• Feb 5th 2010 at 7:00PM
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Battery bodywork prototype material – Click above to watch the video after the jump

How much will a plug-in vehicle's battery weigh in 2020? How much will the same car's bodywork weigh? If a new prototype material developed by researchers in the Imperial College London in the UK turns out to be as good as it sounds, the answer to both of these questions, whatever the value is, might one day be the same.

The reason for this is that the material is a new type of battery that could be strong and light enough to pull double duty as body components and can store and discharge electrical energy. It is being developed for use in cars, where it could bring about a weight reduction of about 15 percent, as well as for other things like cell phones and computers. There is a video of project coordinator Emile Greenhalgh, from the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, describing the material after the jump.

Sure, any vehicle powered by this material is a long way away, but it's always fun to imagine what's possible some day in the future. Considering that the Volvo Car Corporation is partnering with the Imperial College on this project, we can imagine that the 2020 S80 DRIVe might be made out of this stuff, right? Thanks to Jon for the tip!

[Source: PhysOrg]

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      Man, that guy closes his eyes alot.
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      Imagine if the associated logics screws up, and the whole car is electrified. Nice...
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        My first thought was the various KERS fiascos in F1 last year...
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      Collisions will definitely be more expensive and shocking!
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      So right when Volvo might be involved in one of it's most important future vehicle research projects, it gets sold to China. Brilliant!

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      What could possibly go wrong!

      Looks like my battery is dead. time to replace the roofliner.
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        Not to mention that the bondo fix won't cut it anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      talk about a theft deterrent system. I can see it now...

      " Hey man, let's jack that volvo!

      Makes me smile just thinking about it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would be interested to know if Geely has a stake in this as well - China is one of the largest exporters of rare earth metals used to make battery packs.
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