Hydrogen-powered cars

Exploring Hydrogen as an Alternate Fuel for Vehicles

The same stuff that can power rockets may be coming to your vehicle pretty soon. Hydrogen-powered cars used to be the stuff of science fiction, but it’s coming out in a big way for the rest of us. It’s known as fuel cell technology, given that the hydrogen has to be placed in a stable system in order for it to actually do the job. But is this stuff ready for prime time? Let’s look into that.

In order to power something, the hydrogen atoms within the fuel cell have to be separated from their electrons. This produces electricity and also forms water as a byproduct of the process. But in order for mainstream adoption to take place, things had to get a little more complex than that. You see, hydrogen is extremely difficult to store and even harder to transport properly. Despite these challenges, there’s been an increase in government incentives for the US.

Hydrogen-powered cars

The biggest problem facing hydrogen fuel cells is that there aren’t refilling stations easily available right now. Charging stations follow a pretty old model: we already know how to bring electricity somewhere, so charging a vehicle isn’t really that much different. But hydrogen is a completely different concept, so it requires a completely different supply chain.

Automakers are entering the fuel cell game, but it’s not because they have an overwhelming desire to benefit mankind here. It’s because the incentives are there for them to try to bring fuel cell vehicles to the marketplace. Currently, the government treats these fuel cell vehicles equivalent to their electric counterparts. In the state of California, it’s even worse: fuel cells give automakers the most ZEV (zero emission vehicle) credits for their investment. So this is really more of an effort to please shareholders than it is to please consumers, but the two goals are still connected. If they can increase consumer demand, then they will improve sales and protect this investment.  In 2017, the EPA will give both types of alternative vehicles an impressive credit multiplier of 2.0, covering the rest of an automakers fleet, and helping them cover the costs of investment. Multiple automakers have formed partnerships between each other, including BMW and Toyota, as well as GM and Honda. There’s a large partnership underway between Ford, Daimler, and Renault-Nissan.

Are you able to buy a fuel cell car right now? Not worldwide, and not even in every US state. You can purchase them in California, but the refueling stations aren’t widespread just yet. It’s a technology that still has a lot of room to grow. (more…)

DENSO alternators

DENSO alternators

Automatic vehicles as well as some manual vehicles come with alternators that replace the old auto generators. The latter was used by vehicles to generate the power required for the car to function. The modern day alternators such as the Denso alternators are modified and enhanced to match the technological advancement in the vehicle industry.

DENSO alternators

Minimal brush abrasion and wear

Denso alternators are compatible with motorsports vehicles due to their high efficiency, light weight and durability. There are remanufactured Denso alternators that undergo a grueling process: rectifiers and stators are tested up top 300 volts, and the rotors submitted up to 600 volts for a reliable performance. The rotor slip rings have got an eight-micron surface finish and the runout limit being twenty microns .this minimizes the brush abrasions and wear. Bearings are loaded with lubricants with OE standards while the remanufactured or new alternators are validated up to OE standards.

First Time Fit®

These alternators meet the Denso thorough fit standards and come in versions varying from forty to a hundred and sixty amperes or beyond for particular vehicle applications. Modern vehicles come with many complicated electronic systems thus placing a huge demand on their charging systems. The alternator is, therefore, no area to cut corners.

Illustration Details:

1. Bearing 100 percent tested to meet OE standards, reparked using the OEM grade lubricants.

2. Stator Insulation of 600 volts.

3. Rotor insulation and Performance of 600 volts.

4. Housing damage checked for improper surface alignment, corrosion, and warping and retaped to meet the OE standards.

5. Hardware 100 percent stripped and also replated.

6. Rectifier Performance tested up to 300 volts.

7. 100 percent OE standard Voltage Regulator.

8. Slip Ring re-machined to a medium size of 8 microns

Features:

• Precise OE assembly benchmark and premium cores

• meet the grueling heat as well as electrical requirements

• First Time Fit® offers a perfect mounting without pulley/ belt alignment issues

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Autolite spark plugs

Autolite spark plugs

Spark plugs are a very important part of your car since they provide the spark that does ignite the fuel and air mixture within combustion cylinders. This constant ignition keeps your vehicle moving. If you do not check your spark plugs regularly and replace or service them accordingly, they will cause some trouble with your engine. So when is the time to change the spark plugs?

Jittery rough idle

If you find that your engine have a jittery idle. Every engine idles every time the vehicle is not moving( stationary) and in such a stagnant position, it usually produce about 1000 rpm. The sound that your engine gives off is smooth and consistent but in case your plugs are not performing as expected, your engine produces a jittery and rough sound while generating bigger vibrations via the car. Failure to check this leads to costly engine damage.

Autolite spark plugs

Trouble when starting the car

Most people associate the starting down failure with battery problems or lack of gas. You may overlook one possibility: having worn or bad spark plugs. If this is the case, they cannot produce the needed spark to put the vehicle in motion, and then you will go nowhere. It is also likely that your car’s faulty plugs are draining your battery. Again, if this is the case, you should have your spark plugs and battery replaced soonest possible. You can check your local dealer for such plugs as Autolite spark plugs or otherwise. (more…)

electric vehicles

How do Fully Electric Vehicles Work?

If you’re going to consider buying an electric vehicle, chances are good that you’d like to know a little bit more about how it works. It’s not just enough to see them on a test drive, or to walk around the car lot a few times. What you will need to do is look at how they work, how efficient they are, and whether or not they’re going to fit your lifestyle.

For example, if you live in a really small town where there aren’t charging stations or anywhere for you to plug in your vehicle, things can get pretty complicated. It would actually make a lot more sense to buy a traditional car if you had nowhere to keep the electric vehicle running. Yet if you have plenty of charging stations and other ways to plug in your vehicle at night, you’ll be more empowered to purchase an electric vehicle. Ultimately, we envision that the entire nation will have electric vehicles running wild everywhere, but that’s still a long ways off. Even though prices for electric vehicles aren’t what they used to be, they can still be expensive compared to the alternative.

So, how do they work? Let’s go into that now.

electric vehicles

Simply put, the electric vehicle is powered by rechargeable batteries that power the car. When we say “power the car”, we don’t just mean getting you from your house to the grocery store. We mean that you also have to consider the radio, the lights, wipers, and more. If you put an electric car next to a traditional car, you wouldn’t be able to just automatically spot the difference. But if you were to look at the internals, you’d see some differences. For starters, the electric vehicle has no gas tank of any kind. The ones that have gas tanks aren’t true electric vehicles, but hybrids designed to give you the best of both worlds. (more…)

BMW i3

4 Cool All Electric Vehicles

It’s time to part ways with the gas station. We’ve had gas powered vehicles for well over a hundred years, with very few changes. It’s time to go ahead and cut the cord, pulling you into a whole new world of electric technology. Think that the only thing good in the car world is a Prius? Get ready to be amazed at how far technology has come.

1. Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric

The Focus Electric gives you roughly 75 miles at a full charge. Owners save money on gas and it’s gentle on the environment. There are great rebates on this car, allowing buyers to stay under $25,000.

2. BMW i3

BMW i3

If you’re looking for something that has plenty of range and an all-electric makeup, check out the BMW i3. It’s considered the most energy-efficient vehicle going right now, but its cost is definitely going to keep some away from it. The styling is very cutting edge, and it has plenty of features inside the vehicle to justify the steep price tag. The i3 has an 81 mile range on a full charge.

3. Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf

Looking for a traditional hatchback style? Look no further than the e-Golf. It has all-electric power that gives you 83 miles on a full charge. Initial buyers of the e-Golf report that it feels nice to drive and has a high level of efficiency in terms of getting around from place to place. (more…)