New research center aims for cheaper electric car batteries

Although U.S. universities and laboratories are among the leaders in testing ways to build more efficient batteries for electric cars, the country is getting collectively whipped by Asian firms when it comes to building them.

Nearly all lithium-ion batteries _ the technology of choice for the budding electric vehicle industry _ are made in Korea, Japan and China.

Officials and scientists hope the newly announced Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center that is planned for north Lexington, Ky., will be the great equalizer.

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