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Autopia HQ - Published amongst World's Best

Author: Barry Scott / Published Date: 20 December 2013

Categories: Team Updates, Events, Just Love Cars™

When we moved office, we wanted our new environment to reflect the dedication we have to our work, and the love we have for cars.



We think we’ve done a pretty good job, and, as Autopia HQ has just been published in Chois Gallery’s ‘World’s Best Graphics’ - we’re not the only ones!

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For over 150 years, nobody knew how your car started...

Author: Barry Scott / Published Date: 27 May 2013

Categories: Just Love Cars™

As we said in the latest edition of Just Love Cars, car batteries are specifically designed to deliver a large amount of power in a short period of time - to start the car. They can do this because of the extremely high conductivity of the lead dioxide in the battery anode.

How this happens has always been a mystery however, as other similar oxides are actually electrical insulators, not super conductors.

 

Invented by French physicist Gaston Planté in 1859, the lead-acid battery was the first ever rechargable battery, and it's basically the same battery that’s in most cars today. It was such a breakthrough that the French saw fit to put him on a stamp.

That was 154 years ago, and it was only in January of this year that we finally figured out how it works!

A team of researchers from Oxford University, the University of Bath, Trinity College Dublin, and the ISIS neutron spallation source finally got to the bottom of it - and published a report of their research in a recent issue of 'Physical Review Letters'.

"The unique ability of lead acid batteries to deliver surge currents in excess of 100 amps to turn over a starter motor in an automobile depends critically on the fact that the lead dioxide which stores the chemical energy in the battery anode has a very high electrical conductivity, thus allowing large current to be drawn on demand,"
said Professor Russ Egdell of Oxford University's Department of Chemistry, an author of the paper.

"However the origin of conductivity in lead oxide has remained a matter of controversy. Other oxides with the same structure, such as titanium dioxide, are electrical insulators."


Through a combination of computational chemistry and neutron diffraction, the team has demonstrated that lead dioxide is intrinsically an insulator with a small electronic band gap, but invariably becomes electron rich due to the loss of oxygen from the lattice, causing the material to be transformed from an insulator into a metallic conductor.

The researchers believe these insights could open up new avenues for the selection of improved materials for modern battery technologies.

Professor Egdell said: "The work demonstrates the power of combining predictive materials modelling with state-of-the-art experimental measurements."

So it was the loss of oxygen from the lattice!
   Wonder if we’ll see a Professor Egdell stamp..?

With a novated lease you'll gain access to trade discounts on batteries, and all sorts of vehicle expenses, and if you want to find out how to extend the life of your car battery, click here.

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Just Love Cars™ 2nd Edition

Author: Barry Scott / Published Date: 23 May 2013

Categories: Just Love Cars™, Novated Leasing

We know which cars hold their value, which cars are great to drive, which are fun, family friendly, value for money - you name it. And this is our way of keeping you up to date and entertained, with what’s going on in the world of automobiles.

Sign up and stay informed

Bringin' Back The Soul
Cars ain’t what they used to be. But that’s a good thing - they’re now faster, safer and more reliable. Unfortunately they don’t quite sound like they used to..


Inside Autopia with: Sam Clarke
Find out why Novated Leasing Consultant Sam is the guy you need to give you advice on a car..

 


Intelligent Car Ownership:
TipNo.2 - Getting The Best Price

Forget everything you've ever read about getting a good deal on a car. It's all nonsense. This is all you need to know..


A Car with Soul..?
Find out why the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso takes its time to wake up in the morning, and why it doesn't need a stereo system..


Toyota Corolla- Bland Has Left
The Building

We reckon they might have been working on it in the same room as the 86, it's definitely much more fun to drive than it was before.. 


Petrol Prices: Trends Indicating a Global Recovery..?
What have prices been doing recently, and do we really have anything to complain about...?


Jacky Ickx broke one of the oldest traditions in motorsport, and still became a hero
Born during an Air Raid by the Luftwaffe this legendary gentleman of the sport was destined for a life of danger..


How to Extend the Life of your Car's Battery
And it's more than just not leaving the lights on..

 


Congratulations Sam Carroll
This is how 'Car Lover and Supercar Driver' Sam Carroll convinced us to give him $1,000...

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Audi: Spock vs Spock

Author: Barry Scott / Published Date: 9 May 2013

Categories: Just Love Cars™

The new Star Trek movie ‘Into Darkness’ launches today in Australia, giving us an excuse not only to go watch the movie, but to share a great TV ad from Audi.

Would they both have novated leases on their cars? What do you think…

Spock vs Spock. Very funny. Enjoy.

Audi Spock

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We have a winner!

Author: Barry Scott / Published Date: 22 March 2013

Categories: Just Love Cars™

When we launched our newsletter Just Love Cars™ we decided to give another car lover a real treat, by giving away a $1,000 Adrenalin Voucher to the person who persuaded us that they loved cars more than anyone else. Well the results are in..

Congratulations go to Sam Carroll!

Sam wrote a veritable essay on his love for cars, and we’ll publish bits and pieces of it here over the coming months. Sam, we’ll be in touch regarding your voucher, and we look forward to hearing how you decide to use it.

“ I Just Love Cars for lots of reasons!  I love the smell of a new car,
   the excitement of driving it for the first time, the thrill of going fast
   (up to the speed limit of course).... I love the look of cars...”

We hope you all enjoyed the first edition of Just Love Cars™,and stay tuned… there will be more..

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