GM revealed a few details about the car, but the unveiling
really raised more questions than it answered.
Facts disclosed include:
engine will deliver the equivalent of 150 hp with a top speed of
batteries will power the car up to 40 miles on a single charge from a home
engine will be able to run on gasoline or E85 ethanol
can configure a liquid-crystal instrument display to meet individual
will be available in showrooms in November 2010
Facts not disclosed:
Analysts think the price of the car could approach $40,000
on the lithium-ion battery, which is still under development
materials used to reduce weight. The concept car featured a developmental
composite made from recycled beverage containers
The car shown features very aerodynamic lines that do seem
to include a partially polycarbonate roof – one of the features that attracted
interest in the concept car.
"The Volt is symbolic of what General Motors stands for
today. Certainly that means cutting-edge technology, exciting design and fast and
efficient product development," said GM Chairman Rick Wagoner. "The Volt
symbolizes General Motors' commitment to the future."
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.