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Whether making an electric car from an existing fueled vehicle or developing a new model, the batteries of electric cars should have the following characteristics: 1) Store as much energy as possible in a given volume to achieve a long operating range. 2) Have the lowest weight possible to reduce the load on the drive system. 3) Recharge rapidly and easily. 4) Perform well through many charge/discharge cycles over the life of the vehicle. For…