Racin’ in the street

(Mileage: 26,688 miles) "Tonight, tonight the strip's just right I wanna blow 'em off in my first heat Summer's here and the time is right For racin' in the street" –Bruce Springsteen OREM, Utah–Engineers can be a pleasant, friendly lot… until it comes to cars. No sooner had we set foot inside of Computrol, an EMS provider here, than the gauntlet


Kent Reporter

6/28/12 Kent man wins new Chevrolet Volt


The Year of The EV

Although by strict search-analytics terms, electric cars and electric vehicles declined or flat-lined in the Google-sphere in 2011, I still think we can dub 2011 the year of the EV. The year started with incredible buzz over the Chevrolet Volt, over infrastructure build-out, over government investment, over battery R&D and then as the year progressed, the tone got decidedly more

Would you send your technology abroad?

General Motors announced this year it will develop electric cars in China. That's all well and good and strategically smart, but it comes at a price: GM has to transfer technology to the venture. The Chevrolet Volt is not a part of the deal. According to the New York Times: "As part of the agreement to expand (the Shanghai-based Pan


45 ways to improve the Chevy Volt

(Odometer: 7,650 miles) WILMINGTON, Mass.–Everyone who’s driven the Volt on our around-the-country innovation celebration tour enjoys the experience, and often someone will toss out a good future design consideration. Analog Devices (ADI) took that idea to a whole new plane. When we drove to ADI’s facility on Oct. 5, we were greeted by a huge white tent, filled with tables

charging station

The electric gas station

By John Donovan, Low-Power Design, for Drive for Innovation When you run low on gas you look for a handy gas station. What happens when you’re driving an electric vehicle (EV) and you run short of electrons? Unless you’re doing an out-and-back run from your home charging station, you could have a problem. Right now the market for EVs is

EBN Editor Bolaji Ojo photographs the Volt before driving it to Boston

Would you buy the Volt?

(Odometer: 5,636 miles) PLYMOUTH MEETING, Penn.–Just before we took a couple-day break recently, we drove up into the hills around Philadelphia to catch up with my colleague and EBN Editor Bolaji Ojo. I had asked him to drive the Volt up to Boston for Embedded Systems Conference (and we’d rejoin the red beauty in a few days). He happily obliged,


The sound of silence

Electric vehicles make almost no sound. That’s a hugely important win after a century of loud internal combustion engines stealing what brief snatches of quiet we find on walks or bike rides. But that’s a problem. The internal combustion engine is not only a cost-effective motive force generator; it’s a safety feature. You can hear an approaching car. You can’t

The Center

Green ghost town

By Naomi Price, Drive for Innovation, Contributing Editor For me, the mention of a ghost town conjures up images of banging shutters, dust devils rolling down Main Street, and the wind whistling through broken windows. I doubt you’ll find any of these ghost-town staples in the new green-technology test town being built in New Mexico. Once finished, The Center for

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