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Hitachi to build EV parts plants in US, China and Japan by 2022

Japanese technology group aims for sixfold expansion of capacity as market heats up

The 2021 Shanghai auto show featuring electric vehicles. Hitachi's push coincides with the Chinese government's promotion of new energy vehicles.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Hitachi will build new electric vehicle components factories in Japan, the U.S. and China by the end of next year in a bid to expand capacity about sixfold and strengthen its position as a top supplier of key parts.

An EV motor factory will be located in the U.S. state of Kentucky while inverter plants will be built in Japan's Miyagi Prefecture and in Guangdong Province in China. The facilities will raise Hitachi's annual production capacity from under a million units each for motors and inverters to a few million units apiece. The added capacity will include components for hybrid vehicles.

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