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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.

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