10 Sep

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition brings kindanew looks to New York

first_img 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon: Der überwagen See All • Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint New York Auto Show 2019 Fiat 0 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesome May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Fiat Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Post a comment Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 72 Photoscenter_img 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid second drive: The best of both worlds More From Roadshow 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Livin’ that Club life New York Auto Show 2019 Convertibles Sports Cars Tags Enlarge ImageNo, it’s not limited to dealerships in rural Illinois. Fiat Fiat Chrysler loves a nice, inexpensive aesthetic upgrade package. Look anywhere in the lineup, from Dodge to Jeep and back again, and you’ll find ’em. Now, FCA has a new package of that kind in store for the Fiat 124 Spider, and it’s headed to the 2019 New York Auto Show.Fiat announced on Friday that it will bring the new 2019 124 Spider Urbana Edition to the New York Auto Show next week. The Urbana Edition, which I’m relatively sure is not a shout-out to town in which the University of Illinois resides, is an inexpensive aesthetics package that boosts the looks of the Miata-based 124 without raising the window sticker by much.The Urbana Edition is based on the 124 Spider’s Classica trim. It gives the looks a boost by adding 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, performance tires, new exhaust tips and piano black exterior accents. There’s also a glossy black finish on the seatback pillar and mirror caps. Fiat also threw a set of fog lights into the mix.On the inside, there are some matte gray accents, in addition to a wrapped instrument panel and gauge-cluster hood. The Urbana Edition also picks up a set of seats wrapped in a combination of leather and microfiber.Otherwise, it’s the same Fiat 124 Spider as usual, bouncing around town with a 1.4-liter turbocharged I4 that puts out 164 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Urbana Edition can be had with either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The Urbana Edition adds just $995 to the car’s bottom line — and for context, the 124 Spider Classica starts at $26,685, including $1,495 for destination. Alas, it’s not available for the peppier Abarth version. Share your voice More about 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Classica Convertible reading • 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition brings kinda-new looks to New York Preview • 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesomelast_img read more

5 Sep

India vs West Indies Virat Kohli on the cusp of scripting several

first_imgThe One Day Internationals are here and with it, Virat Kohli, the king of the format, will take the spotlight. The Indian skipper had a consistent World Cup but did not manage to score a century. However, he did look in great form and with a half-century in the last T20I, the captain has certainly shown his intent.Ahead of the first ODI in Guyana, Kohli is on the cusp of breaking multiple records. Well, this has been a norm in recent times with the right-hander. The India skipper is just 19 runs away from becoming the batsman with the most ODI runs against West Indies. Currently, with 1,912 runs, he sits on the second position on the list with Pakistan legend Javed Miandad topping the charts with 1930 runs.Other records in sight Virat KohliDaniel Kalisz/Getty ImagesNot only this, but Kohli will also be looking to breach the record currently held by Ramnaresh Sarwan, which is the most number of runs scored by a batsman in India-West Indies ODIs in West Indies. Sarwan has scored 700 runs from 17 matches while Kohli currently has 556 runs from 12 matches. Another record which can be shattered in this match.He did not manage to score a century in the World Cup and hence, the skipper will be keen to set the record straight. If he does manage to reach the triple-digit score in Guyana, he will zoom past Desmond Haynes for the record of scoring the most number of tons in India vs West Indies ODI clash. Virat KohliTwitter/ICCAfter clinching the T20I series, the captain said that the focus was not on the 2023 World Cup, but the priority was to play good consistent cricket and keep Indian cricket right on top. This series comes at the right time for his side as they try to look at different combinations in ODI cricket.”For us, the priority has always been to be one of the most consistent sides in the world and in the last three to four years, I think we’ve been able to achieve that. We’re the no.2 side in the world and there’s a good reason to that. We’ve been at no.1 as well sometime. It’s the kind of cricket that we’ve played that has gotten us up here,” Kohli said at the end of the T20I series.last_img read more

31 Aug

Stanfords batterylife research steps into economy class

first_img Journal information: Nature Communications © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Battery electrode’s 40,000 charge cycles look promising for grid storage Explore further “Several fundamental studies still need to be conducted to develop viable Si electrodes for batteries,” BATT has written in the past. “Yi Cui’s group at Stanford University is working on understanding the properties of various Si nanostructures and is designing new ones based on particles and wires that target improving Si cyclability.”BATT has recognized an important issue addressed by Cui, the conductivity of Si electrodes. “The electrical conductivity of Si is a major factor in determining the power and energy capabilities of an electrode that does not contain inactive materials such as conductive additives and binder. Future work in the Cui group will focus on designing new Si structures and pre-lithiation methods that are amenable to scale up so that large quantities of this anode material can be made at a low cost. Fundamental questions such as the best morphology for electrode packing, the type of surface coating for improving cyclability, and the optimal state of charge for these electrodes still need to be answered.”This month, Prof. Yi Cui and his Stanford team offer more answers in a newly published paper appearing in the journal Nature Communications. To compensate for fluctuating renewables in wind and solar systems, new approaches to storage are needed and Cui’s team present a battery technology that works when the sun or wind falls short, in the form of sharp drop-offs of wind and solar systems. The battery electrodes can run for a thousand charge cycles without degrading, an advancement when typically the electrodes degrade with time. As New Scientist translates, the secret sauce in their battery prototype involves the negatively charged cathode coating in copper hexacyanoferrate and an anode made of activated carbon and a conductive polymer. The compounds allow electricity-carrying ions to move in and out easily.”We demonstrate a new type of safe, fast, inexpensive, long-life aqueous electrolyte battery, which relies on the insertion of potassium ions into a copper hexacyanoferrate cathode and a novel activated carbon/polypyrrole hybrid anode. The cathode reacts rapidly with very little hysteresis. The hybrid anode uses an electrochemically active additive to tune its potential. This high-rate, high-efficiency cell has a 95% round-trip energy efficiency when cycled at a 5C rate, and a 79% energy efficiency at 50C. It also has zero-capacity loss after 1,000 deep-discharge cycles.”As important to the design is the cost factor. A key stumbling block in the search for answers in energy storage rests in viability. Many solutions are promising in the lab but present daunting costs that are eventually branded as impractical. No existing energy storage technology, the Cui team said, can economically provide the power, cycle life and energy efficiency needed to respond to the costly short-term transients that arise from renewables and other aspects of grid operation.”Virtually all of the energy-storage capacity currently on the grid is provided by pumped hydroelectric power, which requires an immense capital investment, is location-dependent and suffers from low energy efficiency,” according to the authors. They said that their battery’s components are cheap and commercially available.via www.newscientist.com/blogs/one … d-scale-battery.html (Phys.org)—Looking for better battery designs and solutions is a priority pursuit for many scientists, and the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program is always on the lookout for worthy contributions. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, BATT is a leader in U.S. research in battery solutions for electric vehicles. They have not missed the fact that Prof. Yi Cui, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, has been leading a team that is coming up with new answers for energy storage. More information: Nature Communications 3, Article number: 1149 doi:10.1038/ncomms2139 Citation: Stanford’s battery-life research steps into economy class (2012, October 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-stanford-battery-life-economy-class.htmllast_img read more