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."
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.