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Japan startup to mass-produce new parts that increase EV range

Gallium oxide semiconductors reduce power loss to help drive electrics 10% farther

Japanese startup Flosfia hopes to create a system to mass-produce power semiconductors that use gallium oxide as a substrate.

OSAKA -- A Kyoto University startup plans to produce semiconductor devices with improved energy-saving performance that will extend the driving range of electric vehicles by about 10% compared with cars using current products, Nikkei has learned.

Flosfia -- which counts Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Toyota Motor affiliate Denso and the Development Bank of Japan as investors -- will mass-produce power semiconductors that use gallium oxide, an alternative to silicon, as a semiconductor material.

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