Honda Motor Co. will soon launch a less expensive hybrid car to encourage more people around the world to adopt cleaner automotive technology and reduce car emissions. The newly designed model will be a compact five-door, five-passenger size with an exterior design that employs the concept of the FCX Clarity, Honda’s fuel cell car. The model will go on sale early next year and Honda expects to sell 200,000 units globally each year. With the addition of the new low-cost model, Honda hopes to reach 500,000 in annual sales of hybrids.
To keep the sale price down, Honda has significantly reduced production costs of the new model. The battery will be lighter and more compact, the motor will be thinner and Honda has repositioned the hybrid control unit and battery to a location under the cargo space.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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