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Electric Cars Not Living Up to Hype

October 13th, 2012
Much has been made about electric cars over the past year. You’ve heard the President promote all kinds of “green” businesses, and he has helped encourage them by offering all kinds of incentives like tax breaks for purchasing these products. Obama even bragged that America could have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
Despite all of these large efforts, the campaign has done little to boost sales of this technology. Optimism was huge three to four years ago when the first mass produced electric cars came onto the market.
Stocks of companies that manufactured the components shot up in anticipation that this was the next wave of popular technology that was going to expand. Electric cars included the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf and many others.
When we look at the numbers, we see that reality does not meet the hype. Here are some numbers from 2011 – 
 
 
 
Dec 2010
Jan 2011
Feb 2011
Mar 2011
Total
Volt
326
321
281
608
1,536
Leaf
19
87
67
298
471
 
As illustrated in the chart above, there is no way that auto makers are going to meet the projected figures, especially since all of the problems that have recently been brought to light about the Chevy Volt. These problems, combined with high costs, and the stable gasoline prices have dampened demand for these cars.
 
Given the high price of nearly $50,000 for the Volt, even after the tax incentives, most consumers just find it too expensive to give up their traditional gas automobiles, especially since these cars don’t perform nearly as well, and they don’t have as much room. 
 
When you factor in the recent national average electricity rate of 11 cents per kilowatt hour, Consumer Reports calculated that the Volt costs about 5.7 cents per mile to drive in electric-only mode. That really is not enough savings to chase the perceived benefits. For the time being, hybris, such as the Toyota Prius might be the best alternative.
Furthermore, with new oilfields being exploited in the USA, and oil production expected to actually increase, the hopes for these manufacturers may end up being much further off into the future than anticipated.
 

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Automotive Battery Technology – Part 2

May 19th, 2012

Part 2 of a 2 part series –

The next type of modern battery is the Gel Acid Battery. These batteries use a gel instead of a water / acid solution or glass mat media. The gel is mixed with a sulfuric acid that again reduces the fatigue of vibration and shock, keeping the plates stable inside the confines of the case. The gel cell battery is better suited to frequent deep cycles and draw-downs. You can expect a greater life span out of the gel cell.

Modern vehicles place a greater demand on the vehicle’s electric system and gel cell batteries can provide the extra power needed. They also operate better under a greater temperature range. As with anything, there are drawbacks to gel cell batteries. Plus, they are dramatically more expensive than traditional lead acid batteries. They also require Smart battery chargers that can charge them at the optimal rate and maintain the perfect voltage in the battery during the process. These chargers utilize a constant charging rate at the ideal rate.

AGM (absorbent glass mat) Batteries are a more modern type of battery that offers several advantages. The lead plates are suspended in a glass mat material and the electrolytes are in the glass mat as well. These batteries are less prone to shock, and hold up better to abuse. There is also no concern about venting and replacing water in the battery. Are there drawbacks to AGM batteries? Yes. High on that list is the price. These batteries are significantly more expensive. This cost will tend to even out over time as the AGM battery tends to last longer than traditional flooded batteries. AGM batteries require specialized battery chargers that can charge them at the optimal rate. These chargers are called Smart Chargers and again and generally more expensive than traditional battery chargers.

Deep Cycle Marine Batteries are another type of battery that is better suited to longer term, deeper draw downs and frequent recharging. These batteries can be constructed of AGM, Glass mat, and traditional flooded batteries. Charging these batteries is more complicated than traditional lead acid batteries and a specialized “Smart” battery charger should be employed to maintain optimum battery health.

We carry many different battery chargers, but the ideal battery charger for any battery type is our Pro-Logix line of battery chargers  by Solar. They are fully automatic chargers that utilize a microprocessor to provide the perfect charging rate for each battery it happens to be hooked up to. You can move from one type of battery to the next in quick succession and not have to worry about the charging rates and conditions. It’s all taken care of for you.

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Father’s Day Jump Starter Sale

June 19th, 2011

Fathers Day is a great time to give your dad a gift that he can really use. Sick of giving away ties and socks? Give him something that he really needs. Everybody needs a handheld jump starter box, whether they realize it or not.

If you’ve ever been stuck somewhere out in the cold with a dead battery, you know what we mean. If you haven’t, odds are, you will be sometime in the future. Many times, your car battery can die without any warning. You start it up fine one day, and the next, it doesn’t start. Modern car batteries usually last from 5 to 7 years depending on various factors. Even if you car battery is strong and healthy, all it takes is one time of forgetting that you left an overhead light on in the cab. Then you go to start it, and …. nothing.

That’s why we thought it was a perfect time to have a sale on Fathers Day for this type of product. It’s something every dad can use. For this week only, from 6/25 through July 2nd, take an additional $10 off any of our Jump N Carry hand held jump starters. They are already on sale at the lowest prices on the web. But we took it just a little further – For DAD!

These are the absolute best jump start units on the market today. They are commercial quality, packed with features and made to last with the most durable case in the industry. They also have the most comprehensive warranty in the industry.

Don’t wait. Contact us today.

ASEDeals.com Features Jump Starters in Hagerty’s Magazine

September 14th, 2010

If you’re interested in classic cars or are just a car enthusiast in general, you’ve no doubt heard of Hagerty’s Magazine. It is a by product of their original passion, collector car and boat insurance. They were established in 1983 and have now grown to the largest insurance agency for collector cars and boats.

When Hagerty’s approached us recently asking us to feature our Clore Jump N Carry hand-held battery booster pack in their fine publication, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. We get to reach a valued audience, and are featured in a prestigious magazine. It’s a no lose situation.

The Jump N Carry line of jump starters by Clore Automotive Products is the premier line of battery Jump Starters. There are no finer jump starters or battery booster packs on the market. They are extremely durable, powerful and they have the highest quality components built in.

Click on the link below to view the featured Garage Gear showcase in the latest issue of Hagerty’s Magazine.

HagertysGearGuide

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ASEDeals Battery Jump Starters Selection Widens Even Further

April 13th, 2010

If you’ve followed us over the years, you know we’ve been carrying the Jump N Carry Jump Starters for many years. They are made by Clore Automotive and they have always been the best in the industry. Well now Clore has come out with some new models that are an improvement over an already incredible line.
It’s their new X-Force Jump Starters. They took some of the great features of their original line of Jump N Carry Jump Starters, and added some key improvements to make a truly top-of-the-line product.

The durable one piece case is still there. It will hold up to the abuse that a typical shop will dish out day-to-day. The handy gauge that not only tells you the state of charge of the unit, but can also tell you if the vehicle’s alternator is working properly.

The new features that the X-Force JumpStarters have are –

Extra long 68″ cables

The New X-Force battery technology

Proudly Made in USA

Auto Shut-off feature

Let’s face it – The most important feature of a battery jump starter is it’s battery. It can have all the bells and whistles, but if it can’t jump the vehicle, what good is it?

That’s why the X-Force Jump Starters excel so well. The batteries in these units are superior to anything on the market. They provide more power, (30% more) than any other jumpstarter of comparable size, and are sure to last longer as well. Plus they hold a charge longer and reduce sulfation.

Check them out today!

Jump N Carry Jump Starters