The 2007 Saturn Vue Greenline SUV helps build a case for plug-in hybrid vehicles. The hybrids were upgraded with AFS Trinity Power Corp.’s Extreme Hybrid technology. AFS Trinity teamed with Ricardo Inc. to integrate the Extreme Hybrid system, which uses two ultracapacitors and lithium-ion batteries, as well as a transmission Ricardo created for the test vehicles. In road tests, the XH-150 achieved an all-electric range of 41.9 miles. When operating on batteries alone, its 0 to 60 mph time is 11.6 sec. In full hybrid mode, that shrinks to just 6.9 sec.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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