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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.

The batteries have been installed in the new Corolla and Levin sedans that the Japanese automaker rolled out in China this year. Toyota is believed to have ordered around 50,000 of the batteries, which are the same cylindrical type used by Tesla.

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