DEARBORN, MI – Longer-range batteries, improved electronics, lightweight materials and just about any technology with the potential to shift the paradigm on electric-vehicle functionality and affordability are candidates for U.S. Department of Energy backing, officials here say. Speaking at an industry workshop on the “EV Everywhere Challenge,” kicked off by President Obama during a visit to a Daimler truck factory in North Carolina in March, DOE Secretary Steven Chu ...

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