Motor Coach Industries (MCI) of Schaumburg, IL, finished a 54-day cross-country eco-journey that covered 8,600 miles and visited 26 U.S. cities, six national parks and six Native American communities. The bus builder teamed with Vermont’s Lamoille Valley Transportation and took 13 scholars from the Udall Foundation on a promotional tour to show off “green” transportation.
The students rode in an MCI J4500 LX motor coach equipped with a 2007 clean-diesel Caterpillar engine fueled with a 20-percent biodiesel, 80 percent ultra-low sulfur diesel blend. The bus also featured tools that monitored its emissions levels. Those who traveled on the bus posted video blogs about the journey on its website: Udall.gov. The American Bus Assn. claims even using conventional fuels, fully occupied motor coaches use less energy per passenger mile than planes, trains or cars.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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