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.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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