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The Morning Briefing: Powering electric vehicles

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

1.) Are battery buggies the answer to electric vehicle range anxiety? Plenty of thought has gone into developing the current crop of electric vehicles, from the Tesla Model S to the Chevrolet Spark EV. Now, it's time to concentrate more on the power infrastructure and on realistic needs of likely EV owners.

2.) GM to open China research center to focus on "new energy". General Motors Co is opening its latest global research center in China on Thursday, taking advantage of the country's vast supply of engineering graduates to drive its development of a new generation of electric vehicles.

3.) Toyota plugs away at the next-gen electric-car battery. Magnesium-ion batteries promise to be cheaper and more energy-dense than lithium-ion ones.

4.) Second life for old electric-car batteries: Guardians of the electric grid. Imagine a future in which old electric-car batteries are deployed in neighborhoods as energy-storage systems that guard against power outages, while paving the way for wind and solar power—and more electric cars.

5.) Mr. Green Car: Recycling electric vehicle batteries. As we move ever closer to going mainstream with electric vehicles (EV), there are already concerns arising over what becomes of the batteries when the time comes to replace them.

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— By on November 28, 2012, 5:26 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

Contributing Editor

Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure