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EV supply chain: Japan, China vie for power in lithium standards

Industry group including Toyota and Hitachi to join ISO meeting

Competition over lithium and other battery materials is expected to heat up as the market for electric vehicles grows.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A group of roughly 100 Japanese companies including Toyota Motor and Hitachi will seek a bigger voice in lithium, a vital part of electric-vehicle batteries and an area where China's influence has grown.

Representatives from over 15 countries, including Japan and China, are expected to meet around September to discuss International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for the battery material. 

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