November 7

Disadvantages/Dangers of a Hydrogen Car

hydrogen carHydrogen cars are the cars of the future. Most people can’t wait to lay their hands on a hydrogen car, so that you don’t need to buy petrol or diesel for your vehicle. Just like all the benefits of getting a hydrogen car, there are a number of disadvantages and dangers of having a hydrogen car. Here are some of the disadvantages and danger of a hydrogen car.

Storing hydrogen

It can be a great way of new transport by having a hydrogen car, but the first and biggest danger of hydrogen cars is the fact that we don’t have the right techniques of storing hydrogen correctly and safely.

Hydrogen needs to be extracted in a compressed liquid form.

You can store hydrogen in tanks safely, but if the hydrogen gets into the environment, then there can be many dangers and risks involved. We need to have the right and safest way of storing hydrogen so that there can’t be any threats to the environment. If we are finding the right way of storing hydrogen, then the hydrogen car will be even more sufficient and economical to persons and to the environment.

It ignites more easily than petrol

The hydrogen car might be more sufficient and economical than the traditional diesel or petrol car, but something that not many people know is the fact that hydrogen ignites even more easily than petrol. This means that there are even higher risks of car fires when you drive a hydrogen car than a petrol or diesel car. More safety measurements must be taken when driving a hydrogen car. The car is too expensive to let it burn down, because of the hydrogen that it uses as fuel.

Hydrogen flames nearly invisible

Another great disadvantage and danger are the fact that hydrogen flames are nearly invisible and hard to put fires of hydrogen out. This is because we can’t see fires that are burning of hydrogen before it is really too late.

With the fact that the hydrogen flames are nearly invisible, we won’t be able to see that there is unsafe gas in the car. Especially, in a close car. You can’t smell hydrogen gas that is coming from the hydrogen flames. And, even if the fumes aren’t deadly, you will have the risks of getting not enough oxygen into your body.

The risk of frostbite

When our skin comes in contact with liquid hydrogen, we have the risk of getting frostbite. This can be a serious injury to your skin. You can get frostbite because of the fact that hydrogen gets stored in very extreme negative temperatures. Hydrogen must be extremely compressed and the only of storing it, is to store it in extremely cold temperatures.

There are so many of us who can’t wait to drive new technology. The hydrogen car. However,, just as there are so many benefits of the hydrogen car, there are also lots of disadvantages and dangers that are unknown to most of us. You should be aware of all the dangers and risks that are involved in driving the new hydrogen cars.

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November 7

Disadvantages/Dangers of a Hydrogen Car

ford-focus-fcvHydrogen cars are the cars of the future. Most people can’t wait to lay their hands on a hydrogen car, so that you don’t need to buy petrol or diesel for your vehicle. Just like all the benefits of getting a hydrogen car, there are a number of disadvantages and dangers of having a hydrogen car. Here are some of the disadvantages and danger of a hydrogen car.

Storing hydrogen

It can be a great way of new transport by having a hydrogen car, but the first and biggest danger of hydrogen cars is the fact that we don’t have the right techniques of storing hydrogen correctly and safely. Hydrogen needs to be extracted in a compressed liquid form.

You can store hydrogen in tanks safely, but if the hydrogen gets into the environment, then there can be many dangers and risks involved. We need to have the right and safest way of storing hydrogen so that there can’t be any threats to the environment. If we are finding the right way of storing hydrogen, then the hydrogen car will be even more sufficient and economical to persons and to the environment.

It ignites more easily than petrol

The hydrogen car might be more sufficient and economical than the traditional diesel or petrol car, but something that not many people know is the fact that hydrogen ignites even more easily than petrol. This means that there are even higher risks of car fires when you drive a hydrogen car than a petrol or diesel car. More safety measurements must be taken when driving a hydrogen car. The car is too expensive to let it burn down, because of the hydrogen that it uses as fuel.

Hydrogen flames nearly invisible

Another great disadvantage and danger are the fact that hydrogen flames are nearly invisible and hard to put fires of hydrogen out. This is because we can’t see fires that are burning of hydrogen before it is really too late.

With the fact that the hydrogen flames are nearly invisible, we won’t be able to see that there is unsafe gas in the car. Especially, in a close car. You can’t smell hydrogen gas that is coming from the hydrogen flames. And, even if the fumes aren’t deadly, you will have the risks of getting not enough oxygen into your body.

The risk of frostbite

When our skin comes in contact with liquid hydrogen, we have the risk of getting frostbite. This can be a serious injury to your skin. You can get frostbite because of the fact that hydrogen gets stored in very extreme negative temperatures. Hydrogen must be extremely compressed and the only of storing it, is to store it in extremely cold temperatures.

There are so many of us who can’t wait to drive new technology. The hydrogen car. However,, just as there are so many benefits of the hydrogen car, there are also lots of disadvantages and dangers that are unknown to most of us. You should be aware of all the dangers and risks that are involved in driving the new hydrogen cars.

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July 15

Electric cars won’t really take off until costs come down (or petrol goes up)

It is very interesting to notice that electric cars are not a huge boom in the market. Although there was a huge fuss about these cars a little while ago when they were still nothing but a project, now that they are reality it seems that they have been forgotten somehow, but why? This is what many people are currently wondering, after all these cars are supposed to be revolutionary. Well, there are a few things that make these revolutionary cars a little bit of an issue and that is exactly what we are going to discuss now.

The vehicle of the future.

Although electriccars are supposed to be something truly revolutionary – and indeed they are – they are way too expensive for people to get interested in them and that is exactly what have turned such cars pretty much forgotten. Of course most people would like to reduce the amount of pollution in the world, however this is not people’s aim number 1, after all saving money comes first. People will not truly start investing in electriccars while dieselcars are cheaper and the price of fuel is still ok.

Unfortunately diesel cars are still cheaper.

People will only worry about electric cars once the diesel cars start to cost too much because of fuel, until them electric cars will be nothing more than a dream. They are almost 3 times more expensive than average cars, plus they are hard to sell once people get tired of them. Today these brand new technology cars will not be a very good option because people are not willing to spend more to reduce pollution – people want to combine good price and eco-friendliness and not pay more to save nature, unfortunately. There is still a lot to change in the vehicle market in order to turn the electric cars a much more interesting option for the buyers.

The bottom line regarding diesel cars x electric cars

It is therefore possible to say that people would only get interested in paying a little bit more in electric cars in case the fuel price doubled or even tripled in the next couple of years. It is possible to say that because people would then see that the new technology cars would be a very good and economic alternative – being eco-friendly would only be a perk. It is impossible to say that people are willing to pay twice as much in a car in order to help save nature, because even though this is indeed the dream of many people out there, this is not what truly happens in the real world. It is very good to keep an eye out for what changes will hit the car industry market in the next years and then keep analysing whether or not the diesel cars are still going to be the best and cheapest option for those who would like to save money while driving all over. The more we know the better!

 

February 26

Mercedes-Benz Recalls Diesel Vehicles for Fuel Leak

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As per some news reports, the National Traffic Highway Safety

Administration (NHTSA) has published the full details of Mercedes Benz cars leaking fuel and how they have recalled all the faulty vehicles back to their showroom, or garage rather for further investigation and repairs. This is mere negligence of such a huge and popular automobile company like Mercedes Benz who has been manufacturing defective cars making the leakage of fuel the biggest issue for new buyers.

Problem

You might be wondering why the leakage problem is such a critical one. What would happen if there was leakage? A leakage has a great potential to spill the diesel all over the road and any small spark can lite the whole pathway with fire. Isn’t that really dangerous? In the year 2011 Mercedes Benz recalled 2,300 vehicles because of the fuel leakages. After this initial incident, the Mercedes Benz employees were very confident about their fixing. Hence they released the fixed cars to the market again in 2012. The customers were highly unsatisfied because of the break down even for a second time.

Reasoning Behind This

Improper leaks in the vehicle were blamed on a lack of proper lubrication of the filter’s O-ring. Upon getting constant complaints from various customers all around the world, especially in Europe, Mercedes Benz observed the material composition of the O-ring as the main culprit. Because of this, the suppliers have already addressed the production process for eliminating the actual problem. In case there are such faults, then dealers will help you replace the faulty diesel filter at no cost. Some new source leaked out the information that the leakage was mainly caused due to the vibration on some of the diesel models such as Class E, R-class, ML-class, GL-class and S-class.

Recall Details

As per the documents published in the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration website, the main issue is because of the faulty filter seals that can cause diesel fuel to leak on the road in many cases. Over 7,000 diesel vehicles from past 2 years have been trying to fix this huge defect that causes fuel leakage. The recall involved for 2011 and 2012 and consisted of below details.

• 2011 E-class models manufactured from Jul 2010 to Feb 2011.
• R-class vehicles that were built from April 2010 to April 2011.
• ML-class vehicles built from Jan 2010 to March 2011.
• GL-class vehicles built from March 2010 to March 2011.
• Also there was a 2012 model S-class vehicles that were recalled.

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Solution

Due to so many recalls, Mercedes offered free inspection as well as replacement of the fuel filter if at all needed, only after they diagnose your vehicle in detail. The customers were always welcomed politely by the Mercedes Benz dealers in case they had fuel defect in their vehicles. They offered free service and checkup of the fuel filters, and replacement as well in case it was essential, as well as minor repair causing it to be not-so sufficient to fix them.http://www.thecarconnection.com/cars/mercedes-benz_e-class

February 26

BMW M5 Gets a Diesel Engine

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With the growing competition among automobile dealers, especially car dealers and manufacturers, BMW is thriving to get its top-most position among the major auto company cars. BMW, in its latest press release, has recently revealed that they are planning on releasing the new diesel powered version of their BMW M5 car this coming spring. According to the news reports, this newer version of BMW M5 gets the higher powered diesel engine and introduces better performance standards.

What Are the Changes?

This diesel variant of BMW M5 will be a triple-turbo monster that is planning to adopt the all wheel drive to make sure that it uses higher power, compared to the previous versions when it had running on the road. It is not surprising that almost all versions of BMW have been popular because of their excellent features, performance, efficiency, etc. This new version is not an exception at all. This modified X6 version is the car in which the new BMW motor is currently being tested.

What Difference Does It Make?

This high performance BMW M5, which is high powered 5 series model, is planned to be released next spring as an extension to the German maker’s M division. This version has the best triple turbo V8 oil burner, which is set for use in a variety of conditions on different BMW products, including its X series vehicles used for sport activities.

What Do Publications Say?

Many news releases, including the BMW Press release, have mentioned that the BMW M5 series diesel version is most likely to get a very unusual name like the 550xdxM or BMW 550dM for the all-wheel drive.read more information straight from this link.

Whatever name you choose to call the new version of BMW, it is still an excellent choice to many of them who aren’t worried about the budget. The press releases on various newspapers state that the M5 version of BMW holds 3 liters of diesel; with this, the tri-turbo engine can make around 650 pound ft of torque. However, the horsepower is still less compared to the M5 560 horsepower and is expected to hit around the 500 horsepower mark. Other sources have also confirmed that the car will be powered by 3 liters of diesel using a small turbo to handle the launch, and two more twin scroll turbos to gear up the speed once the car picks up.http://www.bmw.com/com/en/newvehicles/x/x5/2013/showroom/dynamics/diesel_engines.html

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What Are Customers Expecting?

The test drivers who might be the potential buyers are very excited about the BMW M5 series diesel car. So far, it is said that no luxury auto manufacturer has been able to make and sell such a high powered and excellent performing car so far. With recent advancements in the technology, BMW is looking for starting a new trend luxury market pretty soon with the release of this M5 series.

February 19

Reduce Climate Change Through Green Transportation

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For the first time, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has unequivocally stated that anthropogenic climate change is a reality; in other words, the use of fossils fuels is causing serious damage to the planet by disrupting the environmental parameters that have enabled humanity to develop over the last 10,000 years. The logical question to ask after we accept these realities is “how much more CO2 can be pumped into the atmosphere?”read more about this topic on this link.

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February 19

Understanding Carbon Capture and Storage

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What is Carbon Capture?

Carbon capture is the process of collecting the carbon dioxide gas emissions from large industrial power plants for safe storage underground. This is a preventative measure to ensure that there are minimal to no amounts released into the atmosphere. This is due to the fact that the gases released would severely impact the environment and have a significant effect on climate change.

Carbon dioxide is a natural gas that is released into the atmosphere, and the process of capturing the gases has been in practice for some time. However, environmental concerns regarding Carbon Dioxide and other greenhouse gases have put pressure on the government and various other agencies to limit the damage. Scientists realized that they would be able to utilize this method to dramatically reduce harmful emissions.

What is Carbon Storage?

This is the process of transporting the carbon once collected; currently this involves compressing the captured carbon and injecting it deep underground. Within the United States, transportation is mostly carried out through pipelines. However, other methods of carriage are used occasionally like trains and ships for example. The United states Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that there is approximately 1,800 to 20,000 metric tons of captured carbon. This is equivalent to between 600 to 6,700 years of the current level emissions from large industrial plants throughout the United States (EPA,2014)

The UK however, has currently received some level of criticism regarding their efforts to store carbon. For example, recently Professor Hazeldine, who is a leading expert in the field of carbon capture and storage, has addressed the issue with the Government
Stating that:

“What we are asking is that we go on and do something about it; that we stop talking and start doing.

People working on the pure science are depressed that their message is not being heard adequately and the people who are trying to do something practical working with industry are getting quite angry that they are being ignored as well.read our latest blog post for more information.

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Continually, governments just kick the can down the road in the UK and in Europe”.(BBCnews)

However, it is important to note that the UK Government suggests that it is making every effort to reduce climate change. Additionally they state that they are, and have always been “heavily committed to ‘environmental issues’”. Interestingly, there have been regular advertisements throughout the media targeting consumers, suggesting ways to reduce the amount of energy used. These infomercials encourage people to utilize electricity more efficiently in order to reduce their carbon footprint.read more about this at http://www.globalccsinstitute.com/understanding-ccs.

February 19

What is a Flywheel Hybrid?

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A Flywheel hybrid is a type of vehicle that derives power from both gasoline and electricity. A good explanation can be found by looking at a comparison of electric cars and gas powered cars. Gas powered cars are powered by a fuel tank which supplies gas to the engine, while an electric car has an electric motor with batteries charged by an outside source able to connect to the electric motor. The best way to describe a hybrid vehicle is that it is a combination of the two, and this combination helps reduce the fuel emissions by utilizing the electric power.

How Does a Flywheel Hybrid Work?

The Flywheel Hybrid works by acting as a temporary store of energy, when the car driver applies the brakes, electricity is generated propelling both the front and rear axles and in turn propels the Flywheel, which rotates at a very high speed. Upon acceleration, this stored energy reverses and acts as a boost to the wheels. This is referred to as ‘regenerative braking’ which means that every time the driver breaks, the energy is stored and converted to electricity. The flywheel acts as a reservoir for this energy and releases the energy during acceleration.

How Does a Car with a Flywheel Hybrid Compare to a Gas Powered Car?

The main advantage of the Flywheel is that it generates power mechanically, rather than using the momentum of the vehicle to propel it forwards. In the past, people were under the assumption that a flywheel was a heavy contraption. However, this is not the case, as manufactures are now using carbon fiber and producing lightweight flywheels. The flywheel technology not only improves the efficiency of gas powered cars, but it also reduces fuel emissions.

What are the Pros of Flywheel Hybrid Technology?

Energy Storage

Energy is transferred from the Flywheel during the deceleration of the vehicle. When this energy is given to the flywheel, the flywheel acts as a brake, slowing down the vehicle as it recovers the energy. Instead of releasing the energy as heat, the energy is recovered, thus reducing break wear. Additionally, the flywheel hybrid is designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle.for more information, visit the website source.

Light-weight

Previously, Flywheels were made of steel and other heavy materials. However, the latest flywheel technology uses carbon fiber which is not only much lighter, but also stronger and more durable.

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Environmentally Friendly

This has a positive effect on the environment as it reduces fuel emissions and mechanically regenerates electricity through the temporary storage system.

What are the Cons of Flywheel Hybrid Technology?

There are no reported cons as of yet with Flywheel hybrid technology, as it’s currently viewed as an exciting and innovative technology. This is due in part to the fact that it is the preferred method used in Formula1 racing cars; therefore, it must adhere to their very strict standards. This appears to have acted as an endorsement for the Flywheel hybrid.more information stated at http://www.economist.com/node/21540386.

February 19

The Electric Revolution- will 2014 see the rise of the Green car?

old electric car

The First ‘Green Car’

One of the first electric cars was built in late Victorian England by Thomas Parker, the engineer and inventor responsible for the electric powering of the London Underground. Interestingly, there was also a British-born Inventor who was also credited with building the first Electric car, in America. William Morrison was born in Scotland and immigrated to the US in 1880; it has been reported that he developed the car within a ‘secret basement’ which he nicknamed ‘the cave’.

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February 19

Mercedes-Benz Recalls Diesel Vehicles for Fuel Leak

sclass-diesel-recalled

As per some news reports, the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published the full details of Mercedes Benz cars leaking fuel and how they have recalled all the faulty vehicles back to their showroom, or garage rather for further investigation and repairs. This is mere negligence of such a huge and popular automobile company like Mercedes Benz who has been manufacturing defective cars making the leakage of fuel the biggest issue for new buyers.

Problem

You might be wondering why the leakage problem is such a critical one. What would happen if there was leakage? A leakage has a great potential to spill the diesel all over the road and any small spark can lite the whole pathway with fire. Isn’t that really dangerous? In the year 2011 Mercedes Benz recalled 2,300 vehicles because of the fuel leakages. After this initial incident, the Mercedes Benz employees were very confident about their fixing. Hence they released the fixed cars to the market again in 2012. The customers were highly unsatisfied because of the break down even for a second time.

Reasoning Behind This

Improper leaks in the vehicle were blamed on a lack of proper lubrication of the filter’s O-ring. Upon getting constant complaints from various customers all around the world, especially in Europe, Mercedes Benz observed the material composition of the O-ring as the main culprit. Because of this, the suppliers have already addressed the production process for eliminating the actual problem. In case there are such faults, then dealers will help you replace the faulty diesel filter at no cost. Some new source leaked out the information that the leakage was mainly caused due to the vibration on some of the diesel models such as Class E, R-class, ML-class, GL-class and S-class.visit http://www.recalluk.com/latest/mercedes-benz-car-recall.aspx for more updates.

Recall Details

As per the documents published in the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration website, the main issue is because of the faulty filter seals that can cause diesel fuel to leak on the road in many cases. Over 7,000 diesel vehicles from past 2 years have been trying to fix this huge defect that causes fuel leakage. The recall involved for 2011 and 2012 and consisted of below details.

• 2011 E-class models manufactured from Jul 2010 to Feb 2011.
• R-class vehicles that were built from April 2010 to April 2011.
• ML-class vehicles built from Jan 2010 to March 2011.
• GL-class vehicles built from March 2010 to March 2011.
• Also there was a 2012 model S-class vehicles that were recalled.

sclass-diesel-recalled

Solution

Due to so many recalls, Mercedes offered free inspection as well as replacement of the fuel filter if at all needed, only after they diagnose your vehicle in detail. The customers were always welcomed politely by the Mercedes Benz dealers in case they had fuel defect in their vehicles. They offered free service and checkup of the fuel filters, and replacement as well in case it was essential, as well as minor repair causing it to be not-so sufficient to fix them.check more information over at this website.