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Mini-turbines built into electric vehicle engines to take advantage of urban wind

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Mini-turbines built into electric vehicle engines to take advantage of urban wind

The Portuguese team has used the motors of electric vehicles such as scooters and bicycles to create mini wind turbines that, when combined with a network of photovoltaic panels, can take advantage of “urban wind,” one of the project’s mentors said today.

Speaking to Lusa, Filipe Fernandez, one of the mentors on the WindCredible project, explained that the idea came “during the maintenance of the 3D printer” and realized that the motors “work like generators.”

“Motors generated power as they moved by magnetic induction. I figured it out after I took the engines apart and that’s when I started looking for others to do the same,” he explained, adding that the search led to electric vehicle engines such as scooters, boards and bicycles.

The idea was “forming”, and despite the fact that the use of wind energy is a “very mature” concept, Filipe Fernandez emphasized that “at the urban level, the connection with the wind is lost”.

“In both the city and the countryside, there is a lot of wind to take advantage of, and we thought this was the easiest way to take advantage of the unoccupied space. City wind is not monetized,” he stressed.

According to Filipe Fernandez, the team has already developed a prototype of the product, but this “is not yet enough to become a hallmark in the renewable energy community.”

However, the founder believes that the two-meter model will be “a good addition to any photovoltaic production system.”

“Whoever has already implemented a photovoltaic system does not need significant additions to use these generators,” emphasized Filipe Fernandez, explaining that these mini windmills will produce the equivalent of “three or four photovoltaic panels”, which will save “about 10 euros “. » on the consumer’s electricity bill.

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“We don’t want to compete with solar panels. This solution is in addition to solar and can compensate for panel failures at night,” he said.

Recalling that the “cornerstone” of the team is sustainability, Filipe Fernandez stressed that the project’s roadmap is to give a “second life” to both the engines and batteries of electric vehicles.

“The fact that we are using electric vehicle components in the first phase helps us because we can build prototypes without major investment, but we may need to purchase certified generators in the future for better production for the market,” he stressed.

WindCredible was one of the three winning projects of the ClimateLaunchpad national final, a stage organized by UPTEC – University of Porto Science and Technology Park, and will represent Portugal in the European final of an initiative in October that aims to support business ideas that reduce negative environmental impact.

“Our goal is to have one of these turbines on every roof and in every neighborhood, so we are looking forward to it,” he said.

In addition to Filipe Fernandez, the WindCredible project team includes Antonio Santos, Marvim Fernandez, Nelson Batista, Mafalda Trindade and Carolina Silva.

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Everything has been delivered. 10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

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Everything has been delivered.  10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

OAll Bugatti Centodieci have been delivered, the Molsheim-based brand said on Monday. Cristiano Ronaldo received the number 07 in October this year. and Bugatti has now revealed that the latest unit – #10 – is already in the possession of its owner.

“The Centodieci combines all the values ​​of the Bugatti brand in an extraordinary package: rarity, innovation, heritage, craftsmanship and unrivaled performance. The production batch of 10 units was so in demand by our customers that it was sold before the Centodieci. was even officially presented,” said Christophe Piochon, president of Bugatti.

This latest example is finished in Quartz White with carbon fiber trim on the bottom and matte grilles. The brake calipers are painted in Light Blue Sport, as is the logo on the rear that refers to the EB110, the iconic Bugatti model that inspired this Centodieci. Inside, the predominant color is also blue, as you can see in the images above.

This block is powered by the same block as the other nine instances. The 8.0-liter W16 with four turbines is capable of developing 1600 hp. In terms of performance, this allows the Centodieci to hit 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 380 km/h.

Recall that each unit costs the owners eight million euros before taxes.

Read also: We already know when the Bugatti Centodieci fell into the hands of Ronaldo.

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The first Dacia hybrid. “The cheapest hybrid family on the market”

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The first Dacia hybrid.  "The cheapest hybrid family on the market"

BUT Dacia revealed this Monday that the hybrid engine has been available since March on the Jogger, the Romanian brand’s model known to be available with a seven-seat variant.

The Jogger Hybrid 140, Dacia’s first hybrid, will hit dealerships in March, but customers can expect and order it as early as January.

The price has been revealed by Dacia and since it’s only available in the seven-seater SL Extreme, it starts at €28,800. The brand claims it is “the most affordable hybrid family car on the market.”

Available in six existing colors to celebrate the launch of this hybrid, there will be a slate gray version, as you can see in the images above.

Equipped with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 90 hp, the Jogger is also powered by two electric motors (a 50 hp engine and a high-voltage starter-generator). The total power is 140 horsepower. The electric transmission is automatic, four-speed, connected to an internal combustion engine, and two speeds are connected to an electric motor. This combined technology was possible, according to Dacia, only due to the lack of clutch.

Combined with the energy recovery levels of the 1.2kWh (230V) battery pack and the efficiency of the automatic transmission, regenerative braking delivers all-electric traction on 80% of urban journeys and saves up to 40% of fuel compared to a combustion engine vehicle.

Read also: Dual-fuel Dacia Jogger Eco-G. We tried 5 seater and LPG…

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See how Tesla tests its electric Semi truck in the worst-case scenarios

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Tesla Semi camião elétrico testes

Tesla has finally been able to bring its long-awaited Semi to market. This electric truck promises to revolutionize transportation and bring all the unique characteristics of this type of electric vehicle to this class of vehicles.

Now that the first units have been delivered, there is hope that they will finally be mass-produced and reach more transport companies. With so many promises to be kept, a new video is now emerging showing Tesla testing its Semi truck under worst-case scenarios.


Tesla Semi is already on the market

Like all Tesla electric vehicles, Semi follows the same line of creating a unique design associated with a platform with the most modern technology available. The proof is in what was presented to the public and surprised most people.

To prove the quality of this new proposal, Tesla published in your LinkedIn account new video. In it, he reveals some of the testing he's done to determine the strength and quality of the Semi's design and its (potential) durability.

Tests to prove its durability

It has been revealed that the Tesla electric truck is subjected to numerous tests and its application in the worst scenarios that drivers may face. It doesn't stop at the ruggedness of the Semi's designs, but goes further and focuses on the motors and batteries themselves.

This is the proof that many have been waiting for to ensure that this new proposal is not limited to a lot of autonomy. Its resistance is great and will provide greater durability, further enhancing the Semi's value and performance.

high quality electric truck

Tesla has already showcased the Semi's quality with a video showing its truck driving roughly 500 miles on just one charge. The big news here is that he managed to make this long journey with a maximum load of about 37 tons.

Now Tesla remains to widely place the Semi on the market. At the moment, only a few companies have access to this new product, with a very long list of pending deliveries, who want to start mass-using this electric truck offering.

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