“While many statements are made about the need for infrastructure prior to (EV) sales, I have seen much more evidence to the contrary,” said Tom Turrentine, director of the Center. Turrentime added that he would “expect the market for electrics does not depend at all on the development of a (charging) network, given the way these vehicles are used.”
The Mini E respondents are part of a field trial launched by BMW. Drivers in the trial volunteered and paid to test drive Mini E’s for a prescribed time.
We talked to a Mini E trial driver in January who said he would consider buying an electric vehicle after the trial is over, despite having been stranded once when his Mini E’s battery ran out of charge (see his blog, “Towed! After Only 87.8 Miles…Sheesh!”). “If they came out with a car that got 300 miles of range and could be charged quickly on a 110V outlet, I would be happy to have it as my primary car,” he told us.
Tesla Motors plans to roll out a “compelling, affordable electric car” that will sell for about half the price of its high-profile Model S by the end of 2016, company chairman Elon Musk said last week.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.