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Toyota unit Hino Motors scraps plans to sell BYD electric bus in Japan

Truck maker says decision not related to emission data scandal

The Poncho Z EV was based on Chinese EV maker BYD's compact electric minibus base. (Photo courtesy of Hino Motors)

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor unit Hino Motors has abandoned plans to release a compact EV bus for the Japanese market that was to be supplied by Chinese electric vehicle leader BYD, the company said.

The electric bus, dubbed the Hino Poncho Z EV, was scheduled to go on sale by March. Originally set for a spring 2022 release, the launch was first delayed to the end of fiscal 2022 due to quality issues, the company said at the time.

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