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Electric cars’ green image blackens beneath the bonnet

Research into the lifecycle of electric vehicles is a wake-up call for an industry geared up to promote ‘zero emission cars’

US electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. Battery Technology Director Kurt Kelty (R) introduces its premium electric Model S sedan’s chassis and battery units during a press preview in Tokyo on August 30, 2012 — KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/GettyImages

By Patrick McGee in Frankfurt

The humble Mitsubishi Mirage has none of the hallmarks of a futuristic, environmentally friendly car. It is…

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