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14Lighter, better battery for small electric vehicles is SmartBatt's goal

A European consortium known as SmartBatt believes that something critical and essential is missing for pure electric vehicle technology – battery packs that aren't heavy and bulky. Therefore, SmarBatt's objective is to develop an innovative, multifunctional, light and safe energy storage system smartly integrated into electric cars.

AddIs the advanced battery market already too crowded?

Nissan Leaf battery pack - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddBake it, drown it, fire bullets at it - how batteries are tested in the real world

We know that General Motors has the largest battery lab in the world, one that's capable of carrying out all kinds of scientific tests, but that's a little boring, if you ask us. If you want to test a battery's durability, do you really need fancy lab equipment and sophisticated computers? Or can you just use a few household items, a swimming pool, bullets and a lot of time? Maybe it's time to ditch the lab coats, fire up the oven and learn how battery testing is really done.

AddGM invests $8 million to double size of high-tech battery lab, replacing some engine dynamometers to make room

Bill Wallace showing off the Volt cell and battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddObama mulling more support for plug-in vehicle manufacturers

The U.S. federal government has put a lot of money into clean car companies this past year, including about $8.5 billion through U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program (Ford got $5.9 billion, Nissan $1.6 billion, Fisker Automotive $528.7 million, and Tesla Motors $465 million) and another $2+ billion for advanced batteries (some say it was more than that). There may be more coming down the pike.

AddWhy did the U.S. grant $2.4 billion for batteries? Independence

President Obama announcing $2.4 billion battery grants - Click above to watch the video after the jump

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