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Electric Cars Might Work Like Blanka in the Future

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The Imperial College of London is currently working on a composite material that can store and discharge electricity but is also strong enough to be used as material for something like a car’s body. Volvo is one of the sponsors of the €3.4 million project, obviously hoping to find a way to build electric cars that lasts a long time between charges.

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In the video below, Dr Emile Greenhalgh of Imperial College explains a bit more about how the material looks:

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Imagine how light our laptops and phones would be if their cases were also their batteries. Or how awesome it would be if our cars could project an electric shield.

[via EU Infrastructure]






Comments (1):

  1. Jackie says:

    What an interesting idea to use the actual body of the car to store electricity. How safe is this though? We don’t want to be electrocuted when it rains or if there is a fire. The main drawback for most current EV’s is range such as the Nissan Leaf. Extended range will make EV’s more practical.

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