Asphalt starts out as a very hot goo. As it cools, it becomes hard (so we can drive on it), but also, somewhat brittle. Potholes begin as tiny cracks in the hardened surface of asphalt, due to traffic vibrations and the weight of heavy vehicles. These cracks allow water and ice to penetrate the asphalt surface and accelerate its degradation. The end result? Potholes. A materials science team at a university in the Netherlands has come up with a solution: ...Continue Reading →
Extreme Tech takes a look at the new rivalry between BMW and Tesla’s offerings in the plugin electric executive cars market worldwide. As leaders in the automotive industry it’s interesting to see how each company has encroached into each others perceived corner with BMW introducing plugin electric drive cars (i3 and the i8) and Tesla introducing a stretched sedan.Continue Reading →
Here’s an interesting read about BMW’s development of the new all-electric i3:[link_button href=”http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/2014-bmw-i3-electric-revolution-arrives-motoramic-drives-184502584.html” color=”#f00″]Read more at Yahoo[/link_button]
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MotorTrend’s Frank Markus takes the new 4-cylinder E250 Bluetec for a trip through the wilderness in Washington. Some takeaways, they didn’t get above 36MPG, the power is adequate and the navigation routes you to gas stations that have changed since the nav was updated. That’s a harsh finding in a brand new luxury Diesel hybrid from a leading automaker like Mercedes-Benz.[link_button href=”http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/1309_2014_mercedes_benz_e250_bluetec_first_drive/“]Read MotorTrend First Drive here[/link_button] Continue Reading →
BMW will introduce the all-electric i3 next year at the base price of $42,225.
Some buyers of this car will qualify for the $7500 US tax credit in addition to variable state and local tax breaks for purchasing such a “green” vehicle. The new BMW i3 will be officially unveiled next week in New York, London and Beijing (apparently the target cities for such a small vehicle).Continue Reading →
BMW has just partnered with Germany’s Solarwatt to produce solar-powered home charging systems for BMWs range of new plugin hybrid and electric vehicles for the European market. BMW is working this month on new charging system features for the US market at the 2013 Bay Area Sustainability Hackathon near San Francisco.Continue Reading →