A growing number of automakers are readying plug-in vehicles for mass market rollouts within the next 3-5 years. Racing against the clock, some of the first major deployments of smart charging technology — software, networks and devices that can manage vehicle recharging to minimize strain on the grid and maximize use of clean power sources like solar and wind — are starting to roll out. Utilities, automakers, government labs and startups have roles to play, but exactly how the technology evolves remains to be seen. Here’s 10 proposals — from high-profile companies like Better Place and Nissan, as well as under-the-radar national lab researchers and startups like Juice Technologies — that offer a glimpse of how the competition is shaping up.

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