A new kind of electric auto

Posted by: Ian Rowley on February 26, 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.

Reader Comments

Fred Michaelis

October 9, 2007 4:00 PM

That is great, but the question is when can we buy a real automobile that uses the capasitor tech.? In Cedar Park Tx there is a guy by the name Richard Wier that is a CEO for a company called Eestor that is working on the same thing... He tells me that he will have a production model by the end of this year or in the first half of next year... A company up in Canada called Feel Good Cars backed him and will get the first ones off the line... I don't really want to buy another gas gussler do you? I am trying to make the old 95 volvo last until then.. Will someone please hurry? It is in very bad shape... Thanks Fred

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