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“Is the Tesla Model S the Most Important Car of the 21st Century?”

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment
The all-new, all-electric Tesla Model S has Brett Berk charged up about the future of the automobile. Click on the image to find out why!

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X-48C Blended Wing Aircraft

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment

 Blended Wing Body Aircraft Lifts Off

“The remotely operated X-48C Blended Wing Body aircraft lifts off Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on its first test flight Aug. 7, 2012. The sub-scale technology demonstrator, modified from the prior X-48B configuration, is entering a new flight test phase in a partnership between NASA and The Boeing Company’s Phantom Works research and technology division.

The aircraft, designed by the Boeing Co. and built by Cranfield Aerospace Ltd. of the United Kingdom, is flying again in partnership with NASA. The new X-48C model, which was formerly the X-48B Blended Wing Body aircraft, was modified to evaluate the low-speed stability and control of a low-noise version of a notional, future Hybrid Wing Body (HWB) aircraft design. The HWB design stems from concept studies being conducted by NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation project of future potential aircraft designs 20 years from now.”

Image Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2329.html

Categories: Aircraft, Future Transport

MDI, The Air Car and Tata Motors

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment

“Air-Powered car coming to India.

This car runs on the ultimate emissions-free fuel: air.

In 2007, Mumbai, India-based Tata Motors signed a licensing deal with Motor Development International, a French design firm. The idea was to build a car that could run on compressed air. Now Tata says it has tested two cars with the engines. The next step is setting up the manufacturing plants to actually build them.”

-The Air Pod

– MDI’s Industrial Concept

  • 1/3 of the land surface is necessary.
  • 1/4 of a conventional assembly factory.
  • 1/5 of the total investment.
  • 30% more employees necessary.

In 1999, MDI imagined and created the “Dealer/Manufacturer/Partner” concept by commercializing turnkey factories to manufacture cars locally. Unlike the huge classic assembly plants (particularly pollutant), the MDI concept offers various micro production factories throughout the world. These plants will manufacture 80% of the vehicle and will sell them in the same location.

This concept represents a drastic decrease in costs and the logistic problems associated with the conventional process (stocks and freight of finished cars to the dealers etc…) and not withstanding it beneficial impact on the environment.

In the MDI production concept, the suppliers are chosen in a way to reduce costs, logistics and freights. All the purchases are managed at the MDI central purchasing unit, to beneficiate from the advantages of bulk buying.

Taking into account the amount of MDI plants necessary to reach the number of manufactured cars in a conventional plant, the MDI industrial concept allows for a reduction in the logistic costs and a decrease in the percentage of CO2 generated in the transport of finished cars and raw materials.

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