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Japan: Carmakers seek battery ties as cars go electric

Car executives say that with fewer moving parts, easy-to-assemble electric cars may also lower the bar for entry into the cut-throat car industry and make battery manufacturers the unlikely competitors for car giants.

“I’ve said for years that Toyota’s rival will be Hitachi,” said Kenichiro Senoo, a professor at the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo.

“Or that in 2016, you’d be able to buy a car assembly kit in Akihabara,” he said, referring to Tokyo’s famous electronics shopping district.



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