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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Electric Cars

My bet for the future is battery power - not hydrogen fuel cells or ethanol or anything else. If batteries could be made to recharge quickly, hold a lot of energy, and weigh a reasonable amount, we'll have the potential to store all the renewable energy we can grab from wind, solar, hydro-electric. Of course, you have to build batteries, create plastic, mine for metals, etc - so hopefully the battery power will be able to do all these things too. I suspect we'll see some small breakthroughs in battery technology which will be ideal for a specific type of car - maybe a sportscar, delivery van, or urban commuter. Hopefully we'll see some exciting innovations in 2007.

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