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Vehicle Shower @ ExplorOz Articles

Imagine yourself after a hot day of driving, hiking and setting up camp… you have trekked through desert dust and your muscles are tired and sore. What better way is there to wash and scrub up than under an invigorating hot shower. But you’re in the most remote part of Australia, so it must be a dream, right? Wrong – we’re not talking about cold showers here, or even solar hot water showers but real hot showers with pressure that you can enjoy on even the most remote outback trip. Most of the components for these showers are installed under the bonnet of your vehicle and utilises the engines cooling system to heat up an external water supply. This supply may be water from a creek or water-filled container and is pumped to a Heat Exchange Unit and then back to your shower – nice and hot. So now you like the idea? Yes, most of us do, so let’s look go over the common questions.

How Much Water is Used?

Typically, a 5 – 10L bucket of water is suitable for a shower for one person. Recycling shower water is a smart trick for showering the family. Simply, stand in a big bucket while you shower with the inlet hose taking the run-off back into the system. This way you can cycle the water through the heat exchanger continuously. Soap suds etc do not damage the heat exchange unit.

How long your bucket of water takes to empty depends on the pressure that your pump delivers the water and if any flow restrictor is implemented on your shower head. You can do the maths by working out how many litres of water the pump is designed to deliver. Some water pumps are designed to deliver around 4 litres of water a minute (4 LPM), whilst others may deliver up to 7 litres per minute (7 LPM).

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Low or No Emission Vehicle Program – 5339(c)

What’s New


The Low or No Emission competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.

  • Watch our four-minute video highlighting the Low and No-Emission Grant Program, which supports new technologies that are changing the makeup of bus fleets nationwide.  

Allocation of Funding

Funding is allocated to projects on a competitive basis, from proposals submitted to FTA in response to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Past project selections include:

Technical Assistance

  • View the April 2018 National RTAP Webinar: FTA Low No Emissions Program Grant Writing
  • FTA contracts with the National Renewable Energy Lab to evaluate zero-emission bus research and demonstration projects. 
  • FTA hosted webinars on deploying low- or no-emission buses that feature speakers from agencies that have been successful in introducing zero-emission buses, including recipients of FTA’s Low-No grants. 

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include direct recipients of FTA grants under the Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, states, and Indian Tribes. Except for projects proposed by Indian Tribes, proposals for funding eligible projects in rural (non-urbanized) areas must be submitted as part of a consolidated state proposal. States and other eligible applicants also may submit consolidated proposals for projects in urbanized areas.

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects include:

  • purchasing or leasing low- or no-emission buses
  • acquiring low- or no-emission buses with a leased power source
  • constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment (including intelligent technology and software) for low- or no-emission buses
  • constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses
  • rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses

Statutory Reference

49 U.S.C. 5339 (c)/FAST Act Section 3017

Funding Availability

Funds are available the year appropriated plus three years. 


All eligible expenses under the Low-No Program are attributable to compliance with the Clean Air Act and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Therefore the Federal share of the cost of leasing or purchasing a transit bus is not to exceed 85 percent of the total transit bus cost. The federal share in the cost of leasing or acquiring low- or no-emission bus-related equipment and facilities is 90 percent of the net project cost.  

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Firefight between armed homeowner and crook breaking into his vehicle ends badly for suspect

A Texas homeowner confronted a man he heard breaking into his vehicle just before 3 a.m. Tuesday, San Antonio police told the Express-News.

Many crooks still haven’t caught on to the very real possibility that their victims may be exercising their Second Amendment rights — and apparently this guy was no exception.

What happened next?

Indeed the homeowner told police he pulled out his gun, the paper said, adding that the man allegedly breaking into his car pulled out a gun, too.

The pair exchanged gunfire, the Express News reported, and the suspect was hit in the torso and fled the scene.

What happened to the suspect and the homeowner?

Police found the suspect’s body in the grass at Bellaire Park, the paper said, which is around the corner from the crime scene.

The homeowner wasn’t hit during the shootout, KTSA-AM reported, adding that it’s unclear if the homeowner will face criminal charges.

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11-year-old girl accused of stealing vehicle in Boston

11-year-old girl accused of stealing vehicle in Boston

An 11-year-old girl who was wearing a medical face mask is accused of stealing a vehicle last week in Boston.Police responded on April 22 to 1007 Blue Hill Ave. for a report of a larceny in progress. A woman said she left her son and nephew in her vehicle. The boys said a girl wearing a blue medical face mask approached the vehicle and demanded that they roll down the window. The woman said the girl ordered the two out of the vehicle, got in the driver’s seat and drove off, police said.The girl was later found in the vehicle in front of 1575 Blue Hill Ave., police said. Due to her the girl’s age, officers were unable to charge her with a crime, police said, and she was released to the care of the Department of Children and Families.

An 11-year-old girl who was wearing a medical face mask is accused of stealing a vehicle last week in Boston.

Police responded on April 22 to 1007 Blue Hill Ave. for a report of a larceny in progress.

A woman said she left her son and nephew in her vehicle. The boys said a girl wearing a blue medical face mask approached the vehicle and demanded that they roll down the window.

The woman said the girl ordered the two out of the vehicle, got in the driver’s seat and drove off, police said.

The girl was later found in the vehicle in front of 1575 Blue Hill Ave., police said.

Due to her the girl’s age, officers were unable to charge her with a crime, police said, and she was released to the care of the Department of Children and Families.

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Police: Drug distribution syndicate busted with arrests of four individuals, RM1m narcotics, cash, vehicle seized | Malaysia

KL police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said police busted a drug distribution syndicate following the arrests of five individuals in several locations throughout the city centre last week. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
KL police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said police busted a drug distribution syndicate following the arrests of five individuals in several locations throughout the city centre last week. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — Police busted a drug distribution syndicate following the arrests of five individuals in several locations throughout the city centre last week, including seizing narcotics worth almost RM885,000.

City police chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said the first arrest took place near a condominium along Jalan Ipoh around 9.40am on April 22.

“A team from the Sentul district’s Narcotics Crime Investigation Department first detained a 19-year-old youth before a search on his vehicle found 3kg of ecstasy pills worth RM240,000. The police subsequently seized the suspect’s vehicle worth RM40,000.

“Initial investigations revealed that the suspect was actively involved in drug distribution activities around Klang Valley since October 2019,” he said in a statement here.

According to Mazlan, transactions for the drug supplies were made through online banking and instant messaging application, WeChat.

Based on the information obtained from the first suspect, a police raid was conducted at a home in Batu Caves, Selangor around 10.20am on April 22.

At the premises, police discovered a cache of drugs kept in the living room worth around RM645,526.

Among the drugs seized were 2.6kg of ketamine, 221 ecstasy pills, 45.66g of syabu, 1.12g of ketamine and 2116 Eramin 5 pills. Also seized were RM11,344 in cash.

Mazlan said a third police raid was subsequently conducted at a home in Taman Selayang Baru, Selangor at 6.30pm the same day, leading to the arrest of three men and a woman aged between 26 and 31.

During the raid, police also seized RM26,261 in cash and two vehicles — a Mercedes E200 worth RM70,000 and a Honda HRV worth RM65,000.

“Based on investigations, one of the suspects admitted to their involvement in drug distribution and had obtained supplies from another unidentified man.

“The police are now intensifying their efforts to track down the remaining individuals suspected of being involved in such activities,” he added.

All suspects have been remanded until April 29 and the police are investigating the case under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for drug trafficking which carries a death sentence upon conviction.

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Sales of Automotive Lead Acid Batteries to Soar, as Global Vehicle Production Ramps Up, Says Fact.MR

Automotive lead acid battery market is set to surpass a valuation of US$ 41.8 Bn and is poised to grow at a value CAGR of 5% during the forecast period (2019-2029). The surge in production of automobiles globally has supplemented the growth of lead acid battery market. Lead acid batteries are soaring on popularity as they provide an additional source of power to the vehicle. However, in the current scenario, the global automobile market has been stagnant in terms of profitable growth. This is anticipated to change in the coming years as the automotive sector is set to capture growth opportunities owing to the increasing vehicle production, thus aiding the demand for automotive lead acid batteries. Moreover, the heightened uptake of passenger cars globally, is expected to accelerate the growth of automotive lead acid battery market. Further, a steady rise in the use of pure electric and hybrid vehicles is fueling demand for enhanced flooded batteries which function as auxiliary batteries for starting, lighting, and ignition (SLI). The newest report by Fact.MR estimates that the enhanced flooded batteries will account for ~34% of the total global value share by the end of forecast period.

Key Takeaways of Automotive Lead Acid Battery Market

  • Flooded batteries are estimated to create an absolute $ opportunity of US$ ~4.9 Bn accounting for nearly 39% of the total share during the forecast period. Owing to the extensive use of cost-effective energy storage batteries in emerging countries, flooded battery segment is projected to expand 1.4X as compared to 2019
  • Asia-Pacific will remain the prominent region across the forecast period, accounting for more than 45% share in the automotive lead acid battery market.
  • The Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) technology segment is expected to create an absolute $ opportunity of US$ ~15.1 Bn during the forecast period owing to the continuous adoption of conventional vehicles over electric vehicles due to lack of charging infrastructure in developing economies.
  • In terms of value, the enhanced flooded battery type segment is expected to grow 2.2X over the forecast period

“Research and development initiatives for sustainable technologies and high performance at low costs is expected to provide new growth prospects in the automotive lead acid battery market” says the Fact.MR analyst

Partnerships to Remain Key Forte of Competitors

The report reveals some of the key players, including EnerSys Inc., Johnson Controls Inc., GS Yuasa Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Leoch International Technology Limited, Exide Industries Ltd., East Penn Manufacturing Company, Exide Technologies Inc., CSB Battery Company Limited, NorthStar, FIAMM S.p.A., and others. Prominent manufacturers are focusing on building partnerships to strengthen their global presence. For instance,       

  • In 2019, Exide Industry partnered with JCB’s Electric Teletrucks. With this partnership Exide will provide nuanced battery solutions to JCB
  • In 2018, NorthStar teamed up with Daimler to create the world’s first ultra-high performance pure lead AGM battery

Find More Valuable Insights on Automotive Lead Acid Battery Market

Fact.MR, in its new offering, brings to fore an unbiased analysis of the global automotive lead acid battery market, presenting


Hybrid vehicle – hybrid cars and trucks, fuel cell, clean fuel’s

Hybrid vehicle
The next step in the evolution of the Automobile!

Quantum Aggressor AMV

There is no doubt that Hybrid vehicle propulsion technology will be the next big thing in the automobile and truck industry.

I wrote this in February 2005 and now hybrid cars are not only the next big thing in automobiles they are the big thing!

Hybrid vehicles and hybrid cars have fascinated me since I first learned of Dr Ferdinand Porsche’s hybrid car, built in 1899 by Jacob Lohner & Co. The so called Lohner-Porsche.

Petrol Electric Race car

This was in 1984 and I was working on my BS thesis in Mechanical Engineering. My thesis was on a conceptual design of a light off-road utility vehicle, and I was investigating possible propulsion systems.

I started thinking what had happened to hybrid technology as I saw no petrol-electric cars around. And this was 84-85 years after Dr. Ferdinand Porsche so aptly demonstrated and even raced the first petrol-electric vehicle!

Why would a concept like this disappear?

It seemed such a good idea!

But hybrid vehicles, I later found out, had not disappeared at all.
Hybrid vehicles and vessels where all around me. I just hadn’t noticed.
Petrol-electric vehicles where maybe rather scarce in 1984 but diesel-electric vehicles existed in abundance.

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When I say hybrid vehicles I’m not constraining the discussion to diesel-electric and petrol-electric applications only.
The engines them selves are also within our scope as engine technology is evolving in big strides:

  • Hydrogen engines,
  • Methane engines,
  • Bio-gas engines, and
  • Bio-diesel engines are in the picture as lorries have even been made to run on fuels like fish oil and vegetable oil.

Even fuel cells are now becoming a realistic option in many “small” vehicle applications.

The mechanical separation of the motor from the drive train is highly interesting in it self and gives designers an enormous freedom in forming our future vehicles.
This de-coupling will simplify the drive train and reduce costs.
”The gearbox” will be obsolete and we will have infinitely variable “gearing” thus increasing efficiency.

It may even bring back into the, auto, arena technologies like:

and make hydraulic drive, or even propulsion by compressed air viable options for the family saloon.

Quantum Aggressor AMV

Propelled by air! … the cleanest propulsion technology yet!

Hybrid vehicle technology is, as pointed out, not new but it was overtaken by mass production technologies early on in the evolution of the automobile.

Now because of this same mass production capability, environmental pressure and economics of scale, hybrid vehicle technology is back in full force!

The purpose of this site is to bring together the technologies, the applications and hopefully create a dynamic community of both amateurs and professionals interested in our future.

Yours truly.

Kjartan Bergsson

Hybrid Vehicle History – more than a 100 years of evolution and refinement
In Hybrid Vehicle History -read about Dr. Porsches work in 1898-1900 – about Submarines and Trains – about the modern hybrid cars of today.
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Vehicle Verification Online – Apps on Google Play

INCPak Tech introduces Vehicle Verification Online smartphone application, now you can verify any vehicle registered from Islamabad, Sindh, Punjab, KPK, Gilgit Baltistan, Balochistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) Excise & Taxation Department, through this application.

INCPak Vehicle Vehicle Online helps you verify any motorcar/motorbike from one platform. The application uses a simple feature to access data from respective excise departments and displays right on your devices.

Vehicle Verification Online application Features.

– No signup needed
– Islamabad Vehicle Verification Online (WORKING)
– Sindh Vehicle Verification (WORKING)
– Punjab Vehicle Verification (WORKING)
– Gilgit Baltistan (WORKING)
– Balochistan (Contact Numbers and Information only)
– Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) (Contact Numbers & Information only)

This application is developed by Incorporated Pakistan Technologies (INCPakTech)

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All information presented in this application is appropriated from Official Government databases available publicly. The developers thus are not in control or responsible for any mistakes or any repercussions cautioned by such error.

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Amarillo Fire Department details two vehicle fires Thursday – News – Amarillo Globe-News

The Amarillo Fire Department released information about two vehicle fires, which occurred Thursday evening at 1609 SW Bowie and at 1800 NW Washington Ave.

According to a news release for the first incident, the fire department dispatched a single unit to a reported vehicle fire. When the unit arrived at 8:33 p.m., a single vehicle was on fire in front of 1609 SW Bowie.

There was trouble extinguishing the vehicle due to a leaking fuel tank, which caused a second truck to be requested to provide a water supply. Crews had the fire under control by 8:50 p.m., and no injuries were reported. The incident is currently under investigation by the Amarillo Fire Marshal’s Office.

According to a news release for the second incident, the department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 8:52 p.m. Thursday at 1800 NW Washington Ave. When units arrived, they found a vehicle on fire near two residences.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 9:02 p.m. with no extension to the nearby homes. No injuries were reported. According to the release, the owner of the vehicle stated he was replacing the fuel line on the car when the fire began.

For more information about the Amarillo Fire Department, visit https://www.amarillo.gov/departments/public-safety-and-organizational-services/fire.

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140 THC Cartridges Nabbed In South Windsor Vehicle Stop: Warrant

SOUTH WINDSOR, CT — A trail that began with a Manchester road rage incident and ended with a traffic stop in South Windsor has left a Tolland man with drug-related charges, authorities said.

South Windsor police on Monday arrested Vincent Bovino, 19, of Tolland, on an active warrant after he was picked up by Hartford police on motor vehicle-related charges, according to a report. Bovino was charged in South Windsor for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a drug Factor and possession of greater than a half-ounce of cannabis.

According to a report, Bovino’s charges stem from a November 2019 road rage incident in Manchester.

A suspect in the case, Bovino was located in South Windsor, and a subsequent search of his vehicle yielded 14 grams of marijuana, 140 individual THC cartridges, and an aerosol can of butane, which police said is commonly used to extract THC oil from marijuana plant material, a report says.

Bovino posted a $100,000 surety bond and was to appear in Manchester Superior Court on Wednesday.

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