May 5, 2012 |
The car: 2012 Mitsubishi i SE The power: 66 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque coming from a 49 kW AC synchronous electric motor that's powered by a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. It routs power to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. The photos: 2012 Mitsubishi i The speed: 0-60 mph in a long weekend (13.4 seconds) The bragging rights: Cheapest and most efficient electric vehicle currently on the market. Expect a 62-mile range from a fully charged battery, which comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
April 9, 2001 |
There's a Stage 2 power alert and I could be taken offline any minute if the California Independent System Operator orders rolling blackouts. But I'm not worried. I have a backup system that will keep my PC running at least two hours--long enough to get through a typical blackout. To test my backup system, I staged my own blackout by switching off the circuit breaker that provides power to my office. I'm still working. I'm writing this column from my desktop PC, which is plugged into an xPower 600 backup power system that delivers 600 watts of AC electrical current.
January 29, 1995
Michael Schrage's "Marketers Own the Electric Vehicle's Future, Not Engineers" (Jan. 19) is typical of the political approaches to battery-driven cars, which will not help with what is a problem in basic chemistry. When gasoline and air burn in a cylinder, the transfer of electrons and energy is quick and remarkably complete. Putting a few gallons of gasoline in a tank is fast and easy, while the air supplies itself. Not so with a battery. The same electrons must go through an "oxidizing" reaction, but the oxygen and the fuel must both be within the battery, and the oxidation goes slowly through some "electrolyte."
December 30, 2006
Re "EPA OKs fuel-cell car production," Dec. 24 I had to laugh reading that the EPA finally got around to approving the California Air Resources Board decision -- made three years ago -- to move away from battery electric technology and allow automakers to satisfy its zero-emissions requirements with fuel-cell vehicles. The irony is that in those three years, many fuel-cell advocates have concluded that the technology is fraught with challenging and expensive engineering problems. They are now once again looking at solutions that involve batteries.
February 8, 1987
The article by Peter Greenberg (Jan. 18) about hotel/motel fires was very timely and contained much good advice. However, one item not mentioned that I have found helpful is the use of a portable battery-operated smoke alarm. These devices can be easily packed in a suitcase. Fire department personnel advise that the alarm be hung about top of door height near the room entrance. And to avoid false alerts that the battery be disconnected when it is being transported. Even when using a smoke detector it is important to be aware of the location of an emergency exit, and the number of hall doors that must be passed to reach it. MARTHA ABELL Downey
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2008 |
An Anaheim chiropractor has been convicted of sexually assaulting four patients in his office who were referred to him for treatment by attorneys after car accident injuries, officials said Tuesday. A jury found Chi Van Pham, 43, of Yorba Linda guilty of four felony counts of sexual battery by fraud and two misdemeanor counts of battery. The jury hung on the charges related to a fifth victim who was 13 at the time of the molestation and sister to one of the four women whom Pham was convicted of assaulting, according to a district attorney's office report.