Jairam Ramesh said that electric cars are too expensive to be practical and will lead to electricity consumption that will be harmful to the environment. “I would urge the auto sector not to treat the environment as a speed-breaker,” he said.
Analysts interviewed by The Wall Street Journal agreed with Ramesh. “With electric cars you are just moving the pollution to a different location,” said Paul Blokland, director of the auto research company, Segment Y. “What would be a lot better is to get rid of the older vehicles.”
India has about 18 million vehicles, with close to a third being 13 years or older. On average, those vehicles are said to pollute about 20 times more than new cars.
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.