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Subaru to halt development of plug-in hybrid vehicles

Japanese automaker accelerates shift to electric cars

Subaru and other automakers have struggled to offer cars powered in various ways. Plug-in hybrids have sold poorly, and Subaru will halt their production to cut costs. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- Subaru will halt development of plug-in-hybrid vehicles to focus on electric and hybrid vehicles for its clean-energy products, Nikkei has learned.

The move is aimed at reducing the cost of developing clean-energy vehicles. Many automakers are struggling to offer vehicles powered in a variety of ways, including plug-in hybrids, hybrids and electric cars.

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