Eestor Update

When you type eestor into google, our previous treehugger entry comes up at the top; you don't get the company, which has even taken their website down. They were secretive last March when they stomped all over Toronto Star's Tyler Hamilton, and they are saying less now. Fortunately Ian Clifford of Feel Good cars is not so tightlipped, and told Business 2.0 that "it will charge up in five minutes and provide enough energy to drive 500 miles on about $9 worth of electricity. At today's gas prices, covering that distance can cost $60 or more; the EEStor device would power a car for the equivalent of about 45 cents a gallon. And we mean power a car. "A four-passenger sedan will drive like a Ferrari," says Clifford." (we suspect before they duct-taped his mouth shut)We have not been able to find out much more information- Ian Clifford and Business 2.0 are the first new words on Eestor since the original post. There is a fascinating thread of comments over at the energy blog, including links to the patent and some interesting explanations and questions, like: "It's a REALLY BIG dielectric capactor! Running 31F at 3500V in 336 pounds gives them 350Wh/kg. I really hate to think what would happen if a single one of all those parallel dielectrics failed! 52kWh through a short circuit could melt the thing to slag. It better be self-healing." We certainly wonder what happens when we try to get 52 Kwh out of our house into the car in less than five minutes as Ian claims.

In summary: There is no news, just hype from an article where someone probably said too much for his own good. ::business 2.0 As Tyler Hamilton says, When are they going to come out of the closet?

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