Backwards and forwards July 24, 2009 : 2:30 PM

Last week I read article in New Scientist that began with an interesting anecdote I wanted to share with you:

"Picture the scene: in downtown New York City, all-electric cars glide through streets in a zero-emission transport revolution. Polluting, inefficient gasoline and diesel vehicles are nowhere to be seen - or heard. The only things getting in the way of these smooth, noiseless vehicles are the horse-drawn trams."

"That's right, we're talking about the past. The electric car had its heyday over a century ago. Its brief reign came to an end in 1912, when gasoline-powered Cadillacs began to come fitted with starter motors."

The article goes on to describe the history and challenges surrounding the development of new battery technologies. It provides an extremely interesting window into what is possible in the future.