Car battery in a bottle aims to obsolete gasoline

September 05, 2011 // By R. Colin Johnson
Semi-solid flow cells aim to replace the gas-guzzling internal combustion engine with electric motors driven by pumpable fuels that bear electrons as their active elements. Electronics has already transformed society. By harnessing electricity to perform the operations that were once performed manually, computers have made obsolete legions of mechanical devices, from adding machines to carburetors. Now electronics is poised to replace the gas-guzzling internal combustion engine with electric motors driven by pumpable fuels that bear electrons as their active elements. Indeed, if an ambitious startup with MIT roots and DOE funding has its way, within five years you may see a new pump, labeled Cambridge Crude, appear next to those for the lead-free and diesel at your local service station.

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