It came from outer space: NASA innovations in our lives

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Lithium Batteries for Hybrid and Electric Cars

Despite the amount of fuel needed to launch a space shuttle (835,958 gallons of liquid propellants)—or perhaps because of it—NASA is a big proponent of electric vehicles. So much so that the Kennedy Space Center worked with Hybrid Technologies, a manufacturer of lithium-ion battery powered electric vehicles, to improve the battery management systems in the company's cars. The result of their collaboration? The first all-electric taxi used in New York City as well as an electric MINI Cooper (pictured here).

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