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Batteries Not Included


03/10/2010

Batteries Not IncludedAlmost every day wild exotic ideas for cutting our fuel addiction appear in the papers - you can almost hear Clarkson preparing to let off stream again. So how's this for a strange one?

Volvo has revealed that it is busy researching the possibility of using car body panels themselves as energy storage devices using carbonfibres and polymer resin.

If successful, not only will this result in a leap in electrical energy storage technology - which will have lasting effects on devices like mobile phones and mobile computers - but minimising the amount of steel required in the construction of a vehicle will have positive effects on weight, safety and, eventually, price.

It's a long way off yet, but the fact that this type of thinking is even being discussed demonstrates what the future of the automobile may look like - wheeled batteries.

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