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.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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