Mercedes-Benz Aerodynamic Truck And Trailer Looks Great, Consumes Less Fuel And Emits Less CO2.

Mercedes Benz Aerodynamic Truck and TrailerNot only does the prototype Mercedes-Benz Aerodynamic Truck and Trailer look wicked cool but it will also reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. According to an article on Gizmag, the Mercedes-Benz truck/trailer combo will consume 620 gallons less fuel per year compared to a standard big rig.

TrailerTail from ATDynamics w/Jubbling's Mod Suggestion

While you wait, an after market solution for reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is already available from ATDynamics. Their TrailerTail, which reduces low pressure behind the trailer, takes a few hours to be added to existing truck/trailer combos and will save approx 8 gallons of fuel per 1000 miles driven at 65 mph. Add the trailer skirt, which keeps air from hitting the trailer’s rear axles, and the savings could be double. On a rig that travels 100,000/year, the TrailerTail alone will reduce fuel consumption by 800 gallons/year. The savings are not too shabby and should tide you over nicely until your Mercedes-Benz Truck & Trailer arrives.


It’s Fashion Week In Tokyo!

Jubbling refuses to miss a fashion week. There’s something so right about telling people the clothes they bought last year is so last year. That’s why I decided to step up and help fashion buyers worldwide by narrowing down their search for the hot items from 2012/2013’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. Here are my picks:

Jubbling's picks from Fashion Week TokyoCarol Burnett Gone With The Wind skit

  1. This outfit respectfully pays homage to the classic Carol Burnett Show’s “Gone With The Wind” skit. Note: The CBS and GWTW are still hip with the fashion conscious.
  2. The Birdcage is kind of a human contact chastity outfit. It prevents the fashionable from having their personal space violated by the unfashionable.
  3. Big Bird’s Green Beakless Sister makes a statement about pet ownership and animal cruelty.

  4. Fashion Week Tokyo

  5. Pillow Monster is all about sleeping comfortably just about anywhere without infringing on the wearer’s ability to relieve themselves.
  6. Angry Birds the Outfit comes with a crotch-mounted slingshot and also stays mindful of the fashionable’s desire to quickly take care of potty business.
  7. Old West Dressed is going to find favor with young women and men. Women who like the old west and men who like dresses.

So get on it because these outfits are can’t miss winners! And one last tip for buyers: be sure to purchase in small quantities so you can keep the negotiating upper hand with designers.


Engine Idle No More Thanks To Micro Hybrid Technology And Micro Hybrid Conversions

Drive a hybrid vehicle and one of the first things you’ll notice is the start/stop feature of the technology. At any intersection or stop light, the engine automatically shuts off and your first reaction might be to restart it. But it’s not necessary because you’re idling with the engine off, running off of the same battery that will propel your vehicle when the light turns green. It’s the start-stop (or stop-start) that is the key component of all hybrids and responsible for reducing CO2 emissions by up to 20% and increasing fuel economy by 5-10%. Adding this feature to your existing vehicle through a micro hybrid conversion might be only 1-2 years away.



For city drivers, the micro hybrids start-stop feature has the obvious advantage of improved fuel economy. In addition, the reduction in CO2 emissions and the improved air quality will have a positive effect on city residents.

Micro hybrids are already popular outside of the US and the technology has been implemented into mass-produced cars since 2004. It’s estimated that half of the new cars sold in Europe by 2012 will be start-stop featured micro hybrids. Automakers, including Peugeot/Citroen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, incorporate micro hybrid technology into their vehicles at the manufacturing stage using start-stop technology from companies like Valeo. But why hasn’t this taken off in the US?

Micro hybrid adoption in the US has been slow and definitely hampered by the EPA’s refusal to credit automakers for installing the CO2 reducing, fuel saving technology. Why else would automakers like Honda, Toyota and BMW build cars with the micro hybrid feature and not sell them in the US? Because the option costs up to $500 more and the EPA’s city driving MPG tests’ only includes one full-stop that will not show any significant gain, a .1 – .2 MPG improvement, by using start-stop technology.

That brings us back to the conversion. According to an article in The Daily Green, new high-performance battery technology from companies like PowerGenix will allow car owners to retrofit their existing vehicles with micro hybrid technology for about $500. From The Daily Green:

About $150 to $200 of the cost of the system is a larger battery to handle the larger load from many thousands of engine starts and restarts. Also necessary is a relatively straightforward belt-integrated starter/generator to replace the alternator.

Whatever way we get there, adding micro hybrid technology to currently owned vehicles seems like a cinch with or without the EPA recognizing the savings to fuel and reduction of CO2 emissions. We’ll post an update on regarding micro hybrid conversion providers.

And if you are looking at purchasing a new vehicle, you should definitely consider one with micro hybrid technology. The benefits more than likely will not be reflected in the MPG ratings or realized during highway driving but will play out through reduced fuel consumption and emissions.