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Dow Kokam and PVI have teamed up to develop a small fleet of battery-powered garbage trucks. The electric truck and its interchangeable battery system, which will be produced and assembled in France, were unveiled last week at Pollutec 2010.

Lately, everything seems to be coming up roses for lithium battery maker Valence Technology Inc. Just days after winning out in a patent dispute with the University of Texas, the company announced a battery and support deal that could be worth up to $3 million with commercial vehicle company PVI. That company, which has an agreement with Renault trucks to develop some electrically-powered concept trucks and light commercial vehicles (like the Maxity pictured above), will use Valence's lithium ph