A Big Charge For Electric Vehicles?

New batteries from Israel could help make EVs practical

As Thomas Behrens-Boye wheels his bright yellow postal truck into Bremen's bustling midday traffic, something seems amiss. In place of the clatter and acrid smoke of a diesel engine, there is only the gentle whine of an electric motor. Behrens-Boye will use the experimental electric Mercedes-Benz mail truck to haul up to 1 1/2 tons of letters on his daily rounds for the next year. The trial is off to an auspicious start: "I've had it up to 110 kilometers per hour [70 mph]," he says with a grin, as he swings into the left lane to overtake a passenger car.

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