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Toyota unveils home batteries that hook up to hybrids, EVs

Japanese automaker seeks to tap growing demand for emergency power supply

Toyota's home battery is designed to be placed outside. (Image courtesy of Toyota)

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor will enter the home battery market, offering outdoor units that can be charged from hybrid and electric vehicles, the automaker said Thursday.

As demand grows for power products that can keep the lights on in homes during emergencies, Toyota aims to grab market share by providing a convenient battery that connects with various energy sources, including solar panels.

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