Thursday, February 25, 2010
Honda has taken the first steps towards creating a true zero emission hydrogen powered vehicle for everyday drivers who want to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Hydrogen Car Explained:
How the FCX Clarity works: According to Honda, the FCX Clarity uses its fuel cell stack as the vehicle's main power source. Hydrogen combines with atmospheric oxygen in the fuel cell stack, where energy from the reaction is converted into electric power used to propel the vehicle.
Additional energy is also generated through the capture of kinetic energy from vehicle braking and deceleration (known as regenerative braking), which is stored along with surplus energy from the fuel cell in the lithium ion battery pack, and is used to supplement power from the fuel cell, when needed. The vehicle's only emission is water.
The new car utilises Honda's V Flow stack in combination with a new compact and efficient lithium ion battery pack and a single hydrogen storage tank to power the vehicle's electric drive motor.
The 'V Flow FC Stack' features an entirely new cell structure that achieves a higher output of 100kW, smaller size and lower weight, with a 50% improvement in output density by volume, and a 67% increase in output density by mass, compared to the previous Honda FC stack.
Now A tuner car, is what we call an import, which is a sporty, economical and a very practical car that is built for the purpose of daily usage, decent gas mileage and comfort, but has the potential of being a high performance car, which requires engine modifications. That’s what sets it apart from other High performance cars or sports cars, is that anyone can buy a tuner car and unleash its true potential.
Tuners differ from sports cars in many different areas such as price, engine displacement, horsepower and many other factors. They also differ from typical sedans or SUV import cars; they are lighter, faster and have better handling.
At $24,590, buying a new Civic GX won’t exactly break your bank account, especially since up to $7,000 will come back to you in the form of state and federal tax credits. But don’t expect to find one easily. The car is only sold in two states, New York and California, and Honda can’t build them fast enough. One dealership said they have over 80 people waiting to buy.