Death of internal combustion?

September 10, 2007 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Technology, Transportation | Leave a comment

Below is a fascinating CNN article on a new storage battery being developed for a Canadian auto maker. Their patent mentions “technologies for replacement of electrochemical batteries”, basically with capacitors. Fast charge, fast release for acceleration. Much longer travel distance between charges. “By all rights, this would make internal combustion engines unnecessary.”

As the article mentions, if they’ve pulled it off, they’ve done something no one else has yet. But their process is still very secret and the company very private. They took down their web site.

I first became aware of this last November via the Zenn car company who has purchased rights to the power source.

Heres the wiki on the subject:

This is how it was described then:
New ceramic battery may replace gas engines by 2008
It can allegedly charge within 5 minutes with enough energy to move a car 500 miles on about $9 worth of electricity — about 45 cents a gallon. 256 mpg equivalent.

“They have an exclusive agreement with Feel Good Cars, a Canadian manufacturer of the ZENN, a low speed electric car, to purchase high-power-density ceramic ultra capacitors called Electrical Storage Units (ESU). ”

The company already makes 2 models of electric cars, but they have the more traditional 8 hour charge and lower speed and distance ranges. For its class, its an award winning vehicle. The picture would change completely with a revolutionary battery.

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