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Kia Takes a Big EV Position
11 New EV's by 2025
Source: Kia's Concept HABANIRO Electric Car
2021 Dedicated EV
South Korean automotive giant Kia is going electric in a very big way. As part of its "Plan S", it's pouring $25 billion into electrification. Kia will launch 11 new EVs by 2025 and it will launch a "dedicated" marque EV model targeted for usage in 2021. Kia is going globally electric with a smart strategic plan behind its moves.
Kia Plan S
Their plan includes "Purpose Built" EV models that target corporate buyers, car sharing users, among others. Kia says it will find most of the $25 billion investment into electrification by cutting spending on internal combustion engines. Plan S is designed to transition Kia's business while continuously surrounded by two pillars: EVs and mobility solutions.
Kia is focusing on Korea, North America and Europe, which face tougher fuel emissions standards. They'll offer a full EV lineup in those markets by 2025 and expect that EVs will amount to 20% of their global sales by that time. Kia says it will offer both high performance 800 volt models and more reasonably priced 400 volt "derivative" models.
Kia is reassuring investors that it can sell EVs as profitably as gas combustion engine models by 2025. As for the 2021 Kia EV, the company says it will be built on a unique platform "specifically engineered to accommodate the car's world leading powertrain and technologies". The vehicle will offer crossover design that will blur the boundaries between a passenger sedan and SUV. The 2021 EV will fully charge in less than 20 minutes and have a range of 310 miles.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…