Former ‘Clean Diesel’ Maker Wins Notorious Harvard Prize


It has been a year given that we discovered that Volkswagen’s tranquil and oh-so-green “clean diesel” utopia was truly a carefully constructed facade hiding a scorched wasteland of pollution and lies. Apparently, that does not imply the jokes require to quit.

The brainiacs at Harvard University have awarded the financially hurting automaker with a notorious prize that most recipients generally develop a exciting evening around. It’s extremely, no, definitely likely that Volkswagen didn’t appreciate the humor.

On September 22, Harvard held their Ig Nobel Prize, celebrating unusual, offbeat and usually pointless scientific achievements. Actual Nobel Prize winners generally hand out the awards. This year’s recipients integrated the late Ahmed Shafik, who won the Reproduction Prize for studying “the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trousers on the sex life of rats, and for conducting similar tests with human males.”

Final year’s Chemistry Prize went to a group of Australians who created a chemical method to partially unboil an egg. Nonetheless, this year’s prime spot in chemistry went to a group of Germans (recognized to most as “Volkswagen”).

Harvard awarded the automaker for “solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically creating fewer emissions anytime the cars are getting tested.” According to the university, nobody showed up to collect the prize. Had the automaker sent a delegation, their grim faces would most likely have sucked the life out of the room.

It’s attainable that the increase in environmental scrutiny and new testing approaches created in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal warranted Volkswagen a Peace Prize, but that award went to a group of Canadians for their study, “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit.”

h/t to Rudy Lukez

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Sensible Fortwo vs. 900-Pound Bull Elk: Who Wins? Do Each Lose?

elk (Oregon Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

Elk. Majestic creatures, and scrumptious, as well. You can cut that meat with a fork. But colliding with 900 pounds of it in the smallest car on North American roads is no one’s idea of a picnic.

That is specifically what occurred last week, when a tiny, 1st-generation Smart Fortwo went head-to-head with a bull elk on a dark British Columbia highway. 

The crash happened outdoors of Comox, on B.C.’s Vancouver Island — an equally majestic land populated with mountains, abundant wildlife, ex-hippies, and perhaps, Sasquatch. Chris Markevich was behind the wheel of the Intelligent, and had momentarily turned off his higher beams.

“I practically passed far sufficient exactly where I could turn my high beams back on, and as I was going to turn them back on, it was elk – boom,” Markevich told CTV News.

Soon after the influence, his car rolled 4 or five occasions in the grassy median, coming to rest upright. The Smart’s front end was destroyed and its windshield fully shattered. The elk exited the scene playing a harp. With both Intelligent and elk terminated, Markevich walked away with some minor scratches and seatbelt bruising.

Sensible touted its “safety cage” technology when the diminutive cars dieseled onto the marketplace a decade ago, and it is those powerful windshield pillars that Markevich can thank for avoiding a meal he couldn’t survive. Elk and moose are terrible factors to encounter at highway speeds. A passenger car’s low front finish will normally take out the animal’s legs, with the body impacting the windshield. The outcomes are not quite.

In this case, the vehicle’s little size and blunt front end, as effectively as the elk’s huge girth (it was winched onto a 5-ton flatbed for removal) conspired to save the driver’s life.

“Because it doesn’t have a protruding bumper,” Markevich said, “the paramedics, police officer, and nurses and doctors at the hospital all told me if it had been any other auto, it would likely have hit it at the knees, and propelled it head-very first into the windshield, impaling me.”

When your automobile saves your from impalement-by-animal, newfound affection for it is understandable. Marvevich said he plans to replace his totaled Smart with a new 1, which is excellent news for the business whose Canadian sales numbers were in the 3-figure range last year.

[Image: Oregon Department of Agriculture/Flickr]

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BMW Wins Bid to Provide LAPD With one hundred Electric Autos

OJ Simpson chased by a fleet of LAPD BMW i3s

The Los Angeles Police Division just inked a deal that will see 100 BMW i3 electric cars put on the iconic black-and-white paint job of their car fleet.

BMW emerged the winner in a provide bid that saw the i3 and rival EVs vie for the LAPD contract. The force chose the slab-sided Bimmer for its reliability and connectivity, and for the company’s charging infrastructure and service network.

If you are imagining the stubby i3s hanging their tails out as they slide around L.A. streets in hot pursuit of a suspect, think once more. The EVs are bound for the LAPD’s non-emergency fleet, which means officers will use the vehicles for fundamental transportation and neighborhood outreach.

“The attributes of the BMW i3 position it to excel as the excellent car for municipal organizations,” mentioned Ludwig Willisch, president and CEO of BMW of North America, in a statement. “The functionality and technical capabilities, such as the BMW i3 ‘s acceleration, and its ConnectedDrive integration, are completely suited to transform the future mobility of the Los Angeles Police Department while also decreasing their carbon footprint.”

Following field trials earlier this year, the LAPD rejected the Tesla Model S as a pursuit car due to excessive price and concerns about recharging. To monitor the new i3 fleet, which need to roll out of precinct garages shortly, the vehicles’ information program will be integrated with the force’s fleet management technique.

The contract is element of the city’s efforts to green its municipal vehicle fleet.

Tiny and tall, the BMW i3’s 22-kWh battery offers a variety of 80 to 100 miles, even though its electric motor is excellent for 170 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque.

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