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The Duesenberg LegacyHave you ever heard someone say, "it's a doozy?" That term exists thanks to Duesenberg, the automobile company, coining the phrase, "it's a Duesy!"

The Beginnings

Duesenberg Motors Company was founded in 1913 by brothers August and Frederick Duesenberg in St. Paul, Minnesota. Initially building racing engines and cars, they moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey, when they received a lucrative government contract heading into World War I.

Once the contract ended, they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, to get back into racing. What's incredible is that the brothers were entirely self-taught, yet garnered a reputation for building some of the finest racing engines and cars the world had ever seen.

Resale Values of Electric VIn 2006, a film was released titled "Who Killed The Electric Car?" After unpleasant vehicles like the GM EV-1 came and went, the automotive community silently went back to internal combustion engine refinement, and electric cars receded into our collective memories.

Then came Tesla, and we realized electric cars could be fun. Also, we realized cars are polluting the atmosphere. With that being said, as pervasive as electric cars are becoming, the electric car is still a relatively new technology.

For people interested in using electrons to power their vehicles instead of small, controlled explosions, use EVs are an option, though EV prices are climbing.

Where Do Electric Vehicle BThe main components of electric vehicles are much the same as conventional cars — except for the batteries. Gas-powered vehicles use lead-acid batteries that are recyclable, but disposing of lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries is a bit more complicated.

EV batteries are bigger and heavier than regular batteries. They are dangerous because lithium-ion cells can explode during disassembly. This potential for disaster may be one reason only five percent of EV batteries are recycled.

How to Dispose of EV Batteries

EV sales may reach more than 45 million by 2030. Some carmakers plan to phase out combustion engines in a few decades. Yet, the US has no established mandates for recycling EV batteries.

The Brief History of SquattYou may not believe it, but there's a reason for the lifted front end of a pick-up truck. If you've seen one, your first thought may be, "why?" Why would someone want a vehicle like that?

The trend is known as squatted trucks or the Carolina Squat. At first, the design was meant to enhance performance during desert racing. Today, it's mostly an attempt to stand out and gain attention. Surprisingly, thousands of people follow social media pages dedicated to these vehicles.

Reasons for Squatted Trucks

The squatted truck trend started in California and spread across the country. Members of the Baja Racing Circuit wanted to race better in the desert sand, so they raised the front of their trucks to improve landing after jumps. Their goal was to prevent nosedives that could damage the vehicle or injure the driver.

Truck modification culture led some automobile manufacturers to sell squat kits. Now any driver can modify their vehicle with a lift kit or suspension kit. However, if you're not into desert racing, there is no reason to alter your vehicle. The dangers and disadvantages are not worth the cost and effort.

Popular Songs About CarsCars and music: they're a perfect combination. Who doesn't enjoy driving with the windows down, music blasting away? The invention of car radios in the 1930s started the trend of associating music with driving, but it wasn't long before another trend appeared.

As vehicles became more attractive and efficient, they took on a distinct persona. Their owners took pride in them. People bragged about their cars at every opportunity, and they started writing songs about them.

Songs About Cars Everyone Loves

You will undoubtedly have your own favorites to add to this list, but here are some popular songs about cars and driving them.

'Little Deuce Coupe' by The Beach Boys — 1963