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Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology - Automotive Technology By Andy Carr...

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Automotive Technology By: Andy Carr My research process involved books, magazines, videos and actually taking a ride in a hybrid car. I focused on the most recent developments in automotive technology, especially those related to alternative fuels. I used the information we gained in class to help me research and get started. Then I moved on to looking at hybrid and hydrogen powered cars. I needed to know the details and how these models worked.
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Genres: Genre #1: Print Media Online magazine, TIME: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1575201,00.html Genre #2: Visual with words http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU_rADV2BrA&eurl=http%3A%2F %2Fwww%2Ehybridcars%2Ecom%2Fcompacts%2Dsedans%2Ftoyota%2Dprius %2Doverview%2Ehtml Genre #3: Visual Display http://www.hybridcars.com/images/prius2.jpg This is the current model Toyota Prius Genre #4: Informational http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/09/13/hydrogen-car-information-interview/ Genre #5: Creative Writing: Personal Narrative To see for myself, I took a ride in Josh Foster’s Toyota Prius. Josh is the IVCF leader here on campus. The car was very quiet and even completely shut off at stoplights. The car has a screen that shows exactly what is happening. For example, it shows when the battery is charging, when only the battery is running the car, etc. I also learned during the ride that when the car brakes, the batteries take advantage of the kinetic energy and charge up. After getting out of the car my opinion about the cars definitely changed. His display also informed me that the car was getting 48 miles to the gallon. It was in no way cramped on the inside and fit four people comfortably In general I found the ride very amiable and was quite impressed. Genre #6: Structured http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blcar.htm Endnotes to genre used 1) This article from time magazine is from early in 2007 discussing GM and other car company’s plans for going green. Its main research come from the Annual Detroit Auto show, where environmentally friendly cars played a big factor 2) The video in this link was perfect to describe exactly how a hybrid car works and creates energy. The video is very aesthetic and easy to understand. 3) This is a picture of a Toyota Prius. One of the more popular hybrid cars. Note how the car looks totally normal and could be mistaken for a normal car. 4) In this video, Dr. Lars Peter Thiesen gives a speech on how exactly a hydrogen car works. The speech is long and detailed, but is very informational about hydrogen powered cars.
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