Just when you thought you could get all your news from the mainstream press — ha! — a reader of Clean Break was kind enough to forward a PDF of a newsletter put out by the city of Cedar Park, Texas (Note: the city has since de-activated the link). Among the various local news flashes is a bit about Cedar Park startup EEStor Inc., which decided on March 25th to hold a five-hour open house to show off two prototypes of a Feel Good Car that runs off one of its super dooper ultracapacitor-based energy storage systems — which, it bears repeating, claim to have 10 times the energy density of lead acid batteries and none of the negative side effects, such as slow charge time, limited cycling and environmental nastiness.
Richard Weir, co-founder and president of EEStor, wouldn’t speak to me when I wrote an article about the company about a month ago. But here’s what the Cedar Park’s news flash managed to get:
“This is a very sophisticated electric car, with 250 to 300 miles of range,” Richard Weir, CEO, president and co-founder of EEStor said. “It’ll take a full electrical charge in about the time it takes to gas up a regular car. Just plug it up for a few minutes and you’re off.” Many auto manufacturers experimented with electric cars in the 1980s and 1990s but essentially abandoned the technology for hybrid or other alternative fuel systems due to their high cost of manufacture and maintenance. Weir believes EEStor has overcome those hurdles with their product. “This is just a preview of what’s to come. We have another major announcement for May. But seeing is believing!” he said.
May? Major announcement? Oh, the suspense is killing me. If anybody out there in Cedar Park, Texas, managed to drop by for the open house and see these little electric vehicles in action, let me know what you saw — and whether you believe. As mentioned before, Kleiner Perkins is behind them, so even if you find it difficult to believe it’s something you simply can’t ignore.
BTW: EEStor doesn’t have a Web site yet but Weir has registered www.eestor.us — so it’s a matter of time before something appears.