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Eco-Electric Cars

Eco-Electric Cars

Electric cars, yay or nay? Established in 2003, founders Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning wanted to prove that electric cars could be better than gas-powered vehicles. Eberhard and Tarpenning found it fit to name their electronically powered revelation after the late Nikola Tesla, the electrical engineer and inventor of the AC induction motor. The first car off the production line came out in 2008- the Tesla Roadster. Accelerating from 0 to 60 3.7 seconds, these eco-friendly beasts provide instant torque and can range up to 245 miles on one charge to its lithium battery. Now, question IS… Are these vehicles a much better choice for our overall needs as a society? AND are they really that eco-friendly? Lets look at some facts…. Pros include: Quiet, quicker engine. Cheaper than the price of gas. No tailpipe=no emissions. The cost of maintenance is substantially reduced because there is no exhaust system and no oil change is needed. Cons: Ther ... read more

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Scrapping

Scrapping

Vehicle recycling- Economic provider or economic hazard? Everything has an expiration date, so what happens to the waste? The vehicle recycling industry provides approximately 14 million tons of steel to be reused in the process of making new vehicles. The industry alone generates around 25 billion dollars per year, employing nearly 100,000 workers. The process begins by removing the wheels, tires, battery, and catalytic converter to be scrapped for parts. Next the fluids such as the engine coolant, oil, transmission fluid, air conditioning refrigerant, and gasoline are drained and hazardous materials- mercury and sodium azide are removed. After the remainder of the shell has gone through processing which includes removal of the air conditioner evaporator, heater core, and wiring harness the carcass is then crushed or cubed. 75% of the materials can be recycled, overall saving 1.25 tons of iron ore, 1400 pounds of coal, 120 pounds of limestone, 13/14 t ... read more

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