European Union researchers are about to start work on a prototype zinc-polymer car battery scientists hope will be significantly lighter, safer and more environmentally friendly than existing batteries. Current lead-acid-, lithium- and nickel-based batteries carry problems associated with waste disposal, weight and chemical stability. They also can be slow to charge and present safety concerns. The aim of the E3.5 million ($5.0 million) PolyZion project is to make electric vehicles more ...

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