Out of curiosity, I went to test drive the Volt. It is compact and cool with lots of electronic bells and whistle. I was dumbfounded by the almost total silence except for the sound of the tyres while driving. I could not hear the engine even when the car swiched itself to gas. Yes you are right about the false advertisement as electric. The dash board showed the mileage on the electric battery as it dropped to zero and I wandered if it will splutter a little to make the switch but no it did not. It was still quiet on gasoline. I then asked to see the engine just to feed my curiosity. It looks like an engineering marvel. I hope the engineers will look into maximazing the energy generated from the spinning tyres and convert it to electricity just like the windmill. Then we can talk electric!!
I like the Volt. Never seen it but from what I've seen looks great... the problem I have with the commercial is that it uses electricity, no? Just like 50% of all the things they show throwing smoke ... how is it different? Am I getting it wrong?
It is very good to see and drive this advanced technology car, something we have not seen in a very long time. GM did it with the EV1 which was a high end demonstration and way ahead of it's time, the VOLT is reality. This car is a very large step ahead in automotive technology.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.