More Environment-Friendly, Fuel Cell Powered Hondas to Traverse the Streets of Los Angeles Soon

Written by Jenny McLane

More Environment-Friendly, Fuel Cell Powered Hondas to Traverserepparttar Streets of Los Angeles Soon

This isrepparttar 102732 latest buzz words inrepparttar 102733 car industry, but what is it really all about?

Honda FCX powered by Honda fuel cells.

It has been two years since Honda releasedrepparttar 102734 Honda FCX which has becomerepparttar 102735 first fuel cell vehicle inrepparttar 102736 world to receive government certification, pavingrepparttar 102737 way forrepparttar 102738 commercial use of fuel cell vehicles. This comes as no surprise as Honda has always been an advocate of environmental consciousness and a pioneer in developing cutting edge technology in protectingrepparttar 102739 environment. The fuel-cell is propelled by electricity generated by a hydrogen-oxygen chemical reaction, and its only emission, amazingly, is water vapor. Now, with a fresh stamp of approval fromrepparttar 102740 Environmental Protection Agency andrepparttar 102741 California Air Resources Board, Honda is delivering a family of new FCX fuel-cell vehicles to its first customer,repparttar 102742 city of Los Angeles, known for its strict environmental emission rules to eliminaterepparttar 102743 overwhelming air pollution already at its midst.

The latest version of Honda fuel cells delivers about 15% more maximum drive motor torque thanrepparttar 102744 previous prototypes and also provides improvements in mid-to-high range power output characteristics and acceleration. It also has an amplified driving range of 220 miles, about 25 miles more thanrepparttar 102745 previous model.

How doesrepparttar 102746 fuel cell work?

In principle, a fuel cell functions like a battery. Dissimilar from a battery though, a fuel cell does not run down or require recharging. It will produce energy inrepparttar 102747 form of electricity and heat as long as fuel is supplied. The type of fuel cell used inrepparttar 102748 Honda FCX is called a Polymer electrolyte fuel cell. Powered by Hydrogen gasrepparttar 102749 fuel cell provides power torepparttar 102750 FCX's AC synchronous electric motor to giverepparttar 102751 FCX a top speed of around 93 mph. With engine output at around 60kW, Honda claimsrepparttar 102752 clean FCX has similar performance torepparttar 102753 its petrol drinking brother,repparttar 102754 Honda Civic. Fuel Cells produce electricity from an external fuel supply as opposed torepparttar 102755 limited internal energy storage capacity of a battery.

A fuel cell system, which includes a "fuel reformer", can utilizerepparttar 102756 hydrogen from any hydrocarbon fuel - from natural gas to methanol, and even gasoline. Sincerepparttar 102757 fuel cell relies on chemistry and not combustion, emissions from this type of a system would still be much smaller than emissions fromrepparttar 102758 cleanest fuel combustion processes. In fact fuel cells running on hydrogen derived from a renewable source will emit nothing but water vapor. Water vapor being its only exhaust, a fuel cell powered vehicle such asrepparttar 102759 Honda FCX produces completely no harmful emissions intorepparttar 102760 atmosphere. Fuel cells were first used in a practical application by NASA inrepparttar 102761 1960’s for their Apollo space program. For decades sensible fuel cell application was regarded as too costly and too difficult for automobile usage. Through constant research and development its utilization may become a reality,repparttar 102762 only problem that crops up isrepparttar 102763 source for refueling.

Honda’s proposed solution for refueling stations.

If fuel cell powered cars ever become popular, gas stations may soon have to start supplying hydrogen as well as their regular petroleum based products. But since currently there are only a handful of them around, this may be far from happening.

Until then, Honda will continue to do some research on other possible solutions. An experimental Home Energy Station (HES) is seen asrepparttar 102764 most feasible. The HES could generate hydrogen from natural gas for use in fuel cell vehicles while supplying electricity and hot water torepparttar 102765 home. The new HES system that has been jointly developed with strategic fuel cell partner Plug Power Inc. is located onrepparttar 102766 grounds of Honda R&D Americas in Torrance, California, and will undergo experiments in hydrogen production, storage and fueling, as part of ongoing research into hydrogen energy sources. The new HES system, which can currently produce enough hydrogen to refillrepparttar 102767 tank of a Honda FCX hydrogen fuel cell vehicle taking just a few minutes once a day.

Motorcycle Parts - OEM or Aftermarket ???

Written by Daniel Levy

This is always a difficult one to answer when shopping for motorcycle parts and I firmly believe that each one of us must decide what's best for our bikes AFTER carefully evaluating each ofrepparttar possibilities.

For me?

Well... it really depends on what I am looking for - just replacement or improvement - ,repparttar 102731 availability ofrepparttar 102732 part, my budget and other things. Sometimes I buy OEM, others aftermarket motorcycle parts.

Keep reading. You will find some views that will hopefully help you deciderepparttar 102733 next time you shop for motorcycle parts.

What a heck are OEM parts??

OEM parts stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer parts which not necessarily meanrepparttar 102734 OM (Original Manufacturer) actually produced them. You know, many motorcycle and automobile manufacturers don't manufacture each ofrepparttar 102735 parts used in their vehicles. They frequently haverepparttar 102736 parts designed and manufactured by outside independent companies and then, install them in their machines or put them in their own boxes to be sold as OEM parts!

Good to know when buying OEM Motorcycle Parts:

When you buy OEM Motorcycle Parts you are buyingrepparttar 102737 exact same original partrepparttar 102738 manufacturer used to build your motorcycle, that means:

>> Same performance asrepparttar 102739 part installed in your motorcycle right now. The part won't be better nor worse thanrepparttar 102740 original part you want to replace.

>> Normally OEM parts a more (in some cases MUCH more) expensive than aftermarket parts.

>> Motorcycle and car agencies clerks will normally tell you OEM Parts are higher quality andrepparttar 102741 best option for replacements. Is this true? Well sometimes it is, sometimes it's not.

>> Normally after a certain period of time,repparttar 102742 manufacturer will allowrepparttar 102743 company that originally designed/producedrepparttar 102744 part to sell it in their own box at a considerably lower cost, making it: an Aftermarket OEM part! :-)

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