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    QuantumScape? More like QuantumSlump. They’re Stuck… Why?

    Lately, electric vehicles have been feeling less charge. Less motivation, so to speak. And while anyone can blame that on the calamitous year of 2020, it's likely more deep-rooted. More deep-rooted in batteries. This may especially be attributed to QuantumScape, whom dropped more than 40% in shares on Monday. Meanwhile, the rest of the sector is doing just dandy! They were off 40% to $50.80 a share. This is to say that the shares themselves have been suffering almost more than half their market value in just the past four trading days alone. No one really knows why, but likely due to low stock trades, did QuantumScape have to merge with a SPAC nnamed Kensington Capital. In turn, stock for the EV battery maker jumped from 57% to $37. So what's the deal with QuantumScape? Do they need Al Calavicci? Well, some sort of guide would be nice! Holographic or not... Their shares are down from the record closing $131.67 originally observed on December 22nd. Maybe it has to do with the science of the whole thing. After all, the standard is currently Lithium-ion batteries. They're reliant on the liquid electrolyte process that occurs inside. Higher energy-density solid-state batteries will expedite all of this by increasing range and shortening the charge times for EVs in future years to ... Read More

    Talk About Snail Mail! Truckers Wait At Post Office For Fifteen Hours

    This past weekend, truckers have had it tougher than ever before. And you would think, for all the good that the USPS does for our American society, that they would be able to properly serve us as an American people. How UnAmerican do you have to be to not do at least that? Apparently as much as someone who works in the post office. They were supposed to -- "they" being the truck drivers -- drop off and pick up shipments to USPS the whole weekend. But it would appear that nobody actually showed up to give said packages to the truckers. An individual by the name of Fronrue Tarpeh had this to say, regarding truck drivers waiting for the Post Office. “They’re not going to get them on time." She continues by stating that it's an unequivocal amount of work. The post office is doing dirty deeds. They have to go ahead and make it happen for the truck drivers that are sacrificing their hard time just to do this job. But that's not all that the USPS hit them with. Apparently, the Postal Office has more than a card up their sleeves. A whole envelope, if you will. The following states: "The Postal Service is experiencing significant volume increases, while at the same time employee availability has been reduced due to t ... Read More

    ZETA Is Changing The World, One Charge At A Time

    This may corme across to you as a super generic blog post, but truly, electric cars are really revolutionizing the marketplace. They're making streets less polluted by smog, they're encouraging clean air initiatives and just making cooler cars out of an originally dorky concept. Furthermore, it turns out some of the top names in modern transportation are joining forces. All in the pursuit of keeping love for electric cars abuzz. These following automakers / rideshare companies are making a difference: Lucid Motors, Rivian, Uber and Tesla, plus many more. What are they really doing exactly? Well, they've just started a coalition to lobby on to the bigwigs of the U.S. government. It's also known as the Zero Emission Transportation Association. Otherwise known as ZETA. ZETA vows to have 100% of new car sales to be electric by 2030. This may be news to many states. But as it turns out, new cars were already going to be all-electric by then in states like California. Or at least, by 2035. In New Jersey, they're also bubbling with joy in the likelihood of having all new car sales be electric by then. ZETA themselves? They ... Read More

    Volkswagen Bus Through The Years: How The Later Models Electrify

    I was writing a different piece when I came to the realization that Volkswagen has certainly been trying to reboot the good old Volkswagen Bus for a while now! They had a couple more types after Type 1, sure, but look at these electrical models! (Or I shouldn't be so generic, as some of them were gas-powered.) However, I think it's important to take a look at some of the more recent models. After all, most of these newer ones have striking qualities about themselves. So why not analyze them and take a look at how incredible the recent times give us? Microbus (2001) This particular model had sliding doors, motorized to open and close automatically. There's also Xenon headlights and 20-inch wheels, which isn't standard fare in the industry. There's something traditional about these front-wheel-drive minivans that has made the model push for greater innovation. ... Read More

    Port X Logistics Founder Brian Kempisty Is Unifying The Drayage Market

    Trucking in zooming in with high trucking rates. Even with the catastrophe that's been 2020 in blindsight, trucking rates have still hit their peak retail season. This has been the case since the summer. It's all in a greater effort and therefore, for the greater good to replenish stocks. The e-commerce giant Amazon is moving Prime day to the 14th. Meanwhile, Harbor Trucker Association assumes 10,000 drayage drivers. Everyone is peaking with their own contribution to continuity of the logistics service. The same stays true for Brian Kempisty and his business, Port X Logistics. They were featured on the Monday episode of WHAT THE TRUCK?!? It's a talk show featured on FreightWaves on which he speaks with Booner and The Dude. "We knew the standard operating procedures that were going to be imperative, and one of the things in the drayage world; communicate, communicate, communicate and always be proactive." said Kempisty. Turvo and Port X Port X has joined forces with Turvo, a collaboration technology which is capable of sending customers alerts when seaworthy vessels are in the water. From there, the container is re ... Read More

    The Prosperous Jeep: An Evergreen American For The Ages

    Think about being in the Army. All that hard work, the dedication, the camaraderie. There's no one that quite represents the Army better than a person of servitude. And there's no car that quite represents a person of servitude better than a Jeep. Even a certain Italian had some nice words to say. "The Jeep is America's only real sports car." - Enzo Ferrari That well-put, let's see the specs of America's truest soldier. Greet, Meet and Keep the Jeep. The Second World War's first Jeep was known as the Bantam Reconnaissance Car #1. The biggest difference was that the curved hood and rounded front clip. Other than that, literally the spitting image of today's average Rubicon. With a few tweaks and some minor squeaks, the Army made an order for a type of car that'll put the Range Rover down as a clown in a merry-go-round. The Quad would go on to soar with flying colors after the same old path thanks to a 63-horsepower engine. The problem with this "Go-Devil" has to do with the weight and how dissappointing it may be f ... Read More

    Courier: Earnings Vs Losses

    Being a courier has its perks but it also can have its downfalls. How much do they earn? Does it depend on the city? Are they paid per mileage? How much gas did they use? How much are they profiting? Let's take a look at a breakdown: Courier #1: Postmates According to Indeed, the average salary of a Postmates Driver is $11.67 per hour. This is 19% below the national average. This also depends on the location the driver is at. This is also below the minimum wage in a lot of places. In Los Angeles, the rate per pickup is $1.40. The rate per drop-off is $0.70. The rate per minute is $0.07 and the rate per mile is $0.69. Now these rates don't include the occasional bonuses and daily incentives. Also, the tips are 100% earned. According to ridester, Postmates drivers typically spend about 57.5 cents per mile on gas. Drivers do get benefits such as insurance and discounts! Courier #2: Grubhub ... Read More

    Side Underride Guards: Are they worth it?

    The side underride helps to stop cars from moving under a semi-trailer. We have all seen it in the movies. An epic police chase where the hero escapes on a motorcycle only to be blocked by large semi-truck. There is nowhere left to turn, the cops are right on his tail, but he still has one option. That’s right. He slides right under the moving semi, mere inches from the deadly wheels. Unfortunately, that amazing shot maybe even further removed from reality. After a recent $42 million verdict, a tragic car crash has brought massive attention to the important question regarding the necessity of underride guards on semis. A 16-year-old driver, Riley Hein was killed on the interstate in New Mexico when he was involved in an underride crash. The car was wedged underneath the trailer of the semi and dragged for half a mile before catching fire and bursting into flames. All of this, unbeknownst to the driver. HDT and the truck driver were found negligent to Riley Hein’s death and the company later emphasized their commitment to having all their trailers equipped with safety guards below. And, even though the company was found guilty of negligence, the jury ultimately “determined that Utility’s trailers were ... Read More

    Landstar Awards Safe and Excellent Driving

    Landstar has pledged to continue its tradition of awarding a new truck to one lucky Roadstar or Million Mile Safe Driver. The company randomly pulled from a pool of 1,086 active participants this year. The goal if this kind of initiative is to reward safe, effective, friendly driving! The winner will receive a 2020 Freightliner Cascadia 126. The brand new truck comes in a beautiful viper blue and contains a Detroit DD15, 14.8 L engine with a Detroit DT12 automated transmission. Pilot Flying J is sponsoring this year's giveaway. There are currently four finalists. How Does Landstar Pick Its Winners? To qualify, drivers must have achieved one of two huge benchmarks in their career. Firstly, a driver can reach one million or more miles safely driven. The company has three categories for this: one million miles, two million miles, and three million miles. Once a driver is a Million Mile Safe Driver, Landstar automatically enters their name. Secondly, a driver can be a Roadstar. Landstar awards the Roadstar title to owner-operators for service excellence. Roadstars are well-known for safety, productivity, and incredible customer service. In other words: this is a pretty prestigious award. ... Read More

    Charging Stations Hold Key To EV Emergence

    Charging stations across the country, let alone globally, are the main tipping point for the electric car revolution. In order for more consumers to make the shift, the availability of stations needs to increase. Many consumers find it difficult to make the switch due to available charging stations in their areas. For many driving upwards of 15-20 miles to simply recharge their vehicle for another 40 minutes has been a deterring factor. Charging Stations Vary By Brand For companies like Tesla, their efforts have focused primarily on heavily populated areas. The largest of this focus is Southern California. Los Angeles, San Francisco and the greater metropolitan areas, have a much easier time accessing the resources necessary to live their lives. Unfortunately, rural areas across the country lack the levels of attention that more populated areas receive. In many cases, one might purchase a Tesla to find the closest station to them is for CHAdeMO (the industry-standard charging outlet for Nissan, Toyota, and Honda). Fortunately for those who have purchased a Tesla, for an additional fee, you can have an adapter that will allow you to convert CHAdeMO to power your car. For Amer ... Read More