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Welcome to the Team Automotive Monthly Newsletter

For August 2021!

Are Electric Vehicles Really Better For The Planet?

Electric vehicles have become a hot topic at most vehicle manufacturers in the past 2 years. Almost all manufacturers are now producing, or will be producing in the near future, all electric vehicles. However the increase of electric vehicles will drive energy consumption through the roof. The research estimates this could lead to a 300-fold increase in electrical consumption by 2040! This would mean the current grid system would need to evolve significantly to accommodate the growth. How will energy suppliers be able to keep up with the increase? Would they increase the use of coal in energy creation? Currently around 30% of the electricity in the United States comes from coal. Although Canada’s coal usage has decreased in recent years our coal usage is still roughly 7.4 %. Canada has also set the goal of eliminating coal as a source of electricity by 2040. Will we be able to keep this goal with the demand skyrocketing? Only time will tell.

Summer Heat and Car Safety

Everyone knows the feeling, you open your car door on a hot summer day and get hit with a heat wave from inside the vehicle. What most people don’t know is how quickly the temperature can climb inside the car. For example, if it is 22 Celsius outside the car within 10 minutes the temperature inside the car will reach 32 Celsius! This can lead to a whole host of issues especially in pets and young children. A child’s body heats up 3 to 5 times faster then the average adult. Internal organs being to shut down in children if their body temperature reaches 40 Celsius and they will die if their body temperature reaches 41.6 Celsius. It is never a good idea to leave a child in a car unattended anytime, but could be fatal in hot weather. Always check the vehicle before exiting to ensure that there are no additional passengers in the vehicle. It could just save a life!

Fun Facts

In Christopher Nolan’s film "Batman", Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini Murcielago. In Spanish, Murcielago means, "Bat."

The heaviest limousine weighs over 50,000 pounds. It has 3 lounges, a bar, and can carry up to 40 people!

The “Flatmobile” holds the record for the world’s lowest street-legal car at just 19 inches high!

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