A Jump-Start for New Battery Plants

By Steven Mufson on July 27, 2009

The Energy Department is getting ready to hand out about $2 billion in grants to create a domestic industry for electric-car batteries, and 122 companies are scrambling to get pieces... All are promising a combination of innovation and ability to deliver new products on a commercial scale to prevent the United States from trading dependence on foreign oil for reliance on foreign-made batteries.

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