SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Growing demand for smart thermostats, wind turbines and other high-tech devices is expected to keep copper the dominant material used in electrical components, industry players said, offsetting rising use of aluminum, a cheaper alternative to conduct electricity. That bodes well for the likes of Chilean producer Codelco, Rio Tinto Plc and other major copper miners, who are investing billions of dollars to bring new supplies of the metal online during the next 20 years. Copper is used to make motors, batteries, wiring and other goods as it is the best electrical-conducting metal, after silver. Aluminum, which is lighter and cheaper than copper, shares some of these traits, but is more corrosive and brittle than its red rival and only about 60 percent as conductive. “Copper is going to be central to the green revolution,” Charlie Durant, a CRU analyst, said at the World Copper Conference this week in Santiago. So-called smart-home systems - such as … [Read more...] about From turbines to thermostats: Copper miners eyes high-tech demand
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Eric D. Lawrence Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 18, 2018 Many new vehicles these days come loaded with all kinds of extras, including safety features that should help you avoid a crash. Automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection, forward-collision warning — the list goes on. Advanced safety features have helped reduce fatalities for those behind the wheel and their passengers, and features that help vehicles avoid pedestrians have the potential to cut into the dramatic increase in pedestrian fatalities in recent years. But what happens when these ever-more technologically advanced vehicles crash? Experts say the cost to repair all that technology could be hefty. John Van Alstyne, CEO and president of I-Car, a nonprofit focused on vehicle repair education, recently provided a jaw-dropping figure during an appearance on Autoline, an industry-focused program, to repair a "left front corner hit" on a Kia K900: $34,000. … [Read more...] about High-tech features, new materials boost car repair costs
Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Aug 4, 2018 Many drivers are not prepared for roadside emergencies, particularly the reality that their car battery could die, AAA and auto experts say. But that's a risk for both new cars and even older models. New cars have increasingly more electronics that require modules to stay energized, often draining the battery. Add the summer heat, and that's a strain to a battery on any aged car, auto experts said. "The heat causes the cells of the battery to diminish and not be quite as good as they were before," said Lynn Thompson, co-owner of Thompson Motor Sales, in Springfield, Mo., so much so that at his business, where temperatures often push up against 100 degrees each summer, "we’ll carry extra batteries this time of year, and we'll sell them." More: Maven's new car sharing allows GM owners to make money More: Key to improving metro Detroit car dealerships? Women There are … [Read more...] about How to keep your car battery humming under heat and high-tech strain
Porsche recently confirmed the production version of the Mission E would be called the Taycan, and now the automaker has released additional information about its upcoming electric vehicle. Set to debut next year, the Taycan will have an 800 volt electrical system and two electric motors that produce a combined output in excess of 592 HP (441 kW / 600 PS). This will enable it to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 3.5 seconds and 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in less than 12 seconds. Furthermore, the model will have a range in excess of 500 km (310 miles) in the New European Driving Cycle. While the company has previously confirmed those numbers, the automaker noted the Taycan will have two “permanently excited synchronous motors, like those deployed in the Le Mans–winning 919 Hybrid.” Billing them as the “turbos of the electric motor milieu,” the motors generate a permanent rotary motion that can be applied at any time without needing to be … [Read more...] about Porsche Taycan Employs Two High-Tech Electric Motors, Puts Out 600+ HP
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement DealBook Supported by ByJamie Condliffe July 11, 2018 Get the DealBook newsletter to make sense of major business and policy headlines — and the power-brokers who shape them. __________ A series of deals announced over the past week is designed to help German car manufacturers take a bigger slice of the world’s largest automobile market — and China develop its vision for the future of cars. Beijing has been vocal about its desires for electric and driverless cars. It is introducing aggressive rules to ensure that many of the new cars put on its roads have electric or hybrid engines. And autonomous vehicles are a key part of its Made in China 2025 plan to dominate important new technologies. To aid that effort, it has promised to open up its auto industry to foreign carmakers, a move that it has now doubled … [Read more...] about China Wants High-Tech Cars. German Automakers Are Eager to Help.