EEStor Ceramic Battery: Internal Combustion Replacement?

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Seasoned scientists at EEStore say they've created a battery made of glass- and aluminum-coated ceramics that could allow electric motors to completely replace the internal combustion engine. The inventors, erstwhile Xerox PARC and IBMmers, boast about the car's efficiency, saying it'll be so cheap it'll be as if gas costs 45 cents per gallon, will drive 500 miles on nine bucks' worth of electricity, and needs just five minutes to completely recharge. Plus, the company's CEO says, "a four-passenger sedan will drive like a Ferrari." Tall claims, EEStore.

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Meanwhile, Feel Good Cars, those Canadian electric carmeisters whose ZENN electric car is pictured above, vow to make this technology roadworthy by 2008. Oil companies, get out your checkbooks, but you'd better have some phat cash 'cause these EEStore guys are well-financed.

Never-Ending Potency: Battery Replacement Could Charge Electric-Car Industry [Jalopnik]

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If they have this technology, why not make an agreement with Honda or GM (well, okay, maybe not GM) to develop cars based on this technology? The fact that they are doing this on their own without the cooperation of a major auto manufacturer makes me question it. After all, it takes decades for someone to learn all the details of car manufacturing. Even if they have this technology, people will want a real car using it, not some half-baked go-kart with an electric engine.