This Week in Imaging: What Do HP PageWides and Electric Cars Have in Common? More Than You Might Think
HP Inc.’s recent announcement that (as part of its expansion into the $55 billion A3 copier industry) it’ll be purchasing European mega-dealer Apogee for about $450 million – as well as some recent research into electric cars – got us thinking about both electric cars and copiers. It appears there are two key advantages that both electric cars and HP’s A3 PageWide copier/MFPs share versus gasoline-powered cars and A3 laser-based copier/MFPs, respectively.
How is a PageWide copier/MFP similar to an electric car? First, both PageWides and electric cars consume far less energy than their counterparts. PageWides – which use single-pass inkjet printing – have far lower energy costs – consuming up to 84-percent less energy than laser counterparts. As for cars, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, charging an electric car costs about half as much as fueling a gasoline-powered car. The U.S. average per gallon of gasoline is $3.00. In contrast, it costs an average $1.10 per eGallon to charge an electric car, according to a tool developed by the Department of Energy.
Second, one advantage of electric cars is that drive-train electric motors have essentially one moving part, while gasoline-powered car engines have scores – and because those parts are moving, they may all periodically fail. Gas-powered cars have dozens of other item that need to be periodically replaced: oil, fan belts, radiator hoses, gas/oil/air filters, timing belts, and spark plugs – none of which need to be replaced with electric cars.
Similarly, with HP PageWides, only three components need to be replaced (including ink and an ink-waste box) – there are no imaging drums, developers, or fusers that have to be replaced as with laser counterparts. The result: less time in the shop for your car and less downtime for your copier.
Third, both are more environmentally friendly. Electric cars don’t have to use gasoline that contributes to global warming, and there’s less replaceable parts to be disposed of. PageWides use less energy, and there’s less packaging and transportation required for supplies and parts requiring periodic replacement.
Finally, as for speed, HP office A3 copier PageWides, with their single-pass printing, are just as fast – up to 70 ppm – as A3 laser-based copiers. As for electric cars, the Tesla Model S can accelerate to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds — faster than the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Last but not least, both PageWide inkjet and electric cars both share one Achilles Heel – that is, the leap customers must take from one technology that they’re comfortable and familiar with (laser in the office, gas-powered cars on the road). But history has shown that eventually such leaps are inevitably made – or else we’d still be using typewriters in the office and driving our horse-and-buggies to work. We think it’s a good bet then that both business inkjets such as PageWide (and electric cars) will follow the same path.