PARIS – In three years, a new owner of a German premium car will lift the hood to show off to his neighbors, but the point of pride won’t be the downsized engine. Instead, the focus will be on the mild hybrid’s tiny 48V lithium-ion battery that will replace today’s bulky 12V lead-acid batteries. The new battery will weigh 11 lbs. (5 kg), instead of the current 44 lbs. (20 kg). That’s because Germany’s VDA auto industry association has decided to ...

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