IBM Research on a mission to revolutionize the battery

This innovative battery can charge to 80% in less than 5 minutes, it has an energy efficiency of over 90%, and it is free of heavy metals. Engineered by the IBM Research team, the battery is made from more eco-friendly materials sourced from seawater. Using three materials extracted from the seawater, the IBM research team could spearhead advances to creating more sustainable batteries.

 

The low-cost of sourcing the material will undoubtedly revolutionize the electric-vehicle market. Calculated from the ratio of energy to discharge the battery divided by the power to charge the battery, it has over 90% energy efficiency.

 

IBM Research is known for its long history in advancing materials sciences. This new and revolutionary battery design will bring environmentally friendly solutions for manufacturing new batteries that will give the competition the conventional nickel and cobalt batteries known to bring environmental and humanitarian risks. The new design could change the future of electric vehicle batteries and perform better than lithium-Ion across several sustainable technologies.

The cobalt and nickel-free cathode material constitute a liquid electrolyte with a high flash point. This liquid electrolyte is very safe with reduced flammability as it subdues lithium metal dendrites when charging. Flammability is one disadvantage of using lithium metals as anode materials. Cobalt and nickel, however, have been crucial in the development of the current battery technology used in laptops, cell phones, and electric vehicles.

 

In the initial tests, the battery proved it can be optimized to surpass the capabilities of lithium-ion batteries. It also can be designed for a long-life cycle. It has an extremely high-power density of more than 10,000 W/L, higher than that of conventional batteries. The high energy density sits at more than 800Wh/L, which matches that of a high-end lithium battery.

 

Using Semantic enrichment and AI technology, the engineers at IBM were able to improve the overall battery performance in the design. In collaboration with Mercedes Benz Research, Sidus, Central Glass, and Development North America, they were able to formulate a next-generation battery development plan. The battery could see an application in several markets for different applications, including power grids, electric drones, and aerial transport.

IBM Research has been using artificial intelligence techniques to discover unexplored safer materials. The team believes the battery will outdo the current battery technology in charging time, costs, flammability, and efficiency.

This blog was originally published on Taurosa’s website.

IBM Research on a mission to revolutionize the battery

An Extension to Credits for Electric Vehicles

One way that governments incentivize people to make environmentally sound decisions is to create incentives. Tax credits are one of the most popular ways to do that. In recent years, the federal government has had great success in offering tax credits to Americans with electric vehicles.

 

The tax credits have been an ongoing program for several years, now. Originally, they were scheduled to expire at the end of 2015. At first, an extension was announced for 2016. The problem with the extension was that it came very late in the year, in December. In more recent years, the extensions that are announced have typically been retroactive. That means they bridge the gap between the expiration of the credit and the date of the extension.

 

The most recent extension was announced in December 2019, and it, too, is retroactive. This is great news for anyone who’s invested in electric vehicle technology recently. Prior to this measure, no one who bought an EV in 2018 or 2019 was eligible for a tax credit. The current credit extension is good through 2020. This is great news for budget-conscious and eco-conscious consumers.

 

At different times, these extensions have covered different things. One goal of the Trump Administration was to increase sales for American-made vehicles. That meant Tesla and Toyota were the only cars to get an electric vehicle credit. Since then, changes have been made so that foreign-made and used vehicles are also eligible for credits. Anyone who has purchased an electric vehicle during 2018 or 2019 is encouraged to consider filing an amended tax return. In addition to passenger cars, many of the accessories needed for electric vehicles are covered.

 

For example, anyone who installs a charger for their electric vehicle is also eligible for a credit. Credits for motorcycles, recreational vehicles and other fuel cell technology have also been announced. The amounts for these credits varies from $1,000 to $4,000. While these incentives are a great measure for consumers, industry experts have been frustrated by the way they’ve been implemented. It’s been criticized as a patchwork style system. The feeling is that a tax on carbon emissions would be a great push factor in getting more people to adopt electric vehicle technology.

This blog was originally published on Taurosa’s website.

An Extension to Credits for Electric Vehicles

Car Models that Will Be Discontinued in 2020

There are a ton of cars on the road. Sometimes it becomes hard to know which ones have faded from the production lines. There are a multitude of vehicles that are no longer being rolled out for 2020.

 

Chrysler 2020

 

One of the more noticeable cars that is fading from production is the Chrysler 200. This car was a smaller car several years ago, but this vehicle would be redesigned with a bigger body style in 2016. This car would do fairly well on the market, but it has become a vehicle that has been cut from production by Chrysler in 2020.

 

Ford Fiesta

 

It is surprising to see the Ford Fiesta dropped from the 2020 lineup for Ford. This was marketed as the Ford comeback vehicle. It would become one of the best-selling vehicles for the Ford brand. In the area of subcompact cars it became a very appealing vehicle to young drivers. It was also a very affordable vehicle. This is another thing that made it stand out with drivers, but Ford has still decided to discontinue this model.

 

Toyota Prius

 

The fans of short cars that are great on gas would find themselves gravitating towards the Toyota Prius when it hit the market. It became an easily recognizable car on the highway, but it never became the favorite that the Toyota Camry or the Toyota Corolla became. It was a good attempt by Toyota at the fuel economy car, but Toyota never bothered to push any serious updates for this vehicle.

 

Volkswagen Beetle

 

So many people that have fallen in love with the Volkswagen Beetle are going to have to look for an older used model if they plan to buy one in 2020 or beyond. This is another popular car that has been discontinued. It has been around for a long time, but Volkswagen is finally shutting down production on the Beetle.

 

Chevrolet Impala

 

It is not just the compact cars that are being discounted. The Impala is one of the American staples in the sedan world. The design has been altered in a number of ways over the years. It has become a widely recognized vehicle that has evolved, but 2019 marked this end of the Impala’s evolution and production.

This blog was originally published on Taurosa’s website.

Car Models that Will Be Discontinued in 2020

Checking Your Tire Pressure

Your tires are the physical connection between your car and the road. The state of this connection can determine the quality of your driving experience, and there are good reasons to make sure your tires remain in good condition.

Safety is reason number one, of course. According to NHTSA, under inflated tires lead to a variety of safety hazards including longer stopping distances and blowouts. If they’re overinflated, tires will wear unevenly, resulting in weak spots. The bottom line is that improperly inflated tires can result in unreliable performance and potentially tire failure.

Avoiding fuel waste is another important reason to monitor tire pressure. Poorly inflated tires roll over the road inefficiently, resulting in fuel waste. According to DMV.org, you can save up to 3% in fuel mileage by keeping tires properly inflated.

Maintaining the correct air pressure in your tires is pretty simple.

It’s so easy today to know when you need to check tire pressure. If your car was made in or after 2008, it’s required to have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). If one of your tires loses air, a warning light shows up on your dash. You can then use a tire pressure gauge on rested, cooled tires to see which tire is low on air.

Just fit the bulb over the tire’s valve stem and push until the pin causes a small amount of air to escape. As the air leaves the tire and enters the pressure gauge, a rod resembling a ruler will extend from the other end of the gauge. The number closest to the gauge is the air pressure expressed in PSI (parts per square inch).

If the number is lower than your car’s manufacturer recommends, you need to add more air. If the number is higher, you need to release air by pressing on the valve stem carefully. Let out a little air at a time and measure frequently to make sure you don’t wind up with too little air.

If your car doesn’t have TPMS, you can still check the air pressure regularly and add or remove air to keep tires performing well.

While weather and street conditions are beyond your control, the state of your tires is not. Checking and maintaining correct tire pressure will help to keep yourself and others on the road safe.

Checking Your Tire Pressure

These Are the Best Family Friendly Cars in 2018

  1. Honda Odyssey, Minivan

Ranked #1 of minivans by U.S. News and by Kelly Blue Book, the Honda Odysseyis considered the best minivan in the U.S. because it affords comfortable space for cargo and any size rider. It drives like a car and is equipped with driver assist and safety features such as collision mitigation braking. Inside there is a new infotainment system and even a vacuum for quick cleanups. The redesigned Odyssey with Magic slide seats, five child safety seats, and an in-cabin camera is a reliable vehicle with a high resale value.

  1. Subaru Outback, Crossover

The respected Outback is versatile like an SUV and rated as the best vehicle for the money. Larger and sleeker than other crossovers, it rides like a family car with room for five passengers and a generous cargo area of 35 cubic feet (73 cubic feet with the back seats down). This Subaru accommodates baby seats, small children, teens, and adults without crowding anyone.

  1. Ford Expedition, Large SUV

The Expedition is ranked #1 in its group. The redesigned Expedition has the best third row of all SUVs, and like other SUVs, the Expedition can be purchased as a four-wheel-drive vehicle. (No minivans other than the Toyota Sienna have this capability). With 3.5-liter V6 engines, this SUV has 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque so that the family can pull a boat or other things.

  1. Acura MDX, Midsize SUV

Acura MDX is ranked #5 among luxury midsize SUVs by U.S. News. This stylish vehicle is particularly accommodating to older members of the family as entry is much more comfortable than climbing into a van and some SUVs. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard equipment. The cushioned seats in the second row slide forward, and the backs tilt to a comfortable angle. Acura has a smooth ride, safety features, and a quiet cabin. With its three rows for seating or storage, along with excellent fuel efficiency, the MDX makes a great family vehicle.

  1. Honda CR-V, Compact SUV

Easy to drive and maneuver, the Honda CR-V is ranked #1 among compact SUVs by Kelley Blue Book and US News as the top vehicle for smaller families and the money. Having earned a rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fuel-efficient CR-V has 40 cubic feet (76 ft. with the seats folded)of storage space, and senior passengers can quickly enter it. Because of its safety/driver assist system, the Honda CR-V is also rated as one of the safest crossovers.

These Are the Best Family Friendly Cars in 2018

Handy Car Gadgets You’ll Want to Have For Your Next Roadtrip

If the warm summer weather creates a sense of wanderlust in your adventurous spirit, it can lead to various road trips being planned. Before you set out on your next road trip adventure, however, you should purchase some handy car gadgets that will improve your convenience and safety while out on the open road.

Portable Jump Starter Kit

While keeping a set of jumper cables in your car will assist you in a battery emergency, they’re only beneficial if there’s another car in the area to provide you with a charge. Being out on a road trip means that you’ll encounter many solitary miles with no other drivers around to provide you with assistance should your battery malfunction. Bringing a portable jump starter kit will ensure that you can jump start your car battery on your own since it holds its own charge. Additionally, some jump starter kits, such as the Bestek Jump Starter, also features a flashlight and USB ports so that you can charge your various mobile electronic devices.

Car Safety Tool

Although it’s something that no one wants to experience, a car accident is an unfortunate reality of venturing out in any automobile. It’s better to prepare for such an eventuality rather than to hope you never experience one. In keeping with this proactive mindset, investing in a car safety tool will prove to be invaluable to you and your companions’ survival in the event of an accident. A car safety tool acts as a hammer that can shatter windshields or door windows to allow you to escape from a wrecked car. There are also blades on the safety device that can cut you free from a malfunctioning seat belt. Be sure to keep the car safety tool in an easily accessible place such as inside the glove compartment or the console between the driver’s and passenger’s seats.

GPS Keychain

While out on your road trip adventure, the last thing you want to deal with is a set of lost keys. Some clever tech-savvy entrepreneurs have realized this and invented a keychain that is Bluetooth-equipped. This GPS keychain will allow you to locate your lost keys using a mobile app that can be downloaded onto any of your mobile devices for quick and easy use.

Handy Car Gadgets You’ll Want to Have For Your Next Roadtrip