Could Stunning New Battery Breakthrough Even Make Electric Cars Worthwhile?

Stephen Gutowski
By Stephen Gutowski | February 25, 2013 | 11:16 AM EST

It looks like we may be on the cusp of a new electronic age. If a team of researchers at UCLA is correct, a new substance called graphene may change how we use batteries forever. And the possibilities for advancement may be limitless.

Imagine, being able to charge your phone for a few seconds and use it for the entire day. That's where graphene may be taking us. It may enable future batteries to hold more power than current batteries and charge up to full power in a fraction of the time.

This technology is so promising that it may even make electric cars worthwhile.

Instead of driving for 60 or so miles and then charging the car's battery for a couple of hours, graphene might allow electric cars to be fully charged within minutes. Perhaps. then, people other than Paul Begala and Al Gore will actually want to drive them.

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