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MIT Innovation Could Boost Electric Cars Ranges by 10%

By: Doug Gordon - Published: Feb 18, 2009   Updated: May 13 2011 • References: web.mit.edu
MIT has taken a step that will seriously increase the range of electric vehicles. If the Shock absorbers create as much power as noted in their research, they could increase the range of EVs by almost 10 percent.

This innovation has generated a lot of publicity for the MIT students, resulting in perks like a military grade HUMVEE to test out their product.

Implications - This new shock absorber was created to "harnesses energy from small bumps in the road" which enables the generation of electricity. The students at MIT that developed it say that "it smoothes the ride more effectively than conventional shocks." They hope that customers will soon be interested in their product such as large truck manufacturers.