Matsushita has recently announced the development of a new dry cell battery with 1.5 to 2 times better performance than standard alkaline dry cell batteries. Called the "Oxyride Dry-cell Battery" it is a successor to Matsushita's nickel-manganese dry battery designed exclusively for digital cameras. Matsushita demonstrated the new dry cell by running a car on two AA batteries. The two cells drove the 18.5 kg car with a driver for a distance of 1,200 meters, according to a Matsushita spokeswoman. Source Nikkei and EE Times.

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