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By Erica Zhu Feilong Jiangli
According to the latest report from Chongqing Feilong Jiangli，Volvo Bus participated in a research and development project to use used bus batteries as solar energy storage devices. At present, the waste batteries of Gothenburg 55 electric bus in Sweden are used for solar energy storage devices.
With the progress of urban traffic electrification transformation, the recycling of waste batteries has become a key issue.
The project is based at Riksbyggen's Viva Housing Cooperative in Gothenburg, an apartment complex designed to make it the most innovative and sustainable residential project in Sweden.
To this end, Riksbyggen, Volvo, Gteborg Energi and Yorkshire Science Park have jointly created a system to collect energy from solar panels on the top floor of apartments and store them in used batteries used earlier by No. 55 electric buses.
The battery warehouse system consists of 14 lithium batteries for used buses. Researchers installed it in a battery chamber to create a 200 kWh battery pack. The equipment can meet the majority of the electricity demand of apartment residents and output the stored electricity to them.
The device aims to reduce peak hours of electricity consumption, use used batteries to store solar energy or sell surplus solar energy. The equipment can also be used to purchase and store the power of the State Grid, thereby enhancing the energy efficiency of Viva free energy system and improving the operation status of the city's power grid.
The project is supported by the European Union project IRIS Smart Cities, a Light House project funded by EU HORIZON 2020.
By Erica Zhu Feilong Jiangli
Hyundai announced on December 17 that it had developed a fingerprint authentication system that could be used to open doors and start cars.
The system allows drivers to open doors and start cars without keys using pre-registered fingerprints. Once the door handle sensor is touched, the driver's encrypted fingerprint data is transmitted to the controller inside the car, and the car is unlocked. The startup button in the car is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor, which can start the car by touching the button.
Chongqing Feilong Jiangli has some doubts. What about a car with more than one person? Can fake fingerprints start a car?
Rest assured, these situations can be solved by fingerprint authentication system. The system can adjust driver's seat position and rearview mirror to support personalized driving settings according to pre-registered fingerprints of multiple drivers. Hyundai will also add temperature and humidity control, steering wheel position adjustment and other functions in personalized settings.
The system is based on capacitance identification technology. It uses the capacitance difference caused by fingerprint touch and untouched components to distinguish users. Therefore, it is hardly affected by false fingerprints.
According to the company, the probability of the system identifying errors is only one in fifty thousand. In other words, it's almost five times as safe as an ordinary smart key. In addition, when the driver repeatedly uses the system, the system will learn in real time, thus reducing the error rate.
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) has acquired the DieHard brand from Transform Holdco LLC (“Transformco”), for $200 million utilizing cash on hand.
“We are excited to acquire global ownership of an iconic American brand. DieHard will help differentiate Advance, drive increased DIY customer traffic and build a unique value proposition for our Professional customers and Independent Carquest partners. DieHard has the highest brand awareness and regard of any automotive battery brand in North America and will enable Advance to build a leadership position within the critical battery category,” said Tom Greco, president and CEO, Advance Auto Parts. “DieHard stands for durability and reliability and we will strengthen and leverage the brand in other battery categories, such as marine and recreational vehicles. We also see opportunities to extend DieHard in other automotive categories. We remain committed to providing our customers with high-quality products and excellent service. The addition of DieHard to our industry leading assortment of national brands, OE parts and owned brands will enable us to differentiate Advance and drive significant long-term shareholder value.”
AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil - Synthetic Blend
AmazonBasics high-mileage synthetic-blend motor oil offers an enhanced level of protection for engines over 75,000 miles. Its synthetic blend combines conventional oil with synthetic for cost efficiency with some of the benefits of a full synthetic. An important part of routine maintenance, the motor oil works well for anything from topping off levels to complete oil changes. Whether it’s a beloved older vehicle or one with an uncertain maintenance history, help protect its engine with AmazonBasics high-mileage, synthetic-blend motor oil.
When selecting parts for a car repair, it pays to know the differences between original and aftermarket parts. Whenever possible, get estimates for both.
Choosing between original and aftermarket car parts — and even used parts of either type — is all about squaring your priorities with your budget.
You’ll have different options depending on the part and the shop. And the best choice will depend on whether you’re trying to keep repairs cheap, restore your car’s appearance after a wreck or soup up your ride.
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts match those that came with your car, and are of the same quality as its original parts. They’re also the most expensive.
The factory-recommended replacement intervals for filters can vary quite a bit depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle, as well as how it is driven. As a rule, older vehicles (those more than 15 to 20 years old) typically have more frequent service intervals than newer vehicles. Why? Because late-model vehicles require less maintenance, thanks to improvements in motor oils, transmission fluids, engine design and filter media.
Many long-life air and oil filters use synthetic fiber media or a blend of cellulose and synthetic fibers to extend filter life.
Changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles was standard practice decades ago. But it’s no longer necessary because most multi-viscosity oils today are a synthetic blend or a full synthetic that resist viscosity breakdown and oxidation for a much longer period of time. Late-model fuel-injected engines also run much cleaner than their carbureted ancestors, which reduces oil contamination in the crankcase.
Air filters, cabin air filters, oil filters and (sometimes) fuel and transmission filters are important maintenance parts that typically are replaced according to a time and/or mileage schedule. A vehicle’s service schedule recommendations can be found in the owner’s manual or in a separate brochure. Unfortunately, many motorists never read – or totally ignore – the recommendations.
Factory service schedules are designed to prolong the life of the engine, transmission and cooling system, to reduce premature wear and breakdowns, but also to minimize maintenance costs while the vehicle is still under warranty. That’s why factory oil change recommendations have been stretched to 7,500 to 10,000 miles or more on many late-model vehicles. Most late-model cars and light trucks no longer have recommended change intervals for transmission fluid and filters, or for fuel filters. These so-called “lifetime” fluids and filters are supposed to last a long time – but they won’t last forever. Experience has shown that “lifetime” filters and fluids don’t live up to the hype.
Fuel filters always should be replaced when a fuel pump is replaced (unless the filter is part of the fuel pump module assembly). Likewise, transmission filters should be replaced if a customer is changing the fluid in their transmission.
Last Line of Defense Against Contaminants
Filters are the first line of defense against contaminants. Air filters keep dirt and abrasive particles out of the engine. A good-quality air filter will trap about 98 percent or more of the particles that can cause trouble inside an engine. As the filter media becomes saturated with dirt, it’s efficiency actually increases. But, as the filter becomes clogged with more and more dirt, it also becomes more restrictive to airflow. The greater the pressure drop across the filter, the more it hurts performance and fuel economy.
My 2014 has an exhaust smell in the cabin which is more noticeable when idling. I read online that the exhaust manifolds crack. Well today I’m getting into this and it’s a bitch. The secondary air injection is in the way on this model to access the exhaust manifold heat shield.
Finally got the heat shield of and can see a crack...
Now trying to remove and replace it. Got the O2 sensor out and it’s in bad shape!