Advances in battery technology will pave the way for a new generation of electric cars, and a DaimlerChrysler company expects to lead the charge. “We think the time has come,” says Rick Kasper, president and chief operating officer of Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) LLC. Others would say the time has passed. The dawn of the new century has seen the discontinuation of the EV1 passenger car from General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co.’s EV Ranger pickup and Toyota Motor Corp.’s electric RAV4 ...

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