Chrysler announced it will produce three different electric-drive vehicles as part of its 2010 line of cars. The automaker has developed an electric-drive version for each of its brands — Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge. Chrysler will begin to introduce its electric vehicles next year for government, business and utilities. The cars were developed by Chrysler's ENVI organization, which is dedicated to developing electric-drive vehicles. The electric-drive technology is applied to the front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and body-on-frame four-wheel drive platforms.
With the electric-drive vehicles, or EVs, Chrysler aims to meet consumer demand for alternative-energy cars, as well as improve its corporate image. “We have a social responsibility to our consumers to deliver environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient, advanced electric vehicles, and our intention is to meet that responsibility quickly and more broadly than any other automobile manufacturer,” says Bob Nardelli, chairman and CEO of Chrysler. “The introduction of the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge electric vehicles provides a glimpse of the very near future and demonstrates that we are serious and well along in bringing electric vehicles to market.”
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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