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A new generation of powerful viral batteries could mean a breakthrough for electric cars

By Edie Lush   June 2009

Whether it’s a mobile petering out mid-call or a laptop with “lazy battery syndrome” holding ever smaller amounts of charge, most gadget owners know the problem of dying batteries. For most of us this powerlessness is a minor inconvenience, but for hi-tech manufacturers and scientists it is one of the biggest blocks to building a new generation of electronic devices.

Scientists and entrepreneurs are dreaming up plans for new electronic car batteries that can charge faster and longer to help reduce the 20 per cent global greenhouse gas emissions generated by transport. Indeed for many green technology enthusiasts there is…

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