More carmakers caught in headlights of VW engine-rigging scandal

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Volkswagen has admitted it installed illegal software into 11 million 2.0 liter and 3.0 liter diesel engines worldwide (AFP Photo/Josh Edelson)

Volkswagen emissions scandal

Iran's 'catastrophic mistake': Speculation, pressure, then admission

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Analsyts say it is irresponsible to link the crash of a Ukraine International Airline Boeing 737-800 to the 737 MAX accidents (AFP Photo/INA FASSBENDER)

Missing MH370 likely to have disintegrated mid-flight: experts

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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 commercial jet.

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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BMW sets its sights on innovative carbon-fiber future with i3 electric car

Deutsche Welle, 17 Sep 2013

BMW expects its new i3 car to accelerate electric mobility. The car goes into production this week. It's got an innovative carbon fiber body, making it lightweight. But the material is expensive.

"The revolution has begun," announced BMW's director of development, Herbert Diess, at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. Surrounded by video screens, he presented the star of his presentation: BMW's new electric i3 car.

What's truly revolutionary about the car is its body: rather than being made of heavy metal, it's made of light-weight carbon fiber.

BMW says shifting to carbon fiber will counteract the extra weight of the battery. It's heavy but will allow for an extended range when fully charged. The development also aims catapults this expensive material - which so far has only been used in the aeronautics industry and Forumla 1 car racing - from the luxury sector to the mass market.

And to get there, BMW has entered a joint venture with specialists, SGL Carbon.

Carbon rather than nuclear waste

In the 1980s, the industrial grounds at Wackersdorf, Bavaria, were the scene of protests by local residents, who were opposed to a planned nuclear waste reprocessing plant.

Today, the site is being used to process the fiber of the future.

It's here that large machines will process kilometers upon kilometers of black carbon fiber bundles, which have been delivered from the United States.

Wackersdorf is one of two sites run by SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers - the joint venture, comprising BMW and SGL Carbon. Its second factory is at Moses Lake, in the US state of Washington.

"We process carbon-fiber spools into sheets," says Katharina Schraidt. "You can think of them as wide mats - like carpets."

Carbon-fibers are woven into mats and rolled onto spools

Indeed, what the machines reel up look like large rolls of carpet found in a home improvement store. These are the raw materials that form the basis of the parts for the new i3.

Expensive material for mass production

It's hoped the joint venture will give BMW the decisive edge when it comes to carbon-based materials of the future. But not without investment.

"Carbon is very expensive," Schraidt says. "No company has manufactured carbon for the mass market up to now."

So far, parts have only ever been processed by hand, piece-by-piece.

"That's not an option for us," says Schraidt. "We want to produce the i3 for the mass market."

BMW and SGL Carbon have been trying to make carbon parts affordable for years - and that's the thing about these machines at Wackersdorf.

The company has had over 100 employees working to produce the carbon mats since the end of July - with BMW focusing on the innovative material for its i3 electric car.

BMW is convinced that carbon possesses ideal properties.

"It's very sturdy, but it's much lighter than steel and aluminum," Schraidt points out.
The lighter the car, the longer the range.

"The greater the range, the more attractive the car."

Sporty, chic and futuristic: the i3 tanks up

The carbon-fiber mats are shaped into car body parts at a BMW plant at Landshut before being shipped to Leipzig, where the i3 is being assembled. Other components for the new electric car are being manufactured at BMW's largest plant in Dingolfing.

A true e-car

The car industry has been looking to the i3 with great anticipation - the move is being taken as the sign of a major carmaker placing its bets firmly on e-mobility.

"Of course we're sending a clear signal in the market," says Walter Huber, BMW spokesperson for the plants in Wackersdorf and Regensburg. "But it's a courageous step that we're very confident about."

BMW says it is not interested in simply rehauling a current model and turning it into an electric one. Huber says the i3 has been conceived as an electric car from the scratch - and not only the car body.

The i3 can be recharged via any electric socket and has a range of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles). Those eager to get behind the wheel, will not have to wait long: it's due on the road later this autumn.

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