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Electric vehicles and the battery that could save the world




Tesla's Elon Musk standing near his Model S. Steve Levine says Musk is absolutely winning the war for the electric car.
Tesla's Elon Musk standing near his Model S. Steve Levine says Musk is absolutely winning the war for the electric car.

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Although there are more and more electric cars to choose from, think the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 or the Tesla Model S, electric cars are still a small portion of cars sold in the US. 

One reason might be that most electric cars get fewer than 100 miles on a full charge. That's a small fraction of what a gas-powered car can do.

But that could be changing.

Scientists around the world have been hard at work for years trying to develop a battery which will challenge the dominance of the internal combustion engine.

It's a fascinating endeavor and one that Steve Levine wrote about in his new book "The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World."

Here he is reading from the first chapter:

https://soundcloud.com/stephen-95/audio-2-01