Will there be only one survivor in the battle between electric vehicles and traditional cars? The two technologies will co-exist for a while yet.
Ask most people what ‘industrial’ means to them, and it’s likely to be the image of giant ladles pouring hot molten metal into a giant oven. Nothing embodies large scale manufacturing more poignantly than steelmaking in a blast furnace.
Living on an island may conjure up romantic images, but it isn’t without its challenges - electricity being one of them. Countries with large island territories like Japan and Indonesia as well as a number of African countries often struggle to get power to their offshore regions. Connecting disparate islands with subsea cables is costly and complex. Therefore island power lines are often separate from mainland grids. Building local power plants is usually unviable for the sizes of population served. Offshore power sources like wind and tidal energy are becoming increasingly popular, but they are only practicable when islands can be connected up easily. More often than not, diesel power generators are the last resort, but this is pricey and not environmentally friendly.
What kind of object do you imagine when you hear the term “forklift truck”? You might get a good idea from a description of a work vehicle for industry with two horizontal forks that can move up and down attached to its front, enabling it to lift and carry cargo weighing many tons. Having been involved with various engine-type and battery-type forklift trucks in the field of industrial vehicles, the General Machinery & Special Vehicle Headquarters recently unveiled the world’s first environmentally-conscious engine and battery hybrid-type. I visited the production factory in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
The transportation infrastructure that supports our daily lives has been continuously evolving. At the same time, the concentration of growing populations in urban areas stemming from economic development is leading to serious traffic congestion and environmental degradation. As a means for resolving these issues, large cities are extending subway lines and expanding other public transportation systems.