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Ultracaps hit the mark

Posted by Car Geek on September 6, 2007

Blink and you’ll miss it: for a short period of time yesterday (September 5), the top story on the Sydney Morning Herald’s website wasn’t about the APEC summit or the latest celebrity arrest, but rather about a small startup out of Texas called EEStor, which is secretively working on an “ultracapacitor” which could be used in electric vehicles in place of batteries.

EEStor’s ultracapacitors allegedly combine the best qualities of batteries and capacitors, with the ability to be charged in five minutes (although not through household outlets) and a potential range of 500 miles (800 km). The technology is expected to debut in ZENN low-speed electric vehicles next year, though no public demonstration of the technology has yet been made, leading to skepticism from some corners.

If that can make headlines in the midst of everything else happening in Sydney right now, electric cars might yet have a future in Australia. 😉


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