Car body as battery

February 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Engineers at Imperial College, London, have developed a new composite material which can store and discharge electrical energy – and double up as both a car body panel and its battery. The team from the Department of Aeronautics are working with partners including Volvo, and have developed a prototype material.

The material could also be used for the casing of a mobile phone, laptop or other electrically-powered device, and would enable radical downsizing if a conventional battery was no longer needed.

Project co-ordinator Dr Emilie Greenhaugh says: “We think the car of the future could be drawing power from its roof, its bonnet or even the door, thanks to our new composite.”

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