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Toyota's electric ambitions attract like-minded Japanese peers

Suzuki may join tech venture, as could Subaru and truck maker Hino

Suzuki hopes to accelerate development of electric vehicles. A hybrid version of the Suzuki Swift is pictured above.

TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor is considering teaming up with Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor on electric vehicle technologies, to catch up in a field where it has lagged in development.

Toyota, Mazda and Denso -- a Toyota group parts supplier -- on Thursday announced EV C.A. Spirit, a venture to develop design methods that can be applied to vehicles of varying shapes and sizes, as well as to key technologies such as motor and battery control.

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