Over the past year, UPS and EVI
have worked to develop the zero-emissions vehicle - the EVI-WI - to meet the
needs of the parcel delivery service industry. The EVI-WI is built on a glider
produced by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. The chases is then equipped with
an Utilimaster body.
Earlier this year, EVI received
California Air Resource Board (CARB) approval for the EVI-WI. This will allow
customers who purchase the EVI-WI to take advantage of a $20,000 CARB rebate
through the Hybrid Truck and Bus Inventive Project.
Both UPS and EVI have a long
history of efforts to reduce energy consumption. UPS says it has been
supporting alternative fuel technologies since the 1930s. The carrier currently
operates 2,000 alternative-fuel vehicles worldwide that are powered by a
variety of hybrid, electric and natural gas technologies. EVI has been
manufacturing zero-emission, all-electric power trains for 20 years, according
to the company.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.