Michelin has been showing off its idea of combining the wheel and tire into a single component as far back as 2005. Dubbed the Tweel, the novel design replaced standard pneumatic tires and metal wheels with deforming spokes around a hub. While uses of the Tweel are still limited, the tech is about to get a big upgrade in production with Michelin opening a dedicated factory to build them in Piedmont, SC, on November 20.
Back in June, we reported on the case of 16-year-old Chase Culpepper, a gender-nonconforming teen from South Carolina who was told that he had to remove his makeup – his "disguise," as the DMV employees called it – before being able to take his license picture. Now, he's suing the SCDMV in federal court through the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.
How does Charlestonia or Steeltownia sound? Because the whole livability bug notably biting cities such as Portland has gotten bigger via the proliferation of dedicated bikeways in a number of US cities. The latest to join are Pittsburgh, PA and Charleston, SC, Treehugger most happily reports.
It's been more than a year since we last heard about Roding Automobile and its lightweight Roadster 23 that was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but its parent company, Roding Technology, will reportedly be setting up its North American operations in Greenville, SC. While it doesn't sound like this will bring the sports car to fruition anytime soon, it could bode well for the automotive world as a whole as the initial plan is to focus on engineering, marketing, development and research of
According to a report from CNNMoney, BMW has been hit with a lawsuit from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after revised criminal background check policies resulted in the dismissal of 88 contractors, 70 of whom (that's about 80 percent) were black. A total of 645 contractors were required to submit to background checks at BMW's facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina after BMW switched contract companies at its plant.
South Carolina may soon lead the way into the future with electronic license plates for cars and trucks. Using so-called electronic paper, technology similar to what is seen on digital readers like the Amazon Kindle, these new license plates would be capable of dynamically changing from normal numbers and letters to a word like SUSPENDED, UNINSURED or STOLEN.
While the city of Long Beach, CA, could pit BYD and Proterra electric buses against each other in a race along the city's famed Long Beach Grand Prix route to determine the winner of the municipality's new bus contract, we know that's not going to happen. Instead, the city is debating its decision to award China-based BYD a $12.1-million contract for 10 business, reviewing the decision late last week, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports.
Thankfully, Truck Nuts have proven to be more fad than fashion, but that hasn't stopped a few truck owners from donning the hitch-mounted clock weights. Those who continue to hold their Truck Nuts near and dear should keep in mind that South Carolina law enforcement is having none of it.
BMW says its Zentrum Museum in Greenville, SC, is now fully solar powered and includes three electric-vehicle charging stations, marking the German automaker's continued efforts to boost its green credibility.
BMW is furthering its investment in America. You already know that the German automaker builds the X3, X5 and X6 at its Spartanburg County, South Carolina assembly plant. Now, BMW is adding to that complex by introducing two new programs and hiring 100 new employees. Workers at its facility in Greer will soon have access to a brand-new family health center operated by an independent health care provider. Use of the health center will be made available to existing employees, eligible retirees and
Since 2003, BMW's North American manufacturing facility in South Carolina has used methane gas collected from a local landfill to provide power for more than 50 percent of the site's total energy requirements. In 2009, BMW invested $12 million in its landfill gas initiative to improve overall efficiency. The automaker says implementation of the landfill gas program has reduced CO2 emissions by about 92,000 tons a year and slashed energy costs by $5 million annually.
The U.S. government's Commercial Paper Funding Facility was established towards the tail-end of 2008. The CPFF was created to offer companies short-terms loan when traditional means of establishing credit were crumbling. Lehman Brothers had collapsed and AIG was taking expensive trips while showing the world its pocket lint, but that didn't mean that other companies weren't in need of cash, and Washington stepped in to oblige. According to Bloomberg, among those parties taking advantage of the F
In 2001, Jesse Branhalm III was a 12-year-old in the back seat of a 1987 Ford Bronco II. When the Bronco's driver turned around to either look at or argue with the kids in the back seat, she nearly ran off the road. After making a quick steering correction, the Ford flipped, leaving the unbuckled Branhalm with severe brain injuries. Branhalm's parents sued Ford, saying that the way the Bronco was engineered increased its propensity to roll over. In the first trial back in 2006, a South Carolina