Honda has been extracting rare metals and other key materials from used nickel hybrid car batteries since April 2012, in Japan, in an attempt to become green. Their innovation is to reduce pollution and emissions to combat global warming. This is the first Auto Company to attempt such a development and improvement for the environmental footprint.
Rare metals retain their physical structure at high temperatures, it is said that there are 17 uncommon metals, which are sometimes called uncommon earth elements. These metals are used for many purposes not just cars; they can be even found in your home or office.
By the end of this year, 2012 Honda plan to reuse these recycled extracts to recreate the nickel metal hybrid battery and many other Honda car parts. Other extracts are residual voltage and lithium-ion batteries; these will be recycled and used as a regenerative voltage for disassembling car procedures.
Honda is dedicated to the 3R process; this is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. They have also been collecting various other materials from any part of an unused car not just hybrid batteries to recycle them on to their new cars. Any surplus part that they cannot make use of, Honda resells such as filters.
Honda has made plans to combine the next generation solar and fuel cell electric together; this will make the perfect energy-efficient car. Whilst this doesn’t look appealing at the moment, the future is looking bright. In Japan, a new hydrogen fueling station has been created by the Japanese government; they can construct hydrogen from water. Our future cars will be competent to drive as a generator.
At present, Honda has manufactured the FCX Clarity with an electric fuel cell and solar hydrogen system. This car delivers zero emissions by being powered from the sun. The future is bright for this car; it could be the first of its kind to be fitted with a new system that will carry no visible emissions.