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|Chevroletís new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle called the Volt is manufactured by the General Motors Corporation. The Volt has been on sale in the U.S. market since mid-December 2010 , and is the most fuel-efficient car with an internal combustion engine sold in the United States, as rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
According to General Motors the Volt can travel 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km) on a 16 kW.h (10.4 kW.h usable) lithium-ion battery; The EPA found in tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls, the all-electric range averaged 35 miles (56 km), with an energy consumption of 36 kWh per 100 miles (810 kJkm), and the total range (using battery power first then electricity generated by the on-board gasoline-power generator) is 379 miles (610 km). EPA rated the Voltís combined cityhighway fuel economy at 93 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent in all-electric mode , and at 37 mpg-US (6.4 L100 km; 44 mpg-imp) in gasoline-only mode, for an overall fuel economy rating of 60 mpg-US (3.9 L100 km; 72 mpg-imp) combined.
The Voltís lithium-ion battery pack can be charged by plugging the car into a 120-240VAC residential electrical outlet. No external charging station is required. After the Volt battery charge drops to about 35% of full charge, it switches to extended range mode, when a small 4-cylinder internal combustion engine burns premium gasoline to power a 55 kW (74 hp) generator supplying the electrical power to extend the Voltís range. In addition, while in extended range mode and travelling at highway speeds , the engine can engage mechanically via a clutch to combine with the electric motors for propulsion. The electrical power from the generator is sent primarily to the electric motor, with the excess going to the batteries, depending on the state of charge (SoC) of the battery pack and the power demanded at the wheels.
The suggested retail price for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt starts at US$40,280 excluding any charges, taxes or any incentives. Qualified buyers are eligible for a US$7 ,500 U.S. federal tax credit and additional incentives are available in some locations. The Volt is also available through a lease program with a monthly payment of US$350 for 36 months, with US$2,500 due at lease signing, and with an option to buy at the end of the lease. The Volt will be initially sold in seven regions: California, Washington , D.C. Area, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut , and Austin, Texas. Nationwide availability in the U.S. and Canada is scheduled to begin with the 2012 model year commencing in late summer 2011.
The Best Cordless Drill Driver for Home DIYers Home Repair Articles | February 1, 2011
Drilling machines have certainly come a long way helping people in construction work and home improvement but with one inconvenience - power cord attached. Think cordless drill, nowadays this is...
Drilling machines have certainly come a long way helping people in construction work and home improvement but with one inconvenience - power cord attached. Think cordless drill, nowadays this is a must for everyone to do the good job with great ease. There are many types of cordless drills to consider ranging from 9v to 24v , if you are undecided as to which one to get to help you cope with medium to heavy drilling and driving on a daily basis, you should consider the 18v cordless drill.
Most people prefer 12v since it is lighter and cheaper but why 18 volt is the best fit when it comes to drilling work? You must ensure the drills be able to do the drilling and driving with great ease and not stressing your wrist to complete the task. In other words, you do not need to force too much to drive a 2- inch screw into hard wood or take longer time to drill bigger holes. If that happens, it means you need to upgrade your drill.
The 18v cordless drills are obviously more powerful than lower voltage versions. Furthermore, the newer models have more advance features that make life easier. Personally , I would not mind paying a little extra for the 18v drill, just in case I need the extra features to do a better job.
Is There Any Good Recommendation for 18v Cordless Drill?
If you have been using drills for some time you would know what to look for.
2. Battery runtimes
4. Easy handling
6. Ease of use
There are some good models from Makita, Dewalt and Panasonic. But after some comparison, Makita BDF452HW is the better choice for most DIYers. It meets all the requirements and much more. The 8 inches compact design delivers 450 in.lbs. of max torque that will satisfy most of the medium to heavy duty drillings. Another good feature of this model is the 15-minute battery charge and the use of lithium-ion batteries. You'll never believe it. It only weighs 3.5 pounds including battery. It delivers 18v power with 12v weight and it also fits well into smaller hands. The battery runtimes are excellent. One full charge will last for a day of work.
The Makita BDF452HW is the perfect choice for electrical work, woodworking , remodelling your home, or any DIY projects. The compact size, light weight and power outperform many others in the 18v categories. In terms of price and performance, I consider it a perfect choice.
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