Ready or not, here they come. The technology isn’t perfected, mass-production questions persist and no one seems quite sure how to make money on them, but lithium-ion batteries are on their way just the same. How fast this suddenly re-emerging electric-vehicle market takes hold and to what extent remains unclear, but the race to be first and dominant is on, and auto makers, suppliers and even governments are looking to elbow their way into the best positions for the stretch run. That ...

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