Converting Cars into Electric Vehicles

GM's New eCrate Conversion Kit

    Source:  GM 1977 KS  Blazer & Kit
From Gas Guzzler to Electric VehicleGM has come up with a great new idea.  It's a kit to convert gas guzzling cars to electric.  It's called the eCrate conversion kit.  And GM just demonstrated the results on a 1977 KS Blazer-E converted to electric power.  The kit uses Chevy Blazer EV batteries.  The big question is:  how difficult is the kit to use?GM Says Easy Electric ConversionGM claims the eCrate makes for easy electric conversions.  GM also says there is tremendous demand for this upcoming kit as people want to build their own electric vehicles.  They'll sell it through Chevrolet Performance starting in the second half of 2021.eCrate ComponentsThe kit is formally known as the Electric Connect and Cruise package and it's based on the Chevy Bolt EV powertrain.  The kit contains:60 kWh battery pack200 horsepower electric motorDC-to-AC power inverter to drive the electric motorDC-to-DC power …

Netherlands' Flying Car On the Road

Holland's PAL-V

Source:  PAL-V

Authorized on Roads in the NetherlandsThe world's first commercial flying car - the PAL-V Liberty made by Dutch company PAL-V - has been approved for use on roads in the Netherlands.  The Liberty is a gyrocopter.  Rotors on the top of the vehicle provide it lift to fly.  The rotors are powered by a separate propeller engine in the back of the vehicle.  Liberty can hover like a helicopter but it doesn't take-off and land vertically like a helicopter.  It needs a runway of at least 590 feet to gain speed for take-off and 100 feet of runway for landing.Drive & Fly TimeThe Liberty can drive up to 99 mph on the road and when flying has a maximum speed of 112 mph.  Switching from the driving to the flying mode takes a few minutes.  Clearance will be needed from regulators for flying the flying car.  PAL-V says they expect to get clearance from the European Aviation Safety Agency in 2022.First Models Rolling OutThe first 90 vehicles sold will be t…

Slovakia's Hot Flying Car "AirCar"

Goes from Driving Car to Flying Car in 3 Minutes

Source:  Klein Vision AirCar V5

Travel Innovation on the Cutting EdgeA team of engineers at Slovakia's Klein Vision have created a next generation flying car, the AirCar V5 that transitions from a road vehicle to an air vehicle in just three minutes.  That transition from driving to flying is triggered by the push of a button. The flying car has been successfully tested and flown.  Successful Test FlightsAirCar completed two 1500 feet flights in Slovakia this week that included two takeoffs and landings - all successful.  Klein Vision took their flying car concept and turned it into a flying prototype in just 18 months.  They plan on delivering 2 seat and 4 seat models, a twin engine version and an amphibious version. The AirCar tested is the two seat model.  According to a company news release, it has a powerful BMW 1.61 engine that has a power output of 140 HP and a range of 621 miles.  In the air it can reach speeds of 124 mph. The…

NASA's Highly Valuable Asteroid

 Metal Asteroid Valued at $10,000,000,000,000,000,000

Source:   NASA 16 Psyche Asteroid

16 Psyche Asteroid Discovered by NASA's HubbleNASA just struck gold!  NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a rare, heavy and tremendously valuable asteroid called "16 Psyche".  The metal asteroid is located between Jupiter and Mars in the Solar system's main asteroid belt.  It's about the size of West Virginia and is 230 million miles from Earth.  Unlike most asteroids that are rocky or icy, 16 Psyche is almost entirely metal. The research team that made the discovery thinks it may be made of iron and nickel.  Given its size and metal content, 16 Psyche is valued by experts at $10,000,000,000,000,000,000.  That is 10,000 times more valuable than the value of the global economy.New Psyche MissionIn 2022, NASA Discovery Mission Psyche will launch atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.  An orbiting probe will reach Psyche in 2026.  It will be tasked with helping to determin…

NASA Big Moon Water Discoveries

Where There Is Water, There May be Life

Source:  Moon Stock Image

Big Scientific Discovery Push Is UnderwayNASA's SOPHIA Telescope has discovered water on the Moon.  That is a very big finding because the presence of water holds the potential of the presence of life.  Areas with the presence of water on the Moon and on other planets are the prime locations that NASA targets to search for new forms of life in space.NASA's Critical New QuestionsNASA is now asking a series of critical questions about the findings.  How much water is there in the places that SOPHIA has spotted?  How can the water be used by future astronauts in the 2024 Artemis mission to the Moon?  NASA says it is using rovers, spacecraft, telescopes and more in pursuit of answers to these critical questions.What We Know Now & What's Upcoming in 2028NASA findings have already confirmed that there is more water on the Moon than previously thought.  Also the water is more widespread.  It can exist beyond the …

Daimler & Waymo's Autonomous Semi's

Partner to Develop Self-Driving Semi Trucks

    Source:  Daimler Trucks and Waymo

Driverless Big RigsDaimler and Alphabet/Google Waymo announced today that they are collaborating on the development of self-driving Class 8 semi trucks.  Specifically, they plan on incorporating Waymo's automated system into Daimler's Freightliner Cascadia semi trucks.  These are very big rigs capable of hauling 33,000 pounds.Big Win for WaymoThis is a big win for Waymo which has been trying to collaborate with major, established automakers.  Waymo CEO John Krafcik, during a conference call about the deal, said it will take some time to develop the braking, steering and other technologies needed to bring fully self-driving semi trucks to market in high volume.  Highly Competitive Traffic with TeslaDaimler and its competitor PACCAR control more than 70% of the Class 8 semi truck market in the US.  But, the competition is heating up.  In 2021, Tesla plans to start building its autonomous, electric  s…

World's Biggest IPO- China Ant Group

Going for Global Investor Gold

Source:  Ant Group

$34.4 Billion IPO Chinese financial technology giant Ant Financial Services Group is launching a dual listed IPO on the Shanghai and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.  The IPO is aiming to raise nearly $35 billion. That would be the world's largest share price offering in history. Investors are racing for a piece of the fast growing company.  Ant is Alibaba's financial affiliate. Alibaba is a giant China-based technology and e-commerce multinational company. Ant offers a suite of financial services, including the widely popular Alipay digital payment system, known as China's wallet. The IPO deal would value Ant at more than $313 billion.  That is more than the world's biggest bank by assets, The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.Regulatory and Trade ConcernsOvershadowing the market debut is a threat by the US State Department to add the company to its trade blacklist.  There is also some concern over growing regulatory scr…