Electric car maker ZAP of Santa Rose, CA, has partnered with Lotus Engineering and Brazilian car manufacturer Obvio! to produce and distribute alternative-energy vehicles. ZAP is working with Lotus to develop a high-performance crossover SUV electric car concept called ZAP-X. The car will utilize energy-efficient gas systems, hydrogen, electric, fuel cell, ethanol, hybrid and other alternative power systems. ZAP is also entered into a distribution agreement with Obvio! to distribute the company's micro-cars that are designed to run on ethanol, gasoline or any combination of the two energy sources.
ZAP recently opened up new distribution for its all-electric cars and trucks in Portland, OR. ZAP's electric vehicles, the Xebra sedan, truck and scooter are designed as gas-free transportation for urban driving. The cars can reach up to 40 mph and they are priced just over $10,000.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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