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Electric car industry group EDTA is set to issue a policy wish list, arguing that policies are needed to establish battery manufacturing and charging infrastructure.
Makers of electric vehicles and their suppliers are ramping up, but few vehicles are actually available, making it tricky to gauge market demand and drive down costs while being profitable.
Electrification will come in many shapes and sizes as the auto industry looks for ways to improve fuel efficiency and to lower the cost of batteries by finding a secondary use in grid storage.
As electric vehicles come to market, the auto and utility industries are experimenting with new business models to clear the way for the technology.
Automaker is working with communities serving as "early adopter markets," which will create incentives to buy electric cars and build an infrastructure to support them.
Electric cars in Germany could pollute more than gasoline cars, and the grid there could collapse if everyone charges at the same time, a report concludes.