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Former Nissan EV developer to launch plastic battery this year

Japanese startup APB plans mass production of electricity storage systems

Japanese startup APB has developed a plastic-based lithium-ion battery, which it says has big advantages over those made from metals (Photo by Akane Okutsu).

TOKYO -- A Japanese startup hopes to start commercial production this year of a lithium ion battery made entirely of plastic, hoping to make the power cells safer and ultimately give a springboard to their wider adoption in electric vehicles.

APB's initial target is the vast market for giant batteries to store energy from wind farms and solar panels until needed by national power grids, the company's founder Hideaki Horie said in an interview.

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