EPA Issues Ozone and Refinery Emission Rules
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued two new rules that affect air emissions. The first rule strengthens standards that regulate ground-level ozone to limit emissions to 70 parts per billion. So-called nonattainment areas will have until late 2037 in some cases to meet the health standard. Attainment dates vary based on area and are the latest for parts of California. In the second rule, the EPA updated air pollution standards to further tighten air emissions from petroleum refineries. The rule requires first-of-its-kind fenceline monitoring. It also strengthens emission controls for flares, pressure relief devices, storage tanks and delayed coker operations.
Tesla Unveils Its Model X SUV
If you have an extra $132,000 lying around, you may have a reason to spend it. Electric vehicle maker Tesla has taken the wraps off its crossover—the Model X. The EV uses the same electric drivetrain as its Model S sedan. Tesla calls the Model X the fastest SUV, and says it can accelerate from 0 to 60 in about 3.2 seconds. It has a top speed of 155 mph and offers a range of around 250 miles on a full charge.
Going Driverless in Singapore
Singapore officials plan to test driverless trucks to move containers between port terminals. Truck platooning at ports could consist of a truck with a driver, followed by three or four driverless vehicles. Driverless trucks could cut manpower, boost productivity and solve the country’s driver shortage. Singapore also may test autonomous vehicles in selected urban neighborhoods where residents will be able to summon a vehicle via a mobile app.
Mellanox Buys EZChip
Mellanox is expanding its intelligent end-to-end interconnect solutions with the acquisition of EZchip. The companies signed a merger agreement worth around $811 million, and the Boards of both companies approved the transaction. The deal means that Mellanox will expand its reach to supply intelligent interconnect products for software-defined data centers.