SWOT Analysis of the New Honda Fuel Cell Vehicle

Honda is changing the vehicle market as we know it, by making a vehicle that emits water vapor. Honda’s FCX Clarity fuel cell car is the new breed for green cars. This car has some similarities to hybrid, but nothing compares to its new fuel source hydrogen. Besides hydrogen it runs with an electric motor that generates electricity to the fuel stack and a lithium ion battery. The lithium ion battery serves as a supplemental power source. The lithium ion battery charges up while braking and decelerating. Some questions might arise when thinking about this new fuel cell vehicle, like what makes this car better than the other hybrid cars? What are the Honda FCX Clarity strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?

One of the biggest strengths about this new fuel cell vehicle is that it emits water vapor and is designated as a Zero emission vehicle (ZEV). The environmental protection agency (EPA) has given this vehicle the lowest possible emission rating. It also can be driven up to 280 miles before being refueled with hydrogen. FCX Clarity is achieves an energy efficiency of 55% which is twice the energy efficiency of the hybrid vehicles and three times the efficiency of regular gas vehicles. Since FCX Clarity is more energy efficient it has been one of the first fuel cell vehicles to receive certification from the EPA and the California Air Resources Board. Unlike the hybrids the FCX Clarity doesn’t need to be plugged in to be charged up and there is no need for regular gas.

Honda has many opportunities with this new fuel cell vehicle. First off Honda is designing a home refueling station. No more worrying about going out and getting refueled at the pump. Home refueling stations will elevate the stress at the pump. Also, Honda could make this fuel cell vehicle a household name and market this vehicle all over the globe. Honda just needs to get out there to show off their new vehicle. Honda is starting to market the new fuel cell a little bit. Honda has just released the FCX Clarity for Japan.

One of the few weaknesses for this fuel cell vehicle is its limited availability in the United States. Southern California and Japan are the only two areas where this new vehicle is available. Honda plans to release around 200 vehicles in 3 years in California and Japan. Honda believes that this new fuel cell vehicle will be able to be mass produced by 2018. I think this is one Hondas biggest downfall is the limited release and so few refueling stations.

This car is a little small it’s only able to carry four people. The cost of the FCX Clarity is about 600 a month on a 3 year lease. It seems a little steep for someone who is middle class to afford that payment. Not anyone is California will be able to lease this new vehicle. These people who are selected live near the refueling stations and they make a limited amount of commutes.

Basically Toyota and GM vehicles are Hondas biggest threat. With so many new hybrids and small gas efficient cars, this creates a problem for Honda. Another threat is Chevrolet. Chevrolet has developed a fuel cell SUV “the Equinox” and it has already arrived at New York City, Washington D.C. and Southern California. With this being said, it becomes a race between Honda and Chevrolet with the new fuel cell technology. How would the new fuel cell FCX Clarity size up in popularity? The lack of mass production and refueling stations, Honda won’t have a chance.

I think Honda has come up with a good concept car with its new fuel source. The new fuel source needs to be researched further before they should market this vehicle. This car is for people who are willing to go green and have the money to do it. The whole problem is making this car available to the public and easily accessible.

On the other hand Honda has a comparative advantage because of their home refueling station. There is no other vehicle out there that you can just plug in and refuel at home. Hybrid vehicles rely on battery and gas to run. You have to plug the hybrid in to recharge the battery.

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TransCube Fuel Tank Review

The business where I work needed to purchase as well as rent several fuel tanks of about 250 to 1000 gallons (or 1000 to 4500 liters). That seems simple enough. There are plenty of fuel tank manufacturers building many styles of fuel tanks. Unfortunately our requirements were very stringent and with a long list of “must haves” the list of acceptable tanks quickly dwindled; the TransCube line of fuel tanks, and specifically models 10TCG, 20TCG, 30TCG, and 50TCG were the only ones to fully meet our needs.

Our main activity is pipeline construction. In short, this means that we are always on the move following the progress of the pipelines in Alberta, Canada. It’s a rough and tumble environment to say the least, and equipment that isn’t “overbuilt” is quickly flushed out.

The short list of requirements for portable fuel tanks was as follows. (1) double walled (2) legal to be transported full (3) ability to mount an electric pump (4) fuel theft deterrence (5) moveable with crane and forklift.

In my search I learned that some single walled fuel tanks are indeed legally transportable when full. We would have considered that as an option as they are obviously less expensive, but our client has a green initiative that required dual walled tanks. Fortunately the Transcubes are dual walled and Transport Canada Approved and though I didn’t research what the importance of it is, it also carries UL certification.

The TransCubes that we rented to be mobile were outfitted with 12 volt DC pumps that would allow the battery of a pickup truck to power the pump with auto shutoff nozzle. We purchased some 10TCG tanks to plumb directly into our portable light towers in our camp areas, and we also bought some 20TCG, 30TCG, and 50TCG tanks to both supply our camp generators with fuel and also power a 120 volt pump built into the TransCube fuel tanks to fuel trucks and other equipment in our yard.

Though we haven’t encountered any fuel theft issues recently, it has been a problem in the past on our sites with unsupervised tanks. To combat fuel theft, TransCube tanks have a lid that is about 2 feet square. Underneath the lid is where the fuel pump and hose/nozzle, fuel level gauge, filling port, and all of the various drop tubes are located. When brought down into the closed position, there is a spot just big enough for a standard padlock, but tight enough to not allow bolt cutters access.

Finally, the Transcubes have fork pockets on all 4 sides as well as 4 crane lifting points which can be used when full of fuel. The added bonus is the lifting points are constructed to allow a second tank to sit on top of it for transport or if storage space is limited.

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Hydrogen Fuel Kits for Cars and Trucks – What You Need to Know

Myth # 1

People who sell these Hydrogen car conversion fuel kits mention that these Hydrogen car conversion fuel kits burn water.

Answer :

Hydrogen car conversion fuel kits do not burn water, that's not true. They use power from the car battery to separate the water into hydrogen and oxygen elements and utilize the extra energy released to mix with the fuel and the vehicle uses the released gas more of the time than the fuel itself.

Myth # 2

Hydrogen car kits are not useful. They spend a lot more energy splitting the water into its original elements than burning the resulting gas. It's just simple physics.

Answer:

Hydrogen gas is used as an additive which significantly improves the efficiency of the fuel burning process. The mix burns faster and a smaller amount of energy is dissipated as heat is converted to clean energy.

Myth # 3

If this hydrogen fuel conversion product works so well then why was it not on board so many years ago?

Answer:

Car manufacturers streamline every process they have. Diesel engines, which are more efficient than standard engines have been around for longer than or as long as cars, yet they warrant only a minor presence in the automotive industry. These manufacturers always compare the benefits of an improved design with the cost of modifying an assembly line, guess what, the lower cost argument always wins.

Myth # 4

Hydrogen Fuel Conversion Kits Costs must be sky high

Answer

These systems were invented by others who were extremely passionate about making that important difference in the automotive world. They had very low budgets and access to only components off of their shelves to make this product and design functional.

Myth # 5

If these hydrogen car kits really are good, would not the government be using them or supporting them in some shape?

Answer:

The government does not support such conventions, not because these hydrogen car fuel conversion kits do not work, because there are no company interests or lobbyists trying to wage war on them in the background. The government is supporting ethanol fuel, which is not particularly effective (especially when it is in its corn form), but produces large monetary gains for the agricultural business establishment.

These are the un-adulterated facts. If you decide to try and install one of these amazing hydrogen fuel conversion kits for cars, trucks, motorcycles and more and want to save 50-80% at the gas pumps, then check out the three that passed all 5 myths.

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Milwaukee M12 FUEL 3in. Compact Cut Off Tool Kit 1 Battery Charger Model# 2522-21XC



The Milwaukee® M12 FUEL™ 3in. Compact Cut Off Tool delivers multi-material cutting capability in an ergonomic package, optimized for one-handed use. Spinning at 20,000 RPM and featur…

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The Duel of Fuel and Electric

The history of automobile emphasizes on luxury, comfort, and aesthetics over performance, power, speed and safety. This is true for its original necessity – transportation and conveyance. However, if we consider buying a car with more horsepower that is safe for everyday use and gives more mileage – gasoline-powered cars are the best choice – both for highways and racetracks.

The theory is not merely a wild speculation or desktop projection, it’s a real world simulation. The UC Davis has recently launched the “EV Project” that allowed the car-users to simulate their commute in an EV (Electric Vehicle) compared to a gas-powered vehicle. The project found that, a 50-mile round-trip commute could save an electric 2014 Chevrolet Volt owner about $1,000 of annual fuel costs compared to driving a gasoline-based 2014 Ford Focus. However, pure electric cars are more expensive than their gas-based counterparts. For instance, a 2018 Ford Focus costs less than $18,000, while the 2018 Chevrolet Volt will set consumers back more than $34,000 and the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt will take more than $38,000. Solving the equation in this hypothetical scenario, it would take the Chevy owner more than 17 years to recoup the extra costs of buying an Electric. In other words, EVs are not suitable for the users who plan to hold on to the vehicle for a long period of time. EVs also cost more upfront than gas-based cars. They need supporting charging infrastructure, plug-in accessibility and specialized maintenance workshops, which are not adequate yet to meet the rising consumer demand.

The added concern is spiced up when it comes to mileage and range. With a single charge, most of the elite EVs like Tesla Model X, Model S, Model 3, Chevrolet Bolt, and 2018 Nissan Leaf can run only 225 miles on an average in an ideal scenario. This number can get as low as 170 on cold or hot days with heater or AC running full blast. Hybrids and gas-based cars are better options in this case. To get full potential of the Hybrids, some auto buyers opt for the Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV). A 2018 Chevrolet Volt, for instance, has 53 miles of electric range, and a conventional gas tank for longer trips up to 420 miles.

It is true that EVs are environment friendly but they are not necessarily clean as the electricity is generated somehow. It is comparable to using the same fossil fuel – only cleaner. The EVs run on lithium-ion battery, which needs to be mined from the ground. Chemically, lithium is a corrosive alkali metal which disposes hazardous gaseous derivatives when it comes in contact with moisture, resulting in increased environment pollution. In application, this may cause the EVs to emit hazardous gases or even catch fire if they are stored in a cold weather or are not properly maintained. The current electric infrastructure of such technology does not provide provision for reusing the batteries or recalibrating the disposal costs. Fuel-based cars can be easily rebuilt, their engines swapped and fuels filtered; but not so currently with an Electric.

The technology of the “Future Transportations” is still young and expensive than their gas-based cousins. The EVs may be easier to charge, but they cost more in the medium-long run. Even the most advanced EV batteries wear out eventually and need frequent replacement. For such replacement, Tesla Model 3 battery pack costs $190 per kWh and Chevy Bolt battery pack $205 per kWh. The charging stations are another link to the EV sustenance. In a euphoric state, consumers can skip the gas stations and ‘fill-up’ their EV either from a charging station on their way to work or through an added solar array sitting in their home. In reality, while gas stations can be found every 1 mile on a regular highway, EV battery charging stations may not be found that often. People living in apartments or condos may find it difficult to get the charging plug-ins. At a high cost, the plug-ins are now available only in the most advanced countries, such as the US and Western Europe. Not to mention, this becomes a deal breaker for many new buyers and gives headache to auto owners in the developing countries.

The perennial debate gains much traction over automobile safety issue. In theory, EVs are less combustible than gas cars. However, once caught on flame, EVs are hard to put out. In October 2017, a Tesla Model S caught fire after it crashed into a concrete barrier on Ahlberg Expressway in Austria. The incident took 35 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. Recently, on March 23, 2018, a Tesla Model X rammed headfirst into an unshielded median on Highway 101 in California and caught on fire. The blaze shut the highway for 5 hours which became a nightmare for the firefighters to put out. The EV motors are not responsible for such disastrous accidents. The potent villains are the lithium-ion batteries that can fuel hotter fires and release intense heat and are harder to extinguish. The battery fires further generate a range of toxic fumes, smoke and gas that pose greater danger for daily commute and the environment. At present, only a handful personnel from the EV makers have the expertise in tackling such electrical emissions and hazards. The state firefighters and general commuters are not always aware of this ‘technological knowhow’ as the EVs do not come with a detailed manual of ‘101 of Putting Out your EV Fire’!

The recent crashes are bringing back the debate on whether EVs are safer than diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles when it comes to safety. In black and white, the Tesla Model X may have a perfect score for crash test safety rating. But hands-on experiences and records always prove stronger than rainbow promises and white-washed lab results. With technological breakthrough EVs may be the harbinger of transportation revolution in the coming decades. Battery packs replacement cost may drop to as little as $73 per kWh after 2030 and the current range anxiety may become a thing of past. The Hybrids and EVs may offer greater options and more convenience to the demanding consumer end and new commercial setup. But at this stage, if we consider road safety for tension-free travel, it is easier to bet on the ‘combustion’ engines over the battery run motors.

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Fuel Micro Charger 2 – World’s Smallest EDC Emergency Battery Bank.



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Macquarie Shopping Centre Electric Car Charger is tricky to find



There are two ChargePoint Type 1 J1772 chargers located at the Macquarie Shopping Centre carpark. These chargers are difficult to reach as they are ‘hidden’ behind the valet parking area. This video shows you how to get to these chargers (without having to pay for valet).

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NRMA Electric Car Charging Network (Oct 2018 Update)



The NRMA is rolling out 40 electric car charging locations across NSW and ACT as part of its Social Dividend Reinvestment Strategy. The plan is set to cost the NRMA $10 million dollars and will account for 95% of road trips taken by NSW and ACT motorists. Each charger will be spaced at most 150km apart on major roadways. The latest location to go online is Mittagong, located at the Mittagong RSL Club carpark. All NRMA chargers are supplied by Australian company Tritium Veefil who have also supplied charging networks across Europe, USA and locally in Australia. Tritium chargers are rapid DC chargers using either ChaDeMo or CCS2.

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NRMA installs charger in Southern Highlands: https://www.mynrma.com.au/community/news-and-media-centre/nrma-installs-first-ev-fast-charging-station-in-southern-highlands?fbclid=IwAR0mKZ_RPFGSlsxU4S6v7Kz9eBOL48ZsmFt5hh148vdgryd_BqLRRzEUX9s

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How BMW EfficientDynamics Helps to Save Fuel

EffcientDynamics is the latest technology adopted in some of BMW models like 1 series, 3 series and 5 series. This technology aims to deliver more fuel efficiency and eco friendliness without comprising the on the driving experience.

Following are the fuel saving features of EffcientDynamics in BMW

Auto start stop

This saves plenty of fuel and emissions from the car being released. When cars are idle the car is switched off so energy is saved. The engine is able to be turned on simply by pressing down on the clutch. Brake energy regeneration Applying the brakes will not waste energy with this technology; in fact it will reuse it. The battery is recharged using the recycled energy. In effect less C02 emissions are released along with your car having better fuel efficiency.

Electric Power Steering

The steering system is designed in such a way that energy is only used when the wheel is actually turned, and not when the car is driving straight. This naturally reduces fuel consumption. Optimum shift indicator This is a recommendation system built within the car to suggest when to change gears. Following the indicator will give great fuel efficiency as the car will not over rev.

Lightweight engineering

The bodywork as well as the engine is both made of lighter materials. This naturally reduces the power needed for the car to drive forward, thus reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption. The car also much more responsive and has improved handling.

Reduced rolling resistance tyres

Using this technology a lot less friction is caused between the tyres and road. This effectively brings about better fuel efficiency and allows the car to emit less C02 emissions.

Low-friction fluids

Engine oil and transmission fluid are designed to flow with more efficiency throughout the car, working together. Less fuel consumption and C02 emissions are achieved, along with a smoother drive.

Active aerodynamics

Vents are closed automatically to help the engine perform better, quicker from the beginning of journeys and for to be more fuel efficient. Instead of the car wasting fuel to power the engine, vents are opened and air is let in. This naturally reduces the need for fuel to be used. The vents however will be open to cool the car’s engine components when needed.

Efficientdynamics is an excellent example of BMW’s commitment to greener environment and big step toward the company’s vision of ’emission free driving. Servicing BMW as per the manufacturer schedule is also essential for achieving the maximum fuel efficiency.

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How To DIY Solar Battery Charger



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