A test drive by The Wall Street Journal suggests that the Tesla Roadster’s 244-mile range may be a difficult target to hit. WSJ reviewer Clifford Atiyeh said “I never got close to Tesla’s claimed 244-mile range in which the car can drive without a recharge.” Atiyeh apparently made two attempts at reaching the 244-mile range. On one, he drove 125 miles and had 19 miles of battery life remaining on the computer. On the second, using the vehicle’s “range mode,” he traveled 130 miles and had 19 miles of battery range remaining on the computer.
The Wall Street Journal’s test vehicle cost $122,000.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.