Latest Competitive Advantage For Small Businesses: Green Vehicles

In crowded markets, consumers can choose to give their business to a wide field of competitors. They assign their loyalty based on any number of factors, including quality, price, service and – more and more frequently – environmental awareness. Businesses have caught on to this trend and are eager to show how green they can be. Smart energy policy is now a competitive advantage, and many enterprises attempt to illustrate their dedication to the environment by doing business in more eco-friendly vehicles.

If greening your fleet is on your business agenda, be wary of pseudo-environmental benefits. Slapping a green label on a van is one thing; true energy efficiency is another. So what should you look for in a legitimately green car or truck? Start with these four guidelines:

  1. Don’t be swayed by alcohol blends. It takes more energy to produce one gallon of gasohol than it does to create an equal amount of gasoline.
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  2. Hybrid power plants have a lot to offer. A hybrid power plant usually includes an internal combustion engine working with a battery bank or fuel cell. Together, these elements capture and re-use energy that would otherwise be wasted, such as the heat created by a car’s braking system.
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  3. Ultracapacitors improve vehicles’ energy storage capabilities. Ultracapacitors are much more efficient at recapturing energy than a battery. For example, an ultracapacitor has a 95-98 percent round-trip efficiency, compared to the 60-80 percent of various battery types. This translates into more energy stored, faster, to use for re-launching the vehicle, which saves fuel.
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  4. Consider the contribution of the automotive supply chain. The parts that go into a vehicle and the manner in which they are produced contribute to the validity of the final product’s green status. Components should be designed with energy conservation in mind and with environmentally safe products. For example, ultracapacitors are over 95 percent recyclable and RoHS compliant; no heavy metals and very environmentally friendly. Some batteries, such as Lithium Ion, are very difficult to recycle with a low percentage of recoverable materials, some of which are environmentally damaging.

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  • Ioxus uSTART® Battery Replacement for Heavy Equipment Increases Starting Reliability

    ONEONTA, N.Y., April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ioxus, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitors and energy storage products, announced today that the 24V uSTART® battery support system is now being offered as the heavy equipment industry's only drop-in replacement product that needs no special wiring. Using two group 31 batteries in series, with one 24V uSTART in parallel, users can replace their 4D battery in heavy equipment.

    The ultracapacitor-based product is designed with smart power electronics to assist in starting engines up to 50L for large off-road equipment.  Using the available Smartphone Bluetooth app, once the uSTART is connected to the batteries, users can look at the voltage of the batteries, the charge level of uSTART, initiate a jump start without connecting any wires, or put the unit into maintenance mode for safe removal or repairs.

    The goal of the uSTART system is to provide the vehicle with a start, no matter the condition of the existing batteries or external temperature. If the batteries run too low duread more...

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