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    Batteries are the key component in building practical electric cars. And for its first all-electric Leaf in 2011, Nissan developed its own proprietary lithium-ion battery pack--even planning and setting up its own assembly facilities to build them. That trajectory started back in 2007, but today...

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    Nissan is betting a lot of its future on the 2011 LEAF, along with other electric vehicles to follow—and more specifically, the proprietary batteries that each of them will have on board.

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