DaimlerChrysler has sent its first fuel-cell fire response vehicle to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. The district will operate the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell as a supervisor’s vehicle. The fire response car joins DaimlerChrysler’s F-Cell police car as the first zero-emission emergency response vehicle operating in the U.S. The F-Cell police car is being used by the Wayne State University Police Department in Detroit, MI.
DaimlerChrysler reports spending of more than $1 billion in fuel cell vehicle research in recent years. The car maker claims its research has involved gathering data on nearly 2 million zero-emission miles. “This program exhibits how DaimlerChrysler is taking on the challenge for industries and governments to create viable alternative-fuel solutions,” says Mark Chernoby, VP of advance vehicle engineering in the Chrysler Group.
DaimlerChrysler has produced a diverse line of fuel-cell vehicles that include a medium-duty Dodge Sprinter van, as well as Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses that operate in a number of countries.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.