Teens and Delivery Truck Drivers Monitored the Same Way

driver monitoring credit dgptzMore parents are obtaining after-market kits for attachment to their vehicles that track the driving habits of their children.

The information, which the parent can see on an internet account via a computer or mobile device, can be as varied as speed, location, route traveled, driving postures that affect gas mileage, and any bad driving factors that affect insurance policy rates, as well as others.

Interestingly these driving habits are of same concern to motor vehicle fleet operators. What fleet owner wants the drivers to wear out the brakes early, or rapidly accelerate with harmful effects to fuel economy, thereby negating the positives of fuel efficient engines?

The Crosswater fleet in the United Kingdom took the opportunity to acquire newer fuel efficient Mercedes Benz long-vans and then match it with monitoring software that helps drivers from maintaining fuel economy and prevents them from driving up any cost factors.

Crosswater is implementing a bonus system for cost saving drivers.  The bonus for the teen is most likely just the privilege of borrowing the family vehicle again.

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Co-Mingled Middle East Oil Must Be Purified Before Sale in Zambia

zambia-flag-credit-govZambia manages motor vehicle fuel prices pretty closely because of the very need for massive imports.

Naturally, the availability of supply really influences prices, and Zambia has been obtaining most of its oil-based products from the Middle East.

Daily motor vehicle fuel imports into Zambia include 1M litres of petrol-gasoline and 2M litres of diesel.

Because of oil source co-mingling, motor vehicle fuel-integrity is maintained by a “purification process” on fuels that are Middle East sourced.

For some reason, Zambia is just now looking for oil from its African neighbours Angola and Zimbabwe.  Discussions are starting between the relevant governments.

To give Zambia an edge into the future, Zambia is looking for investment partners to build a modern refinery that handle all oil sources, all fuel types, and even refine its own fuels, no matter where the oil comes from.

It it all comes to pass, Zambian drivers will have a much greater opportunity to go about their working and private lives with good fuel economy in place.

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Motor Vehicle Fuel Prices Rise after Recent Disasters in the Philippines

philippines-flag-credit-govThe first thing that happens when communities, large or small, are obliterated or otherwise severely affected by disasters, is the immediate pre-occupation with shortages.

It does not matter whether it is from natural or man made disasters, when infrastructures break down, regular and emergency supplies rapidly become unavailable.

Shortages create demand, and high demand cause the very people that need the supplies to be willing to pay more.   Sometimes an entire region suffers the price inflation. Sometimes an entire country.

The Philippines has recently suffered a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and that super typhoon named locally as Yolanda but known worldwide as Typhoon Haiyan.

As a result of these two major disasters, most fuel companies in the affected areas have announced more fuel price increases.

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Honda Creating Better Diesel Cars for India as Fuels Become More Market Driven

honda logo credit hondaMotor vehicle fuel prices are becoming more market influenced in India.   Government controls and price subsidies are being relaxed but not removed.

india-flag-credit-skAlthough not full deregulation, this may, or indeed will, cause fuel price fluctuations, and likely consistent price increases over time.

One report has the demand for diesel cars going down in India, while at the same time, Honda is introducing some diesel cars with the newest technology that purport to deliver amazing drive-train fuel efficiency; meaning extraordinary fuel economy for the pocketbook.

In a country with heavy demands on transportation, with incomes yet to meet broad public expectations, and with hundreds of millions of people aspiring to car ownership, fuel economy will win out over fuel selection, whether diesel or gasoline or bio, over time.

25.8 kilometres (@ 15.5 miles) per one litre [KmpL] of diesel provided by the Honda Amaze will meet the expectations of many first time car buyers, as well as current car owners willing to mitigate rising prices on their next purchase.   That is about 60.6 Miles per US Gallon (MPG [US]).

This could be why Honda sales went up @ 150% in India in November of 2013.

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State Bus Employees Build Their Own Driving Simulators To Learn to Save Fuel

Maharashtra SRTC credit MSRTCPublic or state employee showing initiative is always laudable.

And when that initiative is designed to save fuel in times when fuel costs are rising, it is especially noteworthy.

Drivers and mechanics of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Company in India combined their team experiences, matched that experiential model with some very unique innovation, in order to produce an electro-mechanical driving simulator that appears to save some five (5) liters of fuel per on-duty driver per day.

The design was intended to test drivers skills and habits that, behind the wheel in a realistic setting, in all driving and weather environments, either saves fuel or costs extra fuel on their bus routes.

MSRTC bus credit wikiThe company (16,000 buses, 17,000 routes, 7,000,000 daily passengers) was so impressed with the results that they hired engineering firms to build an advanced electronic model, think video game, they termed the ‘Diesel Saver Simulator’.

Over 30 company maintenance facilities now have the device and has further been deployed to almost 250 bus depots.   The next step is to develop the driver simulation program further and have management approve a formal driver training program.

Commendable indeed!

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Chemistry Simulation Software to Boost Fuel Economy in Engines

simulation credit oeThere is simulation software for just about everything, from airplane cockpits to simple engineering design.

The weather patterns you see on TV come from simulation software.

Now there are plans for much more active simulation of chemistry-reactions that will result in better all around fuel economy.

That and modern engine simulation software are intended to realistically model fuel behavior in a fuel-science known as “Fuel Effects”.

The rapid and thorough simulation will allow accurate prediction of engine performance using fuel chemistry and load simulations.

It’s a lot easier and faster than bench testing hundreds of engines with hundreds of fuel chemical samples over a long time.

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More Digital Assists for More Senior Drivers to Drive More Safely and Save Fuel

ford-driver-assist-credit-fordTo what age do you expect to live?

Although many are living into their nineties, in North America the average life expectation is now a little over 70 years of age.

That is still 30 years better than the beginning of the 20th Century. During that last century, vehicles also changed  extensively.

Early vehicles had very rudimentary controls.  Towards the end of the 20th Century, the controls in the average car would appear to be almost magical in comparison, best described as a driving friendly system.

A recent Car Connection piece (2013), recognizing that age related ailments still exist,  noted that four technological advantages of the modern light vehicle exist when it comes to older seniors driving properly and safely:

  1. Keyless-Entry-and-Ignition, for those arthritic hands;
  2. Six-way-adjustable-seats for those those major-limb affected persons;
  3. Thick-steering-wheels for better muscle control by seniors;
  4. High-contrast-dash-and-other-displays for greater recognition of driving factors.

There are actually even more electronic assists available to the average driver in the last decade. Here are six more that come with some newer vehicles:

  1. Lane-departure-warnings, to enhance cognitive alertness;
  2. Collision-avoidance-with-vehicles-ahead, with auto-speed-control and auto-braking;
  3. Heads up displays, borrowed from the military, that have key dash-indicators projected onto the windshield, in order to maintain forward awareness without looking down on the dash;
  4. Infrared night vision, providing high definition of objects far beyond headlight range;
  5. Reverse cameras, for those ever stiffer necks, to look behind the vehicle before reversing;
  6. Fuel economy, fuel efficiency and MPG indicators to assist in fostering calm driving, since that always has the lowest fuel consumption.

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What Do a Bunch of New Refineries in North America Mean

refinery-credit-hpEven the environmentalist say we do not need more of them, and the oil businesses have been saying we have ‘just enough’ of them.

The New Jersey storm, Hurricane Sandy, showed the folly of having ‘just enough’ refineries to keep things flowing in normal times.   Have several refineries shut down for any emergent reason, and the distribution pipelines, the tanker trucks, and the gas station tanks go empty.

In creeping fashion, there is a North American shift in these last few months of 2013. In mid-November, a major Canadian investor announced he is moving ahead to build a large capacity refinery on Canada’s west coast.

Earlier in the year, a Mexican presidential candidate wanted to go for five new refineries instead of just one, the one being started in Tula.   And analysts are now reporting that this goes beyond simply reversing the costly import of use-ready fuels.

Of late there are reports about Gulf Coast refineries in the lower US sates.  The Business News Network (BNN) is reporting the ramping-up of refining production all over North America, and that America hopes to become a huge global refinery.

It appears that North American oil-producers are getting ready for greater exports of refined products, while in a generation headed to North American oil self sufficiency.

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India Lowering Taxes on Premium Fuels Because They Enhance Fuel Efficiency

india-flag-credit-skThe arguments are long and many.

How much should any government tax motor-vehicle owners and drivers, without disrupting the economy, without suppressing investment, and without inviting the anger of the excise paying populace?

In India, as in many emerging and growing economies, the government is reviewing its fuel-excise policy and it has decided to lower the pump price of premium fuels through a reduction of the excise tax.

Most consumer-drivers in India cannot afford premium fuels, known as “branded fuels”, whether it is diesel or petrol-gasoline.

The accepted viewpoint appears to be that the premium fuels deliver more power per volume unit, and that increased engine-performance leads to actual energy conservation.

Either way, any reduction of taxation is considered to be a benefit, by most.

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Are Manufacturer’s MPG Claims a Financial Contract With You at the Time of Purchase

mpg-gas-pump-credit-wpWhether it is advertising copy, radio or TV ads, Internet pop-up ads, or web-page banner lines, we have some expectation about the content.

Whether cars or small trucks, for a number of reasons, when the buying decision is close, when last comparisons are done between this vehicle and a competitors’ vehicles, it is mostly about gas mileage.

By nature, we are suspicious of all advertising as a primary emotion, however, some advertising is much more intense, especially if it touches a lot of our money that we would be spending.

It does not matter if the fuel economy claim is posted in advertising, or on the window sticker, and it does not matter if expressed in MPG or in L/100 km, enough vehicles have been bought over the decades that people believe and expect the numbers to be almost absolute.   Period!

Purchasing a vehicle is indeed a purchase contract in law, and in that contract there is no absolute provisions about MPG fuel economy or fuel consumption as part of a fuel efficiency equation.

The manufacturers and dealers manage your MPG fuel economy expectations with small print, really really small print.

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More CVT Transmissions And Paddle Shifters To Gain Fuel Efficiency in the Civic

honda-civic-credit-hondaThe 2014 Honda Civic has packaged some neat innovations including a CVT transmission with shift-paddles. Shift control just like in professional race cars.

CVT is a transmission that is continuously variable in speed and power.

No wasted fuel during the shifting process, no interruption of power to the wheels, just a steady increase of smooth cheaper power.

shift paddles credit gtAnd it comes with up-down paddle-shifters mounted right on the steering wheel. The CVT will replace the automatic transmission. One mile-per-US-gallon (1 MPG) is expected to be gained with the CVT.

Less fuel used and, in addition, an exhaust-system-redesign actually provides an additional three horsepower.

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Egypt is Imposing Price Revisions on Its International Energy Suppliers

egypt-flag-credit-wikiGenerally if you unilaterally tell your suppliers that you are going to be paying a new amount for products and services, you have to expect some strong and severe push-back.

Foreign energy companies operate much of the energy production and transport infrastructure in Egypt.

The prices that are paid to these off-shore companies have been just enough to keep the flow going,  and as a result, no new exploratory investments have been made by them, even if there were inshore and off-shore proven-reserves of oil and gas available for the taking.

The government of Egypt recently announced that the price for delivered fuel would indeed change, but the Egyptian Oil Minister, in his statement, has not explained the range or depth of these price changes.

Given the government’s ongoing strong control over energy prices ‘by dictat’, the companies want, in return, long term sustainable contracts, that will provide investment support, starting at gaining the costs of exploration.

‘Past due’ is one way of saying what the companies feel is their due.  The new price will go a long way towards making the energy infrastructure viable once more.

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Taiwan Pushed to Purchase Energy Fuel from China Despite Political Haggling

Taiwan-flag-credit-govLosers in civil wars are always the cancerous sore on the winners body.

The defeated Chinese fled to the island of Taiwan in 1949, forming a country, that had little talk or trade with the victors on mainland China, from then on for 50 years or more.

china-flag-credit-gcChina has just established an undersea pipeline that will pump Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG, to Hong Kong, also a separate entity from China in the past, and now an integral part of China, though its political infrastructure has not substantially changed.

Taiwan is an island nation without its own energy sources.  Some editorials are suggesting, in consideration of what Taiwan pays for units of energy, that cheaper fuels are available direct from China.

There is also the suggestion that Taiwan’s export competitiveness would be greatly enhanced if, for instance, a pipeline was built from the China mainland to Taiwan, carrying plentiful LNG, perfect for generating electricity and fueling vehicles.

The opposite side of the coin is that Taiwan should, or would be expected to, recognize certain political, policy, and economic changes in order to construct a necessary trade zone between China and Taiwan.

The old-timers on Taiwan will most likely decry tight relations with China, even if economic benefits accrue. However, most likely, by 2049, 100 years after the end of the civil war, the integration may be so complete, that observers will hardly take notice.

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It’s All About Insurance Covering the Bulk Transport of Oil From Iran to Markets

oil tanker schematic credit wikiThe Iran deal, brokered with key countries in the West on the weekend, is as much about ‘insurance’ as it is about restricting Iran’s nuclear ambition.

Oil tankers are a common site on all the seas. Tanker routes cover the areas of the globe where pipelines are not practical, or where pipelines have not yet been built to tie a production point to consumption points.

As much as regional markets on every continent speak of oil in price-per-barrel terms, oil tankers are actually measured as having capacity described in metric-tonnes.  Each tanker full is a high value proposition.

flag-iran-credit-sfiIran has been under international sanctions for some time.   A key way of enforcing sanctions these days is to prohibit major insurers, most are trans-national insurance consortia, from insuring any tanker shipment of crude oil emanating from the target country, in this case, Iran.

Think of a Supertanker that can carry 2 million barrels or about 280 thousand metric tonnes of crude oil.    Which oil company, or country, wants to ship a tanker load of crude oil without insurance, when crude oil is priced anywhere from $80-$100 US dollar per barrel?

A key clause in the Iran deal, is the very first clause, after the phrase … “In return, the E3/EU+3 [ed. the Western Powers] would undertake the following voluntary measures:  Pause efforts to further reduce Iran’s crude oil sales, enabling Iran’s current customers to purchase their current average amounts of crude oil. Enable the repatriation of an agreed amount of revenue held abroad. For such oil sales, suspend the EU and U.S. sanctions on associated insurance and transportation services.”

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Iran Nuclear Deal With the West Really Lowering International Price of Crude Oil

flag-iran-credit-sfiThe rumored diplomatic deal, not yet days old, in relation to the Iranian nuclear program may result in reduced middle east tensions that will further soften international crude oil prices.

Not yet Monday everywhere, it is Monday in Australia, and reportedly there, crude oil prices are already falling in response to the United States brokered deal, assisted by a number of other countries, which may just lessen the regional conflictive temperature.

So much of the Middle East conflict has an anchor point in Iran.  Worldwide sanctions against Iran have been around for decades, almost all the way back to the jimmy Carter administration of the United States, when the Iranian administration allowed radicalized students to seize and hold the United States embassy in Tehran.

Already the Asian stock markets are showing promise.  So much of the worlds economies need cheaper fuels.  But it may not be long before speculators find a way to bring the price back up.

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South Sudan Motor Fuel Prices Stabilizing After Separation from Sudan

south-sedan-flag-credit-wikiSouth Sudan separated and became independent from Sudan in 2011 with United Nations approval .  The two countries still argue over border lines.

After a civil war lasting decades, border disputes should be expected.  However, a major complicating factor exists that sees South Sudan having some major oilfields but the pipelines to international distribution and the refinery infrastructure being in the Sudan.

An interesting development is that, some 1500 kilometres away from Darfur, where there are severe fuel shortages and mountain high motor vehicle fuel prices, prices in places like Torit in South Sudan are stabilizing.  Still some highs, but stabilizing.

Nevertheless the gas and diesel prices in South Sudan are still tenuous at best. Drivers in both Sudan and South Sudan are not really interested in normal fuel economy.  Concerns rest on getting enough fuel to get by in a day’s work or a days travel.

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Darfur Has Oil but Not Enough Fuel to Keep Prices Stable

sudan-flag-credit-govNothing like government restrictions to drive the price of motor vehicle fuel up 300% or more in a country.

Especially if a fuel rationing system has little thought behind it and arbitrary rules are put in place, for instance, no matter what your role in Darfur society is, you can only get two gallons of motor vehicle fuel per day.

Darfur is a region in the country known as The Sudan, south of Egypt. There has been conflict in the Darfur region for decades.   The United Nations uses the term ‘genocide’ to describe the internal population conflicts.

The Sudanese government has been accused in the past of deliberately using fuel shortages as a deliberate weapon to deprive and control the Darfur region’s population.

Gas and diesel service stations, the ones that are open, are currently only open two hours per day. The situation is ironic, considering that Darfur has oil for the taking.

The vehicle fuel shortages could be the result of incompetence, but most likely is policy driven, and allowed to continue without end.

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Petro-Dollars Heading Back to the West as Green Energy Investments

biogas-cycle-credit-ifasFor almost a hundred years, western currency has been flowing to the Middle East. After the Second World War that flow became a torrent.

Cynical observers indicate that much of the wealth created in the west now resides in the Middle East,   They have enough Western originated wealth to have ATM machines that dispense gold bars.

No source of wealth is forever.  North America and parts of Europe may well be sufficient in energy within one generation.  Think of shale gas as just one example. Less petro-dollars to the Middle East.

No source of energy is limitless.   Look at the forays into wind, solar, artificial fuels and bio-fuels.   Bio-gas is one of them, burnable in many vehicles and in electricity power-plants.

Think of plug-in hybrid vehicles that burn bio-fuels, either totally bio or in blends with more common fuels.  Investing in bio-fuel production will position the investor in the future, 1-2 generations ahead.

Middle East oil profits are coming back in long range investments.  One example is a recent investment by an investor from Saudi Arabia, purchasing a bio-gas facility that is currently used to produce electricity in the Czech Republic.

Long range strategic investments will determine who has control of western energy in the future.

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India to Deregulate Diesel Prices in 2014

india-flag-credit-skThe government of India, long an influencing agent of pump prices, has announced that complete deregulation of diesel fuel prices will start in six months time, or mid-2014.

Most of the governments in the world have their regulatory hands in the pricing of motor vehicle fuels.  Tax dollars are used to soften the blow of fuel price increases, or the effects of inflation, especially in countries that have no oil production of their own.

Some governments fix the pump prices arbitrarily low for political reasons, some adjust fuel prices from time, to aim upwards or downwards towards world oil prices, some share the pain by absorbing with tax dollars half of any increase, some let the market forces determine price but penalize price gouging, and others give the market a free hand.

In India, to protect the average diesel fuel user in the deregulation process, monthly increase-caps have been put in place.   It will take 19 months of steady but small increases just to get to the cost of diesel production, let alone to the level of a modest profit, sufficient for re-investments to build greater efficiency.

This is a big step for a country with a burgeoning economy, and with a potential restless populace.  India is currently the third largest energy consumer in the world.

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Great Fuel Economy When Your Vehicle is Built Using a 3D Printer

3D printer 1 credit itech3D printers, usually larger than a microwave and smaller than a desk in size, are computerized printers that exude plastic type resins rather than ink.

Think of an ink-jet printer that shoots out a liquid that then hardens into objects with near steel like hardness.

3D printers can create stationary objects or items with moving parts.  A number of “engineering-moves into the future” involve building a vehicle with hyper-fuel-efficiency using 3D technology.

3D printer industrial credit ohgThere are larger versions of 3D printers that look a lot like the standard car-part-making robot in an automaker’s manufacturing plant.

The URBEE project hopes to have their 3D printed vehicle travel across the United States using no more than 10 gallons of fuel.

Not bad fuel economy.

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