Keller-Heartt Blog: December 2012
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The Long Term Outlook on Electric Cars


Keller Heart Oils Keeps an Eye on Electric Cars
As technology continues to innovate, every industry is experiencing changes that are enhancing the quality of life of consumers, and the automotive industry is one of them. Among other things, electric cars are becoming increasingly popular.

Better for the Environment

Global warming continues to receive attention by concerned people the world over, and the purchase of an electric vehicle is a significant way to reduce one's carbon footprint. Internal combustion engines emit harmful fumes that are accused of contributing to the rising temperatures and reduction in the ozone layer. Best of all, they only use only 33% the amount of energy as their internal combustion counterparts.

Furthermore, electric vehicles are far more efficient than internal combustion engines. Internal combustion engines are prone to heat and inertia losses that cause drivers to ultimately pay more than they would driving an electric car.

Reduces Dependence on Foreign Oil

While many realize that there are environmental advantages associated with utilizing electric vehicles, the economic value is often overlooked. Because electric vehicles can use a variety of components as energy sources such as wind, solar and carbon fuels, the economy is boosted as most of these sources are available within the country.

Driving Range Continuing to Improve

A concern of many consumers when considering the purchase of an electric vehicle is the range between fuel charges, and this is becoming less of a concern due to advancements being made now and into the future.

For example, the Chevy Volt now offers an unlimited charge given the driver continues to add gasoline. This powers an on-board generator that ensures the car stays charged. Best of all, the driver is able to drive over 150 miles on a single gallon of gas as the generator does not take much fuel to operate.

The Future of Electric Vehicles

Every day, new discoveries are made in the automotive industry that are compelling a larger amount of consumers to consider the purchase of an electric vehicle. For example, fuel cell cars are expected to hit the market in the coming years, and these vehicles are powered by an electric drivetrain. It is expected that more vehicles will also be manufactured that utilize natural gases to propel the vehicle; however, rather than combustion, they use chemical reactions.

The advancements being made in electric vehicles are vast. Due to their heightened efficiency and benefits to the environment, they will likely dominate the industry in decades to come.

Keller Heartt offers oil solutions for today and tomorrow and keeps a close eye on trends in the automotive industry.  Stay tuned, we will continue to post about traditional and alternative fuels.

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Winter Versus Summer Wiper Blades

As another winter looms before us, motorists and truckers across the country are preparing their vehicles for the driving conditions that inevitably await them. While most focus on antifreeze levels and tire traction, many overlook the fact that their summer blades should be swapped out for those created with wintery conditions in mind.

The windshield wiper provides a valuable capability: the ability to see the road during potentially dangerous driving conditions. During winter storms, this can save the life of a motorist. Taking the quick and easy measure of changing wiper blades as part of vehicle winterization is a valuable step to take.

The Material Used

Summer windshield wiper blades are often made of rubber. While this is cost effective and useful in removing rain from the windshield, rubber is known to stiffen during cold weather, and this can make it difficult to remove snow and ice.

Winter wipers (Like Rain-X® Weatherbeater™ ) are made of a material similar to Teflon, and it is better able to flex during cold weather. As a result, drivers have a more clear view of the road as they face the adverse driving conditions common to the winter season.

Differences in the Framework

Aside from the material of the contact point, another aspect that makes the difference between summer and winter windshield wiper blades is the framework.  Summer windshield wiper blades often contain moveable parts that are not suitable for winter use. This is because the only thing protecting them from ice and snow is paint. Winter wipers include a small rubber protective layer in between the moveable parts and the elements, thus allowing them to continue working despite inclement weather.

Some windshield wipers are designed without moveable parts. This allows for them to be used despite the season. However, the best way to ensure the wipers are suitable for winter use is to make the small investment in a pair of wiper blades that are designed specifically to endure cold weather.

You Get What You Pay For

With both winter and summer windshield wiper blades, there are cheap alternatives that can be purchased. While saving a few dollars may seem like a good idea at the time of the purchase, the lower cost can compromise driving safety. Often, these wiper blades are manufactured using plastics that have difficulty conforming to the windshield, and this can cause it to be difficult to remove hindrances such as ice and precipitation.

Keller-Heartt.com stocks a complete line of bulk Rain-X windshield wiper blades and fluid perfect for motorists, trucking companies and automotive fleets that require  high-performance wiper solutions.


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