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auto cars · trucks · jobbers c-stores · installers · recyclers carwashes · service stations dealers · garages · body shops trucking march 2013 $4.95 nanananananana nanananananana batman car sells for 4.2 million story on page 28 caleb dunn memorial race at petty see page 32 all about racing batteries see page 42 special olympics ns truck convoy see page 62 empty the battery issue running on win prizes a brand new tomtom start 45 gps navigator or a napa 126 piece tool set crossword guess win details on pages 69 and 70 owned and published by alfers advertising publishing inc publications mail sales agreement number 40062985

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auto scan visit our online hub call us toll-free 1-866-423-3939 fax us 1-902-423-3354 e-mail us rob@autoatlantic.com mail us 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 atlantic volumetwelve · issue 2 · march · 2 0 1 3 trucking running on empty page 6 page 8 page 10 page 12 batteries never die they are murdered ­ dave giles takes battery crimes a step further with his take on reserve capacity ratings the atlantic road report ­ pei introduces new 511 system newfoundland s transportation year in review and more news of the weird ­ holy classic car show batman the original batmobile sells for a whopping $4 million writer carter hammett takes a look at the big battery picture and sees lithium ion lots of lithium ion in his crystal ball the biggest threats to a battery s health ­ welcome new writer alex colgan as he talks a salt and battery during winter s long months advertising directory page 68 publisher owner robert alfers rob@autoatlantic.com editor carter hammett carter@autoatlantic.com client services manager james somer james@autoatlantic.com printing mailing advocate printing ltd advocateprinting.com auto atlantic magazine is owned and published bi-monthly by robert alfers of alfers advertising publishing inc for advertising rates or information regarding auto atlantic magazine please call or write to us at 51 bethany way halifax nova scotia b3s 1h6 tel 902.423.6788 fax 902.423.3354 opinions expressed in auto atlantic do not necessarily reflect official policy of alfers advertising publishing inc printed and produced in canada page 26 page 31 page 32 page 34 page 36 page 38 page 40 page 46 page 50 page 56 page 61 page 62 2013 vlp guide ready to order ­ the automotive lift institute hoists its new and improved guide on you caleb dunn memorial to highlight 2013 schedule at petty nb legendary race car driver honoured with memorial race in august small businesses are getting insurance for the long haul ­ barbara haynes discusses how legal expense insurance can help provide business owners with piece of mind benefits of a storage survey ­ nicole gale says a planned environment is a thriving environment don t get caught with a dead battery or your pants down gavin brown takes a proactive approach to battery maintenance and it shows positively charging doesn t seem just mean driving to the front tim terry offers a different spin on batteries in racing cars female driver ­ ellen voie cracks whips over the softer more feminine side of driving a rig my past is my present ­ and it continues to take me to the future ­ brian green is a walking talking living history of auto recycling just ask carwashes targeted by thieves ­ the canadian carwash association offers some helpful tips to reduce the risk of getting soaked hunter canada new management appointments hunter is pleased to announce that jacques gagne has been appointed as the new eastern canada regional manager special olympics gears ip for 2013 ns truck convoy ­ a special cause makes history can it repeat the feat this year win big a tomtom gps from national energy equipment or a napa 126 piece tool set in our 2 big contests march 2013 n autoatlantic.com member aia canada aaia ata and the ama publications mail agreement no 40062985 return undeliverable canadian addresses to alfers advertising publishing inc 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 page 69 page 70 3

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letter frin the editor shifting gears n their own way car batteries are the bridge between old and new schools of thought in the evolution of car technology they say that economically at least things are fine when houses and cars start moving gentlefolk start your engines if recent reports are to be believed and i think we still have a little way to go cars are starting to help the marketplace shift gears into something healthier i by carter hammett more robust a lot of symbolism appears to have been injected into the recent detroit auto show as the birthplace of a new renaissance in modern car culture and why not over 50 new models or serious updates are showcased this year why buy new when used will do 1-800-565-2433 evs while holding a lot of environmental promise have yet to really make an economic impact in the marketplace there are many things consumers can do with their hard-earned $30,000 and the average age of a north american car on the road is 10.8 years and that s up from 8.4 back in 1995 clearly people are still hanging on to their vehicles for as long as possible most likely that also means that it will take a generation before ev whatever their form sales become the norm not the exception in their way car batteries represent the transition between old and new school and in this issue auto and trucking atlantic celebrates everything about that transition please welcome new writer alex colgan to the party his story should be a familiar one to maritimers and here he batteries not included dissects the impact the elements snow not and ice can have on your car battery the show in detroit exemplinot to be outdone veteran contribufied that with its evs this year a tor dave giles offers up content that giles lot of emphasis on style and design oh does best he tackles subjects that appear right with batteries luxury and comfort as plain as your car keys and then peels certainly rule the day and if the concepts back a layer in ways that make you tilt are to be believed some real beauties are your head this time he tackles reserve destined to come our way capacity ratings in batteries again not one little problem remains price something that most might give a thought to again information you may find quite useful meanwhile tim terry gives us a straight-up three-dimensional piece from the chequered flag set as noted race car drivers offer shrewd insights and commentary on their favoured batteries this is also the issue brookside road truro ns where we bid farewell to a long-standing ata employee phone 902 897-0252 after a decade behind the fax 902 897-2854 scenes managing accounts providing customer service vancehanesautoparts.com keeping us all organized daily shipping anywhere client service manager sue regan has decided to turn in her car keys for greener pastures out west we can t convey our gratitude enough and can only wish her well as she moves on to new adventures sue thanks for everything and with that let s warm up our engines it is winter after all and take a slow safe journey through some literary landscapes and a positive outlook is being commanded as 500 cars hit the floor and in a mildly jingoistic way who can blame them the floor had shifted temporarily at least largely to europe and asia as the bar for taste making and trendsetting north american car sales plummeted and for a while us vehicles seemed doomed for irrelevance but everything always goes in cycles and last year north american car sales logged in at a healthy 14.5 million units sold the bestperforming year prior to the recession it s not surprising if a tch disappointing that consumers haven t yet fully embraced the boom in green technology it s certainly the most exciting development to emerge in years in concept if not exactly execution n recycled replacement auto parts n rebuilders available n parts locating service 4 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2013

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batteries running by carter hammett ford s rawsonville plant employee davis law assembles battery packs for the c-max hybrid and c-max energi plug-in hybrid the battery pack work was moved to michigan earlier this year from a supplier that previously performed it in mexico the battery packs are shipped to michigan assembly plant map in nearby wayne mich where they are installed on the c-max and c-max energi two new fuel-efficient vehicles that top 40 mpg photo by sam varnhagen/ford motor co lobally green vehicle batteries are literally becoming the next small thing as stakeholders work to increase sales and improve charging infrastructures while attempting to make their wares just a little more sexy for a fickle public reports from the 2013 north american international auto show indicate a plethora of surprises in the future of green energy by now hybrid vehicles are a common topic for those who follow green automobile technology but one of the latest developments is that of hybrid batteries these were prominently highlighted by johnson controls at the latest edition of the show in detroit introduced as the next evolution in batteries johnson estimates its system can leverage fuel economy in tomorrow s vehicles by up to 20 per cent the battery decreases fuel usage g 6 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2013

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on empty through the use of a two-in-operation that includes two batteries one a lead-acid battery and the other 48-volt lithium-ion li-ion the new battery would assume control over generating electricity for roles like power braking and air conditioning among other actions the 12-volt battery would continue to supply power for functions like interior and exterior lights and entertainment systems johnson controls sees opportunities for the development of evolutionary energy storage systems that offer even more fuel efficiency than start-stop at less cost than a hybrid or electric vehicle said alex molinaroli president johnson controls power solutions even as start-stop vehicles become part of the mainstream in europe and start to take hold in the u.s micro hybrid technology has the potential to deliver the next level of fuel efficiency along the spectrum of vehicle performance reaching upwards of 15 to 20 percent in fuel economy says johnson s press release the technology is anticipated to first be adopted in europe because of stringent fuel economy and emissions standards before invading the u.s market with mass adoption expected by 2020 being pike predicts that the overall market for li-ion batteries in light duty motive power will increase to $22 billion by 2020 from $1.6 billion last year furthermore european trends indicate increased availability in charging infrastructure pike forecasts electric vehicles evs will be able to be charged in many more places thus facilitating growth including hybrids european markets are projected to grow from 0.7 percent of the market to a notable four per cent by 2020 this figure may appear small but it actually represents about 827,000 vehicles sold throughout the continent the biggest growth over the next seven years is predicted to be generated by battery electric vehicles followed by plug-in hybrids with hybrid electric vehicle sales limping into third place in most european centers pundits also predict that li-ion batteries will show up in hybrid vehicles as these are updated as well with great power comes great responsibility the technology does not come without challenges anticipated for its manufacturers these include improving energy densities reducing both charging times and cost per kwh and increasing life cycles battery chemistry received a serious boost in britain last september with the creation of a uk energy storage r&d centre for the advancement of electric and hybrid vehicle batteries to the tune of 20 million pounds the british government proves its commitment to growth opportunities in the low-carbon sector is serious as it moves forward with a 400 million pound commitment over the next half decade the centre is the latest move by government to secure future growth opportunities for the uk s automotive sector building on its £400m commitment over the but wait a minute is this really the future of battery technology a recent pike research report suggests that car manufacturers worldwide are stepping up efforts to offer more vehicles that utilize electric drivetrains last year toyota introduced the fifth generation prius which is now powered with lithium ion batteries this swing from nickel-hydride batteries suggests a newly-instilled confidence from industry with this chemistry especially when it comes to performance value while technology continues to charge forward in leaps and bounds li-ion chemistry appears to be protected for the time next four years to supporting electric cars and other ultra-low carbon vehicles the centre s work will focus on the development of a new generation of high performance batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles designed to be more economic and stable yet boast higher energy density levels than those currently available on the market a september 7 press release said the centre will focus on the immediate priority of batteries for low and ultra low carbon vehicles but it will have the potential to extend to storage for other transport applications including commercial and off-road vehicles rail and marine and to other technologies such as fuel cells closer to home pike projects that ford will lead the united states growth in plug-in vehicles followed by gm with the economy still in recovery some vehicle launches were actually cancelled during 2012 and overall bev sales sluggish hybrids were expected to lead market growth with estimated sales of 2.1 million in 2020 the us along with china and japan is anticipated to account for up to 50 per cent of hev sales korea is also expected to become a major player in the next few years as well following and processing the developments in green technology can be dizzying this column has largely focused on li-ion batteries as the next big thing but lithium air batteries which promise threeto-five times more energy than their li-ion counterparts demonstrate a lot of potential too and will be addressed in future issues events like the recent international show in detroit and the upcoming battery show in michigan in september will further showcase the incredible potential offered by batteries in all their forms it s an exciting time to be a part of this industry as new and vibrant alternatives to fossil fuel continue to make both a bigger impact and less of a footprint on an environment concerned for its own future march 2013 n autoatlantic.com 7

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batteries the biggest threats to a battery s health salt and cold our writer offers tips and tricks on the proper care and feeding of your customers battery during these long and unpredictable winter months by alex colgan resh seafood sandy beaches mild weather ­ atlantic canadians know that there are lots of benefits to living near the ocean but there are also plenty of downsides like salt air which is one of the most unforgiving forces in nature day after day year after year it relentlessly strips away paint and corrodes metal while corrosion is often evident on a truck s chassis and frame it can also wreak havoc under the hood harming your battery salt fog often arises in the early morning hours as sea salt is carried on the wind in tiny water droplets once the salt gets onto a metal surface it begins to break down the metal causing pockmarks or pitting although the interior of the battery is protected by its plastic shell there is one part of the battery that is vulnerable ­ the metal terminals corrosion on the terminals can interfere with the connection between the battery cable clamps and the battery itself is your battery corroded you can f usually tell with a quick glance ­ corrosion will appear as a light-green or white build-up around the terminals if your battery is undamaged you can protect it from corrosion with some basic preventative measures ­ coating the terminals and cable clamps with high-temperature grease this will seal the surface and prevent salt from settling on the metal however if corrosion has set in you can contain the damage by cleaning the terminals be careful when you remove a truck battery since the battery acid and electric current can be dangerous wear eye protection and follow your truck manual s instructions for removing the battery one of the easiest cleaning methods is to pour soda on the battery ­ this will neutralize the battery acid ­ and then scrub the contacts with a wire brush alternatively you can use a mixture of baking soda and water afterwards rinse with water dry thoroughly and rub some hightemperature grease on the posts before replacing the battery but what about further inland where the salt fog can t reach people living further inland usually experience hotter summers and colder winters than their coastal kin as a result if salt air corrosion doesn t get your battery chances are that temperature extremes will the growing popularity of sleeper cabs in particular means that truckers need to pay close attention to how they use their batteries says richard granholm he s the owner of battery world vancouver one of the largest battery retailers and suppliers on the west coast the man knows his batteries truckers with refrigerated trucks and sleeper cabs should have a separate battery for the refrigerator because those starting batteries are not meant to drain down granholm told auto atlantic all night long when they re sleeping their starter batteries are running the refrigerator draining down when they drain down and they start the truck in the morning it charges it back up but every night it goes down again that s called cycling so what s the problem typically low temperatures don t significantly affect the lifespan of a battery but cold temperatures combined with a discharged battery can lead to serious damage how it s because of the chemical interactions inside the battery the liquid inside of a battery is mostly water with a small concentration of sulphuric acid ­ ideally around 1.270 percent when the battery is discharged the sulphuric acid becomes increasingly bound up in the lead plates and the concentration of sulphuric acid in the water will drop this leaves the battery more vulnerable to freezing and since water expands as it freezes this can have disastrous consequences for the battery ­ cracking the lead plates granholm recommends that truckers who have sleeper cabs or refrigeration units should have a separate deep-cycle battery to run the refrigerator or to run items that they re using in their sleeper all night long they should not use the starting batteries for that he also suggests that truckers check their water levels more often keep batteries out of the sun and avoid letting trucks sit too long without starting using these simple measures you can extend the life of your battery for many years and avoid any battery-related mishaps on the road 8 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2013

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batteries batteries never die they are murdered by dave giles reserve capacity amp hour rating of an automotive battery eserve capacity rc is a battery industry rating defining a battery s ability to power a vehicle with an inoperative alternator or fan belt the rating is the number of minutes a battery at 80 degrees f can be discharged at 25 amps and maintain a voltage of 10.5 volts for a 12-volt battery the higher the reserve rating the longer your vehicle can operate should your alternator or fan belt fail most people looking at a battery purchase for their vehicle look at the cca ratings or worse yet the price what defines a battery s capacity reserve capacity rating is more realistic than amp-hour or cca as a measurement of capacity especially in deep cycle service batteries are usually promoted on their high cold cranking ratings and these are easy and inexpensive to build the market is flooded with them however their reserve capacity cycle life the number of dis r charges and charges the battery can deliver and service life are poor reserve capacity is difficult and costly to engineer into a battery and requires higher quality cell materials a quality battery with a high reserve capacity uses thicker lead grids the plate s skeletal structure to support additional positive plate oxides which are compressed into a denser form in order to add battery reactive material for greater reserve capacity and cycling performance in addition these plates are separated by separators these mats hold the active oxides tightly in place during the plate expansion which occurs during deep discharging alternator fails instead of allowing the oxides to shed off and precipitate to the bottom of the battery construction materials such as those raise the reserve capacity of a battery and increase the battery s cycle life with stronger construction and thicker plates the reserve capacity can be much greater over the life cycle of the battery thus calculating the battery s reserve capacity is determined by a 25amp draw on a battery at 80 degrees until battery voltage reaches 10.5 volts and is measured in minutes so a couple of examples would be a battery with a 90min reserve capacity in a vehicle with a .060ma draw would take 26.04 days to become discharged and a vehicle with a .075ma draw would take 20.83 days to become discharged the battery amp hour rating tells you how much amperage is available when discharged evenly over a 20 hour period the amp hour rating is cumulative so in order to know how many constant amps the battery will output for 20 hours you have to divide the amp hour rating by 20 example if a battery has an amp hour rating of 75 dividing by 20 3.75 such a battery can carry a 3.75 amp load for 20 hours before dropping to 10.5 volts 10.5 volts is the fully discharged level at which point the battery needs to be recharged a battery with an amp hour rating of 55 will carry a 2.75 amp load for 20 hours before dropping to 10.5 volts just looking at the battery s cca rating or price can cause headaches when you re considering a replacement this is especially true if your vehicle sits for long periods of time or you run batteries down leaving lights on when selecting a battery don t look just at the price look and the highest cca but more importantly look at the reserve number and keep it charged remember batteries don t kill themselves they are murdered 10 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2013 should have checked the reserve capacity amp hour rating!

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east coast road report atlantic road report transportation year in review from major highway construction to building enhancements to new airplanes and ferries the department of transportation and works has undertaken a wide array of large infrastructure projects throughout 2012 to meet the social and economic needs of the people of newfoundland and labrador our communities can see positive development all around the province in the kilometres of asphalt laid on the trans labrador highway and in the emerging corridor being constructed for the future team gushue highway photo at right said the honourable paul davis minister of transportation and works this year we have accomplished much in strengthening our provincial infrastructure in january construction began on the team gushue highway extension and throughout the year commuters in the bits and pieces of news you can use from around the atlantic newfoundland 12 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2013

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capital city region have seen much progress this $13 million investment will create the highway bed for a key piece of regional highway infrastructure which is designed to ease traffic flow on the northeast avalon the issuing of the final two paving tenders for phase i of the trans labrador highway which involved an investment of $65.8 million was a significant achievement for the people of labrador these two-year contracts will see the completion of phase i and provide a continuous paved road from the quebec border west of labrador city to happy valley-goose bay this government has completed a road that enables individuals to travel across labrador by vehicle an unprecedented achievement for transportation in labrador said minister davis labrador is a place of extraordinary potential and we are now helping the region realize that potential by widening and hard surfacing the highway to promote travel commercial activity and industrial development phase i is an important step toward the completion of the trans labrador highway province to assist with grading agricultural roads the provincial government will provide $50,000 this fiscal year to help improve the condition of roads used for agricultural purposes in new brunswick agriculture aquaculture and fisheries minister michael olscamp made the announcement recently on behalf of transportation and infrastructure minister claude williams during the annual meeting of the agricultural alliance of new brunswick this grading project is a major step forward in improving the roads used by farmers to transport their produce to markets olscamp said we are pleased to support and work with the agricultural industry to enhance business opportunities for farmers and help improve the economy about 40 agricultural resource roads will be graded in 201314 the agricultural alliance of new brunswick provided the provincial government with a list of roads in need of an upgrade the work will be carried out by crews and equipment from the department of transportation and infrastructure during the upcoming summer construction season new brunswick led roadway lighting president and ceo chuck cartmille shows one of his fixtures to former mp bill casey centre and nova scotia premier darrell dexter darrell cole amherst daily news nova scotia led roadway lighting bringing its technology to more countries on january 18 at led roadway lighting in amherst the province announced its support for good jobs and growth with an equity investment that will also give nova scotians preferred march 2013 n autoatlantic.com 13

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east coast road report shares in this global success story the province is committed to helping companies like led roadway lighting ltd which provide employment opportunities for nova scotians in amherst and halifax said cumberland north mla bri an skabar on behalf of percy paris minister of economic and rural development and tourism this company is highlighting one of our jobshere main goals to grow our economy by being competitive globally led roadway has more than 150 employees in its manufacturing facility in amherst and 50 employees at its research and design centre and head office in halifax the province is providing a $1-million equity investment which is part of a $5-million round of investment for working capital to help the company meet demand expand operations and create new jobs the province has been extremely valuable and supportive with nova scotia business inc providing services and programs that have helped our company expand our business both at home and abroad since 2009 said charles cartmill president and ceo of led roadway lighting we expanded our installation base to include more than 30 countries and our growth rate is very high significant sales opportunities are developing in several areas of central and south america the caribbean australia and other markets securing these projects will bring benefits to nova scotia in terms of employment and related economic activity we have a world-class technology that delivers true value to clients our continued relationship with the province is sure to help lrl bring that technology to the world the town of amherst was the first to convert its street lights to energy efficient leds bringing energy and cost savings pei introduces 511 system islanders and visitors will have access to the most up-to-date information on road conditions as part of a new 511 system says transportation and infrastructure renewal minister robert vessey the safety of the travelling public is a top priority for our government said the minister the new 511 system will help travelers make better informed decisions before heading out on the roads and help them reach their destinations safely travellers will be able to call 511 from anywhere in the province or visit an accompanying website to receive informa prince edward island when was the last time your hoist was inspected laws require mandatory yearly safety inspections of all automotive hoists and lifts by a qualified hoist safety inspector john maclean with over 36 years of expert experience in the service and repair of auto service equipment is a leader in hoist safety inspections john also specializes in hoist and reznor oil furnace installations maintenance and repairs john maclean automotiveequipmentrepairsltd 8 maple blvd truro ns b2n 4n3 phone 1-902-897-6299 fax 902-897-0115 14 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2013

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tion on the winter conditions of the province s highways the website became active in december while the phone component will be available early in the new year travellers can select a particular highway or portion of a highway to find out whether the pavement has been reported as being clear slushy icy or snow-covered the system also provides updated information on travel information for the confederation bridge left road closures and current weather information the information will be updated periodically throughout the day in the summer the system will be updated to provide information on any construction work taking place on the highways i m confident 511 will be an effective tool in providing drivers with the most current road conditions said the minister i want my auto trucking atlantic you or somebody you know would like to recieve this magazine get a free subscription to contests news and links more then visit us online at autoatlantic.com and get your free subscription www.autoatlantic.com march 2013 n autoatlantic.com 15

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