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Electric cars in China

Toyota taps same batteries as Tesla for China plug-in hybrids

Panasonic-made cells fill supply gap as demand growth outpaces output

Toyota has sourced batteries designed for Teslas to build the Japanese automaker's Levin plug-in hybrid for the Chinese market.   © Reuters

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor is using Panasonic batteries designed for Tesla electric cars in its own plug-in hybrids for the Chinese market, Nikkei has learned, underscoring the difficulty of finding a stable supply even as demand rises.

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