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Cheaper, more efficient batteries add power to hybrid cars

New systems under development that charge the battery each time the brakes are hit add to fuel efficiency

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Tesla Motors, in partnership with Panasonic, is building a US$5 billion battery "gigafactory" that may push costs below US$100 a kilowatt-hour within 10 years.

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NEXT-GENERATION hybrid cars combining electric and gas power in new ways are emerging as a low-cost alternative for consumers as batteries get cheaper and more efficient.

Battery packs for electric vehicles, loaded with lithium ion cells, now cost around US$496 a kilowatt-

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