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BYD's electric bus sale canceled by Hino due to toxic chemical

Japan transit operators reassess use of Chinese-made vehicle

A toxic substance in BYD-produced electric buses is causing headaches for bus operators in Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The small electric bus that China's BYD was planning to supply to Hino Motors is built using a toxic chemical banned under Japanese industry guidelines, prompting the Toyota unit to cancel sales in Japan, Nikkei has learned.

The Poncho Z EV, previously due out from Hino by the end of March, is built with hexavalent chromium, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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