will be entirely contingent on the ICE engine, and in deceleration regenerative braking will recharge the battery. Because the Kia is a plug-in hybrid, it has a large rechargeable battery which is capable of going 60 km without stopping!
Image credit: https://hips.hearstapps.com/amv-prod-cad-assets.s3.amazonaws.com
How More Extreme Coldwaves will Harm Transportation Infrastructure
“How will Transportation Infrastructure be harmed by more extreme coldwaves?”
Transportation infrastructure will definitely be impacted by the changing weather. But climate change is doing much more than rising temperatures. More extreme coldwaves in certain parts of the earth are resulting from changing polar vortex. The behemoth damage brought onto transportation systems includes more delays in train/plane schedules, heavier icing of streets, and more stress on structures. This is How More Extreme Coldwaves will Harm Transportation Infrastructure.
How More Extreme Heatwaves will Harm Transportation Infrastructure
“How will transportation infrastructure be harmed by more extreme heat waves?”
With the ascent of more extreme temperatures, heatwaves will more frequent and more deadly. This will affect all sectors of critical infrastructure systems, transportation being one of them. With these new temperatures, railroads will buckle, cement will be deformed, and transit schedules will be vastly transformed. This is How More Extreme Heatwaves will Harm Transportation Infrastructure.
Image credit https://www.ucsusa.org
The World’s First Electric Monster Truck
“What is the best way for Americans be green and sustainable?”
I have to admit something. As an American, I love monster trucks. I think its glorious how these big over-sized pieces of machinery can move around and crush puny smaller cars. It’s the perfect amalgamation of art and science, and is really really fun to watch. But as a Californian, Renewable Energy Engineer, and Climate Hawk I am worried about the climate emissions that these vehicles have.
Luckily, American ingenuity has no boundaries. Introducing the ODYSSEY Battery BIGFOOT No. 20 Monster Truck, or E-BIGFOOT. The E-BIGFOOT is the world’s first fully electric monster truck, powered by 36 ODYSSEY PC1200 car batteries, of which 30 are dedicated custom-built DC electric motor. With absolutely zero petroleum usage, this vehicle will not emit any harmful pollutants into the atmosphere during its operation. Whether you like monster trucks or not, this is an amazing step forward for implementing sustainability in entertainment.
Image credit newatlas.com