A team of British scientists led by Dr. Emile Greenhalgh of Imperial College London’s Department of Aeronautics have created carbon fiber supercapacitors that could take the place of batteries in electric cars and other applications.

The carbon fiber supercapacitors are made of a glass fiber layer sandwiched between two layers of carbon fibers. The sandwich is covered in electricity-conducting resin that can be charged like a battery. Because the material can be formed, it might be used as part of a car's body with no need for a separate battery.