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Feb 17

Battery Free is Possible with the Ene Pocket

Posted in Battery Technology | Biofuels | Energy Inventions

Ene Pocket Parents everywhere probably just sat up in their chairs reading that. Regardless of whether they are buying rechargeable batteries or getting Duracell batteries when they go on sale at Staples, batteries of any kind put a hurting on the wallet and to landfills. This is especially true around Christmas when toys demand that they load up. This could all change if the Ene Pocket meets with success. The Ene Pocket is a prototype toy car by Takara Tomy that runs on something kids absolutely love, sugar!


Not only does it run on sugar, but it runs on a source of sugar that is probably getting washed down the drain every day by mothers. The source? Such wonderful little sugar loaded liquids like Sprite, Mountain Dew and Coke will make this car roar around the house. The most effective liquid of them all? Good old fashioned grape juice.

The new car is a double effort from the makers of the Ene Pocket Toy Car and Sony. Sony is trying to make the battery last longer and more powerful and the Ene Pocket Toy Car is the perfect vehicle for the testing. Anyone at the Toy Forum 2010 was lucky enough to have seen this vehicle rip around on nothing but soda pop and juice. It is a pretty exciting invention and one that has people everywhere buzzing about the future or battery operated toys.

If the improvement continue down the right path, it is unlikely that stores will be able to keep the toy car on the shelf. This is a great way for parents to not only supply the kids with a great looking toy, but to instill the facts about green energy into their heads a very young age. We all tend to carry traits with us our entire lives that we develop when we are young. Having a generation that thinks green energy is fun can only do the world some good.

  • Thomas Finger

    What is with this design? That has to be one of the most unattractive looking cars for kids I have ever seen…. now I have always been looking for alternatives to battery powered toys — it has become almost impossible..

  • http://greenwindmill.com Peter Sharma III

    Bacterial batteries rule.

  • Jack

    Hey it doesn’t matter about the looks, it’s about the education our children will be getting from it.

  • supertramp

    Cool that it runs on sugar… but how does it juice power out of sugar? Some kind of fuel cell or is it something different? it would be better if the technology behind sugar power was also included in this article…

  • Sal Hennem

    This is defo a step in the right direction – now what would be really cool would be a unit that would power whatever was plugged into it – such as mobiles, iPods, even laptops sometime down the line. Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Thomas Finger

    How long have you been living in the USA? Looks certainly matter — for the kids to want to play with it and for the adults to want to buy it — I am not saying that is the way I want it — but it is REALITY. (where I live)

  • slick

    Kids never learn what you want them to. They always pick up on something else in the lesson. In this case, kids are given the opportunity to learn how renewables can power stuff, but they will probably learn “environmental stuff is ugly” instead.

  • Serene

    I guess this is certainly a great invention… but i would also like to know that if this technology can be used on other battery operated devices… other than toy cars…


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