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Nippon Steel crashes car after car digitally for ideal EV material

As aluminum gains, Japanese steelmaker hunts for something lighter and stronger

A Mitsubishi Motors electric car seen after a crash test in Switzerland. A single crash test vehicle can cost millions of dollars to produce.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- At one of Nippon Steel's research laboratories, technicians spend their days slamming countless electric vehicles and hybrids into walls and other obstacles.

"Look at what happens to the center pillar," one lab tech says, analyzing the impact.

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