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Energy-saving EV motors now in overdrive

Non-auto industry players advancing current technologies to improve performance

Electric cars at a parking lot of an automobile factory in China's Hebei Province   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As the global market for electric vehicles continues to grow, companies in Japan are racing to improve the drive motors in EVs. So far, they are looking like winners. 

Lithium-ion batteries typically get most of the attention from the standpoint of squeezing out longer driving distances. But developers are starting to look more closely at drive motors, owing to their role in overall vehicle performance.

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