Design News reader Chris Gaylo worked with his son to convert a 1991 Volkswagen Cabriolet to an electric vehicle (EV) with a 50-60 mile range and a top speed of 75 mph. Gaylo, who used lead-acid batteries on his EV, contends that our article about the difficulties facing EV battery makers was skewed. “It should not take nearly the level of effort that’s being professed,” he wrote. See Gaylo’s EV on his website.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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