AD #1932 – VW Settles With Dealers, Used EV Batteries Get Second Life, Ford Makes Parking Easier

August 26th, 2016 at 12:02pm

Runtime: 9:52

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- VW Settles With Dealers
- GM Wins Ignition Switch Lawsuit
- Ford Makes Parking Easier
- Super Duty Gets Largest Tank in Segment
- Amazon a Threat to Online Car Shopping Sites
- Honda Expands ATV Plant
- Used Batteries Get Second Life
- You Said It!

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20 Comments to “AD #1932 – VW Settles With Dealers, Used EV Batteries Get Second Life, Ford Makes Parking Easier”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Hopefully the buyers of the new Ford pickups that have the new 48 gallon tanks only fill them when they know that they are going to need the range; otherwise hauling around 400 pounds (all the time, if full) negates any weigh savings that they (Ford) touts (by the use of aluminum). I’m not sure whether the Super Duties are aluminum intensive or not but it is still 400 pounds and that is like hauling two full grown extra passengers; just saying.

  2. Mike Myers Says:

    So what’s to keep somebody else from parking in your pre-paid parking space before you get there?

  3. Marshy Says:

    That intercooler – isn’t that mostly required to dump the heat of compression? Like the coils on the back of a fridge?

    I hadn’t though too much about it but note that supercharges don’t normally have them.


  4. G.A.Branigan Says:

    “Analyzing the Chinese Auto Market”: Good show,but the very last question was a killer,and I have often thought that very same thing.I wonder how that would play to the ‘faithful’? This will be interesting indeed…

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Electric blowers are not turbochargers. They are electric superchargers. Turbochargers, by definition, are powered by exhaust gases.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Intercoolers would have the same function with a spuercharger, as with a turbocharger, densifying the charge. The familiar supercharged engines, like the Hellcat and the Z06 aren’t intercooled, though, with the blower on top of the intake manifold, and no easy way to plumb in an intercooler.

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I think you’ll find the intercooler UNDER the supercharger in the valley, on most modern applications.It is liquid cooled

  8. Sam Fiorani Says:

    The “ion” name is so good for electric vehicles, that Peugeot already took it! The Peugeot version of the Mitsubishi I-Miev is called the Peugeot iOn (upper case “O”):

  9. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Wouldn’t think you’d need an inter-cooler for a supercharger as this is a front ‘loader’ (for pressure); before heat is a factor. Turbos are working in a very heat intense environment necessitating some cooling before re-introduction to the intake. You really need to see the show, about the electric supercharger; it is just to get over the hump of ‘turbo-lag’; at just 70k rpms it doesn’t maintain enough boost to carry the h/p at higher rpm.

  10. Buzzerd Says:

    New York Times has an interesting story about Takata and their air bag design.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7, 9 Compressing the charge produces heat, I think equal to the energy used to compress the air. I suppose the proximity to the exhaust-driven turbine with a turbocharcharger would transfer some extra heat to the air, but the compressing is the main thing.

    G.A., yeah, maybe there is a water-air intercooler in there on the Hellcat and LT4 engines. I’ll try to find out.

  12. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Chuck: I can see the use of the electric SC for the small displacement engines…kinda.I say this because if you’re in downtown traffic,you really don’t need any boost at all.And when you get onto the hwy,maybe it would be needed there,but again,I really don’t think so.

    But,for performance cars,yes I see the need.Eliminate any lag and go straight to boost would be very beneficial.But again,say on a f150 ecoboost,in those applications,I don’t really see the need,they are trucks,not hotrods,jmho.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yep, the Hellcat and LT4 are intercooled. I didn’t look closely enough when I’ve seen them. Actually, it’s hard to see today’s engines very well with those plastic covers.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just saw a Nissan GT-R for the first time, in a Kokomo, IN restaurant parking lot. It stood out to me, even with its dark grey paint.

  15. XA351GT Says:

    Chuck @ # 1 Yes the bodies of the Super Duty is mostly or all aluminum. However most of those weight savings were traded for a much more stiffer, heavier frame. The new SD has a fully boxed frame and everything in the suspension and drive train is much larger and stronger than before. I watched a video on it yesterday on youtube . If I can find the link I’ll post it.

  16. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I was thinking, on the electric superchargers, that they would if standing alone (and away from the engine heat) and at just primary induction enhancement, that the heat would be minimized somewhat (even with the compressing heat taken in as a factor) that they would still be of some benefit. The larger superchargers that are integral to the engine block would surely benefit (more so) from intercoolers. Just some miscellaneous rambling (on my part).

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe an electric supercharger would go well with an Atkinson cycle engine in a non-hybrid. The blower could get extra pull from the engine at low revs, where Atkinson engines are weak.

  18. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Hmmm,I wonder how the atkinson engine would take to a small supercharger.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I don’t know if the idea would make sense, but it seems reasonable as a way to get more low end “grunt” from an Atkinson engine. With variable valve timing, you can do adjustments to that, as needed. The down side might be the highish geometric compression ratio of Atkinson engines.

  20. BobD Says:

    As others have indicated, the necessity of cooling the airflow is due to the compressing, which would be the same for both turbos and superchargers. Assuming the air intake is in the grill area, a turbo would not add any additional heat to the compression side of the airflow.

    Almost all modern supercharger “system” have integrated intercoolers and some pretty elaborate designs. You can google image “Magnuson cutaway” for some examples where the “axial flow” supercharger is buried in the engine valley and the compressed air exits into a plenum above it, then passes through the intercooler (one on each side) on its way to the head ports. Others put the intercooler under the supercharger in the valley.