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Electric cars

Some electric car enthusiasts believe ChevronTexaco is limiting the worldwide development of hybrid electric and pure electric cars. They think ChevronTexaco accomplishes this is by controlling the production of nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries.

A company called Cobasys is a joint venture between ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures-a subsidiary of ChevronTexaco-and Energy Conversion Devices (Ovonics Inc.-the original battery patent holder). When another company attempts to bring large NiMH batteries to market, Cobasys sues for patent infringement, wins the case and then settles by claiming royalties, muting the settlement details and limiting the size of the production batteries to less than 10 amp/hours of capacity; engineers believe that to make electric cars viable, it takes an 80-90 plus amp/hour NiMH battery system – enough capacity to drive at least 50 miles on batteries only. All cars appear to be affected, including Toyota’s Prius.

Expanded information is located at: http://www.evworld.com

Many of the oil companies (BP, Exxon, ChevronTexaco and Shell) are also deeply involved in the solar cell business. Did you know, just like NiMH batteries, there is a worldwide shortage of solar panels?

Ladson Geddings

Grass Valley

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