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Electric cars in China

Toyota to expand hybrid alliance, sharing tech with Chinese rival

Automaker in talks with Geely, as Beijing pushes for greener cars

Toyota is strong in hybrids, as exemplified by the Prius. (Photo by Yoichi Iwata)

NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor is in discussions to provide hybrid technology to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, a sign that it is intent on solidifying its strategic position in a market it believes will enjoy strong demand for hybrids for some time before autos go all-electric.

The Japanese company said on Friday it is in open-ended discussions about electrification technology with Geely. Specifics of cooperation were not revealed, but Toyota will likely license such hybrid-related technologies as motors, power converters and batteries to Geely and provide advice.

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