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Off-the-Shelf Nuclear Plants Could Soon Help Power Electric Cars

  • Small modular reactors more versatile than conventional plants
  • Battery storage still too pricey for large-scale use

Photographer: Mark Elias/Bloomberg


Demand for low-carbon electricity to power a future wave of electric vehicles could be provided by small, factory-built nuclear reactors.

As Britain’s old coal and nuclear stations shut from 2025, the nation faces a tough challenge in keeping a future fleet of electric cars powered and meeting the nation’s clean energy goals when renewable sources like wind and solar aren’t available.