BMW announced this week that it will unveil a racy plug-in hybrid concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September.
Called the Vision, the new vehicle will combine a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbo-diesel engine with a 10.8 kW-hr lithium polymer battery. Using the energy stored in its 98 lithium polymer cells, it will be capable of driving 31 miles in an all-electric mode. When running only on its diesel engine, it will get fuel efficiency of 62.6 mpg and offer a range of about 400 miles.
The Vision’s real eye-opener, however, will be its speed. BMW says it will go from 0 to 100 km/hr in 4.8 seconds and will hit a top speed of 155 mph.
Charging will take about 2.5 hours at a 220-V outlet, BMW says.
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.