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Back in February, we heard news from Axion Power, holders of advanced lead-acid battery technology, that it had collected an $800,000 grant from the State of Pennsylvania to fund testing and demonstration of its lead-carbon batteries. Testing must have gone well, as Axion Power has now announced that it has entered into an agreement with Exide Technologies for the purchase and distribution of its new battery technology. Exide is one of the world's largest producers and recyclers of lead-acid bat

It's likely that at some distant point in the future, lead-acid starter batteries will go the way of the dodo, at least in green cars. The fact is that newer technologies like nickel metal hydride and lithium ion are much lighter than the lead-acids currently underhood of nearly every car in the world. Still, advancements in lead-acid technology are being made, and as more and more vehicles begin demanding more from their batteries, the humble lead-acid battery is changing with the times. For in

I've always wanted to say this and now, thanks to new British electric car start up, Stevens Vehicles Ltd, I can: "Get into Zevan and come with me to the casbah." There is now an alternative for Brits who want a domestically-manufactured electric car but don't want to wait a year or spend 150,000 quid on a Lightning GT. Actually, two alternatives because Stevens is not only going to produce Zevan, the sexy beast (and I use that term loosely) you see pictured above. Nay, also on offer is the five