Jaguar has rolled out
the C-X75, an extended-range electric supercar. Jaguar notes the C-X75 is
capable of reaching 205 mph, sprinting from 0-62 mph in 3.4 sec, and can go
from 50 to 90 mph in 2.3 sec. The car has four 195bhp electric motors - one for
each wheel - that produce 778bhp and a total torque output of 1,180 lb per
foot.The C-X75 is powered by two gas turbines that spin at 80,000 rpm and can
generate enough electricity to extend the range of the car to 560 miles while
producing just 28 gm of CO2 per
kilowatt from the car's plug-in charge capability. The car has a zero-tailpipe
emissions range of 68 miles running solely on battery power.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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