And Speaking of Batteries…

Glenn Swanson
by Glenn Swanson
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An experimental Japanese electric car has set a new speed record: 105.95 kmph (65.8 mph). And you can forget all that lithium-ion stuff. According to NewCarNet, the four-wheeled record holder was powered by common AA household batteries. Albeit lot’s of ‘em. In fact, the Panasonic Oxyride needed 192 of the diminutive batteries to get its freak on. The experimental vehicle was not radio controlled, did contain a [small, reclining] human and weighed-in at less than 84 pounds (38 kgs.) The automobile's accelerative accomplishment comes hard on the heels of a Japanese aircraft powered by 160 AA batteries that recently took wing. While the craft only achieved five meters altitude for less than a minute, it was "the world's first manned flight powered by dry-cell batteries." We can't wait for the 356-battery flying car.
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  • Shaker Shaker on Aug 10, 2007

    Damn! I'll bet the Energizer Bunny dropped a couple of pellets on that news! It is an accomplishment (of sorts) that speaks more to electric motor technology than battery technology; yet dry cells have come a long way in the past 20 years.

  • Z31 Z31 on Aug 10, 2007

    A record for what? AA batteries? The Buckeye Bullet holds the land speed record for an electric car at hair under 315mph.

  • Glenn Swanson Glenn Swanson on Aug 10, 2007

    Appears to be for dry-cell batteries. The Buckeye Bullet 2 is powered by hydrogen and oxygen. And the Buckeye Bullet 1 was powered by 31 lead acid batteries.