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Save the Children Restarts Rescue Petition After 700 Drown

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In April a major rescue operation took place in the Mediterranean after as many as 700 migrants were feared to have drowned just outside Libyan waters, in what could prove to be the worst disaster yet involving migrants being smuggled into Europe. The passengers are often locked in the hold of the ship, meaning they have little chance of survival in an ­emergency.

Former Indy Racer, Now Quadriplegic, Drives Innovative “SAM” Corvette via Electronics

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Former Indy Racing League driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series Team owner, Sam Schmidt, got the chance to drive on the Long Beach Grand Prix road course track this April, thanks to the creators of a modified 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray.

"Give Wishes Wings" Campaign Takes Off

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Fulfilling a dream can be a powerful medicine for the critically ill, but dreams can cost a lot of money. In order to help grant the wishes of critically ill children, Make-A-Wish has launched Give Wishes Wings, a month-long campaign to attract donations of airline miles.

Freightliner’s Supertruck Doubles Tractor-Trailer Fuel Economy

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Back in December, I wrote about the government’s efforts to improve the fuel economy of the thousands of tractor-trailer trucks that crowd our highways accounting for millions of gallons of diesel fuel and tons of carbon emissions. One prong of this effort was a five-year $115 million DOE project that challenged truck makers to see if they could achieve a 50% reduction in fuel consumption.

Now, Freightliner has announced their success, as they unveiled their Supertruck.

The 65,000 pound semi, which is powered by an 11-liter hybrid diesel engine, and shrouded with a bevy of aerodynamic features, comfortably surpassed the target by 15%, with a demonstrated fuel economy of 12.2 mpg, more than twice the average of trucks on the road today. The test drive was performed between Dallas and San Antonio Texas.

The list of features that combined to achieve this result is truly impressive.

The company took a clean slate approach to the project, evaluating every aspect of the vehicle, utilizing an incredible 8 million hours of computation in the process. Freightliner, which is a subsidiary of the Daimler organization, leveraged expertise from numerous partners around the world.

Aerodynamics played a huge role in the transformation. For starters, a lot of wind drag is produced by the air entering the engine compartment to cool the radiator. Freightliner came up with an innovative grille design that opens when engine cooling is needed and closes when it is not. Surprisingly, over two-thirds of the benefit comes from the trailer. A nose cone, side skirts and a boat tail all contribute to improved aerodynamics. A cab extender also closes off the gap between the trailer and the cab, an area of high turbulence in conventional semis.

Ford Reinforces Sustainability Commitment with REPREVE for 2015 F-150

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the EPA, plastics constitute almost 13 percent of the municipal solid waste stream, a dramatic jump from one percent in 1960. In 2012, the total plastic waste generated in the U.S. was 32 million tons, out of which only nine percent was recycled. The automobile industry has a significant opportunity to use recycled plastics and help keep them out of landfills to preserve the environment.

Women Primed To Lead In New Era Of Auto Innovation at GM

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Women are geared up to lead in this new era. Girls now match boys in mathematical achievement: in the U.S. alone, 140 women are enrolled in higher education for every 100 men. Women now earn more than 50 percent of all bachelor's and master's degrees, and nearly 50 percent of all doctorates.

AeroMobil Unveils First Flying Car

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The concept of a flying car has always seemed like an intangible hallmark of technological progress.

Michelin and FIA Award $100,000 Grant to Promote Teen Tire Safety

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the CDC, automobile accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths in the U.S., with over 5,000 deaths each year. Teen drivers in the age group of 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. Twelve percent of the vehicle accidents involve inexperienced drivers and tire-related issues such as insufficient tire tread or improperly inflated tires.

Fuel Economy for New Trucks can Increase 40%: “Engines for Change” Report

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Trucks move $10 trillion worth of freight every year in the U.S., consuming more than 21 billion gallons of fuel, which is nearly 70 gallons for every U.S. resident. However, unlike passenger cars and other light-duty vehicles, the fuel economy of trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles has been largely unregulated for decades.

Utilities Move Into EV Charging Game

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Building out an electric vehicle infrastructure is a bit like building an arch. You need both sides, the vehicles and the charging stations, to be there at the same time, to support each other, to keep the whole thing from falling down. It’s been a little slow taking off. Perhaps partly because it’s not clear who is taking the lead.

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