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Electric Vehicles are on the horizon, and European regulators are puzzling to find ways of making the introduction of these vehicles as effective as possible. There are currently few charging stations across Europe – a situation American firm Better Place hopes to take advantage of.

The company has already entered Denmark, and hopes to spread into Europe with an innovative way to solve the battery-charging issue.

Instead of asking owners to plug vehicles into a socket on the street, Better Place wants drivers to switch the old battery with a fully charged one.

The procedure is a lot faster than battery charging - taking around three minutes to switch the battery on an EV. The idea has caught the eye of European Commission's regulators, who have approved a research and development plan called EASYBAT that will look to create vehicles with batteries that are easy to swap.

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