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"Citrus Dashboards"

3 years 4 months 4 weeks ago May 24, 2013 May 24, 2013 Friday, May 24 2013 May 24, 2013 2:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Thursday's column noted the history of car air conditioning, dating back to 1933 and further advanced from 1940 to 1952. Vehicle components emit a cancer causing carcinogen called Benzene that rapidly increases when parked cars are exposed to sunlight. Car manufacturers suggest vacating the internal heat by opening the windows first and activating the air conditioner-second. I received a response to the column from a viewer who noted that researchers at ExxonMobil are extracting citrus oil from orange and lemon peels to eliminate Benzene in vehicles. The implementation of a hydrocarbon substitute involves manipulating molecules in similar ways that polymers are processed. As dashboards, steering wheels, seat covers and other plastic components have been implemented in the past, future vehicles may include the same components made from citrus products.

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