Honda Motor Co. will soon launch a less expensive hybrid car to encourage more people around the world to adopt cleaner automotive technology and reduce car emissions. The newly designed model will be a compact five-door, five-passenger size with an exterior design that employs the concept of the FCX Clarity, Hondas fuel cell car. The model will go on sale early next year and Honda expects to sell 200,000 units globally each year. With the addition of the new low-cost model, Honda hopes to reach 500,000 in annual sales of hybrids.
To keep the sale price down, Honda has significantly reduced production costs of the new model. The battery will be lighter and more compact, the motor will be thinner and Honda has repositioned the hybrid control unit and battery to a location under the cargo space.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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