A story on the website hybridcars.com predicts that hybrid vehicles will account for 7.1% of vehicles sold by 2020, while pure EVs will amount to just 2%.
The story, which quotes a study from Tokyo-based Macquarie Securities, says that alternative vehicles will account for 12.0% of total drivetrains. “Our assumption that sales of hybrid electric vehicles will outpace those of pure EVs is more favorable for Toyota and Honda than Nissnan,” noted Clive Wiggins, an analyst for Macquarie.
Toyota has said it will market a plug-in version of its enormously popular Prius in 2012, while Nissan has announced that its battery-powered Leaf EV will debut in 2010.
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.