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.
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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