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Travel light: New polymers could help electric cars take flight

Prospects for improved mileage and safety has Japanese automakers excited

An artist's rendering of a prototype car made using high-performance polymer materials. (Courtesy of University of Tokyo professor Kozo Ito)

TOKYO -- Generations hence, people may scratch their heads at the phrase, "put the pedal to the metal." The reason? New materials are poised to radically change what cars are made of.

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