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A Rechargeable Battery That Spies on You

Michael Kanellos: September 17, 2008, 5:11 PM

SAUSALITO, Calif. -- I love the USBCell rechargeable battery from Moixa Energy because: 1. It eliminates the need for an often redundant piece of hardware; and 2. It will outrage privacy advocates and Libertarians.

The USBCell is essentially a rechargeable nickel metal hydride battery with a USB plug attached on top. A cover with a positive nodes slides over the plug so it can be used in flashlights, cameras and other devices.

Attaching the USB interface reduces the amount of power that can be stored in the battery, admitted CEO Simon Daniel during a hallway chat at the GoingGreen conference taking place this week. If a supercharged AA nickel metal hydride can store 2500 milliamp...

Test Driving the Tango: George Clooney’s Next Electric Car

Michael Kanellos: September 17, 2008, 9:21 AM

It’s like a bobsled on wheels.

That’s the feeling of driving the Tango from Commuter Cars, the latest electric car startup. The company produces an all-electric (and very expensive) car that’s about the size of a large motorcycle. (See photos). In fact, the car is five inches thinner than some touring motorcycles. The passenger sits directly behind the driver, sort of like team mates on a bobsled. The back seat can also be removed so you can haul stuff around. If you take out the back seat, you can fit two suitcases and a briefcase in the back.

Despite the diminutive size, it’s pretty fast. The car can go from zero to sixty in about four seconds, or as fast as a Tesla...