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Cement maker promises to speed up EV battery charge times

Japan's Taiheiyo Cement would eliminate pricey, controversial cobalt

A Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. Shortening recharge time for EVs has become an issue for the industry.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Can a technology used to make cement set faster also do the same for recharging electric-vehicle batteries? A Japanese company thinks so.

Taiheiyo Cement will branch out into materials for lithium-ion batteries with a product that can eliminate the need for expensive cobalt while speeding up charging times by a factor of three or four.

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