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Panasonic to build green-car battery plant in China

Panasonic makes lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles at its Kasai plant in Hyogo Prefecture.

OSAKA -- Panasonic will construct a 50 billion yen ($412 million) Chinese factory for automotive lithium-ion batteries.

     The plant in the northeastern city of Dalian, Liaoning Province, will churn out rectangular-shaped batteries for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. It is expected to go online in 2017 via a joint venture with a Chinese partner.

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