BUKIT LANJAN: Now, isn’t this wonderful – saying good-bye to petrol!
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BUKIT LANJAN: Now, isn’t this wonderful – saying good-bye to petrol!
The world’s car industry is undergoing tremendous evolution in terms of technology and choice.
While global car manufacturers are extremely fierce in not only developing electric vehicles (EVs), they are also simultaneously racing to take the lead in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology features for the EVs.
However, the manufacturers are also testing other types of alternative powered-cars – solar and hydro energy.
“What is clear is that the days of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)-powered cars are numbered. Isn’t it wonderful to say good-bye to diesel or petrol cars?” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.
He said it was also reported that vehicle sales in Malaysia fell about 21% in September compared with August 2017.
“Should Malaysians really be worried about the dip in sales? We should worry about whether we and the country are prepared for the change in the global motoring industry,” he added.
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Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to charge your battery using water, run your car on most types of water or use water power technologies to power your home or electronic devices? The good news is that water power technologies have existed for nearly a century. The bad news is that they were suppressed by the greedy oil cartel. Fortunately, due to the new paradigm shift, many alternative energy technologies are now coming out. Besides water power technologies, magnetic energy, plasma energy and “free energy”technologies are also coming out. If they are supported by the public, these alternative energies will make fossil fuel irrelevant in the next 10 years. Here is a list of 5 amazing water power technologies for generating clean energy: … for more, go to http://energyfanatics.com/2014/05/30/five-amazing-water-power-technologies-generating-clean-energy/
“That’s not really a long time to wait. Why are our governments still sleeping over this global motoring evolution?
“Why aren’t state and federal governments preparing Malaysians for the changes with approvals for EVs and e-bikes, and the laying of infrastructure support for EVs?” Syed Razak asked.
Here are the latest news reports on the global motoring industry, especially with the world solar car race in Australia:
"Vehicle sales down nearly 21% in September vs August
Monday, 16 Oct 2017
The Malaysian Automotive Association expected sales volume to be better in October than in September due to the longer working month.
KUALA LUMPUR: Vehicle sales in Malaysia fell 20.8% in September to 40,981 units from August due to the shorter working month and more stringent hire purchase rules, says the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).
It said on Monday sales – comprising of 36,517 passenger vehicles and 4,464 commercial vehicles -- fell 14.8% from the 48,125 units a year ago.
Total industry vehicles for the period January to September were however, up 1.8% to 425,711 units from 418,277 units in the previous corresponding period.
In terms of production, year-to-date there was a decline to 381,171 units from the 3865,965 units from a year ago.
On the outlook for October, the MAA expected sales volume to be better than in September due to the longer working month.
Epic world solar car race begins in Australia
Sunday, 8 Oct 2017
11:33 AM MYT
|Solar race cars prepare to leave the start line in Darwin on October 8, 2017. -World Solar ChallengeAFP|
The World Solar Challenge, first run in 1987 and last held in 2015, began in a high-tech, futuristic flurry from Darwin’s State Square.
Dutch team Nuon is aiming to defend its title but Belgium’s Punch Powertrain led the 41 cars -- powered by the sun and mostly developed by universities or corporations -- off on the punishing journey south to Adelaide after a surprise win in Saturday’s time trial.
”We knew our car was good but we never expected pole because there are a lot of competitors over here, a lot of very fast looking cars,” team manager Joachin Verheyen told reporters.
Google co-founder Larry Page and Tesla co-founder J B Straubel are past competitors who credit the event in influencing their careers.
The main action will be the streamlined Challenger class -- slick, single seat aerodynamic vehicles built for sustained endurance and total energy efficiency.
Dutch team Nuon crossed the finish line first two years ago, taking 33.03 hours to make the punishing trip ahead of Japan’s Tokai University, the 2011 winner, in a nail-biting climax.
Both teams are again in the hunt this year, with cars from the United States, Australia, Malaysia, India and South Africa among competitors up against them.
There is also a Cruiser class which aims to showcase solar technology for mainstream vehicles that are more practical for day-to-day use.
Entrants come from Hong Kong, Singapore and even Iran.
”Of course, the point of this challenge is not just to go fast, or to develop technology that will never reach the mainstream,” said event director Chris Selwood.
”Our founder, Hans Tholstrup, and competitors past and present, are all determined to make sustainable, energy positive, solar electric cars and renewable technology a reality.”
Teams are allowed to store a small amount of energy but the majority of their power has to come from the sun and their vehicle’s kinetic forces.
Crews are allowed to drive between 8am and 5pm each day and simply set up camp wherever their car pulls off the road at the end of the day. The first car to cross the line in Adelaide is the winner.
There are seven checkpoints along the route where drivers can get updates on their standings, the weather, and do basic maintenance -- clearing any debris from the car and adjusting tyre pressure. -AFP
Toyota looks to autonomy for all and for any occasion
Thursday, 19 Oct 2017
8:00 AM MYT
(From left) The Toyota Concept-i RIDE, Concept-i WALK, and Concept-i. — AFP Relaxnews
Toyota will use the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show to debut a suite of autonomous vehicles under a new Concept-I Series marque that it believes could be the solution to giving the elderly and disabled greater freedom, mobility and independence.
If the Concept-I name sounds familiar, it's because Toyota unveiled the first Concept-I car back in January at CES in Las Vegas and called it the company's vision of a future where AI-infused cars work in harmony with their owner.
However, that was just the start, and in Tokyo on Oct 25 the original will be joined by two other models, the Concept-I RIDE and the Concept-I WALK.
The former is a single-seater, joystick-operated car with extremely compact dimensions – it's just 2.5 meters long. For some comparison, a Fiat 500 measures 3.57m from retro nose to tail. However, the car is designed as a single-seater with sufficient interior space to accommodate a wheelchair user, while still keeping the exterior compact enough to negotiate and navigate the urban jungle that is downtown Tokyo.
This is also why the car is controlled completely via a joystick rather than with a steering wheel and pedals. The instrument cluster's main screen is designed to augment and improve any journey providing information about disabled access in the surrounding area for example, and the car has a range of 100km to 150km before its batteries need recharging. The car can, when asked, park itself or exit tight spaces, and Toyota sees the car as a shared vehicle, helping as many people with restricted mobility within a specific area to get out and about.
The Concept-I WALK is another attempt to help people solve the transport conundrum of the final mile. It's a sleek, teardrop shaped three-wheel scooter that offers ultimate maneuverability and a range of 10km to 20km on a single charge. It is ultra-compact in design so that it can be driven among pedestrians in predominantly pedestrian areas and can autonomously take evasive action to ensure it never hits others walking around it. Based on the rider's needs and physical capabilities, it can be controlled via traditional handlebars or via shifting one's weight from side to side.
Toyota has gone to great lengths to ensure that the step up on to the scooter from the ground is so low that age, gender or sartorial elegance (Toyota gives the example of a woman in a long dress), shouldn't restrict its use. Its autonomous and connected vehicle technology should also ensure that it perfectly plugs the inherent gaps in a public transit system, getting the rider to his or her next destination, whether a subway station or bus terminus, exactly at the right moment to continue their journey. — AFP Relaxnews
Solar cars begin race across Australian desert
Sunday, 8 Oct 2017
2:11 PM MYT
by benjamin cooper
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The World Solar Challenge began on Sunday with 42 solar cars crossing Australia's tropical north to its southern shores, a gruelling 3,000 km (1,864 mile) race through the outback.
The race from the northern city of Darwin to the southern city of Adelaide is expected to take a week for most cars, with speeds of 90-100 kmh (55-62 mph) powered only by the sun.
The fastest time was achieved by Japan's Tokai University in 2009, completing the transcontinental race in only 29 hours and 49 minutes.
Belgian team Punch Powertrain started first on Sunday after recording a trial time of 2:03.8 for 2.97 km (1.78 miles), hitting an average speed of 83.4 kmh (51.5mph).
"All the cars look completely different (this year), and all we know is we've got a good car, we've got it running perfectly the last couple of days and we're confident we're going to do everything to win," tour manager Sarah Benninkbolt said Sunday.
Race director Chris Selwood said the biennial event has attracted one of the best fields ever, with teams from more than 40 countries.
"This is the 30th anniversary of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and competitors want to be part of that. They have been drawn to the challenge of new regulations which reduced the solar array size without limiting the size of the solar car," Selwood said.
Teams come from countries including the United States, Japan, Germany, Chile, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Belgium, Sweden, Iran, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, South Africa, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, Canada, Taiwan and Australia.
The Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said her government's A$250,000 (US$194,150) sponsorship of the race showed it was committed to achieving 50 percent renewable energy for the territory by 2030.
"Innovation is at the heart of the event and the technology showcased this year will influence continuing solar innovation for vehicles and householders in the future," she said.
"This event is a great promotion for the NT – it shows our ability to innovate to the world."
(Reporting by Benjamin Cooper; Editing by Michael Perry."