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Toyota seeks to keep hybrids relevant by releasing trove of patents

Major policy shift aims to expand market before electrics take over

Toyota Motor was a trailblazer in hybrid vehicles with the Prius, but it has been slow to jump on the electric bandwagon.   © Reuters

NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor plans to offer royalty-free access to its coveted hybrid-vehicle technology patents, the company announced on Wednesday afternoon. The company said it will release a total of 23,740 active patents in the field.

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