“Depending on who you believe, they’re at or beyond the limit of what is possible.” Chills crawl down my spine when I read that quote. Who are we to define what is possible, even if you happen to be a director of electromechanics. The words are heavy with regret – that will no doubt come back to bite you in the ass. Impossible is an imaginary word. We’ve long since shattered the 4-minute mile, why can we not do the same with internal combustion engine?
A patent for the “technologies for replacement of electrochemical batteries,” caught the eye of energy enthusiasts for good reason. What does it all mean? Check out the CNN article below:
An Austin-based startup called EEStor claims motorist could plug in a car for five minutes and drive 500 miles roundtrip between Dallas and Houston without gasoline.
By contrast, some plug-in hybrids on the horizon would require motorists to charge their cars in a wall outlet overnight and promise only 50 miles of gasoline-free commute. And the popular hybrids on the road today still depend heavily on fossil fuels.
“It’s a paradigm shift,” said Ian Clifford, chief executive of Toronto-based ZENN Motor Co., which has licensed EEStor’s invention. “The Achilles’ heel to the electric car industry has been energy storage. By all rights, this would make internal combustion engines unnecessary.”
Clifford’s company bought rights to EEStor’s technology in August 2005 and expects EEStor to start shipping the battery replacement later this year for use in ZENN Motor’s short-range, low-speed vehicles.
The technology also could help invigorate the renewable-energy sector by providing efficient, lightning-fast storage for solar power, or, on a small scale, a flash-charge for cell phones and laptops.
Skeptics, though, fear the claims stretch the bounds of existing technology to the point of alchemy.