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The brand new electric Harley Davidson LiveWire is ready to hit the road
If you ask people how transport will be today and in the future many will say; electric! Either battery powered partly fossil & electric (the hybrid), with solar panels or hydrogen? Today, Harley Davidson started to take pre-orders for the electric LiveWire, electric motorcycle. It will not be easy to get current motor cycles drivers enthusiastic for the Harley LiveWire. First of all the dark sound the original Harley’s produce is missing. Second there is no need anymore to have tattoos or leatherjackets with emblems to make any impression. The Harley Davidson LiveWire, the new Tesla of motorbikes Like Tesla, Harley Davidson will show people with the LiveWire that an all-electric motor cycle is even more fun to ride than the petrol version. The Harley Livewire will go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. That’s pretty fast. It will cover about 180 km’s on one charge with the current battery pack. The housing of the lithium ion cells sits between the riders knees with cast-aluminium fins which look like an air cooled engine. The heaviest parts like the engine and the battery pack are situated low to keep the bike balanced. The Harley Davidson LiveWire; twist & go! On the old Harley Davidson bikes is a clutch and gear to be taken care of but with the Harley Davidson LiveWire it’s just like an electric car; twist and go! Because many electric cars make ‘no sound’ the Harley Davidson LimeWire has a ‘noise’ added which warns people it’s presents. The sound increases in volume and pitch with the speed. Shall we have a ride on the magnificent Harley Davidson LiveWire which shows that electric engines not only belong to electric cars. {youtube} https://www.whatsorb.com/transportation/audi-s-electric-tesla-killer-is-already-rolling-of-the-production-line
If you ask people how transport will be today and in the future many will say; electric! Either battery powered partly fossil & electric (the hybrid), with solar panels or hydrogen? Today, Harley Davidson started to take pre-orders for the electric LiveWire, electric motorcycle. It will not be easy to get current motor cycles drivers enthusiastic for the Harley LiveWire. First of all the dark sound the original Harley’s produce is missing. Second there is no need anymore to have tattoos or leatherjackets with emblems to make any impression. The Harley Davidson LiveWire, the new Tesla of motorbikes Like Tesla, Harley Davidson will show people with the LiveWire that an all-electric motor cycle is even more fun to ride than the petrol version. The Harley Livewire will go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. That’s pretty fast. It will cover about 180 km’s on one charge with the current battery pack. The housing of the lithium ion cells sits between the riders knees with cast-aluminium fins which look like an air cooled engine. The heaviest parts like the engine and the battery pack are situated low to keep the bike balanced. The Harley Davidson LiveWire; twist & go! On the old Harley Davidson bikes is a clutch and gear to be taken care of but with the Harley Davidson LiveWire it’s just like an electric car; twist and go! Because many electric cars make ‘no sound’ the Harley Davidson LimeWire has a ‘noise’ added which warns people it’s presents. The sound increases in volume and pitch with the speed. Shall we have a ride on the magnificent Harley Davidson LiveWire which shows that electric engines not only belong to electric cars. {youtube} https://www.whatsorb.com/transportation/audi-s-electric-tesla-killer-is-already-rolling-of-the-production-line
The brand new electric Harley Davidson LiveWire is ready to hit the road
Setback for Boyan Slat: plastic waste escapes from System 001
In the four weeks that Ocean Cleanup's System 001 is working in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), the organization of Boyan Slat has suffered a setback. The waste plastic collected by the system escapes from the system again. "We are working on the causes and the solutions to solve this," says Slat. Because this is the first test, Ocean Cleanup was prepared for 'surprises'. The organization itself says that, although no waste plastics are currently being harvested, they are positive and expected to be close to a solution. {youtube} First observations of Boyan Slat's 'System 001' After System 001 (named ‘Wilson’) arrived in the GPGP it was immediately put into the operational U-form. Since then there has been a change of crew and that change brought a new group of team members to the system that had a different purpose. Team 1 had as its main task to get ‘Wilson’ in its U-shape and Team 2 now focuses on the observations, on data analysis and on the collection of plastics. The most important first observations were: For the most part, the system behaves as predicted; The density of the plastic in the GPGP is in line with the expectations, but due to the short period in the GPGP this is too limited a dataset, so this cannot yet be fully verified. No interaction with sea creatures has been observed. Small particles are also floating in the system, but measurements of their quantity are still required. Plastic remains in the system for a relatively short time. Simple sustainable solution but complex The technique is based on simple principles, but the dynamics are complex. There may be several reasons why the plastic does not stay within the system. "We have concluded that the system sometimes seems to go too slowly (to be able to catch plastic there must be a difference in speed, the system has to move faster than the plastic, ed.) And sometimes the movement is opposite and the plastic goes harder than the system. Even if only with a very small difference, the system must always go faster than the plastic to be able to function. " An assumption now is that the forces of the wind on the system oscillate the two ends of floater (the long floating tube) like the fins of a fish. This leads to a movement against the wind, which slows the system down. It is also possible that the vibrations at the ends of the U-shape create a kind of ripple that repels the waste plastic as it approaches the mouth of the U-shape. Slat: "We think that the first solution we try might solve both causes, we tested a scale model and made computer models, but because this phenomenon was never observed before, we did not have a ready-made solution to be carried out because the materials are on board the ship on the site and we will tackle the speed difference by making the U-shape sixty to seventy meters wider." "Theoretically, this will have two effects on the speed of the system: first, the surface of the system is exposed to wind and waves, which are the driving forces. due to the moving ends, "says Slat. In order to achieve the increase of the wingspan, the connection cables of the system are made longer. "We are going to run it at different stages until we hopefully achieve the desired effect." Because a larger span is likely to have a negative effect on the system's ability to rotate quickly when the wind direction changes, we don’t want to increase the span to much. Before it can be scaled up, System 001 must first function. While working outside with the implementation of the first possible solution, the team is working on data analysis and testing alternative solutions. https://www.whatsorb.com/waste/combing-plastic-waste-out-of-polluted-oceans--will-boyan-slat-face-competition- By: engineersonline.nl
In the four weeks that Ocean Cleanup's System 001 is working in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), the organization of Boyan Slat has suffered a setback. The waste plastic collected by the system escapes from the system again. "We are working on the causes and the solutions to solve this," says Slat. Because this is the first test, Ocean Cleanup was prepared for 'surprises'. The organization itself says that, although no waste plastics are currently being harvested, they are positive and expected to be close to a solution. {youtube} First observations of Boyan Slat's 'System 001' After System 001 (named ‘Wilson’) arrived in the GPGP it was immediately put into the operational U-form. Since then there has been a change of crew and that change brought a new group of team members to the system that had a different purpose. Team 1 had as its main task to get ‘Wilson’ in its U-shape and Team 2 now focuses on the observations, on data analysis and on the collection of plastics. The most important first observations were: For the most part, the system behaves as predicted; The density of the plastic in the GPGP is in line with the expectations, but due to the short period in the GPGP this is too limited a dataset, so this cannot yet be fully verified. No interaction with sea creatures has been observed. Small particles are also floating in the system, but measurements of their quantity are still required. Plastic remains in the system for a relatively short time. Simple sustainable solution but complex The technique is based on simple principles, but the dynamics are complex. There may be several reasons why the plastic does not stay within the system. "We have concluded that the system sometimes seems to go too slowly (to be able to catch plastic there must be a difference in speed, the system has to move faster than the plastic, ed.) And sometimes the movement is opposite and the plastic goes harder than the system. Even if only with a very small difference, the system must always go faster than the plastic to be able to function. " An assumption now is that the forces of the wind on the system oscillate the two ends of floater (the long floating tube) like the fins of a fish. This leads to a movement against the wind, which slows the system down. It is also possible that the vibrations at the ends of the U-shape create a kind of ripple that repels the waste plastic as it approaches the mouth of the U-shape. Slat: "We think that the first solution we try might solve both causes, we tested a scale model and made computer models, but because this phenomenon was never observed before, we did not have a ready-made solution to be carried out because the materials are on board the ship on the site and we will tackle the speed difference by making the U-shape sixty to seventy meters wider." "Theoretically, this will have two effects on the speed of the system: first, the surface of the system is exposed to wind and waves, which are the driving forces. due to the moving ends, "says Slat. In order to achieve the increase of the wingspan, the connection cables of the system are made longer. "We are going to run it at different stages until we hopefully achieve the desired effect." Because a larger span is likely to have a negative effect on the system's ability to rotate quickly when the wind direction changes, we don’t want to increase the span to much. Before it can be scaled up, System 001 must first function. While working outside with the implementation of the first possible solution, the team is working on data analysis and testing alternative solutions. https://www.whatsorb.com/waste/combing-plastic-waste-out-of-polluted-oceans--will-boyan-slat-face-competition- By: engineersonline.nl
Setback for Boyan Slat: plastic waste escapes from System 001
Electric cars have to make noise soon in Switzerland
In 2019 all electric and hybrid cars have to make noise in Switzerland. By making an electronic sound, it will be saver for pedestrians and people on bicycles. Also, for people with a visual impairment the chance for an accident with a noise making electric vehicle will be smaller. This news is confirmed by the FEDRO (Federal Roads Office. Electric- and hybrid cars will start making noise. The  electric- and hybrid cars will be fitted with speakers on the outside that will make the sound of an engine. This technology is known as Acoustic vehicle Alerting System. The sound must be audible at a speed of max 20 km/hour or if the car is reversing. Halfway 2019 this rule will go into effect to all new electric- and hybrid vehicles. If you have an electric- or hybrid car you don’t need to worry. In Switzerland they will be the first to be in line with the European Regulations. An Organisation in Switzerland who is in charge for the interests of blind does not agree with the regulations and think they don’t go far enough. Also, electric- and hybrid vehicles which stand still should make noise. {youtube} The Audi noise https://www.whatsorb.com/category/transportation
In 2019 all electric and hybrid cars have to make noise in Switzerland. By making an electronic sound, it will be saver for pedestrians and people on bicycles. Also, for people with a visual impairment the chance for an accident with a noise making electric vehicle will be smaller. This news is confirmed by the FEDRO (Federal Roads Office. Electric- and hybrid cars will start making noise. The  electric- and hybrid cars will be fitted with speakers on the outside that will make the sound of an engine. This technology is known as Acoustic vehicle Alerting System. The sound must be audible at a speed of max 20 km/hour or if the car is reversing. Halfway 2019 this rule will go into effect to all new electric- and hybrid vehicles. If you have an electric- or hybrid car you don’t need to worry. In Switzerland they will be the first to be in line with the European Regulations. An Organisation in Switzerland who is in charge for the interests of blind does not agree with the regulations and think they don’t go far enough. Also, electric- and hybrid vehicles which stand still should make noise. {youtube} The Audi noise https://www.whatsorb.com/category/transportation
Electric cars have to make noise soon in Switzerland
Driving a Tesla electric car on autopilot self-steering and using your smartphone
Legal case 'Tesla electric car Autopilot-Fine' Mr. Everts got two traffic fines (Netherlands) for driving while using his smartphone. Mr. Everts received these fines when he drove his sustainable Tesla electric car and using Tesla's autopilot self-steering function. So he himself was not the driver, but he only supervised. He drove completely safe according to the police and did not swing. It has taken almost a year, but he has a judge, a screen to present and a legal and social defense. The defense Mr Everts: I am going to demonstrate socially that driving with an Autopilot is 7 times safer than driving with your hands on the steering wheel (previously there was already 40% reduction of accidents by driving with Autopilot). It is also 140 times safer than a driver with a smartphone in hand (which is + -50% of the population regularly and is gigantic dangerous). Legal defense I also have a legal defense that I am responsible for the electric Tesla car, but that the car itself runs and I therefore only need to be treated as a driving instructor who supervises another driver (the student). The driving instructor may keep his smartphone in his hand. Autopilot The striking thing about this issue is that in both cases Mr. Everts drove in Tesla's on the Autopilot. In such a case, the car itself can steer and brake without intervention by a person is necessary. The pressing legal question is therefore: is there still a violation? After all, the software controls the car, not the person behind the wheel. (Tesla with Autopilot causes 7 times fewer accidents (per km) than the US average) "Judge the issue of driving a Tesla on auto-pilot while using a smartphone" If legislation does not go along with time, it is extra important to address that. It is interesting to see how a judge will judge this issue. Regardless of the outcome, we hope that by challenging these traffic fines, political urgency also arises to adapt the regulations to the current situation. {youtube}
Legal case 'Tesla electric car Autopilot-Fine' Mr. Everts got two traffic fines (Netherlands) for driving while using his smartphone. Mr. Everts received these fines when he drove his sustainable Tesla electric car and using Tesla's autopilot self-steering function. So he himself was not the driver, but he only supervised. He drove completely safe according to the police and did not swing. It has taken almost a year, but he has a judge, a screen to present and a legal and social defense. The defense Mr Everts: I am going to demonstrate socially that driving with an Autopilot is 7 times safer than driving with your hands on the steering wheel (previously there was already 40% reduction of accidents by driving with Autopilot). It is also 140 times safer than a driver with a smartphone in hand (which is + -50% of the population regularly and is gigantic dangerous). Legal defense I also have a legal defense that I am responsible for the electric Tesla car, but that the car itself runs and I therefore only need to be treated as a driving instructor who supervises another driver (the student). The driving instructor may keep his smartphone in his hand. Autopilot The striking thing about this issue is that in both cases Mr. Everts drove in Tesla's on the Autopilot. In such a case, the car itself can steer and brake without intervention by a person is necessary. The pressing legal question is therefore: is there still a violation? After all, the software controls the car, not the person behind the wheel. (Tesla with Autopilot causes 7 times fewer accidents (per km) than the US average) "Judge the issue of driving a Tesla on auto-pilot while using a smartphone" If legislation does not go along with time, it is extra important to address that. It is interesting to see how a judge will judge this issue. Regardless of the outcome, we hope that by challenging these traffic fines, political urgency also arises to adapt the regulations to the current situation. {youtube}
Driving a Tesla electric car on autopilot self-steering and using your smartphone
Refueling electric cars in seconds! Is that possible?
At the University of Scotland a team of scientists have developed a liquid battery which can charge electric cars in minutes. The scientist use an ‘exotic rust’, a metal oxide that can be charged when added to water. Now it can take hours to charge an electric car. This new liquid battery could be the way to get rid of fossil fuel cars. Image by: Tim Mossholder, Unsplash The same infrastructure for 'rust liquid' as for petrol The nice thing of this new technique is that refuelling your liquid battery goes the same way as fuelling fossil fuel cars. So no different behaviour is needed at the fuel station. Of course the proto type still has to be scaled but if it works it will be a game changer! At the pump station you need nozzle to withdrawal the spent ‘rust liquid’ where after you need another nozzle to refill the battery with fresh liquid. The range of the liquid would be the same as the conventional fuel. Making the liquid is not so difficult at the moment but scaling up the process is still a challenge. A prototype is upscaled already and is working according plan. Another advantage is that we still can use the existing infrastructure of fuel stations. There even could be a transition time where petrol and liquid battery are both used for a while at the 'fuel station' where after hopefully ‘rust liquid will take over. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/transportation/plug-in
At the University of Scotland a team of scientists have developed a liquid battery which can charge electric cars in minutes. The scientist use an ‘exotic rust’, a metal oxide that can be charged when added to water. Now it can take hours to charge an electric car. This new liquid battery could be the way to get rid of fossil fuel cars. Image by: Tim Mossholder, Unsplash The same infrastructure for 'rust liquid' as for petrol The nice thing of this new technique is that refuelling your liquid battery goes the same way as fuelling fossil fuel cars. So no different behaviour is needed at the fuel station. Of course the proto type still has to be scaled but if it works it will be a game changer! At the pump station you need nozzle to withdrawal the spent ‘rust liquid’ where after you need another nozzle to refill the battery with fresh liquid. The range of the liquid would be the same as the conventional fuel. Making the liquid is not so difficult at the moment but scaling up the process is still a challenge. A prototype is upscaled already and is working according plan. Another advantage is that we still can use the existing infrastructure of fuel stations. There even could be a transition time where petrol and liquid battery are both used for a while at the 'fuel station' where after hopefully ‘rust liquid will take over. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/transportation/plug-in
Refueling electric cars in seconds! Is that possible?
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