The Morning Briefing: Electric vehicles, batteries

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about electric vehicles and battery development.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about electric vehicles and battery development.

1.) E.U. law to create market for electric cars. Cars using alternative sources of clean energy are not finding a market due to a lack of fuelling stations and high price tags. E.U. transport commissioner Siim Kallas told reporters in Brussels that member states must take the initiative to build the stations to help open the market, cut CO2 emissions and reduce dependency on oil.

2.) Electric vehicle battery market to reach $22bn by 2020. The market for lithium ion batteries used in electric cars is set to expand to almost $22bn by the end of the decade, according to new analysis by Pike Research.

3.) Electric vehicles may be the green car of the future, but hybrids are the green car of the present. Professor Jeremy Michalek talks carbon pricing, batteries, and why we shouldn't be subsidizing your Tesla Roadster.

4.) Toyota, BMW to research lithium-air car battery. Toyota Motor Corp and BMW AG will jointly research a lithium-air battery expected to be more powerful than the lithium-ion batteries used in many hybrid and electric vehicles, the two firms said.

5.) Peugeot, Volkswagen unveil battery-free hybrid vehicles. Peugeot Citroen said it has unveiled a pioneering hybrid vehicle concept combining a conventional engine with compressed nitrogen propulsion, which it said, would halve the cost of reducing emissions compared with current gasoline-electric hybrids.

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