The top stories of the year are based on the number of page views each received during the last 12 months. The results for 2011 underscore the great interest in hybrid and electric vehicle technology and development:
Number 2 is a tie with and Electric hub motor improves EV range: Part 1—Technology basics . Part 2—Manufacturability and practical application Number 3 is Diesels challenge hybrids for efficiency, low emissions Number 4 is Special Issue: Inside the Toyota Prius: Part 5 - Inverter/converter is Prius' power broker At Number 5 is (My week of driving the Volt shows attention to detail in its design.) Driving Impressions: Chevy Volt Tied for 6th are (Further hybrid efficiencies are possible, but there is a better way to go—fuel cells?) and Is there a future for hybrid vehicles? Part 2
(Keyless auto entry systems offer convenience and safety, but turn
terribly inconvenient when a key fob fails. Just such an occurrence
prompted this story on the teardown and repair of a key fob.) Teardown and repair reveals design choices in Dodge key fob Tied at are Number 7 (not an easy task) and 8-bit MCUs provide cost effective, efficient high-brightness LED control (important for energy efficiency and battery life). How Bluetooth, UWB, and 802.11 stack up on power consumption Number 8 is With a relatively short time to charge, the hybrid plug-in Prius is, in effect, an around-town electric vehicle. Driving Impressions: Prius Plug-In Hybrid Tied for Number 9 is .
For engineers, development of the Chevy Volt is a ripping yarn which
has been likened to a program of "moon shot" proportions. Sharing the Innovation revelation: Engineering the Chevy Volt ninth slot is .
When transitioning to Model-Based Design for embedded systems
development, it is essential to consider an overall plan spanning
people, development processes, and tools. Plan strategies for adopting Model-Based Design for embedded applications: Part 1—Challenges and impact At Number 10 is . These devices also maximize performance and capacity usage of EV and hybrid car batteries. Monitoring systems ensure Li-ion battery safety and efficiency
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