A new kind of electric car

Posted by: Ian Rowley on February 27, 2006

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Okay so it’s not the best looking machine in the world, but C-COMS (above) is a world first according to researchers at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Industrial Science. Its inventors claim that the 200kg, one-seater auto is the first car to be powered completely by capacitors. In total, C-COMS has 21 capacitors each weighing 1.9kg, which make for a maximum speed of 50kph.

According to Yoichi Hori, a professor at Tokyo University working on the project, C-COMS is aleady showing some interesting results. In particular, it can run for 20 minutes or 10km after being charged for just one minute. By contrast, electric cars powered by lead-based batteries would need charging for ten times as long to achieve the same results. In time, Hori reckons that capacitors could become a useful—and environmentally friendly—means of powering smaller electric cars. Let’s hope they sharpen up the design before then.

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Reader Comments

MARK MONTGOMERY

April 20, 2006 11:20 AM

i would but one today.

James Chapman

October 10, 2006 01:16 AM

Watched a very interesting review on the G Wiz electric car last night. Tim Lovejoy from Channel 5’s Fifth Gear took to the streets of London to see if the £7,000 G Wiz was a practical enough vehicle. He found it wasn’t much use for taking the kids to school as it was a little on the small side for the children in the back but was adequate enough to get him self and his golf clubs in, so not too bad I suppose.

It is reckoned that the £7,000 price tag for the car will pay for its self within 1 year due to the car being exempt from the congestion charge, road tax, and can be parked for free in central London. The top speed of the car is just 40 mph and can travel for 40 miles on a single charge. In my eyes this is perfected for anyone living in the central of London.

Used Car Parts

October 14, 2006 04:41 AM

This type of technology should be must be a concern of everyone. It is much cleaner and does considerable less damage to the environment Oil prices rose above $59 a barrel today 13/10/06 and it is predicted that it could rise as much as $100 per barrel.

The only disadvantage of owning an electric car is that they are usually quite slow; they cannot travel far due to the recharging aspect. Maybe we will see electric charging points in garages instead of fuel pumps. Even so I do think that people should be considering going all-electric in the future. The Used Car Parts Man

Donna Woolman

October 21, 2006 05:21 PM

I want one. WHY? I am 62 yr. old retired woman that has been the proud owner of Beetles, 2 Volkswagen Vanagons and a Westfalia Camper. I have been a VW lover since 1966. Now, I can NOT buy a VW Van, because VW cannot make them for an affordable price. I will not buy American and will not buy the NEW 2008 model that Chrysler will make for Volkswagon. Now, retired, I need an economical car to go to the grocery store and around town. I live in a city of 70,000. I could go anywhere in city or county in this little baby. I'm in no hurry. Bush and this country's policies can go to hell!!!

Donna Woolman

November 27, 2007 06:02 PM

All eco concerned individuals out there that can afford it, GOOGLE the new TESLA, all electric car that goes 200 MILES TO ONE CHARGE AND HITS 60MPH IN 6 SECONDS.

When enough are sold, the price will become affordable for the average Joe, then you can buy another one.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Daniel

March 28, 2008 07:19 AM

ya i seriously agree...using these things in today's world is a necessity..
all salute's to Co's like ZAP !

Adrian Bear

April 21, 2008 06:51 AM

Why does everyone think we need charging points at Service stations?
Why can't setup a swap and go arrangement like we do we BBQ gas bottles?

Car parts

January 20, 2009 08:03 PM

That could be nice because this year are many publish a electric cars or electric vehicles....So you should publish a mosy beautiful electric vehicle.

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