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.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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