TOKYO – With nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) reaching its technical limits, global auto makers have accelerated efforts to switch to lithium-ion (Li-ion) as an alternative material for secondary batteries in hybrid- and pure-electric vehicles. The switchover may come sooner than expected. Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., the world's largest manufacturer of secondary batteries for computers, telephones and handheld power products, plans to build a Li-ion battery line for automobiles in late-2007. The ...

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