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MIT professor Joel Schindall is developing ultra capacitors that could one day make electric vehicles cheaper and more reliable

Anyone who has ever had a cell phone or flashlight die at exactly the wrong time knows that batteries can be tricky things. We love them because they provide us with guilt-free, relatively inexpensive power—but we don't trust them. And that gives you pause when thinking about battery-run cars. We might love the idea of a clean source of energy, but no one wants to find themselves stuck on the highway at 3 a.m. when their electric car runs out of juice. But Joel Schindall believes he has the solution.

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