Range Change in Store for Chevy Volt Exclusive: General Motors (GM) said yesterday its engineers are scaling down the gas tank of the Chevy Volt and reducing its planned range by more than 200 miles. Full StoryApril 04, 2008GM to Test Lithium-Ion Batteries for Chevy VoltGeneral Motors’ highest priority technology will reach the proving grounds this month as engineers test the lithium-ion battery for the Chevy Volt. Full StoryCan the Concept Chevy Volt Recharge GM?GM's "Concept Chevy Volt" is a hot but theoretical entry into the electric car race. Could it restore GM's lustre someday? Full StoryComposites Technology Takes Off With Chevy Volt The first-ever use of thermoplastics as structural body parts was shown on the Chevy Volt concept car in the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. Full StoryNew Materials in the Chevy Volt Concept Car Also Generate VoltageSeveral close-to-commercialization materials’ technologies shown in the concept car provide significant environmental and design benefits. Full StoryReturn of the Electric Vehicle with The Chevy Volt Concept Consumers hunger for the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, but the technology challenges are no slam dunk. Better batteries are still needed. Full StoryChevy Volt Eyes Materials Revolution The next-generation materials approaches used in the Chevy Volt concept car last year are still “very much in play”, says Mark Verbrugge, director of the GM Materials and Processes Lab.GM Says Volt Is Still on Schedule General Motors engineers said Monday they are still on track to produce the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid by 2010, but unforeseen problems with the battery or powertrain could push the introduction back to a later date.High Tech Waste Bottles One of the more creative innovations in the Volt was the use of high-tech thermoplastic made from waste bottles. Delphi Studies Coating Change Engineers at Delphi Automotive are exploring the use of a thermoplastic to replace polyvinyl wire coating in cars.About Those Electric Vehicles...Apparently, it has become necessary to clear the air. First, I don’t hate the environment. Second, I don’t dislike hybrid vehicles.What about the Chevy Volt, Chuck!?I take strong issue with Chuck Murray's January 8 column "I killed the electric car" in which he complains about the six hour recharge time (6 hours) to squeeze 70 miles out of the GM's ill-fated electric car, the EV1.
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New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.