Although there is a tremendous amount of interest in the electrification of the vehicle—there must be something there, not only because of the tremendous investments being made in the technology (for example, there’s this article in the current issue of the magazine about GM and electrification), but also because of the sturm und drang associated with it (as in the recent Tesla-versus-the-New York Times situation). But some people think that there is a more immediate means by which there can be reduced use of petroleum without wholesale changes to vehicle architectures: compressed natural gas (CNG). As this map from the U.S.
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Although the biggest challenge for the proliferation of electric vehicles (EVs) is undoubtedly the battery—they tend to be expensive, heavy, and not all that great when it comes to providing range—arguably, given the number of organizations that are zealously trying to develop batteries this is something that is likely to be overcome.
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General Electric Co. says its prototype 55-kW permanent-magnet traction motor costs less to make, tolerates high operating temperatures and has almost twice the power density of conventional traction motors.
Like the auto industry, the aircraft industry is focused on improving the performance of its vehicles, concentrating on such things as reducing weight and using alternative fuels. So we talk with one
of Boeing’s top people to find out what’s going on in that field.
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Good news! CNCs, PLCs, and PC-based industrial controllers are beginning to look and act more alike. They are also quickly losing their island status on the plant floor. The result is industrial controllers that do more on the plant floor.
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