GENNEVILLIERS, France – With stop/start systems already booming in Europe, lead-acid technology holds the unexpected title of market-share leader for batteries in hybrid vehicles. Although mild, full and plug-in hybrids with their more expensive nickel-metal-hydride or lithium-ion batteries get the lion’s share of attention, micro-hybrids deliver 5%-8% fuel savings in Europe, enough for Daimler AG’s Smart GmbH to make the system standard on its gasoline engines. Advanced 14-volt ...

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