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14 08 2017 02

Mitsubishi and GS Yuasa say they’ve developed a lithium-ion battery that will give electric cars twice the range that today's designs do, for the same cost. The report, in yesterday's Nikkei Business Daily, adds that the battery will go into mass production in 2020.

Such a battery would at the very least assuage range anxiety among potential car buyers. It could even allow manufacturers to shrink the battery, and thus cut the car’s weight, energy usage, purchase price, and operating cost.

It’s the latest in a string of announcements that imply progress at least as fast as the e-car’s fondest proponents have claimed. Last week, a consortium of German companies revealed plans to build a lithium-ion battery gigafactory to rival Telsa's, with production slated to begin in 2019.

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