Battery-maker, Electro Energy Inc., joined the Plug-In Hybrid Consortium in Washington, D.C. in May to demonstrate the power of Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) to senators and representatives who were meeting to discuss alternative energy. One of the vehicles demonstrated was a Toyota Prius powered by Electro Energy's bi-polar NiMH battery which is capable of driving 20 to 25 miles on a single battery charge without using any gasoline, the equivalent of over 100 miles per gallon of fuel economy. Further driving range is possible in the normal hybrid operating mode.
Plug-In Hybrid vehicles are designed to be powered solely by battery power for some period of time, significantly reducing gasoline consumption. The only infrastructure required to run the vehicle is a three-pronged extension cord for recharging the battery from a household electric outlet.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
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