Toyota and Honda introduce fuel-cell vehicles at the LA Auto Show
Automotive manufacturing giants Honda and Toyota have revealed new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles at the LA Auto Show.
THE TOYOTA MIRAI
Toyota unveiled its Mirai, a four-door saloon that will go on sale in Japan at the end of the year and in the US and Europe in 2015. The Mirai – meaning ‘future’ – borrows much of its technology from Toyota’s hybrid cars. It takes the electric motor, power controls and main nickel-metal hydride battery from its Camry hybrid, and the chassis from its Lexus HS 250h. The fuel cell and power electronics are mounted under the floor and the twin 60-litre hydrogen tanks are under the rear seat.
Toyota’s Mirai has a range of 300 miles, will accelerate from 0-60mph in 9.0 seconds and can be refueled in under five minutes. It will be priced at around £63,000, positioning it at about three times the amount of a conventional family saloon. Toyota chairman, Takesh Uchiyamada says, “The success of the car will depend on the ownership experience.” For that reason, Toyota is supporting the creation and maintenance of hydrogen filling stations in the US, but not in Europe where it is relying on the existing HyFive program which will see 110 stations introduced in six cities across Europe, including London.
THE HONDA FCV
Honda’s fuel-cell vehicle, the FCV Concept is due to go on sale in 2016, according to the company. The FCV Concept will build on the success of the FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle, which has been on sales since 2008.
Honda claims the FCV Concept will be more efficient and capable of being packaged in a conventional car body with all the major parts of the fuel cell installed under the bonnet rather than between the seats as they were with the FCX Clarity.
The FCV Concept has a newly designed fuel-cell stack, which is 33 percent smaller than that in the outgoing model. It is claimed to produce more than 135bhp and is fuelled by gaseous hydrogen stored in a single tank at 10,000psi, which gives the car a 435-mile range.
Both vehicles are capable of power take off functions that can be used to provide household electricity for up to a week.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.