Zetsche contended that “even in the best case, the cost of electric autos might run several thousand euros more than conventional vehicles for the foreseeable future. In other words, we need appropriate sales incentives.”
Zetsche’s belief that EVs have been overhyped matches that of J.D. Power, which recently released a study called, “Drive Green 2020: More Hope Than Reality.” According to CNNMoney.com, the J.D. Power study contended that in ten years “just 7.3% of passenger vehicles sold globally will be hybrids or plug-in cars of some kind.”
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.