As hybrid cars gobble rare metals, shortage looms

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For a related story, click on [ID:nN26285433] * Hybrid motors, batteries big users of rare earth metals * As output of hybrid cars climbs, supply crunch looms By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Aug 31 (Reuters) - The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer goods. That makes Toyota's market-leading gasoline-electric hybrid car and ...

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