Detroit-In a setback to use of so-called zero-emission vehicles, early March found General Motors recalling its 1997 Generation I EV1 electric cars and 1997-98 S-10 Electric Trucks. The company says the vehicles were produced with a charge port that may fail during charging. If this occurs, heat could build up within the port and a fire result. GM's advanced technology group says that although the small part can be replaced in the pickups, the more complex EV1 installation precludes repair. The notice said the company would assist in termination of the lease, and "discuss your immediate transportation needs."
Generation II, 1999 EV1s were not involved "due to their uniquely different charge-port design." The company says electric vehicles are still very important to GM.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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