TJ, I believe you're asking about series versus parallel hybrids -- am I correct? If so, the answer is, yes, with an asterisk. Notably, the Chevy Volt uses a series hybrid configuration, in which the engine spins the generator and the electric traction motor drives the wheels. However (here's the asterisk), it also uses an unusual powersplit in which its motor-generator drives the wheels under certain conditions, usually around 70 mph. There's a lot of debate over this (see link below) but, in essence, the Volt uses the series hybrid configuration you describe.
In spite of sluggish sales in the hybrid segment -- plus a reluctance among hybrid owners to stick with hybrids -- Porsche is launching a significant new version. They must know somewthing we don't. Apparently the hybrid market is still very promising.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.