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Scientists join up to make cars go further

DRIVERS of electric cars may no longer have to stop so often to recharge batteries in the future.

A team of United States and Chinese scientists are joining forces to work on a new type of battery which will have 100 times the storage capacity of the ones currently in use.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University and University of Michigan signed a contract yesterday to invest US$3 million in new energy research. "Scientists from the two countries will develop sustainable energy for effective clean vehicles," said Mary Coleman, president of the University of Michigan.

They will work on the development of lithium-air batteries, which use oxygen from the air to generate electricity.

"The new battery is expected to be developed in two to three years and put into use in five years' time," Ni Jun, dean of the UM-SJTU Joint Institute, said yesterday.


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