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14th Jun 04. The first high performance electric delivery vehicle to enter the UK light commercial vehicle market has been launched this week. e-Mercury is a first amongst electric vehicles, it can travel at speeds of up to 50 mph as opposed to the usual 20mph. It travels 100 miles before it needs refuelling, instead of the usual 40 miles expected of electric vehicles. e-Mercury can also carry up to 2 tonnes, that’s 1 tonne more than existing electric vehicles. e-Mercury produces zero emissions and is almost silent, and because it is environmentally friendly it is exempt from congestion charges and road tax.
Designed specifically for the service industry and using the latest technology, e-Mercury is a landmark development in the future of vehicle technology. As well as having a futuristic design in three body styles, it will be cheaper to run and maintain than equivalent diesel vehicles. Using state of the art powertrains from Azure Dynamics, e-Mercury outclasses equivalent diesel vehicles. The power packs used to run e-Mercury are cheaper than diesel and therefore e-Mercury promises to save its drivers at least £1000 per year. e-Mercury has fewer running parts than a diesel vehicle so the maintenance cost is at least half that of a diesel vehicle. The new mode of transport has been developed by LTI Vehicles, the manufacturer of the famous London Taxi hackney cab, and e-Mercury has been developed to inherit the legendary durability and manoeuvrability.
Sheffield City Council will be the first local authority to take a number of the vehicles on trial and the city proudly hosted the launch where the world got its first look at the future of vehicle technology. LTI has received funding of £634,611.00 from the Energy Saving Trust’s TransportEnergy New Vehicle Technology Fund. This grant is to cover the costs of three demonstration projects, developing two electric and one hybrid vehicle technology systems.
22 Jun 04. Exostar continues to receive recognition for its extensive, secure access management capabilities developed for ForumPass, the company¹s Web-based application for design and extended team collaboration. ForumPass was launched in 2001 and has been widely adopted by more than 100 companies and thousands of global engineers and supply chain professionals. In early June, Exostar won the ComputerWorld Honors 21st Century Achievement Award for most innovative technology in the business and related services category. The award cites the revolutionary security architecture of ForumPass designed by Exostar, PTC, Evincible, @stake, and Exostar’s founding partners. The end-to-end encryption afforded by the architecture extends the benefits of remote collaboration by assuring that only the sender and the intended recipients can decode and read Internet-delivered documents. This technology was part of the requirement identified to meet the stringent security requirements of the aerospace and defense industry.
18 Jun 04. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit has introduced its new-generation NAVIGAT X MK 2 digital gyrocompass system to provide a cost-effective solution that satisfies international carriage requirements for a type-approved marine gyrocompass. The NAVIGAT X MK 2 gyrocompass is a compact, one-unit design that runs on a 24-volt power supply with two independent DC inputs. It provides five serial data outputs and one six-steps/degree output, and can drive up to four analogue repeaters. Based on the proven Sperry Marine NAVIGAT X MK 1 design, the new gyrocompass provides better than 40,000 hours mean time between failures. The system remains north-stabilized for up to three minutes in the event of a power interruption. The NAVIGAT X MK 2 complies with International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations A.424(XI) and A694(17) and the International Standards Organization (ISO) standard 8728, and is fully Wheelma