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Electric cars in China

Japan's Nidec to double China capacity for electric-car motors

Beijing's environmental push sparks expanded investment

Nidec's second China factory for electric vehicle motors will churn out some newly developed smaller models like this one. (Photo courtesy of Nidec)

TOKYO -- Nidec will expand a Chinese site still under construction in order to double capacity for electric vehicle motors, Nikkei has learned, as the maker of precision motors found in computer hard drives chases a growth field fueled by Beijing's stronger environmental regulations.

The Japanese motor maker will invest 20 billion yen to 30 billion yen ($180 million to $270 million) to build a second manufacturing facility adjoining a Zhejiang Province factory now under construction.

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