Running an alternative car may finally pay for itself. In the past, hybrid cars have not paid for their premium prices in saved gasoline costs. Tax credits may help change this situation when it comes to the natural-gas powered Honda Civic GX. American Honda Motor Inc. has tagged its newly designed 2006 Honda Civic GX at a cost-friendly $24,440. The car achieves an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy of 28/39 miles per gasoline equivalent. Currently, natural gas is approximately 30 percent less expensive than gas when purchased at a refueling station, and approximately 65 percent cheaper than gas when supplied by a Phill home refueling appliance.
To further drive down the costs of ownership, owners of the Civic GX will be eligible for a Federal tax credit of $4,000 for the car and up to $1,000 for the purchase and installation of a Phill home-based refueling station. The ultra-clean GX is eligible for tax credits because it produces near-zero emissions.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.