American Honda Motor Co. Inc. has introduced the natural gas-powered 2007 Honda Civic GX to the New York State market. This is the first time the vehicle is available outside the California market. The Civic GX is the only dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available to retail customers in the U.S.
The Civic GX achieves an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy of 28/39 miles per gasoline-gallon equivalent and carries a price tag of $24,590. Currently, natural gas is roughly 30 percent less expensive than gasoline when purchased at refueling stations and 50 percent cheaper than gas when supplied by a “Phill,” the natural gas home refueling appliance.
Buyers of the 2007 Civic GX are eligible for a Federal tax credit of $4,000 for the car and an additional $1,000 in tax credits for the purchase and installation of Phill. Honda notes the Civic GX produces virtually no emissions, as natural gas is an inherently clean burning fuel.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.