AFS Trinity Power Corp. launched a cross-country tour for its XH-150, an extreme hybrid SUV that gets 150 mpg. According to road tests in December at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds, the XH-150 accelerated faster than comparable gasoline SUVs in all modes. The XH-150 operated at up to 87 mph and up to 40 miles on a single charge. The car was developed using patent-pending AFS Trinity technology and was built with the help of AFS technology partner, Ricardo, a technology provider and strategic management consultant to the transportation industry.
“Because most Americans drive less than 40 miles a day, driving the XH-150 would mean using no gasoline on most days,” says Edward Furia, CEO of AFS. “This is an electric car operated by household current for the first 40 miles with a mid-hybrid mode that adds a gasoline engine that essentially gives the car unlimited range, still with better than gasoline-only mileage.”
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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