With gas prices reaching record levels, consumers are showing an appetite for diesel-fueled cars, which are 20 to 40 percent more fuel efficient than gasoline-powered cars. A study by R.L. Polk & Co. shows that registration of diesel passenger vehicles in the U.S. including cars, trucks and SUVs has grown 80 percent from 2000 to 2005.
In 2000, there were 301,000 diesel cars on the road. That number hit 543,777 in 2005. In the light-duty market cars, as opposed to SUVs and trucks the growth was 95 percent. Gas prices have spiked in just the past two years, so it's not surprising to find that 2005 alone experienced a 31 percent growth spike in diesel car sales. Researchers at J.D. Power and Associates predict that diesel sales will approximately triple in the next 10 years, accounting for more than 10 percent of U.S. vehicle sales by 2015, up from 3.6 percent last year.
Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the industry group, Diesel Technology Forum, attributes the growth directly to gas prices. "In this era of sky-high gasoline prices, Americans are increasingly looking to diesel as a readily available solution to help alleviate their pain at the pump," says Schaeffer. "Gasoline hybrids and flexible-fueled ethanol vehicles aren't the only fuel-efficient choices consumers have today."
Lantronix Inc. has expanded its line of controllers for sensor networks with the release of a rugged controller that improves management of automation systems used in a number of industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, and chemicals.
Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is