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European lithium-ion automotive battery manufacturer Axeon has been awarded €3.32 million ($4.72 U.S. at the current exchange rate) to fund research aimed at reducing the weight, volume and cost of batteries that power electric and hybrid vehicles.

We've heard some pretty interesting arguments against the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, but this is perhaps one of the more interesting. In an Op Ed, Tainted Green has outlined just how the weight of those vehicles will ultimately lead to the degradation of our nation's infrastructure. Seriously.