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Jeep’s 4X4 System – Part 1

Are you an adventurous person who has to reach the high rocky mountains with your favorite Jeep, below you can find info which makes you learn even more on 4X4 system which helps you to reach the peak.

Basics:

From paved roads to the ones less traveled, these 4×4 systems arm you with advanced traction and handling no matter where adventure takes you. Here you’ll learn what it means to have legendary Jeep capability.

The information on this blog is not a model or year specific. Please refer to your owner’s manual for information pertaining to your specific Jeep vehicle.

There are several types of Trac’s we will discussing some of them below. Let’s Gooo!.

Rock-Track 4X4

The Rock-Trac heavy-duty part-time 4×4 system features Brake Lock Differential for superior capability in a wide range of conditions and obstacles like steep hills and large rocks. For more extreme situations, the Tru-Lok electronically locking differential answers the call.

The 4:1 low-gear ratio gives you the torque to crawl over the toughest obstacles with a consistent 0.8 km/h speed for greater control. It also features an electronic front sway bar disconnect for legendary Jeep® capability that dominates the rough terrain in Canada.

Standard on Wrangler Rubicon and Unlimited Rubicon

Usage:

During High Range that is all road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel

In Low range like conditions requiring added low-speed power, technical driving, and situations when added torque is helpful (e.g., pulling a boat trailer out of water).

Command-Trac 4X4

Thanks to a proven shift-on-the-fly system, rock climbing 2.72:1 low range and NV241 GII transfer case, the Command-Trac 4×4 system provides serious confidence whether off-roading or in slippery conditions.

Torque is split up to 50/50 front and rear and neutral is provided for flat towing. For added convenience and adaptability, the system can be shifted from 2WD to 4WD HI at speeds of up to 88 km/h (57 mph).

Standard on Wrangler Sport, Sport S, Willys Wheeler, Unlimited Willys Wheeler, Sahara, Unlimited Sport S and Unlimited Sahara.

Usage:

During high range that is on all road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel

For Low ranges having conditions requiring added low-speed power, technical driving, and situations when added torque is helpful (e.g., pulling a boat trailer out of water).

Quadra-Trac I 4X4

For those looking for full-time, all-weather capability that adjusts itself automatically to the conditions, the Quadra-Trac I 4×4 system is for you. It senses a change in driving conditions and adapts with no driver input needed.

Power can be split up to 48% front and 52% rear to maximize traction. It also combines with the standard Brake Lock Differential and 4-Wheel-Brake Traction Control System for confidence to tackle a wide range of surfaces and weather conditions.

Standard on Grand Cherokee Laredo.

Usage:

During High range that is on all road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel

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Dodge Viper ACR with 13 Track Records

Dodge Viper ACR is the street legal sports car with a weight of 1538.6 kilograms, 481Kw(645HP) power, Independently adjustable suspension and 771kg down-force at 285 km/hr. 

The interesting thing is all these 13 track records were done without a professional record. Dodge not only broke the previous records bu also broke records of all production cars in all 13 tracks

Its first Track was Inde Motorsports Ranch; Wilcox, Ariz. / Configuration 4 which has 2.20-mile track and it was cleared in 1:33.75 time. And the rest is history!!!

Dodge is the only production which has the 13 track records in the world.

Below is the video where you can see the Venomous Viper’s Records.

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Mitsubishi adds more Innovation to the list

AS&G – Auto Stop and Go

AS&G idling stop automatically stops and starts the engine when the vehicle stops and starts.

As you can see in the above image, AS&G idling stop automatically stops and starts the engine when the vehicle stops and starts.

Idling Stop is a technology that automatically stops the engine when the vehicle stops. and automatically starts the engine when the vehicle starts moving again, for example when stopped and waiting at a traffic light. By turning off the engine when the car is in use but not moving, fuel economy is improved and CO2 is also reduced as exhaust gasses are eliminated when the engine is off. It works automatically and there is no difference between driving a car with AS&G and a car without it.

ACL – Active Cornering Lights

ACL provides support for night driving by additionally illuminating the direction in which the vehicle is moving in accordance with the steering angle.

35W halogen bulbs are used in the cornering lights. The system links with the turn signal light at speeds of 40km/h or less and also links with the angle of the steering wheel to additionally illuminating the direction in which the vehicle is moving. ACL makes driving at dark intersections, curves, etc. safer.

ACD  – Active Center Differential

The corporate philosophy of Mitsubishi Motors includes “Driving Pleasure” and “Toughness & Safety.” Our Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control System which controls both the driving force and braking force of the four wheels has made new-generation driving possible.

The ACD is a system that electronically controls the differential limit between the front and rear wheels to distribute an appropriate driving force to the four wheels. The system sets the base driving force distribution to 50:50 and controls the differential limit between the front and rear wheels from “Free” to “Locked 4WD.” It makes precise control a reality by using information about the wheel speed, the steering wheel angle, the engine torque, the brake pressure, and the yaw rate sensor, and combines a high level of traction performance and steering response adapted to the driving conditions.

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Transmission of SKYACTIV Technology

Previous we discussed on the SKYACTIV Gasoline engine and Diesel engine, that how an engine works and what were its merits and de-merits. Let’s explore the transmission of SKYACTIV Technology. Today we learn perfect control of transmission with the help of Ideal Transmission.

Here we go…….

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Transmission:

Ideal Transmission for Perfect Control

Transmission is critical not only to fuel efficiency improvement but also to a cars driving performance. The “ideal transmission” that gives you perfect control over your car. With this concept, we have developed a pair of transmission systems that promise precise handling as well as improved fuel efficiency.

Thanks to an expanded lockup range of more than 80%, the SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission gives you the direct feel of a manual transmission. The SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission, with its class-leading light weight, ensures a crisp feel when shifting.

We have two different types of Transmission as mentioned below.

SKYACTIV-DRIVE

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A new-generation highly-efficient automatic transmission that achieves excellent torque transfer efficiency through a wider lock-up range and features the best attributes of all transmission types.

Features:

  • Combines all the advantages of conventional automatic transmissions, continuously variable transmissions, and dual clutch transmissions
  • A dramatically widened lock-up range improves torque transfer efficiency and realizes a direct driving feel that is equivalent to a manual transmission
  • A 4-to-7 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the current transmission

 

All the Advantages of Conventional Step CVT (continuously variable transmission), Dual Clutch, and Step AT (Automatic transmissions).

Automatic transmissions (AT) can be categorized into three types:

  • CVT: generates various gear reduction ratios with a pair of pulleys
  • Dual Clutch: utilizes 2 separate clutches for odd and even gear sets.
  • Conventional AT: generates various gear reduction ratios with planetary gear sets

 

The key requirements for ATs are “good fuel economy”, “quick start-up” (including hill climbing), “direct feel” and “smooth shifting”.

The table below shows the drawbacks and advantages of each transmission.

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SKYACTIV-MT

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A new-generation manual transmission with a light shift feel, compact size and significantly reduced weight.

Features:

  • A light and crisp shift feel like that of a sports car
  • Compact size and reduced weight

Technical Aims & Concept

North American and Japanese markets always prefer Automatic transmission Whereas Manual Transmission is dominating in Europe. To meet global demand, two types of MT (“Large” and “Mid” sizes) have been newly developed. The development concept was to create a “light and compact MT with improved shift feel and better fuel economy”. The goal was to achieve an MX-5-like sporty and brisk shift feel.

For a quick shift feel, both a short shift-lever stroke and light shift effort had to be achieved. By pursuing the ideal structure of manual transmissions, 16% at maximum of weight reduction was achieved. Furthermore, internal friction losses were significantly reduced to achieve a 1% improvement in fuel economy.

Quick and Crisp Shift Feel

To achieve lighter shift effort with a short shift lever stroke, the lever ratio must be increased. However, a larger lever ratio reduces the internal stroke. To achieve precise synchronizer and torque transmission even with a short internal stroke, a small module spline is used. skyactiv-mt_02_en

Also, the shift effort gradually reduces through the stroke, providing reassuring resistance as the lever is first pushed, then getting lighter so it feels as if the shift lever is automatically moving into gear. With the current shift lever, shift effort in the select direction (right-left direction) increases with the movement of the shift lever, but with the new shift lever, a stable shift effort is achieved. Binding is minimized when shifting diagonally.

Light and Compact MT

Since the structure of an MT is relatively simple, completely new ideas and logical thinking are required to achieve further weight reduction and higher efficiency. skyactiv-mt_03_en

The triple-shafted gear train with a common gear for 2nd and 3rd was selected from approximately 30 different configurations due to its potential to achieve lightness, light shift effort, high efficiency, and a wide gear ratio. Based on this selection, the lightest structural specifications were selected from over 10,000 alternatives. By reviewing the function of each component, commonization of the 1st and reverse gears was newly adopted.

This enabled the length of the secondary shaft to be reduced by 20%. A common 1st and reverse gear made possible the removal of the reverse idle shaft. As a result, by reexamining gear configurations, the number of components decreased and the gear train weight was reduced by roughly 3kg.

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Mitsubishi to launch new MIVEC engine

Mitsubishi to launch new MIVEC engine (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control System – MIVEC), which is the general name for all engines equipped with the variable valve timing mechanism developed by Mitsubishi Motors.

Mitsubishi Motors has been focusing for a long time on technologies to control valve timing and amount of lift with the aim of achieving high power output, low fuel consumption, and low exhaust emissions. The MIVEC engine was first used in 1992 in the Mirage, and since then Mitsubishi Motors has been adding a number of enhancements to produce an even better performance. In the Outlander launched in 2005, the Delica D:5 and the Galant Fortis launched in 2007, Mitsubishi Motors adopted a mechanism that continuously and optimally controls the intake and exhaust valve timing.
Now, the all-new MIVEC engine controls both intake valve timing and amount of valve lift at the same time, all the time.
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The all-new MIVEC engine with a simple SOHC structure is used for the Japanese-market GALANT FORTIS and GALANT FORTIS SPORTBACK from 2011, OUTLANDER from 2012.

ALL-NEW MIVEC SOHC 16 VALVE (4J1 model)

It reduces pumping losses by adjusting the intake air volume by variating intake smart-mivec_im_01valve lift stroke as well as throttle valves, improving fuel efficiency. This improves fuel consumption including improvement of combustion stability through optimization of the combustion chamber structure and reduction of friction through optimization of the piston structure.

With simple SOHC structure, engine performance is equal to the previous MIVEC engine In addition the AS&G (Automatic Stop And Go) idling-stop system achieves a smooth stop-and-start with minimal vibration along with reduced fuel consumption at restart due to the reduction of air intake volume by the all-new MIVEC system

Features of the All-new MIVEC System – 1

Minimizing pumping loss contributes to very high fuel efficiency!

With a conventional gasoline engine, the intake air volume is controlled by a throttle valve, increasing the air intake resistance when a piston descends. MIVEC engine restrains this air intake resistance by controlling the intake valve lift as well as the valve opening/closing timing simultaneously and continuously. Thus it improves fuel consumption by reducing pumping loss during intake.

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Features of the All-new MIVEC system – 2

The all-new MIVEC engine’s SOHC achieves continuous variable valve timing and lift!

The all-new continuously-variable valve system make valve lift stroke, the length of valve-opening time and valve opening timing continuously and simultaneously variable through a control shaft (see figure below).

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With this mechanical interlock structure, cooperative control of hydraulic variable valve timing phase system becomes unnecessary. Accordingly the new MIVEC system can be adopted to the simple SOHC structure.
Consequently the new MIVEC realizes light weight and compact new engine. The all-new variable-valve structure simply adds an oscillating cam, a support shaft, and a center rocker arm to the conventional SOHC’s rotating cam, rocker arm and rocker shaft. The range of motion of the oscillating cam is made continuously variable by moving the fulcrum position of the center rocker arm through rotation of the control shaft (intake rocker shaft) by an electric motor.

Brief explanation on Mechanism of MIVEC

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The New Kia Niro Hybrid Crossover with Driver Assist Technology

The New Kia Niro and Get in.!!!!!

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Now you are sitting in a powerful crossover that is also eco-friendly, reliable, rich with technology and fun to drive. A crossover with a hybrid spirit. You can do great things if you have the right idea. That’s exactly the case with the new Kia Niro. Combining its crossover-inspired silhouette with low emissions, the Niro delivers class-leading fuel economy in the compact crossover segment, as well as a unique driving experience: relaxing and yet energising.

Introduction to the ultimate technology by Kia

Advanced Smart Cruise Control

The Niro is the no-compromise vehicle. Thoughtfully designed to combine the benefits of the crossover and hybrid worlds. It’s the high-style, high-MPG adventure vehicle made for the no-compromise driver. Unlike hybrids with continuous variable transmissions (CVT) and comes with a highly responsive, smooth-shifting dual-clutch transmission (DCT) gives the Niro a fun-to-drive

Continuous variable transmissions (CVT).          

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A CVT is a lesser-known alternative to conventional automatic transmissions. You operate it just like a regular one — slide the shift lever from “P” to “D” and off you go. Continuously variable transmission technology doesn’t have gears at all; rather, it’s like having one magical gear that’s variable across all driving situations. That’s why you don’t feel shifts from one gear to the next like in a normal car. All you’ll notice is changes in engine speed, or RPM: higher for acceleration, lower for cruising.

Dual-clutch transmission (DCT).

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It is smooth as an automatic transmission and offers a better fuel efficiency. DCT is in fact two independent manual transmission controlled by a computer. In conventional manual transmission, there is not a continuous flow of power from the engine to the wheels. Instead, power delivery changes from on to off to on during gearshift, causing a phenomenon known as shift shock. In a DCT, however, the clutches operate independently. One clutch controls the odd gears (first, third, fifth and reverse), while the other controls the even gears (second, fourth and sixth) which allows in continuous flow of engine power and with no shift shock.

Thanks to its hybrid-optimizing powertrain, the Niro achieves superior fuel economy and range for its segment. And its refined exterior styling, with sculpted lines and an aerodynamic shape, sets the Niro apart from the rest.

Explore the Niro App

The Niro App lets you explore Kia’s first-ever hybrid crossover up close. Discover 360-degree views. Watch virtual reality movies. Even explore color and wheel options with customization tools. The best part is, you do it all right from your

They also have the the crossover that speaks to you. Get your answer straight from NiroBot, Kia’s brand-new chatbot for Facebook Messenger. NiroBot offers real-time responses complete with full-screen photo galleries, dealer locator information, and multimedia stories. Go ahead, ask away

Connection between Niro and motorist      

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You know you’re in no ordinary crossover when you can wirelessly charge your smartphone while it plays your favorite song, through the in-car display, on a Harman/Kardon Premium Sound System. And that’s just the beginning. The Niro is packed with high-tech innovations that keep you charged up and connected. With UVO, Kia’s free infotainment system, you can send and receive texts, access your favorite apps, and connect to your smartphone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto all through the Niro’s built-in 7 or 8 color touchscreen display. Plus, voice-activated technology gives you ultimate convenience with both hands on the wheel.

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There is one more feature called my Car Zone, the smarter way to keep track of your Niro. This lets you set speed limits, curfews, and boundaries of where it can go.

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No More Flat Tires ?!

 

Flat tires may soon be a thing of the past! A German scientific team has developed a new kind of tire rubber that can seal itself if punctured.

The vulcanized tire is elastic and durable, but it breaks the chemical bond. As a result, it reduces the strength and cannot be repaired with anything other than a patch.tyre-weld-flat

The team has invented a new formula which has the same properties but does not require any vulcanization. “Modification of commercially available butyl rubber into a self-healing product by simple ionic transformation has not been reported before,” the team claims.

This invention may lead to commercial tires that fix themselves from punctures without the need for plugs or tire replacement. Scientist says this healing works at room temperature but applying heat speeds up the process.

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Here’s A Great Little Selection Of Some Of The Best Automotive Apps Out There

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I.  WAZE

  • Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app
  • join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info …
  • … saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute
  • imagine millions of drivers out on the roads, working together towards a common goal … to outsmart traffic and get everyone the best route to work and back, every day

 

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II.  GAS BUDDY

  • Gas Buddy tells you the location of the nearest gas station and which has the best prices in your ‘hood
  • it relies on user-submitted information from a large user community
  • compete against other gasbuddies by reporting good prices and helping others save money on gas
  • complete challenges to earn points … new challenges every day as well as a weekly challenge

 

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III.  TRAPSTER

  • Trapster is the best-known of the speed-trap-database apps
  • the app lets users pinpoint where speed cameras, red-light cameras, and live speed traps are and rates the validity by multiple user confirmations
  • the traps are displayed by icons on a map on most smartphones
  • Trapster claims 15 million users worldwide and hundreds of thousands of traps and camera locations in its database

 

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IV.  PLUGSHARE

  • PlugShare is a must-have for EV drivers, as it allows you to locate the closest charging station
  • join over 120,000 electric vehicle drivers and plug into the #1 downloaded EV charging station locator app
  • PlugShare provides the most accurate and complete public charging map worldwide with over 50,000 public stations … including …
    • those in all major networks in North America …
      • Tesla SuperCharger
      • ChargePoint
      • Blink
      • SemaCharge
      • GE WattStation
      • Aerovironment … and …
      • eVgo
    • and those in Europe …
      • RWE
      • Clever
      • Endesa … and …
      • Enel

 

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V.  AUTOMATIC

  • Automatic turns just about any car into a connected car
  • save hundreds on gas, repairs … and even tickets
  • all you need is the Automatic car adapter ($99) available at www.automatic.com
    • learn fuel-saving driving habits to save hundreds per year
    • see what that check engine light means without a trip to the mechanic
    • track your car’s fuel level and set custom low-fuel warnings
    • ever forget where you parked
    • get free emergency help in a crash

 

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VI.  FINDERY

  • Findery is all about places
  • from local lore to travel stories, share the places you love
  • learn more about your favorite places and the places you’ve always wanted to visit
  • share your stories about places, discover the world around you or explore the globe right from home

 

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VII.  iONROAD

  • iOnRoad™ improves driving in real-time using the power of modern computer vision algorithms and smart-phone cameras
  • with just your smartphone, a windscreen mount, and the iOnRoad app, you can enjoy a safer journey while avoiding unexpected road hazards
  • iOnRoad uses your mobile device’s camera to monitor your distance from the vehicles ahead and alerts you if you get too close or if you begin to veer off the road
  • with both visual and audible alerts, it’s like having a copilot along for the ride

 

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VIII.  PAYBYPHONE

  • PayByPhone is the most convenient way to pay for parking …
  • tap in the location code you wish to park in as advertised on street signage
  • add the time duration you wish to park for … check the details then confirm your selection
  • add more time from wherever you are … simply open the app and add time to your current parking meter … it’s that simple

 

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IX.  PARKME

  • ParkMe is the award-winning free app that helps you find and reserve the closest and cheapest parking around
  • save money and time … and your spot is guaranteed
  • ParkMe shows how much you should expect to pay for parking before you arrive
  • ParkMe’s database contains parking spots in over 500 cities around the world
  • current Canadian city availability … Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Quebec City

 

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X.  CAR MINDER PLUS

  • Car Minder is an app for  … from logging repairs to tracking fuel economy
  • keep track of multiple cars, services and repairs
  • keep track of oil changes, tire rotations, and other maintenance tasks for all your cars
  • take care of your car by following recommended maintenance intervals …
  • … this will prolong the life of your car, keep it running better and increase fuel economy so that you use less gas

 

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Inventing A World Without Drunk Driving? … One Company Claims They Can

  • On an annual basis, drunk driving results in over 10,000 deaths in the U.S. and 1,500 in Canada
  • What is heartbreaking is that all of these deaths could have been avoided
  • Ever-improving technology touches our lives numerous times daily … cue new developmental technology designed to reduce the above horrific figures quite considerably
  • The technology, as explained by the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety program (DADSS) will be available by way of two advanced alcohol testing methods
    • using breath-based sensors … and …
    • touch-based sensors

 

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  • DADSS was formed as a joint initiative between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS)

THE BREATH-BASED technology …

  • uses an infrared sensor that measures blood alcohol content (BAC)
  • the sensor analyzes the ratio of oxygen-to-alcohol molecules in a driver’s breath
  • the sensor is positioned behind the steering wheel
  • there is no need to blow into a breathalyzer

THE TOUCH-BASED technology …

  • could read BAC via drivers’ fingertips … and perform accurate testing several times per second
  • uses infrared sensors in a car’s gear stick, steering wheel, or ignition button

 

Safety

 

  • Should BAC readings exceed legal limits, a vehicle’s battery can still operate systems like AC and heating but the ignition will remain locked and the vehicle will unable to move
  • The Boston Globe recently quoted DADSS Program Director, Bud Zaouk  as saying …

… that his team is less than a decade away from bringing the devices to market, and his initiative could see a drastic increase in funding.”

  • Additionally, New York Senator, Charles Schumer announced goals in July to co-sponsor, New Mexico Senator, Tom Udall’s Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-Related Fatalities Everywhere Act … providing an additional $48 million in funding for DADSS over 6 years

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Mr. Rogers Was Well Ahead Of The Game … An Electric Car Feature From 1981

  • Mister Rogers actually test drove an electric car during an episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood that originally aired in 1981!
  • I have uploaded the entire episode to Dilawri-TV … the feature concerned begins at 3:00 minutes
  • Click here or on the Dilawri-TV below to view …

 

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Mr. Rogers … Visionary!

 

 

The child is in me still and sometimes not so still.” 

… Fred RogersThe World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

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