We’ve been anticipating the Hyundai Kona Electric’s arrival in the U.S. in early 2019 for a while now, as it looks like it’s one of the best and most well-rounded electric cars money can buy. The only thing we didn’t know was just how much it will cost — until now: Hyundai recently announced it will cost just $36,450!
Depending on where you live, you should be paying much less. A massive $7,500 federal tax credit will be deducted from the final price, dropping the price to $28,950 ($29,995 including delivery). Furthermore, different states offer other tax incentives, such as California where the Kona Electic will set consumers back only $26,450. That’s 10 grand less!
The Kona offers a 64 kWh battery pack that with a 258- mile estimated range, which is better than any electric vehicle that isn’t a Tesla.
It will be marketed in California first, before expanding to other ZEV-focus states (meaning the state policy aims to make maximize the amount of zero-emissions vehicles on roads).
Mike O’Brien, the vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America, said, “Our new Kona Electric crossover is an exceptionally affordable, stylish and efficient compact electric CUV, tailored to the needs of customers who pursue eco-focused active lifestyles requiring generous range. We’re confident it will set new standards for the electric-propelled compact CUV segment, with outstanding value, range flexibility, appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity, and class-leading available safety features.”
With the newcomer’s price being so low, it’s likely that demand will skyrocket. Although there was initial worry that there wouldn’t be enough of these vehicles coming in from Ulsan, Korea (where the vehicles are produced), Hyundai recently reassured Americans their hunger for these cars will be satiated.
The question remaining is whether the introduction of the Kona Electric will expand the electric car market in general, or if maybe it will take business from other electric models like the Chevy Bolt. Only time will tell.
People Shared 40 Finds Whose Purpose Was Too Mysterious Until the Internet Came to Help
People come across funny and mysterious objects all the time. While many simply ignore and continue their everyday life, others simply forget about it due to other worrisome activities in the day. With Reddit and other search tools on the internet, we have revealed some strange findings in the world today, such as empty buildings, funny gifts, etc.
A Non-Functional Thermostatic Radiator Valve Control
A thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) is a mechanism that controls the heat flow in a room by adjusting the stream of hot water to the reactor.
The TRV is a self-regulating valve, which is generally expensive to obtain, and when it is tampered with, the temperature of a room will be affected. However, this particular TRV is not functioning again since it has been removed after it was discovered.
It Is a Man O’War, Not a Balloon
The Portuguese Man O’ War! is also known as the man-of-war, bluebottle, or floating terror. The jelly-like animal is a marine hydrozoan found in the Ocean (Pacific or Indian). It is regarded to be the same species as the Pacific man o’ war, which is found mainly in the Pacific Ocean.
They are poisonous even after it’s dead so just watch your step. They are not one single animal but rather a large group of different organisms working together. Their tentacles can grow to be over 100 feet long too. Although it superficially resembles a jellyfish, the Portuguese man o’ war is a siphonophore.
In the Garden of an Amateur Radio Enthusiast
The massive antenna is not just another TV antenna. It is known as a Yagi-Uda antenna, a carrier signal widely used in communications as the wavelength exceeds 10 MHz. Amateur radio communications and Citizens Band radio operators prefer this type of antenna.
It’s used in satellite communications networks at some ground facilities. Yagi–Uda antennas are made up of a single powered element attached to a radio signal through a communication wire.
Masonic Blessing Kit
This weird kit with three vials containing corn, wine, and oil is easier to identify if you are a Shriner or mason. The three vial contents are used as blessings in Masonic practice at the inauguration of a new building.
According to legends, the first workers who constructed King Solomon’s sanctuary were paid in corn, wine, and oil. In Masonic practice, the corn represents life and abundance; the oil is for healing, and the wine represents wealth.
Fridge in the Forest?
The description may sound weird, but that may be true as some observers agree that it is a root cellar or ice house. However, this may be untrue since it is located far from any village.
Also, it is not built close to a house which makes it easy for thieves to attack. According to the finder, the interior does not look like food storage as it had old polystyrene packaging. Although it looks very much like a root cellar, the most likely description is an old water pump house.
This reusable hand warmer starts to take shape, making heat after the metal is popped. Afterward, simmer it in steaming hot water to reset. Take a stab at crushing the internal thing, and it will cause a synthetic response.
The liquid will get strong and begin creating heat. You can reduce significantly more than one it chills off, and it will become fluid again and prepared for reuse. A hand hotter contains sodium acetic acid derivation, broken up in the water. The arrangement is ‘supersaturated’, which implies it has been warmed to disintegrate more sodium acetic acid derivation.
The Number on the Wall
This is for fire wellbeing. If there is a fire incident, the inn will alert the fire administration with a list of people to attend to and protect during the departure. In case of a missing visitor, the fire administration will realize which room they ought to be in.
Contingent upon the fire’s severity, perception can be incredibly poor at the height of the typical numbers. It has another reason also. It’s helpful for being noticeable to an impeded or older individual in trouble who has fallen, can’t get up, and needs to see the numbers to recognize their area.
A Tradition From China?
This mystery red envelope contained money, and it had the Lululemon logo from the athletic clothing company. Generally, the red envelope is a traditional monetary gift given at social and family occasions to celebrate New Year’s Day in China.
There is a myth associated with this tradition that is now adopted in different parts of the world. According to the myth, Chinese parents used coins to keep them awake on New Year’s Day so that a certain scary god will not disturb their sleeping child.
This tool’s shape made it a mystery for the owner who found it on a newly-bought property. As it turned out, this tool is very valuable for cutting logs. Known as the log jack, the equipment is used to carry fallen trees from the floor to make it easy for cutting.
It is also called a log lifter or timberjack. Without that device, achieving the same outcome is uncomfortable and even risky since you’ll have to raise and balance the logs on other trees, rounds, or something else.
An Elevator for Wheelchair Users
According to the finder, who was passing by, the structure seems strange since it had no noticeable entry and a table was placed inside. A usual call booth would not have a table inside.
Interestingly, as the findings reveal, this is a small elevator created for wheelchair users. It is a vertical lift known as Garaventa Genesis. This particular lift is the enclosure model installed in public buildings or private homes, and it can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Not a Drink Carrier
It is not out of place to get a drink carrier on a new bike, which the owner thought since the manual said nothing about it.
However, the device, which had two holes at the end, is more than just carrying bottles. This is a derailleur guard. The device, mostly found in expensive bikes, defends the machine mainly from lateral crashes and side impacts from large-surface-area objects.
The first idea that rushes to mind when you see the object is a key. Maybe it is a key, but what is the use of this type of key? While some believe it is a kind of janitor lockbox key, others think it looks like a key for thermostat covers or paper towel holders.
Well, it is none of all that. This is called a disc brake pad spacer. It is not used for opening anything. On the contrary, the pad spacer is designed to keep you from shutting the brakes without the rotor in place by mistake.
Contrary to the finder’s initial thought, this is a deck footer, not a septic tank component. Deck footers are an essential deck construction component because they provide the solid foundation that will support your deck.
The footers act to spread the deck’s heavy load from the top of a support post over a larger soil surface. This will help the ground to adequately support it. Without deck footings, deck support posts could sink into the ground under the weight of the deck.
Not for Candles
With each object separated, this was mistaken for a candle carry-on. However, this is an old three-tier dessert stand. It is often used as a decoration for serving dessert or other meals. The missing component of this object is the missing rod that would hold the two pieces together.
You may have seen the complete tiered stand on big occasions like birthday showers, birthday parties, wedding engagements, graduations, or tea parties. To make a DIY tiered dessert stand, you can purchase a threaded rod and washer or nut.
The ‘70s Galaxy Rides
This is a major amusement park attraction that sprung up in 1971. It is one of the Galaxy Ferris wheels at the Californian amusement park known as the Magic Mountain.
The Galaxy Ferris wheel, which soars 105 feet above the ground, offers visitors a bird’s-eye view of Valencia’s Magic Mountain amusement park in California. The Galaxy is only one of over 100 rides, exhibits, and attractions available for a single ticket price. Like a big carnival ride, the Ferris wheel functioned on a pulley system with one arm going down while the other moved up.
Weird Fruit Bowl?
Maurice of California created this 10-inch special futuristic modernist UFO-shaped container. It always looks fantastic in the middle of a Saarinen panel. It can be employed as a fruit bowl or an ikebana arrangement.
Flowers, buds, branches, and stems are repurposed as design elements in ikebana, the Japanese technique of flower decoration. Ikebana aims to bring out the positive attributes of flowers and other live substances and convey feeling compared to western practices of casually putting flowers in a vase.
The Hexagonal Hole Is Not Just a Design
Most coffee measuring spoons have this hexagonal hole without any description of how it is used. Well, it is not just another design as it is generally believed to be.
This part is often regarded as the hexagonal shape hole used to remove the espresso’s steam nozzle if you want to clean. If you have an espresso machine with this type of measuring spoon, you may want to use the hole to disassemble parts of the device.
The RV Mushroom Vent Cap
Roof vents improve the convenience of a travel trailer by keeping the rain out and reducing humidity. When riding under the rain, a vent cover helps you to keep the vent intact.
Modern vent caps would have a partially sealed top that will help to keep moisture and pests out. This model also works to minimize heating systems from back-drafting due to wind. Roof vent covers may not be needed, but they provide so many advantages that they should be included as safety devices on any travel trailer.
Secret Messages in a Book?
These ‘little letters’ aren’t secret codes with hidden meanings. Signature marks are what they’re called. In conventional bookbinding, a signature label is a text, figure, or a mixture of the two written at the base of the first line, or leaf, of a page.
The purpose is to make sure that the binder can correctly arrange the pages and parts. Innovations in printing technology have made the method obsolete, and signature marks are now uncommon in paperback novels.
It Is a Lighter, Not Soup
This Campbell’s condensed soup is a lighter that separates from the bottom. The persons who first discovered the item must have tried opening it before, which explains why it seems like it is rusted.
It is a joke item that is meant to open at the bottom. The owner had tried researching it on Google using keywords like ‘metal cans,’ ‘campbells condensed soup,’ etc.
A Travel Trailer for a Long Journey
It is a Mypod travel trailer that looks like a mini sleeper used for long-distance travel. Lighter & cheaper than conventional camper trailers & far less hassle than a tent or hotel/ motel.
The MyPod is made of complete fiberglass. The body is molded on a sturdy frame. It has a dry weight of 760 lbs. and tongue weight of just 110 lbs. It is perfect for small cars and still packs many great features.
The Sun Stone
The Sun Stone, otherwise called the Aztec Calendar Stone, is a model committed to the sun with pictographs of days, months, and suns. It was etched during the rule of Axayacatl, the 6th ruler in the year 1479.
An olive basalt stone monument that weighs 24.5 tons and is 3.57 meters in width. Eliminating it might break it if it’s simply modest mortar or sap or something. The etched themes that cover the outside of the stone allude to the Mexica’s focal segments (another approach to indicate to the Aztecs, maybe the right way) cosmogony.
Access to a Crawl Space
This is unquestionably a crawl space access. If it’s an ancient house and it got redesigned, they most likely constructed for easy access to fix plumbing and electrical issues in the home.
A crawl space was constructed to give a cushion between the house, occupants, the sodden, and the wet earth underneath. Construction laws, by and large, require working vents in the unfinished plumbing space to permit outside air to flow under the floor in the late spring to forestall dampness development that, among buildup and shape, energizes wood decay.
The Myanmar Blue Water Lagoon
This is the Blue Water Lagoon in the southern part of Ywangan Township in Shan State, Myanmar. The lake is in a gorge near the town and is reached by a solid flight of stairs, which stands out strongly from the lavish green of the encompassing timberland.
The flight of stairs was worked for the accommodation of the expanding number of guests. Aside from its extraordinary dark blue, the lake is likewise outstanding by its size. We didn’t expect that it would be so tiny.
Loopholes to Make Skyscrapers Taller
This skyscraper is known as 432 Park Avenue. It rises 1,400 feet and highlights a variety of penthouses and lofts for billionaires. The loopholes are saved for primary and mechanical gear.
Regardless of what amount, it doesn’t mean something negative for a structure’s most extreme size under the laws, so engineers unequivocally use them to make structures far higher than would somehow or another be allowed. The structure and close-by towers can drive high into the sky due to a proviso in the city’s confounded drafting laws.
Be Mindful of Skatestoppers on Steps
Those are classified as “skate stoppers.” They are made to keep individuals from pounding on the edges with their skateboards. Numerous urban areas, provinces, schools, property managers…even singular mortgage holders are searching for approaches to kill the harm to property that skaters and skateboarders bring about.
They are made of a conservative, low-profile plan that permits building proprietors to dissuade skaters without antagonistically influencing the treated surface’s appearance or usefulness.
The Search for Geoducks or Razor Clams?
Somebody was burrowing for clams with the aid of a clam gun. This would be uncontrollably illicit for an average individual to mine clams. The lone way that is allowed on this seashore is to utilize a 4-inch clam weapon.
The sides of the openings were excellent 90-degree cuts. It appeared as though a machine created these openings. There were 4 or 5 sets. All with 6 openings. Each perhaps 50 feet nearer to the water than the last. A stick jabbed in went 3 or 4 feet down.
Weird Pink Ponds in San Francisco Bay
Travelers flying into Bay Area air terminals usually spot them out the window: immense, bright lakes embracing the cove’s shoreline. The interwoven of earthy colored, green and pink, resembles an unusual blanket. They’re known as the “salt lakes.”
Salty water from the narrows is caught in huge lakes, where it begins to vanish due to warmth from the sun and drying by the breeze. From the start, the lakes are green or earthy in shading, similar to the actual cove. As the saltwater turns out to be tougher, it’s moved into different lakes where the tone becomes more yellowish. Finally, in the last stage, the “pickle” brackish water begins becoming pink as it’s known.
Brass Conquistador Stirrups
Indeed, this is a typical old-style Mexican “caballero” stirrups. You frequently see them in blessing shops in San Antonio and San Diego. They were intended for riding in the cactus country because the early Mexican cowpokes weren’t wearing what we would call “cowhand boots.”.
These specific stirrups, known as brass conquistador stirrups, are substantial and have been utilized. The bars where the stirrup calf skins are appended are somewhat worn. This specific pair is made of metal; they are very plain with just “tie” adornment – such stirrups can be exceptionally elaborate with shell or flower themes.
Not Just Any Tube With Balls
This is a termites indicator that eats at the paper/wood until it’s gone and the balls drop out. The green ball is not, at this point, noticeably bad.
Generally, this indicator can do more than what the product description says. It can convey new oxygen, demonstrate positive pressing factor in airtight fixed homes, ready presence of in-divider dampness or shape or give focal vacuuming.
Holes in Brick Walls Carved in the 50s
Youngsters with coins, generally old pennies, would cause this damage, or possibly that is how most folks used to do it about sixty or so years prior. Ages of children did it, to where there were enormous bowls cut away.
Children would have a special interest in a given scratch, and safeguard their spot from different youngsters who additionally needed to scratch. There is no clue about why those kids did it.
Interesting Functional Design
This design is not for beauty, as it stops wet mugs from suctioning themselves to liners. According to many individuals who have used the cup and other cups without the design, it should be the correct answer. At the point when the cup is loaded with cold fluid, water gathers outwardly from the cup.
The plug liner at that point adheres to the lower part of the cup and tumbles off while one is taking a beverage or at a more poorly designed time. Many have spilled their beverage due to it previously. This is a depleting door. If the mug is topsy turvy in the dishwasher, the water may collect on its base. This door assists with shipping the water away.
Not Just a Design for the Nike
That design was created for when your foot isn’t strapped. Users can bend the Velcro strap in half and leave it open to allow others to see the Nike logo.
It’s also designed to prevent creases in the tongue. This is also good for sneakerheads and the preservation of the quality of Jordans and other in-demand sneakers.
With the help of a bit of research, this is known to be ‘bell braziers.’ Brass Turkish bell floating orbs were used to heat homes, but they had many more openings for the heat to spread.
To warm up an old Victorian period house, an iron ball on a string was commonly placed in the furnace. The ‘ball and ring’ will then be moved from door to door and put into different cages or vessels to provide heat. This appears to be a similar unit.
A Cheese Dome?
According to Reddit readers, it may be a lamp cover, a cheese dome, or a wall-mounted window cover. Cheese domes are used for storing cheese if you don’t want to wrap them.
The domes are decorative and can be repurposed to store fruits or keep bird pets. However, this can be a lamp or candle cover, which may explain the bubble in the middle. This object will eventually extinguish the candles as the fire ate up any oxygen available under the bubble, making it appear like a bedside lamp that ‘turned itself off after a few hours.
Three Bright Rectangular Lights?
If you have descended into LAX, you will find these three bright orange rectangular lights, which is visible through the plane windshield. These are LED-illuminated greenhouses.
Compared to conventional incandescent bulbs, the Flowering Lamp will save up to 80% on energy bills. It’s suitable for plants that are photoperiod-sensitive. These lights are the most powerful, reliable, and customer-friendly method of growing seedlings at home than conventional lights.
A Multi-Story House
It’s a multi-story building, but there’s no sign of a drainage grate on the second floor. It’s simply storage space for everything you want to store there. The typical small design single country house in the 1950s was 950 square feet.
People will take advantage of dead space in a wet corridor or under a stairwell. Many observers assumed this used to be an external opening that was rendered useless due to an extension. On the other hand, there may be a stair foundation that enables the additional length in the lower half.
Don’t Touch a Wildlife Recorder
Generally, a curious person would pick up this object or even rip it apart to find out what it is. However, this is not advisable for things like this wildlife recorder. According to commenters who identified the object, the owner is most likely doing experiments on the area’s birds, bats, or frogs (most likely frogs, considering how low the water level is).
Researchers leave this wildlife recorder out for extended periods to capture bird calls. It is also used to estimate population, ecosystem health, and a variety of other factors. Touching it can affect the measurements or damage some expensive components.
Strange Spots on a Pressboard
The irritating stage spots were found on a pressboard coated with wood. People who identified the spots believed it was caused by poor ventilation. Generally, the bathroom’s humid atmosphere is forcing single wood fragments to expand, and they’re beginning to poke through the coating.
Glue and formaldehyde are bubbling up from the surface. It seems that the laminate on a panel is being lifted as a result of the moisture. It could be from urine, or it could be from bathing in a shower with inadequate ventilation.
Fruits on Sticks?
Like the person who found the picture taken from the Netherlands, the question is: why put oranges on sticks in the grass near a street?
According to the woman who planted it, the oranges and other fruits draw in numerous creatures in summer. Honey bees feed on the blossoms, and bugs eat my organic product, which eventually helps the plant sprout.
Garment Steamer Attachment
Garment steamers warm up quickly, but you will discover that they can keep fabric damp. So, remember that if you’re about to wear newly steamed clothing.
They are suitable on dresses and coats but not effective on jeans materials. Portable garment steamers are more convenient than irons because they are lighter and take up less room. The inability to press ridges into fabrics is a downside to using a steamer.
These squishy tiny collectibles were initially thought to be pencil toppers. However, the little plastic bubble toys are known as Squinkies! Squinkies, made in 2010, were available in a range of shapes and sizes.
Mainly created for young girls below 12 years old, they include toys in the form of humans, cats, dogs, and other animals. Manufacturers also created carriers, towers, and other items that enable using Squinkies enjoyable for the children. Squinkies are often paired with a complimentary necklace, gold bracelet, pendant, and other fun materials. And, yes, they can serve as a good pencil toppers idea too.
A Strange Dice
The usual die, used for creating random numbers for board games, is marked from one to six. For this dice, the confusion is not just what it is but what kind of game it is used for.
Instead of numbers, the dice are marked with arrows and targets. They are called scatter dice used in tabletop wargames like Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40k to mimic unpredictable directionality. Like every other die, the scatter die has six sides. Two sides have direct hits, making them a 1/3 probability of reaching the target specifically. Each side has an arrow that changes the directionality.
A Hammer for Jewelry Maintenance
This object is a special type of jewelry hammer for maintaining watches and other pieces of jewelry.
The accuracy and usefulness of this small steel ball-peen hammer, which weighs just 1.6 ounces, are outstanding. To reduce watch clasps, use this tool with a pin drill or a watch strap tightening device.
No Single Description
Like other products with a single name, the object consists of three parts: tee, nipple, and flange. They are collectively known as pipe fittings. These fittings are piping items that aid in the installation of piping.
For example, elbows and tees shift the flow direction. Materials like reducers and minimizing tees increase the structure of the pipe. Piping caps and couplings are used for linking various components. Pipe fittings come in a different shapes and sizes. Examples are Elbows, Tees, Reducers, Unions, Couplings, Adapters, Swage Nipple, etc.