Monday, December 17, 2007

Toshiba's new battery - good news for ICE free automotives

If you believe, as I do, that the next generation of commonly available vehicles needs to severely limit or eliminate the inclusion of the internal combustion engine, then the latest battery announcement from Toshiba should give you great joy.

Toshiba claims to be ready to begin field testing a battery in early next year with a 90% recharge in just 5 minutes. First target is industrial machinery, but Toshiba hopes to expand into the automotive space quickly. If adopted widely and the claims hold up, purely electric vehicles for long trips would become acceptable to a very large portion of consumers. No indication of pricing for the batteries or modules.

via AutoBlogGreen and TMC.