I have heard a rumor and then it was confirmed elsewhere. I didn't realize it hadn't made it into the mainstream or I might not have mentioned it so casually. I'll see if I can turn up a link to one of the rumors, but I think it will be sort of hard.
Thx for the link. It seems to me that VW is really kicking some tail. The FC's and UC's in that release are only part of the story. That SunFuel stuff sounds interesting, and jibes with other stuff I've heard recently about the VW Lupo TDI engine, 90 mpg on Diesel, or so, not available in US, runs better on Biodiesel than Diesel. Also, VW is working with AC Propulsion to put together a Hybrid with that Lupo or some other engine. Audi, I hear.
I have not heard of this UC that VW is using, but good for them, I really like what they're doing. But damnit, the US autos are just dragging their feet, on and on and on....
The supercapacitor that VW was referring to was most likely purchased from Continental who I believe supplies many of the German Car Companies. I believe Continental has been buying UC's from Maxwell. This is great news, but we are still along way from blastoff with Fuel Cells. Maxwell has been talking about the boxmakers finding uses for UC's and they are. We have Alta Vista, Exide, Continental, Thundervolt. It is only the beginning, but it could pick up lots of steam. We are in great shape if Energy Conversion Devices (ENER) nickel hydride batteries can not bring down their costs significantly. General Motors and the companies listed above do not believe ENER can bring it down to compete against the UC's. We will probably know who is the early winner in about a year when some 42 volt batteries are introduced in some autos. We still have to compete against Panasonic which has greater resources than Maxwell. We may see Panasonic look to take over Maxwell in a year or two. They would then have major market share and great pricing strength.