Check out how the Japanese are building the futuristic fuel cell Mirai cars!

After watching a YouTube video on how the Japanese built Toyota Mirai, fuel cell car, I must say that I’m surprised to see humans are still involving in building such a complicated beast/machine. I was thinking that nowadays, building cars should have all been done by robotics mainly, but I guess I’m dead wrong on this. Perhaps, other car companies may deploy all sorts of robots to build their cars, but it seems Toyota is still using a lot of human technicians to manually guide machines that do heavy lifting auto parts into place so the same technician or other technicians can begin to bolt these auto parts together to form a more complete car.

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Nio’s Battery Swapping Versus Tesla’s Charging Station, Which Is Better?

If Nio can improve the range of Nio cars’ batteries by a lot, then Nio’s battery swapping stations will make Nio cars the king of electric vehicle market! Right now, Nio plans to install more battery swapping stations across China! This means more Chinese Nio car owners will not have to wait for their cars to be charged up because battery swapping takes only around three to four minutes of wait time. Check out the video right after the break to see Nio’s battery swapping in action.

So, if Nio cars can run on a longer range battery, Nio car owners don’t have to visit battery swapping station that often. With less Nio cars to have battery swapped out in Nio’s battery swapping station, the less crowded the battery swapping station can be — meaning the atmosphere can be more relaxing and friendly!

This is why I think as long Nio can improve the battery range of Nio cars, the better prospect of a battery swapping station as the default mode for getting an EV onto the road could become. I think at the moment, battery swapping station is already superior to any charging station out there. This is why I think Tesla has got to watch out for Nio because Nio could make Tesla’s charging station a big negative for upcoming EV owners in China.

RC Car Runs And Charges On Water Fuel Source

Whenever I see this I go crazy!  OK, what on earth I’m dabbling about?  Crazy what?  It’s about the RC car which runs on water.  No, it’s not running over the water like a magician’s illusion, but it’s a miracle still to see RC car uses water as a fuel source.  This sort of nagging me why we can’t do the same for real cars?  Imagine how much more energy independence we can be as a society if we can use water as a fuel source!

OK, I already hear that some people might just go crazy over this idea in a very bad way.  Some people might not like this idea at all since water supposes to be a very important fuel source for humans, therefore we should not use it as a fuel source for cars.  For an example, foods should not be a source of fuel for anything but humans.

Nonetheless, I don’t suggest that water should be the only fuel source for cars.  Instead, I think our cars should be adaptable in a way that our cars should be able to be powered by many fuel sources in a combination or not.  For an example, if gasoline is available, then a car should be able to move about with just gasoline fuel source, but when gasoline fuel source got low, it should also be able to switch on its battery fuel source or water fuel source or whatever fuel source (or switching on all fuel source — not hybrid but it’s like many-many-brid).

Anyhow, I think if we’re too depending on a single fuel source for our whatever needs, we will be in trouble since all fuel sources do have their limitations.  Even the sun would die when its fuel sources run out!  Check out the video which shows an RC car that can be charged and ran on water fuel source right after the break.  By the way, this RC car could also be controlled by a smartphone app.

Poop It, Ride It

Wanting going green so bad, we’re going gross.  Gross in a way that’s nasty but yet objectively achieve the reduction of CO2 emissions by whatever percentage a human can poop.  Yes, you heard me right, poop as in going to the bathroom and doing that thing.  So what on earth am I ranting on about?  It’s about a motorcycle with a toilet, allowing the rider to poop to create fuel.  Poop more equates to more fuel for the vehicle to travel farther.

According to Gizmodo, Toilet Bike Neo will take a tour of 500 mile trip from Kyushu to Tokyo.  TOTO, the maker of this toilet motorcycle, wants to promote an agenda of reducing CO2 emissions by 50 percent in the next six years.  It’s a great agenda and all, but it’s just gross!  LOL…

Source:  http://gizmodo.com/5845671/this-poop+powered-toiletcycle-is-touring-japan-in-october

Can Broadband Power Clean Energy Future?

Can broadband power a clean energy future for United States?  According to Huffingtonpost’s article “Broadband Can Power Clean Energy Future,” a new report, Building a 21st Century Communications Economy, suggests that the more people are connecting to broadband the better it’s for a country in terms of economy and environmental benefits.  Several good examples are people shop online, go paperless billing, work at home, teleconference rather than driving to meetings, and so on.

I don’t know the factual statistic of the claim from Building a 21st Century Communications Economy report, but I do think having a strong broadband nation will help bring about several benefits in relation to economy and environmental benefits.  With this being said, I’m not sure broadband can be a major catalyst for going green.  People are going to drive more when they feel like it, because people have choices.  Some people won’t do teleconference, because they prefer face to face kind of meetings.  The energy which requires to run the foundations of broadband and information industry might not be small in energy footprint.

Nonetheless, I think faster and stronger broadband can somewhat be a boon to an economy.  Faster and stronger broadband certainly will encourage innovation in information field, ultimately might bring about a stronger economy; nothing is certain though since an overall economy depends on many more factors than just having a strong information industry (e.g., export, import).  With a stronger economy, a country then can easily spend some money in researching ways to bring about the environmental benefits (i.e., creating a greener economy).  But, nothing is certain!