Emerging Market Opportunities for Electrified Vehicles

Contrary to what many people might think, the concept of the electric car is not a recent, modern idea but has been around since the early years of the auto industry itself. During those days, early designs of automobiles were either based on gas, electric and steam engines. It wasn’t until the introduction of the 1912 Cadillac did gasoline engines became more popular, as Charles Kettering’s self-starter design practically put an end to the dangerous cranking issues experienced with early gas engine designs.

But just imagine if the automobile industry headed on a different path instead and opted for the cleaner electric engines? Much effort and focus would have been placed on the issues involving electric engines and from the decades that passed practical resolutions would have been formulated. Now, the industry is scrambling to resolve these issues and make electric vehicles (EV) more practical for general use in light of the much bigger problems the nation and the rest of the world is faced: environmental issues, climate change, and energy security – all attributed to the heavy dependence on fossil fuels.

Things are rolling out for the better however, with groups such as the Plug-In Vehicle Collaborative taking a more dynamic initiative in developing an electrified transport system in California and establishing the state as the national hub for the electric vehicle market. Newer and more efficient green vehicles are being introduced in the market that will showcase the practicality and environmental benefits of electric vehicles and plug-ins – towards a cleaner and greener future ahead.

Issues and Challenges

Despite the tremendous potential benefits of electrified vehicles, certain issues and challenges posed deterrents for the industry to finally pick up and penetrate mainstream consumer use. The following describes some of these problems and issues:

* High price tags for electrified vehicles – The cheapest EVs rolling out in the market can still set a buyer back $32,000, while other models will go beyond $100,000. This high selling price is attributed to the high costs of creating the battery packs which serves as the main source of power for these vehicles. Creating a cheaper, more durable but more efficient battery pack is one of the greatest challenges industry experts and engineers are trying to address.

* Availability of Public Charging Facilities – Plug-in electrified vehicles can be recharged at home overnight and ready for use the next morning. However, without public recharging facilities available anywhere else, usage of these vehicles will be limited to distances within a 50-mile radius only – otherwise, there will not be enough juice for the car to use on its return trip back home.

* No cooperation between EV manufacturers and public utility companies – EV manufacturers will need the full backing and support of electric companies particularly in the area of installing and maintaining public plug-in areas.

These issues need to be addressed before electrified vehicles can be accepted as a practical mode of transportation that people will choose. In a broader sense, the market for electrified vehicles in California can only be sustained if sales can reach at least 100,000 vehicles per year over a period of ten years

Market Trends and Opportunities

Industry experts are seeing a great rebound in the electrified vehicle market as new advances in battery technologies and electronics are bringing in a new wave of better and more efficient electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to the marketplace. These new electrified vehicles need only 4 to 8 hours of plug-in time using a standard 220-volt current to drive a range of over 100 miles and at top speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

These new car designs are far superior to their predecessors in terms of practicality, significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and the big potential savings from gasoline consumption which will only increase as gasoline prices continue to soar in the world market. California will be the central hub for these new electrified vehicles, getting tremendous support from both state and federal governments. In line with the California’s air quality emission goals by 2025, the state is aiming for annual sales of up to 250,000 battery or plug-in hybrid units sold in the marketplace.

The federal government is offering a $7,500 federal tax credit for every consumer purchasing and electrified vehicle but it is only in the state of California where consumers can get an additional $5,000 cash rebate. This will make new EV models such as the Nissan Leaf more affordable to the public, with price tags dropping from $32,780 down to $25,280 if all government tax breaks are considered.

The issue of charging stations will be addressed as well with the federal government pouring in more than $400 million to aid the development of plug-in infrastructures and the upgrade of existing installations. More than 1,600 public charging stations that resemble oversized iPods with cords will begin installation in various parts of Los Angeles and San Diego. Home charging will not pose any problems as upgrades on pole-top transformers can handle the additional load of multiple EVs charging at the same time within a typical neighborhood.

What’s Next?

The Plug-In Vehicle Collaborative sees electrified vehicles as the future of California’s transportation and the rest of the nation as well. With tremendous support from local and the federal government in partnership with private companies, environmentalists and other advocates, electrified vehicles now have the potential of transforming the automobile industry – towards a cleaner, greener, and more economical drive for consumers.

Michael Vargas is the founder and principal consultant of Atlas Project Support. This San Diego based firm focuses on energy consumption, sustainable building practices and preconstruction services for corporate, government, and private clients. Atlas is experiencing significant growth as the diversity of clients and continual exploration of new markets sparks innovation and strategic alliances.

Michael holds both academic and industry credentials and has more than 12 years of construction and project management experience. In addition to his consulting business, Michael is a Professor in the Business School at Saint Leo University a Catholic University located in Florida. This educational component resonates throughout Michael’s professional life as he also conducts training in energy consumption and sustainability for organizations and groups. He is an Advisory Panel Member of the Green Building Council Institute’s Continuing Education Committee while chairing the Quality Sub-Committee for the Continuing Education Advisory Group (CEAG), overseeing and auditing curriculum and promoting best practices.

Vargas earned a Masters in Business Administration, a Masters in Project Management and most recently a Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Michael completed a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration at San Diego State University, along with a Certificate in Green Building and Construction. Specialties

He is recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Business Energy Professional and the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) as a Certified Energy Plans Examiner and is a LEED Accredited Professional with the Green Associate designation supporting the US Green Building Council. Michael has a Contractor Quality Manager certification from NAVFAC.

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How Lose Weight in Thighs & Legs Fast

If you consume more calories than you burn each day, your body converts the extra into fat and stores it for later use. Your body will store this excess fat in your problem zones, such as the thighs and legs. Unfortunately, save for invasive surgery, there is no way to spot-reduce fat from your body. However, you can lose fat from your entire body, resulting in weight reduction from your problem zones. To lose excess fat from your legs and thighs quickly, you must modify your diet and engage in regular physical activity.

  1. Subtract 800 calories from your daily diet. According to the American Council on Exercise, one pound of fat is comprised of 3,500 calories. Cutting 800 calories a day will result in over one and a half pounds of weight loss per week. Record the amount of calories you eat daily for one week. Add the resulting numbers and divide by seven to find your average. Subtract 800 calories a day to find your daily limit. Note that 1,200 calories is the minimum a person should consume daily. If your result is less than this, adopt 1,200 as your daily limit.
  2. Perform 30 to 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise that targets the legs, three to five days a week. Cardiovascular exercise increases the rate at which your body burns fat during and after the workout. Additionally, targeting the muscles of your legs will create definition beneath the fat, making them appear slimmer. Examples of cardiovascular exercise that targets your legs include jogging, skipping rope, cycling, hiking and stair climbing. Vary your workouts between different forms of cardiovascular exercise to target different muscle groups continually.
  3. Increase the amount of physical activity you perform on a daily basis. Small changes will cause you to burn more calories each day, resulting in faster weight loss. Begin parking your car at the furthest parking spot when you go to work or the store and take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. Additionally, on the days when you are not exercising, take a 20 to 40 minute walk to keep your muscles moving and burning fat.
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How to Get Rid of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a common form of gum disease that causes swelling or inflammation of your gums. Gingivitis can cause your gums to become swollen and begin to bleed just by brushing the teeth, eating or just touching the gums. The condition is the preclude to periodontal disease, which is a disease of the tissues that surround the neck and root of the teeth. There is a way to get rid of gingivitis, but it has to done every day or it won’t help for long.

Instructions

  1. Use dental floss to clean between your teeth. You need to floss first so you loosen anything caught between your teeth. Use either dental floss, floss picks or floss wands. They are available in waxed, non-wax, flavored or unflavored.
  2. Brush your teeth. Brushing after you floss will help to get rid of anything loosened between your teeth. Rmember to brush along the gum line, up, down and across your teeth because plaque can get set up at the gum line, not just between the teeth.
  3. Scrape your tongue with a tongue scrapper or the back of your toothbrush. Scrape back to front several times. This will help to remove any bacteria on your tongue, which can contribute to bad breath and plaque buildup.
  4. Make a paste with baking soda and peroxide. Apply this paste to your gums, gently massaging it in. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse with water.
  5. Rinse with mouthwash. There are many brands and flavors of mouthwash. Find one that can help prevent gingivitis, and that helps reduce plaque buildup and kills oral bacteria. This, in turn, helps defeat and prevent bad breath.
  6. Visit your dentist. If your gums are puffy, red, swollen or bleeding, you need to see your dentist. Getting a professional tooth cleaning will help remove the plaque and tartar that cause gingivitis and can prevent the gingivitis from progressing to periodontal disease.

Tips & Warnings

  1. The main reason a person develops gingivitis is because of plaque buildup between the teeth. If ignored, this plaque becomes tartar and your dentist will need to help you get rid of it.
  2. Eating and drinking less sugary foods will help keep plaque and tartar away. Scraping the inside of your teeth when you scrape your tongue also helps to get rid of bacteria.
  3. Taking vitamin C can help stop the bleeding of the gums, but it will not cure your gingivitis.
  4. If you smoke, you need to stop. If you won’t stop smoking, then you need to make sure not to smoke when your gums are inflamed. Tobacco can cause cancer of the mouth and sores in your mouth and on your gums.
  5. One of the signs of early gingivitis is when your gums change color from pink to dark red.
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About Sahara Excursion Morocco

It is situated in Northern-Africa and just a short distance from Southern Spain. Rabat is the capital of Morocco, which is a historical place. This place is a charming and exciting place to visit because it’s a desert tourist spot. Here we can behold the mix of African, Mediterranean, Christian, Islamic traditions with architecture, language, art and cuisine of Morocco. The inhabitant of Morocco is very friendly and welcoming by tradition. They are mainly Arabs and Berbers. Here local language is Berber language, but in the tourist spots, visitors use English language mostly.

Why do people like to visit Morocco?

Get experience of visiting Morocco in 10 days which will be a Grand Morocco Tour for your life. You may tour the modern and old majestic cities of Fes, Marrakech, Casablanca, Meknes and also touch & feel by your own – the palm oasis, valleys etc. Its most attracting place is the Sahara desert. It is a World’s biggest desert. So enjoy the desert place with camel ride. Definitely you may appreciate when you hold at night under the starry sky Nomad tent. You will get motivated by the ancient landmark & places of Morocco, long miles of coastline, marvelous beaches, charming city of Agadir and enchanting fishing spot of Essaouira.

When you visit the Morocco, you can stay in the Hotel or Riad nearby Casablanca (Rabat). Casablanca is a most popular city in Morocco. Here the famous places are United Nations Building, Avenue Mohamed V, the ANFA district, and marvelous mosque of Hassan-2.

Festivals are also another part the culture of Morocco. The festivals are World Music Festival, Festival of Asilah, Fantasias festival, World Sacred Music Festival. When you will join the festival you must feel like landing on a magical place.

If you like to know more about the Morocco culture, you may visit the museums. Museums are putting up a lot of data on the history of Morocco. Name of museums are The Oudaya museum in Rabat, the Batha museum in Fez, the Dar el Jami museum in Meknes, the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah museum in Essaouira and the Dar Si Said museum in Marrakech.
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If you want to visit Morocco and desire Morocco’s culture, history and want to enjoy the biggest desert place, so why are you worried. You at Your Morocco Tour welcome your tour to Morocco and ready to help you in organizing a safer and luxurious tour for you. Just give us a call to discuss your trip.

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Positivity Bracelets by Alex’s Angels

There is a new trend that has begun. Bracelets with “Positivity” by Alex’s Angels are a thing that will have everyone talking. They are new and very unique but great to have around at the same time. These will help for those that wear them to think positive at all times.

Alex’s Angels has different varieties to choose from. Some are made with crystals, some with sets. You can get them in black, different colors or even just a tee shirt printed with “Positivity” on them.

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, they also have Irish “Positivity” bracelets for you to choose and wear. As the old ways are, if you’re not wearing green, someone will pinch you. They can’t if you’re wearing these.

The “Black Positivity Bracelets” will match any occasion, style or just for every day. Check out the photo for a unique view of these and how they are shipped, wrapped and carefully packaged.

This is brought to you by Alex’s Angels and written by Lia Burres. The item was given to me in exchange for my honest thoughts and review. There has been no other compensation, nor is there any intended.

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The 2014 Oscars red carpet fashion (Photos)

This year’s winners included newcomer Lupita Nyong’o who won for “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in the movie “12 Years a Slave” and actor Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a transgender man in “The Dallas Buyers Club”.

One of the highlights of the night was when Twitter’s website went down because of too much traffic on the site due to Oscar’s host Ellen DeGeneres’s “selfie” . Ellen twitted a live “selfie” with some of the Hollywood stars at the show and the picture was retweeted more than 1 million times breaking Twitter’s record which was set by President Barack Obama after his re-election.

Another highlight of the night was when Ellen order pizza and gave it to the audience who happily accepted including Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt.

But let’s face it, we watch the Oscars because of the red carpet fashion. Hollywood stars look their best as they hope to win the coveted award.

Take a look at pictures of some of our favorite picks of the night in the slideshow and tell us which one is your favorite.

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Tour Operators in Kolkata for Easy and Tailor Made International Travel

Traveling to abroad countries has become a cherished fashion in the recent era. There was a time when wealthy people all over the world enjoyed international vacations. Traveling abroad merely for vacations was something that was not everyone’s cup of tea. Time has changed. People are no more limited in traveling inside our country alone. Growing affordability and changing attitudes towards life have made international traveling much more popular in the recent era. If you look through your cable channels, you would find how many traveling channels have been added recently onto your cable network.

For a first timer, traveling abroad is always a feeling of hesitation, uncertainty, and to certain extent of fear. Most of the common people who have traveled before overseas find it much confusing whether their planning is appropriate. If you are the one to plan an international holiday very first time, it is always better to take help of an international tour operator. Remember that traveling abroad is truly not simple as traveling inside the country. You need to take care of so many aspects before leaving ground of your homeland. In such a situation, a reliable international tour operator is the one, who can guide you best will all necessary doable.

Whether you take help of a tour operator or not, it is always wise to know all necessary aspects before traveling overseas. Here are some tips that would help you making a foreign travel much easier and smooth.

Your preliminary task is to choose a decent location for traveling. If you are a first-time international traveler, you should choose a holiday destination that is popularly liked by Indians. It is never advisable for anyone to pick a destination that is less visited and less popular, no matter how scenic or relevant the place may be. For example, South Eastern Asian countries like Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and other European countries such as France, Paris, London, and Italy are much exciting holiday destinations preferred by the Indians. For the first time, try to choose a location from among such a long list of countries that are equally beautiful and stimulating.

As you are traveling to a foreign land first time, you must try to develop knowledge about local details of the travel locations. If you have planned for Bangkok and Pattaya, try to go through all possible information about these places. It is not only for the sake of safety, but also for the sake of greater exploration of the places. When you already know about the local details where you are traveling, you would certainly find it more interesting.

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Choose Luxury Car Services For Your Memorable Moments

At the present time, many people are approaching for hiring major brand of luxury cars for special events. There are many reliable transportation services available in the marketplace. You can take enjoy of traveling by selecting a luxury option. In current time luxury vehicle charges are very normal & you also got lots of space which makes your travel comfortable. To take the enjoy of such type of services, you can hire Limo. Limo is providing transit of services.

Searching a reliable option to hiring a limo is a difficult task, but you can make easy it by the help of internet. The transport agency offers you limo on hire at an affordable price. They provide various packages to customers. If you are searching for a reliable airport transportation then you can contact them. You can take enjoy of brand traveling experience. For the advance booking of the car, you can give them complete detail and they always provide their services on time.

Their Corporate Car Service Limo is fully featured with modern amenities such as bar, high sound, music system, GPs navigation and much more. They charge for Limo basis on how long you need it? You find that they charge very nominal in comparison to other services. You also hire The Woodlands Limo on best price. They are enabled to meet the services according to customers need. Their cars are well maintained and properly clean, no question raising for cleaning.

You can also book their services for special days such as wedding, wine tasting tours, bachelor party, prom night and many others. It would be a great experience to spend time in luxury car with friends or family. They also provide decorating services for cars, according to the clients demand as well as the occasion. So need to worry about decoration of cars. They provide their services in very low price.

Moreover, they also provide customized packages such as free decoration services and many others. You can enjoy every moment of traveling and have an unforgettable experience. No need to assume the tension for booking, simply you can visit at their website and book your car. They also provide their services for Houston Rodeo. If you are getting married in Houston then you need to make a call to them and book luxury services. You can relax and enjoy the luxury ride. They’ll be there to ensure your big day is picture perfect. They offer you their services in hassle-free manner. They enable to cover the wide variety of events and occasion. In to know more about them or their services you can log-on their website.

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Low carb Paleo diet burns fat fast for weight loss, says ‘Eat the Yolks’ author

If you’ve banned high fat foods such as egg yolks, butter and beef from your diet and can’t lose weight, a nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP) says she knows the reason: You’re missing out on the fat-burning benefits of healthy fats. In an exclusive interview on Feb. 25, we talked with Liz Wolfe, NTP, about what she’s discovered when it comes to permanent weight loss and health.

Why the epidemic of obesity in our nation? Liz links it to “decades of the Standard American Diet, which leads to hormonal imbalance and out-of-control hunger.”

She’s convinced that our tendency to avoid fat is a large part of the problem. Our hormones need fats such as butter, beef and eggs, says Liz. And her new book’s title sums up her philosophy: “Eat the Yolks: Discover Paleo, fight food lies, and reclaim your health” (click for details).

Modern science proves that we need both fat and cholesterol, and “fat and cholesterol from ethically raised animal products, along with the fat-soluble vitamins that come with them, are vital to our health,” Liz told us.

And when it comes to the ideal diet for weight loss and health, Liz is a Paleo plan proponent. However, she does modify the traditional Paleo approach slightly by adding certain types of dairy.

“Paleo opens the door to a world of nourishing, delicious, appetite-regulating foods that many of us eliminated out of fear or simply forgot as a result of our standard diet rut,” she explains.

In contrast, “the standard American diet is based on restricting calories, restricting fat, eliminating fats and cholesterol from properly raised animals, and ignoring real food in favor of the profitable, nutrient-poor products we’re sold as if a so-called “whole grain” with a long ingredients label was somehow a true health food.”

Liz offers this insight on the benefits of whole grains: “That’s propaganda, pure and simple.”

So what really works for weight loss? To become what Liz calls an “efficient fat-burner,” dish up “healthy fats and cholesterol, properly-raised animals and the fat-soluble vitamins that come with them, and whole vegetables and fruits of all kinds. ”

A typical day in Liz’s own “Eat the Yolks” diet includes:

A ginger-lemon tea or glass of beet kvass.
Breakfast is eggs from our free-range flock, over sweet potato or taro root with a dollop of goat cheese or butter from grass-fed cows.
Lunch is quick: wild-caught sardines straight from the can – a fantastic, budget-conscious, low-food-chain source of Omega 3, calcium and protein – with leftover sautéed rainbow chard and other veggies, like roasted carrots or beets left over from dinner the night before.
Dinner might be soup or stew, made with homemade broth in the pressure cooker (another time-saver), or tomato sauce with ground beef over spaghetti squash, a favorite ten-minute meal.

For those who are vegetarians, Liz suggests modifying the traditional approach by incorporating “the right types of dairy products, eggs, and bivalve seafood like oysters.”

Liz feels that “eliminating processed grain products and packaged foods is 95% of the battle for most of us; from there, it’s simply tweaking to achieve our goals while paying close attention to how we feel.”

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How to Loses weight on your thighs and buttocks fast

Here is a great and fast way to lost weight on your thighs and buttocks. If you follow the steps and stick to them you will have the body you are wanting.

Instructions

  1. First you want to lay on the side you want to work on first. Put the arm you are not lying on in front of you for support.
  2. Next you want to bring your knees up to your chest as if you are sitting in a chair.
  3. When you in the chair position you want to bring your legs up. Knees to the floor while your feet are up to the ceiling. You want your knees your knees to be about 3ins off the floor.
  4. Next you want to open your legs up to where it looks like you’re doing the butterfly stretch.
  5. When you have your legs opened up you want to bring the top leg up behind you. Knee to foot. Like shown in the picture.
  6. After you do that you want to bring it back to the butterfly position. Repeat about 10 to 15 times.
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