Faced with increasingly stringent benchmarks—the government´s new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require a passenger vehicle fleet that averages 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025—carmakers are taking another approach to achieving better fuel mileage: shaving weight off vehicles by experimenting with lighter materials. Automobiles have long been made from steel—a very strong, but heavy material. Now manufacturers are experimenting with new materials—ranging from aluminum to carbon fiber composites to metal alloys—to help companies reach the ambitious fuel efficiency standards. Headline resplit by staff.
carbon fiber sorta explodes when hit hard. So I guess if your car gets hit hard, it may absorb the blow, instead of communicating it to you, but if it was a smaller hit, you probably are going to have a totaled car anyway. I just can´t imagine carbon surviving a hit of much note.
In bicycle world carbon fails from time to time, but chromoly steel (sp)lasts forever. But speed bikers always will take the carbon bike if they can get it....
I was recently having this conversation with someone. People were beginning back in the day to be stupid and believe, as we were pitted against the Japanese and their great car mileage and our desire to have the muscle cars. What many forgot was that we had an economy and cost of gas that made driving a pleasure.
But, then began the lies from the Feds about needing to have clean air standards and more miles per gallon. It was all lies, as the recent article showing the extraordinary air pollution in China as they seek to expand their cities. More importantly, we never went after our own fuel [oil, coal, gas] or built new refineries to feed our economy.
Basically, we traded in our metal protection, while still doing the same speed, for cheaper made cars that the Unions, hospitals and undertakers are the benefactor. It doesn´t matter how far you can go per mile, only if you can and are willing to pay for it. We are not natural polluters, but our kids were taught that in school. Therefore, we are doomed as they replace US in positions of commerce and authority.
US News intentionally misleads with "the government´s new CAFE" standards. These standards were NOT agreed to by our Congressional representatives, but imposed by Obama edict without citizen or consumer input. The avid socialist & Obama environmental czar, Carol Browner, and EPA radical Lisa Jackson, forced these unachievable and dangerous mileage standards on the industry.
If the automobile manufacturers are unable to overturn this regulation through the courts, the limousine liberals will destroy another industry. US companies cannot not build micro cars & trucks for a profit and consumers reject them. Those that are built will come from China & India.
ever see a "smart" car after it is in an accident with a big truck.... its not pretty. don´t care what the commercial shows about a big truck balancing on the frame, they aren´t showing an impact with a 2 to 3 tonne vehicle. this pipe dream has been going on since Carter, why don´t they just convert the cars and trucks to natural gas, will be more fuel efficient, less exhaust, and it wouldn´t take much infrastructure to get it up and running and would provide lots of jobs
Dangerous, unless some standards for trucks, as in Japan. Standardize headlight and bumper height from roadway ("monster" tires included), for starters. Automatic computerized braking on all vehicles - trucks included. Anti-drowsiness measures. Out of lane prevention. Conservation of momentum guarantees that the heavier vehicle always "wins", but things can be done to mitigate the "impact".
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Police in Jamaica say authorities have seized 3,300 missile warheads and a machine to make missiles and bullets. Deputy Police Superintendent Steve Brown said Friday that custom officials discovered the weapons late Thursday aboard a ship at Kingston Wharf. He declined to say where the shipment originated from or its destination. No one has been arrested. Brown told reporters that police are seeking helping from international agencies after their findings. He said it was the first time authorities had made such a discovery. [Entire copy]
McLEAN, Va. — A nuclear deal between the U.S., Iran and other world powers has been described as a trust-building step after decades of animosity that hopefully will lead to a more comprehensive deal down the road. But for many of the 66 Americans who were held hostage for 444 days at the start of the Iranian revolution, trusting the regime in Tehran feels like a mistake.[snip]Retired Air Force Col. Thomas E. Schaefer, 83, called the deal “foolishness.” “My personal view is, I never found an Iranian leader I can trust,” he said. “I don’t think today it’s any different
A first-term Florida Republican congressman has been charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, according to charges filed in Washington, D.C., superior court on Tuesday. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., faces arraignment on Wednesday in Washington. He was arrested on Oct. 29 for alleged possession of cocaine, which was first reported by Politico. The charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of 180 days of imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Radel released the following statement on Tuesday: "I´m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida.
A sweeping child pornography investigation has led to the rescue of 386 children around the world and the arrest of 348 people, Canadian police said Thursday. Toronto police describe the Project Spade operation as one of the largest child porn busts they´ve ever seen. "It is alleged that officers seized hundreds of thousands of videos detailing horrific sexual acts against very young children, some of the worst that they have ever viewed," Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said. Police said 108 people were arrested in Canada and 76 in the U.S. Others were arrested in other countries. Australian Federal Police commander Glen McEwen
RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, N.C. --The pilot of a Southwest Airlines flight headed to RDU went on the loudspeaker and told passengers their plane was going down, according to a woman on board the flight. "He said, we´re going down. And everyone is looking around like, is this a joke? Is he serious? And then you felt the nosedive," passenger Shelley Wills said. Wills told ABC11 the Tuesday night flight from Tampa took a nosedive thousands of feet in the air while they were about 100 miles away from RDU. Wills is a nurse and tried helping the first-time flier seated next to her who
The Family Research Council (FRC) released a video in time for Veterans Day that warns Americans about the persecution of U.S. troops who express their Christian faith. The four-minute-and-44 second video, “A Clear and Present Danger,” features active duty members of the U.S. military sharing their concerns about the “tremendous culture of intimidation and fear in the ranks of the American military right now.” The identities of the men the faces and voices of the man are obscured to cloak their identities. “Soldiers give up a lot of privileges or rights to be soldiers and defend the freedom of others,”
Today has, rightfully, been set aside to honor the men and women who have stood in the breech between us and those who would destroy us, devoting precious years in the very prime of their young lives to protect the country, the people and the way of life they love. They all made tremendous sacrifices, up to and including the ultimate one of giving their lives for their country. They suffered the loss of limbs, sight and even their sanity, or at the very least, the grinding loneliness of separation from family, loved ones and everything that was dear and
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues