Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tesla Sales in Norway

Observations from Ed, who is traveling through Norway:

This is hard to believe, but guess what the biggest selling brand car is in Norway now.......yes, Tesla.
Nearly 25% of all new cars now sold in Norway are 100% electric.  There are Tesla's everywhere and we are talking the expensive one.  If one buys any new car that is not electric the government tacks on 50% of the purchase price as a tax.  With 100% electric cars the government forgives the tax plus one is allowed to park an electric car in any garage that typically requires parking payment.  In addition, if one buys a Tesla or other electric car here one gets "free" electricity at government-run charging stations.  What a deal?  As a result even the common middle-class person here can buy what in our country would be $70,000 for a Tesla S.

Tesla Model S Burns to the Ground While Using Supercharger in Norway

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Editz Macias films JANDRO Music Video Guerrilla Style - Downtown, Albuqu...

The DENZA 400 -- BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd. (BDNT)

The DENZA 400 being quality checked. Daimler extends its portfolio of new energy vehicles with the introduction of the DENZA 400

  • Introducing DENZA 400 from BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT), China’s first Sino-German joint venture focused on electric vehicles
  • DENZA 400 vehicle with upgraded battery, electric motor and electronic control rolls off the production line, providing a range of up to 400 km
  • Investments into production line and research and development of new energy vehicle products
  • Daimler is committed to providing emission-free mobility solutions in China’s growing new energy vehicles market
  • “Our joint venture BDNT unites the best of Sino-German cooperation in new energy vehicles. The DENZA 400 with upgraded range offers our Chinese customers a driving experience on a new level,” said Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Greater China 
Shenzhen/Stuttgart – Daimler extends its portfolio of new energy vehicles (NEV) with the introduction of the DENZA 400, the company’s “Made in China, for China” electric vehicle from Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT). The DENZA 400 offers upgraded battery, electric motor and electronic control providing customers an electric range of up to 400 km on a full charge. The vehicles are manufactured at BDNT’s independent production line at the BYD base in Shenzhen. The new flexible production line will increase capacity based on future market demand. Today’s start of production of another NEV underlines Daimler’s comprehensive approach in the area of electric mobility.
“Our joint venture BDNT unites the best of Sino-German cooperation in new energy vehicles. Already offering safe, reliable and convenient electric vehicles from and for China, the DENZA 400 with upgraded range offers our Chinese customers a further improved driving experience,” said Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Greater China. “We are confident about the future prospect of new energy vehicles in the country. Daimler will continue to invest in research and development of efficient and eco-friendly new energy vehicles, which represent a key pillar of our China growth strategy.”
In addition to electric vehicles, Daimler’s strategy in China to reduce emissions and promote environmental responsibility includes an increasing offering of plug-in hybrid vehicles. In 2013, Mercedes-Benz became the first automaker to offer petrol, diesel and hybrid models at the same time in China. The E 400 L Hybrid was the first locally-produced hybrid from a premium brand, while the smart electric drive (electric power consumption combined 15.1 kWh/100km/ CO2 emissions combined 0g/km) was the first imported premium all-electric vehicle from Europe.
The DENZA 400 – convenient emission-free mobility for day-to-day use
The DENZA 400 features improved battery density achieved through an upgraded production process that increases the battery’s capacity from 47.5 kWh to 62 kWh while maintaining the original size. With an upgraded range of up to 400 km, most Chinese consumers, who generally drive 50 to 80 km per day, will only need to recharge their DENZA 400 once per week. 
The first generation of DENZA was launched in 2014 as the premiere offering from the first Sino-German joint venture dedicated to electric vehicles in China. With nearly 3,000 units sold in its first year in 2015, DENZA quickly became the choice for those seeking convenient and reliable emission-free mobility.
About BYD Daimler New Technology
BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT) in Shenzhen is the first Sino-German joint venture dedicated to an all-electric vehicle in and for China. It targets raising the bar in the domestic electric vehicle market by combining Daimler’s renowned engineering expertise as global forerunner in safety and quality with BYD’s leading battery technology. BDNT will continue to focus on the development of energy-saving, safe, comfortable and high quality electric cars. The joint venture is committed to become China’s most successful new energy automobile manufacturer, to promote new energy vehicle (NEV) development and to create a better living environment.
About Daimler Greater China
Daimler’s presence in China covers all areas of mobility from private car ownership and NEV to commercial vehicles, from financial services to innovative car-sharing. Daimler Greater China Ltd. (DGRC), established in Beijing in January 2001, is responsible for the operation of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Trucks and Buses, Daimler Financial Services, and Daimler Spare Parts in Mainland China, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan. In China, including Hong Kong, the largest single market worldwide for Mercedes-Benz, the company saw sales rise by 33% to around 220,000 units in the first half of 2016. Daimler continuously invests in its business units in China, the latest being a €500 million investment in expanding its engine plant at Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC), announced in June of this year. Through 2015, Daimler and BAIC Motor had already invested a total of approximately €4 billion in BBAC, an integral element in Mercedes-Benz's flexible and efficient global production network. In addition, more than €100 million has been invested in the expansion of Daimler’s Beijing-based Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Center. Another Daimler joint venture, Fujian Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (FBAC), houses the first R&D center for Mercedes-Benz Vans outside of Germany. In March of this year, FBAC launched the new V-Class in China. With its products, customer-oriented services, continuous investments, and long-lasting alliances with strong local partners, Daimler Greater China steadily strives to prove its commitment to its Chinese customers

Monday, August 22, 2016

1923: men in cars harassing women while driving by

From the Library of Congress Photo Collection

Miss Alice Reighly, President of the Anti-flirt Club which has just been organized in Wash., D.C. and will launch an "Anti-flirt" week beginning March 4th - the club is composed of young women and girls who have been embarrassed by men in automobiles and on street corners

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday Night Cruise-In, Beavercreek, Ohio: a 1947 Ford Truck

Hi folks -- I got a very late start last night. I finally made it to the Lofino's cruise-in off of Rt. 35 at 7:30 p.m. Hardly anyone there, as it turned out, due to a much bigger event at Voss Chevrolet in Centerville. Here are a few photos of a 1947 modified Ford Truck.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Mercedes-Benz W 124Convertible, the 300 CE-24 Introduced in 1991 at the Frankfurt IAA show

September 1991: Premiere of a four-seater convertible in the 124 series: Open-air refinement: 25 years of the E-Class Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz presented new offering to the upper medium class market segment at the 1991 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main, where an elegant convertible celebrated its September introduction 25 years ago. The four-seater model with a fabric soft top belonged to the 124 series, which bore the name E-Class from 1993 onwards. The debut at the IAA show also continued a success story for the Stuttgart-based brand, as Mercedes-Benz was now once again offering a four-seater convertible after a 20-year interruption. This form of body is well represented in the current Mercedes-Benz model range, by the open-top versions of the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class with different engine variants.
Stuttgart. In the new Cabriolet model positioned in the upper medium class, Mercedes-Benz skillfully combined the airiness of open-top driving with the virtues of the Saloon model in this series. This new body version of the 124 series impressed with its innovative technology, modern elegance and a perfectly balanced overall concept. From the very start, this gave the open four-seater known internally as the A 124, and initially available as the 300 CE-24 from spring 1992, the potential to become a classic. Other available variants of the 124 series were the Saloon (W 124), Estate (S 124), Coupé (C 124) and long-wheelbase Saloon (V 124). The engineers used the Coupé as the technical basis for the new convertible.
The 300 CE-24 Cabriolet revived the long tradition of four-seater open-top models in the brand history of Mercedes-Benz after a 20-year interruption: the last previous models with this body form were precursors to the S-Class, the 280 SE Cabriolet and 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet (W 111) produced until 1971. In the intervening period Mercedes-Benz continued its open-air driving tradition with the two-seater SL sports cars. The A 124 remained in production until 1997, with 33,952 examples produced in total, and its success was seamlessly continued by the CLK Cabriolet models in the A 208 series (1998 to 2003) and A 209 series (2003 to 2010), followed by the E-Class Cabriolet in the A 207 series (since 2010).
Outstanding technology for maximum comfort and safety
The engineers took great pains when developing the Cabriolet on the basis of the Coupé. Part of this effort went into making the bodyshell more rigid, so as to make the open four-seater as comfortable and safe as the other members of the model family. To this end around 1000 components were completely redesigned. Structural components were produced from thicker or high-strength sheet steel.
All areas subject to high stresses were additionally reinforced with duplicators, gusset plates or struts. These also included the diagonal struts familiar from the R 129-series SL sports cars. Vibration dampers were also installed in the left suspension strut, the roof frame and the side boot recesses. These reduce the annoying body vibrations that can occur in open-top cars owing to the lack of a roof structure.
The overall package of measures taken for the bodyshell not only made the Cabriolet comfortable, but also as safe as the Saloon, Estate or Coupé in a frontal, rear or side collision. For protection in the event of a rollover, the A-pillars were welded to form a robust unit in the area vulnerable to deformation, and an automatic rollover bar was installed. The retractable soft top weighing 43 kilograms was based on a 27-part linkage with 34 joints. When folded down, the soft top occupies a space of only 80 litres and leaves adequate boot capacity.
The Cabriolet was produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen from 1992. Initially only the 300 CE-24 Cabriolet with a 3-litre six-cylinder engine (162 kW / 220 hp at 6400 rpm) was available. All in all, 6343 examples of this model were built up to 1993.
In June 1993 Mercedes-Benz already presented the facelifted generation of the 124 series. Like all the other variants in the model series, the Cabriolet now also bore the name E-Class. The open four-seater was considerably revised in its styling, and now also became available in a wider range of versions. The variants available were the four-cylinder E 200 Cabriolet (100 kW / 136 hp, before 1994 only as an export version) and E 220 Cabriolet (110 kW / 150 hp), the six-cylinder E 320 Cabriolet (162 kW / 220 hp) and the flagship E 36 AMG Cabriolet (200 kW / 272 hp). Previously only available at extra cost, electrohydraulic roof operation was now standard equipment and the soft top was given a new inner lining for even better thermal and noise insulation.
The first E-Class Cabriolet was in production until 1997. 15,380 customers opted for a four-cylinder version, while 18,572 buyers decided on a six-cylinder model. Many of these buyers were export customers. At around 75 percent, the export proportion was especially high for the E 320 Cabriolet.