AD #2093 – Jeep Unveils Plug-in Hybrid Concept, GM Ceases Venezuela Operations, Honda Reveals CR-V Hybrid

April 21st, 2017 at 11:48am

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- GM Ceases Venezuela Operations
- Honda to Build New Wind Tunnel
- Lynk & Co. Pushes Back U.S. & Europe Launch
- Jeep Unveils Plug-in Hybrid Concept
- Honda Reveals CR-V Hybrid
- Creating Hydrogen From Renewable Sources

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10 Comments to “AD #2093 – Jeep Unveils Plug-in Hybrid Concept, GM Ceases Venezuela Operations, Honda Reveals CR-V Hybrid”

  1. George Ricci Says:

    Yes, water is ubiquitous resource but does not overcome the problem that we do not have an efficient process to make Hydrogen. Yes, you can use renewable energy to make Hydrogen, but it takes 48 to 51kWh to make 1 Kg of Hydrogen (5Kg to fill the Honda Clarity). It would be much better and efficient to use that energy to run your house (50kWh = 3 to 5 days for most people) or charge electric car batteries.

    Look around to you see wind and solar farms popping up all over? NO! So the point where we can produce so much renewable energy that we cannot use it all during the day, is a long way off. I do not think we will reach that point in our life time at the rate we are going. It’s only at that point will it make any sense to use the extra capacity to make Hydrogen.

  2. Lex Says:

    I remember from science class that is you used solar or wind generated electricity and pass this current through water you could break apart the Hydrogen and Oxygen components into their base elements.

    From Classroom.com: ” Water molecules can be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen molecules by a chemical reaction called electrolysis. When an electric current is passed through liquid water (H2O), it changes the water into two gases—hydrogen and oxygen. The molecules of water break apart into individual atoms.”

    Why not use sea or ocean water to capture the Hydrogen atoms and combine the Oxygen atoms into Ozone “O3″ to rebuild the Earth’s Ozone Layer?

    This would save the Planet in multiple ways!
    Reduce our dependance on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gases while protect the Earth’s biosphere / surface by rebuilding the Earth’s Ozone layer which protects us from cosmic radiation and the solarwind.

    Have a Happy “Earth Day” tomorrow 04/22/2017!

  3. BobD Says:

    Interesting that Honda is investing big buck in a high-dollar wind tunnel. They must not believe that CFD simulation gives them good enough results.

  4. GM Veteran Says:

    Perhaps the front of the Jeep Yunto concept is close to what we will see on the refreshed Cherokee. Mark Allen, recent guest on AAH, said the refreshed Cherokee will tone down the look considerably from the current version (thank goodness!). The Yunto concept seems to have just the right combination of futuristic and classic Jeep cues to make a lot of buyers happy.

  5. Ukendoit Says:

    I really like the look of the Jeep Yuntu. I agree with GM Vet, about the “right combination”. I was looking at the photos next to the Chrysler Portal, and even though the painted bits draw your eye in different directions, the overall size and shape appear similar. Could these both be related platforms with very different styling cues?

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #3 Honda seems to like using real wind for testing things. A few months ago, they rented the shuttle landing strip at Kennedy Space Center to test Indy cars. I think they wanted to test them at higher speed than they can attain on a regular race track.

    #2 You can get hydrogen by electrolyzing water, but as George points out in #1, it takes a lot of energy to get much hydrogen. The electricity can probably be better used to charge batteries, run home A/C, etc., than electrolyzing water.

  7. Len Simpson Says:

    I guess you gotta give all them hi-paid engineers something to diddle with , but I believe that in the end, simplicity rules—& pays ! Nissan Note ePOWER

  8. Bob Wilson Says:

    There should be a rule that when someone writes,”fuel cells emit water” that they add, “and batteries emit nothing.” Fuel cells and their water has become a trite phase adding nothing to our understanding.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #8. I agree. As I mentioned a week or so ago, and George stated in #1, it takes a lot of electricity to hydrolyze water. That electricity, even “free” from renewable sources, is better used charging batteries and supplieng homes, tban electrolyzing water for fuel cells.

  10. Ukendoit Says:

    Just a little observation about the Yuntu story; in the drawing of the concept with the suicide doors open (3:28 in your video), the image in the rear quarter window is from a different viewing angle than the rest of the drawing (the view doesn’t match). It is as if you are looking down into that window but the rest of the image is straight on. I realize this is an FCA drawing and not a mistake of Autoline, but I thought some of you might like that catch. I wonder how many eyes have viewed that before FCA released it?