Infiniti, the luxury car division of Nissan, will roll out an electric car in 2014. The new EV will be based on Nissan’s all-electric Leaf, which will debut at the end of this year, according to the web site, topgear.com.
Although it will share the platform with the Leaf, it will use a different body, the web site says.
Presumably, it will also offer more luxury amenities. Nissan has said that the Leaf will standard LED headlights, along with standard Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius/XM satellite radio capabilities, electronic stability control, traction control and six airbags. No information is yet available on the features in the Infiniti EV.
Along with Nissan and Infiniti, a broad array of automakers have promised pure EVs. Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, BYD, Tesla and others have announced forthcoming battery-electric vehicles.
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.