What If You Knew What Came Next?

Travel back in time to the mid-90s. Technology that seemed future-forward at the time, now a distant memory, often laughed about when nostalgia comes knocking.  Two decades ago, thoughts of 4K Ultra HD discs, smartphones that hardly require the use of human interaction and GPS telling people where to go on a daily basis, were reserved for those who dreamed of a technological future only conceived in their wildest imaginings.

But what if you had known back then what you know now?  What if you could have envisioned the future?  Would you have planned accordingly?  Would you have invested differently?  Would you have jumped in with both feet at the very beginning of technological advancements believing that they were the way of the future?

What if you are getting a glimpse today of what tomorrow will hold in the automotive realm?  What if you could jump in NOW instead of later?

The current automotive trends are becoming obvious.  Diesel and internal combustion engines are yesterday’s technology and all eyes are peering curiously toward zero-emission vehicles. If you asked the average consumer what the automotive future looked like, they would probably say, “Battery electric vehicles.”  But is that really the future or could that technology soon be a thing of the past?

Automotive executives believe that these vehicles will indeed gain steady traction until 2025, but 75% of them predict that the technology beyond battery electrics will be seen in all electric-hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

According to KPMG’s Global Automotive Executive Survey 2017, who gathered opinions from nearly 1,000 executives representing 42 countries, 62% of executives believe that battery electric vehicles will fail due to infrastructure challenges, and an astonishing 78% believe that all electric-hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be “the golden bullet of electric mobility.”

All electric-hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles “will solve the recharging and infrastructure issue battery electric vehicles face today,” the study said.  “The refueling process can be done quickly (3-5 minutes) at a traditional gas station, making recharging times of 25–45 minutes (as experienced with battery electric vehicles) seem unreasonable.”

It may be safe to say that battery electric vehicles will one day join the “history museum of technology,” sitting alongside VHS cassettes and vintage brick phones.  Advancements will shift and future children will wonder how their parents survived on the intermediate technology.  For they will be living in the day and age of all electric-hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and everything before it will be reserved for nostalgia.

How They Drive On Mars and Venus

We’ve all heard it said, “Men are from Mars.  Women are from Venus.”  But have you ever wondered how vehicles are driven on these respective “gender” planets? (AKA: Why men and women drive differently?)  It’s no secret that the battle of the sexes can play out in gender stereotypes on the road, and as many couples will attest, their demographic is the right one!  But what if the reasons behind driving habits is beginning to shift with the rise of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), bringing a whole new discussion to the forefront as men and women put the pedal to the metal in completely different ways.

A University of California Davis study conducted in 2011 and 2012 brought about some interesting results in relation to how men and women approach ZEVs.  According to the study, women are significantly more conservative in terms of testing the limits of the vehicles than their counterparts who view the capabilities of ZEVs as a challenge.

The most commonly utilized ZEVs today are battery electric vehicles, which require rather extensive charging times via outlet and offer driving ranges that leave some hoping for improvement.  For this reason, women in the study tended to stay closer to home, utilizing the ZEV for errands around town, local activities with the family, etc.  They second-guessed the range estimator and would only travel when the estimated range was 2-3x more than needed.  Women did, however, appreciate the convenience of charging at home, and this coincides with the fact that women are more likely to work from home or closer to home than men.

Men, on the other hand, saw the range estimator as a challenge, a test to push the limits of the ZEVs technology.  Men in the study were also more optimistic about newer models and faster charging options than were women.

It is interesting to note that based on the focus groups from the study, women were predominantly focused on adapting to ZEVs based on the advantages and capabilities they offered. In addition, a Consumer Reports survey, which included data on over 1M vehicles, women were more focused on safety, reliability and fuel-efficiency, while men wanted power.

With range, charging times, fuel-efficiency and power at the forefront of gender study results, automakers are well aware of the need to improve these critical components in ZEVs.  While every company is developing independent strategies, some, such as RONN Motor Group, Inc., (RONN) are going the way of all electric-hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

With an estimated range of 600+ miles on the RONN platform, hydrogen fueling times equivalent to that of gasoline-powered vehicles, zero-emissions and unquestionable speed, power and agility, RONN is committed to finding ways to exceed consumers’ expectations across gender lines.  There is no need for a battle between the sexes when both demographics can have their automotive criteria met on the same platform.

Everyone Can Do Something: Easy Automotive Changes That Have A Big Impact

Everyday people make hundreds of decisions.  Brown shoes or black shoes?  Mayo or mustard?  Gym or bike ride?  Side streets or toll road?  Some decisions have little effect on humanity at large, while others that seem insignificant at the time, have a monumental impact on the future.  Each person can only be held responsible for the choices that they make themselves, and it is for that reason that awareness is key, and it is only through education that people have the knowledge to do their part.

Around the world, the automotive decisions of millions are being affected as cities and countries implement zero-emission automotive mandates.  In a few short years, a more limited selection of fossil-fuel vehicles will be available as new automotive options will be more focused on an array of zero-emission vehicles: hybrids, electric vehicles and electric-hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.  In the meantime, each person has the ability to make decisions that can positively impact both today and tomorrow.

According to a 2016 survey by Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that conducts public opinion polling and demographic research, “Among U.S. adults, 75% say they are particularly concerned about helping the environment as they go about their daily lives. But only one-in-five Americans say they make an effort to live in ways that help protect the environment all the time.”  With only 20% making a conscious effort on a consistent basis, there is significant room for improvement on the part of most Americans, even those who consider themselves to be individuals who are concerned about helping the environment.

When making automotive choices, the idea of “going green” can be daunting to some.  “Is a hybrid in my price range?”  “Don’t current EVs have a long charge time?”  “I’m not sure I know enough to make that kind of change yet.” So what are a few simple ways that you can help the environment until a zero-emission vehicle is part of your decision set?  Here are ten easy ways you can make a difference:

  1. Carpool to work. This cuts weekly fuel costs, reduces wear on your car, and may allow you to use less-congested High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.
  2. Consider staggering your work hours to avoid peak traffic times or switch to a four-day workweek.
  3. Telecommute either part-time or full-time if your job allows. Even one day per week reduces your commute-related greenhouse gas emissions by 20%.
  4. Utilize public transportation around the city. Some suburban areas also provide trains as a way to travel into the city.
  5. Keep your vehicle properly maintained. Proper tire inflation, using the recommended grade of motor oil and tuning things that noticeably need repair can significantly affect your gas mileage. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve gas mileage up to 40 percent!
  6. Avoid carrying items on your vehicle’s roof as a loaded roof rack may increase aerodynamic drag. This can cut mileage by 5%.  When moving luggage from the roof to the trunk, avoid carrying unneeded items, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds can decrease a car’s fuel economy by 1-2%.
  7. Don’t speed! Gas mileage declines rapidly above 60 mph. Each 5 mph increase above 60 equates to an additional $.10/gallon for gasoline. Also, avoid excessive idling and utilize cruise control.
  8. Plan ahead when running errands. Make one big trip around town instead of several, smaller trips.
  9. Rent a hybrid for an out-of-town vacation. You can also opt to travel via bus instead of airplane if time allows.
  10. Drive simply.  Use your vehicle’s air conditioner and other electrical components only when necessary.  They require up to 10% more fuel.

As the future draws near, individuals will have more options for zero-emission vehicles, options that will result in little to no pollution and run on electricity and/or hydrogen.  However, until people are ready to commit to the new automotive future, they can do their part today.  As the old Native American proverb says, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”  And we can all agree that doing our best for them is an easy choice.

 

 

 

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RONN Motor Group, Inc. Chairman and CEO Ronn Ford Speaks At Valley Of The Sun Clean Cities Coalition

The Arizona state motto “Ditat Deus” is Latin for “God Enriches.”  By simple definition, to enrich means, “to improve or enhance the quality or value of,” and that principle is always at the forefront of what Scottsdale-based RONN Motor Group, Inc. (RONN) strives to do.  Whether designing technology to enable a cleaner future or educating the public about rapidly approaching zero-emission automotive mandates, RONN is passionate about improving the quality of life today as well as tomorrow.

In an effort to raise awareness and offer education about the future of zero-emission vehicles, RONN Motor Group, Inc. Chairman and CEO Ronn Ford, along with Chief Technology Officer Jim Maury, spoke to members of the Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition (VSCCC) whose mission is “to advance the environmental, energy and economic security of Central and Northern Arizona by advocating and participating in practices that promote clean domestic energy and reduce dependence on conventional petroleum based fuels.”

RONN Motor Group Inc., presents to members of the Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition

With over 80 coalitions across the U.S., the Clean Cities Program was developed by the Energy Policy Act of 1992 “to support voluntary efforts by government and business to reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil.”  “Our mission at Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition lines up succinctly with that of RONN Motor Group, Inc.,” said Executive Director William Sheaffer. “Operational hydrogen vehicles are closer than many think, and we are excited to hear from the company who is driving the development of zero-emission, all electric-hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.”

VSCCC Executive Director William Sheaffer & Chairman/CEO RONN Motor Group Inc., Ronn Ford

As such, this was an ideal opportunity to share the advancements in all electric-hydrogen fuel-cell technology, why it’s the way of the future, and how it will soon be an integral part of our everyday lives.

“I enjoy the opportunity to speak with those who have a like-minded passion to positively impact the environment through clean energy,” said Ronn Ford.  “The Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition is a valuable organization making inroads toward a cleaner future, and I feel privileged to have been invited to speak.”

RONN is committed to playing its part on the global level, and equally so on the local level.  With a deep commitment to community and industry, RONN strives to educate and bring awareness in ways that will incite the public to accelerate the future with zero-emission electric-hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

RONN Motor Group Inc., Chairman/CEO Ronn Ford and  CTO Jim Maury post discussion with VSCCC members

A Reason To Celebrate November 1st

The beginning of each month holds a place of honor in the hearts and minds of many.  The 1st of any given month may represent a fresh start or a new season.  Some anticipate celebrations, anniversaries or holidays in the coming days.  In America, November ushers in cooler temps, falling leaves, a season for giving thanks and gathering with friends and family.

At RONN Motor Group, Inc., November 1st holds a place of great honor and respect as we celebrate the birthday of our Chairman and CEO, Ronn Ford.

Born and raised by humble parents in the oil fields of Texas, Ronn grew up in a large family where everything was shared, luxuries nonexistent.  Ronn dreamed of a better future where he could pursue his passions and interests.  He found hobbies at an early age, falling in love with automobiles and building soapbox derby racers as a child.  As a teenager, Ronn took his first job as a painter with a small automotive company and later opened his first body shop with a meager $500.

Always one to come up with a creative solution, Ronn’s first car was a 1972 Grand Torino which he built with his own hands by sawing two wrecked Grand Torinos in half and marrying them as one.  He proceeded to dedicate his professional career to every aspect of the automobile, from concept to construction, detailed fabrication, racing, painting, restoring, sales…the list is infinite.

Ronn has developed relationships all over the world with legends in the automotive industry, and as a result, he has gained a reputation of honesty, transparency, diverse automotive talents, record-setting restorations and award-winning finishes. Even amid the accolades, the roles Ronn is most proud of are that of a husband, a father and a grandfather.  These gifts in his life have served as the impetus to take the chance to live out his dream and in turn follow his passion by creating a company that impacts a cleaner future for all.

“I have children.  I have grandchildren.  I want a future that is safe for them,” said Ronn.  “I want to see a tomorrow where the air they breathe is clean, and they are free to live the lives for which they were created.  I want to do my part to ensure a better future for them and for all people.”

Ronn’s dream is for all hard-working Americans to have the opportunity to change their futures. Putting his God-given talents to work, Ronn set out to create a company that allows anyone to get in on the ground floor of a company that not only has the potential to change the automotive sector, but the livelihood of anyone that believes in the dream of a cleaner future through its recently announced Regulation A+ mini-IPO offering.  “I hope that when people look back on us as a company, they will see that we were more driven by our conscience and our heart than by financial efforts,” Ronn said.

His professional career speaks of his talent, but it’s those who know him best that speak of his integrity.  A devout man of faith, Ronn is swift to speak truth and wisdom, and it would be out of character to hear a complaint cross his lips.  He is an encourager, a believer in the potential of people, a visionary and an inspiring human being.  Ronn’s life is a testament to the power of prayer, the pursuit of happiness and the American dream.  Those who know Ronn well are better for it and fortunate to have crossed his path.

So without further adieu, from the entire RONN Motor Group team and extended family of supporters, Happy Birthday, Ronn.  May you be blessed with a lifetime of continued success.

 

 

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The 51st SEMA Show Arrives in Las Vegas

As the autumn weather makes its way across the U.S., many find themselves raking the first fallen leaves, carving pumpkins or pulling out the long-awaited Halloween costumes.  However, others are less consumed with door-to-door trick-or-treating and more focused on a different kind of pilgrimage, making their way to The City of Lights and the highly anticipated SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show.  This year the 51st “premier automotive specialty products trade event” will take place on October 31-November 3, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will draw some of the brightest minds and hottest products in the automotive industry.

According to their website, the SEMA Show is “geared to help small businesses thrive and succeed. The trade-only event enables automotive specialty equipment manufacturers to display alongside automotive manufacturers to debut new, innovative products, and connect with industry buyers from all over the world.”  Although not open to the general public, this year’s show will represent 2,400+ exhibiting companies and attract more than 140,000 individuals, including more than 70,000 domestic and international buyers.

“The SEMA Show is unique in that it brings together every segment of the automotive industry, from hot rods to off-roads, mobile electronics and collision repair,” said Peter MacGillivray, vice president, events and communications for SEMA.

The gathering is for far more than buying and selling.  The SEMA Show is considered to be a leading educational conference in the automotive industry, providing people with a wide selection of seminars, workshops and sessions.  These platforms focus on business strategies and techniques including customer service, product training, new vehicle technology, industry trends and networking opportunities.

SEMA Show 1967 Source: http://www.semadigital.com

Established in 1963, SEMA then stood for Speed Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, and began as a small group of pioneers in the high-performance parts industry.  Their first event was held in 1967 in the basement of Dodger Stadium with five cars on display.

SEMA Show 2016 Source: http://www.semadigital.com

Over time, SEMA began to include “all businesses in the distribution chain,” and today, SEMA has over 6,600+ corporate members and is universally recognized as a leader in industry affairs.

RONN Scorpion debuts at SEMA in 2008.

Each year a wide variety of products are featured at the SEMA Show.  In 2008, RONN Motor Group, Inc.’s very own Scorpion debuted at SEMA to rave reviews.  The exotic supercar uses hydrogen-enhanced fuel in which hydrogen is produced through electrolysis of water using the power generated from the vehicle’s electrical system. A small amount of hydrogen is added to the vehicle’s intake air/fuel mixture, allowing the engine to operate with less fossil fuel. As a zero-emission vehicle with  increased fuel mileage, you can see why this automotive beauty caught the eye of many SEMA attendees.

Although the Scorpion will not appear during the 2017 show, celebrity appearances will keep SEMA-goers entertained.  Racing legends Richard Petty, Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch will be present, along with Jay Leno, the John Force Racing Team and Sammy Hagar, just to name a few.

The SEMA Show is a highly anticipated event for tens of thousands of people around the world as the latest and greatest in automobile customization take center stage in Las Vegas.  The passion and creativity of automotive visionaries will once again come together as the SEMA Show tradition continues.

All Zero-Emission Vehicles Are Not Created Equal, Part III

Zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) are the way of the future, and as discussed in Parts I & II of All Zero-Emission Vehicles Are Not Created Equal, the batteries utilized in these vehicles have the potential to make or break the environmental intentions of clean energy automotive companies. Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium-ion batteries are currently the most commonly used batteries in ZEVs , but both of these options leave consumers and manufacturers wanting for a more disposable friendly option. Recycling and repurposing, although beneficial, may not be enough to outweigh effectiveness, cost and labor-intensive processes that go along with these methods of disposal .

Few ZEVs on the market today are able to go the distance of a gasoline-powered vehicle, and all ZEVs take much, much longer to charge than filling up a tank. While zero-emission automakers are focused on resolving both issues, some are focused on fixing both with one solution: the battery.

Low range and long charge times can both be traced back to the use of the lithium-ion batteries currently used in ZEVs, but one relatively new battery technology making a name for itself is the solid-state battery.

The simplest explanation of how solid-state batteries differ is that the liquid/gel electrolyte between electrodes (as found in lithium-ion batteries) is replaced with a solid, crystalline electrolyte. Replacing the liquid electrolyte will eliminate the volatility associated with current lithium-ion battery technology, a factor that remains a concern for many people. ZEVs today use sophisticated cooling systems to stabilize the temperature inside battery packs, adding cost, weight and bulk to the vehicles. Solid-state batteries will not require such elaborate cooling systems, bringing down the cost while increasing safety.

“Cost, safety, energy density, rates of charge and discharge and cycle life are critical for battery-driven cars to be more widely adopted,” said John Goodenough, co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery and the man responsible for the more recent development of the solid-state battery.

Solid-state batteries have improved energy density, allowing a ZEV to drive further. They can also be recharged more quickly and more often resulting in a longer life cycle than a lithium-ion battery. According to the Japanese newspaper Chunichi Shimbun by way of Reuters, these new batteries could fully charge up to 10x faster than current lithium-ion battery technology.

These benefits make solid-state batteries seem like the obvious choice for those advancing in the zero-emission market, but the technology is up and coming and as such, takes time. Some automakers remain complacent to slowly wade into the zero-emission “waters” while others are ready to make waves with the most advanced technology already available.

Some automotive developers, like RONN Motor Group, Inc., (RONN) are going a step further than solid-state battery research and development. As an automotive leader with over a decade of hydrogen fuel-cell technology experience, RONN will be offering electric-hydrogen fuel-cell technology on its various transportation platforms, giving consumers the option of a range extender estimated to travel 600+ miles. The range extender, along with the solid-state battery, will simultaneously enhance the RONN platform in distance while enabling the battery to charge through a chemical process when in motion. It uses hydrogen, which is stored on-board, and bonds with atmospheric oxygen to create electricity. No need for an outlet. No need for delay.

The driving experience is about people, and technology advancements should do everything possible to make that experience safe and sustainable without sacrificing style. RONN is passionate about bringing the most current, advanced and dynamic technology to the automotive market. Technology that will change the driving experience for consumers without harming the planet on which we live or the health of those who live here.

All Zero-Emission Vehicles Are Not Created Equal, Part II

Zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales are on the rise, and the momentum is only expected to increase as countries across the globe mandate a zero-emission automotive future as early as 2019. Peter O’Connor from the Union of Concerned Scientists noted that U.S. ZEV sales are up 45% for the 12-month period from July 2016-June 2017 when compared to the previous 12-month period. Globally, the number of ZEVs accelerated past 2M earlier this year, and the International Energy Agency estimates there could be 140M electric cars around the world by 2030.

These numbers are staggering and pose a looming question: What will be done with all of the used ZEV batteries when they are no longer viable? As discussed in Part I of All Zero-Emission Vehicles Are Not Created Equal, lithium-ion batteries, the most widely used battery option, have made the current generation of ZEVs possible (as well as laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, etc.) and could account for 90 percent of the lithium-ion battery market by 2025.

A current ZEV battery has an estimated lifespan of 10 years, at which point they can and should be recycled. However, ZEVs are a relatively new addition to the automotive market, and as such the battery-recycling infrastructure is limited as well. Batteries carry a risk of giving off toxic gases if damaged, core ingredients are finite and extraction can lead to water pollution and depletion among other environmental consequences. Case in point, currently in the EU, there are as few as 5% of lithium-ion batteries being recycled.

Widespread battery recycling would keep hazardous materials from entering the waste stream at the end of a battery’s useful life, but not all recycling processes are the same.

One process is called smelting in which precious metals, such as cobalt and nickel, are recovered from the batteries and refined so that the product is suitable for other uses. However, this is not necessarily the best option for lithium-ion batteries as there is no guarantee that lithium will be recovered, and the process is often more costly than mining new lithium. As Jessica Alsford, head of investment bank Morgan Stanley’s global sustainable research team said, “There still needs to be more development to get to closed loop recycling where all materials are reclaimed. There’s a difference between being able to do something and it making economic sense.”

ZEV batteries can maintain up to 70% of their capacity when they are no longer sustainable to power a vehicle. For this reason, some believe that another solution lies in repurposing lithium-ion batteries for home energy storage. However, before the battery can be reused, it must be broken down, tested and repackaged. These labor and energy intensive processes leave many ZEV supporters and automotive manufacturers alike seeking better options for zero-emission vehicle batteries, options that provide long-term, sustainable solutions for recycling and/or repurposing.

ZEVs, and coincidently the batteries that power them, are the way of the future. “We urgently need to change how we power our cars and trucks. America has fallen behind in the race to build cars of the future,” stated Energy Secretary Steven Chu. For this reason, automotive technology is rapidly advancing and clean technology automotive manufacturers, such as RONN Motor Group, Inc. have recognized that the current list of options are not entirely acceptable and are working diligently to establish new paths forward. In this week’s upcoming Part III of All Zero-Emission Vehicles Are Not Created Equal, one such option and its benefits will be discussed as an alternative solution to the next generation of ZEV batteries.

All Zero-Emission Vehicles Are Not Created Equal, Part 1

There isn’t a day that goes by that the average American household doesn’t thrive from the convenience of batteries.  Remote controls, cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, tablets, toys, the list goes on and on and on, ironically similar to the Energizer Bunny.  Most people don’t question the batteries used in their devices.  Recharging is typically as simple as plugging in a cord or purchasing a set of replacement batteries at the nearest convenient store.  If the type of battery comes into question, most items usually print the requirements directly on the package.  Plain and simple.  But what about the batteries used in the up-and-coming zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) quickly advancing in the global automotive market?  Batteries that will not only be utilized and charged on a daily basis, but will be necessary for the transportation needs of millions of people in a few short years.  Do consumers really understand the battery components of ZEVs?

All ZEVs are not created equally, and those differences can start with something as basic as the battery.

ZEVs use electricity stored in a battery pack to power an electric motor and turn the wheels. When depleted, the batteries are recharged using grid electricity, either from a wall socket or a dedicated charging unit, never depending on gasoline or diesel to run.  Manufacturers currently use two main types of rechargeable batteries: Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) and Lithium-ion batteries.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center, nickel-metal hydride batteries have been used successfully in all-electric vehicles and are widely used in hybrid electric vehicles due to the fact that they have a much longer life cycle than previously used lead-acid batteries and are safe and abuse tolerant.

Lithium-ion batteries are used in most of today’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and all-electric vehicles and are currently used in most portable consumer electronics such as cell phones and laptops because of their high energy per unit mass relative to other electrical energy storage systems.

As the rise in ZEV sales continues to escalate amid global mandates for a zero-emission future, people want answers to their pressing battery questions: Are the battery options available the best that manufacturers can offer consumers?  Are they the only viable options?  And how will the batteries be disposed of once they can no longer be recharged?  These are a few of the questions we will be answering in Part II of All Zero-Emission Vehicles Are Not Created Equal as we explore potential battery alternatives and the disposal infrastructure that must go along with global automotive change.

Hydrogen Fuel-Cells Gain National Recognition from Washington

To commemorate the recently celebrated National Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Day, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, got behind the wheel of a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle and took a spin around the Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters in Washington D.C. National Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Day, aptly chosen for the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008), recently occurred on October 8.

Fuel-cell automotive technology continues to advance nationally, and internationally, as countries seek to reduce their carbon footprint and greenhouse gas effects. “Are we going to continue to have innovations that help affect our environment in a positive way? Absolutely!” said Secretary Perry.

Communication and education will play a vital role in welcoming fuel-cell technology to the American transportation platform. An Electric-Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle (EHV) is a vehicle powered by an electric motor, functionally similar to the traditional Electric Vehicle (EV) in many respects, with the only difference being the method in which electricity is delivered to the motor. EVs store electricity in lithium-ion batteries while EHVs produce electricity through a chemical process inside the fuel-cell. Essentially the same electric motor can be used in either type of vehicle.

Source: hygen.com

With nearly 3,000 commercial fuel-cell vehicles already on the road today, industry projections increase by tens of thousands in the next six years alone. EHVs provide the same benefits as EVs, quiet operation and zero-emissions, but can be refueled in 3-5 minutes. An additional advantage is that fuel-cell vehicles offer fuel economies of over 60 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, and boast a driving range of over 300 miles, or an estimated range of 600+ miles on the RONN Motor Group, Inc. platform.

“It’s wonderful to see hydrogen fuel-cell technology recognized at the national level through such observations as National Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Day,” said RONN Ford, Chairman and CEO of RONN Motor Group, Inc. “We are grateful that the Department of Energy and Secretary Perry are beginning to see the necessity and value of further hydrogen fuel-cell technology and advancement in the automotive sector.”

As a world leader in hydrogen-assisted technology, RONN Motor Group, Inc. is joining the race to reduce our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas effects by creating sustainable energy that will take us into tomorrow. Learn how you can address this global need and get in on the ground floor of the next generation of hydrogen fuel-cell technology. Go to ronnmotorgroup.com to invest in RONN Motor Group, Inc. today.

 

 

 

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The Offering Materials May Contain Forward-Looking Statements And Information Relating To, Among Other Things, The Company, Its Business Plan And Strategy, And Its Industry. These Forward-Looking Statements Are Based On The Beliefs Of, Assumptions Made By, And Information Currently Available To The Company’s Management. When Used In The Offering Materials, The Words “Estimate,” “Project,” “Believe,” “Anticipate,” “Intend,” “Expect” And Similar Expressions Are Intended To Identify Forward-Looking Statements, Which Constitute Forward Looking Statements. These Statements Reflect Management’s Current Views With Respect To Future Events And Are Subject To Risks And Uncertainties That Could Cause The Company’s Actual Results To Differ Materially From Those Contained In The Forward-Looking Statements. Investors Are Cautioned Not To Place Undue Reliance On These Forward-Looking Statements, Which Speak Only As Of The Date On Which They Are Made. The Company Does Not Undertake Any Obligation To Revise Or Update These Forward-Looking Statements To Reflect Events Or Circumstances After Such Date Or To Reflect The Occurrence Of Unanticipated Events. To obtain a copy of the Offering Circular, click here to download directly.