Hitachi Ltd. is partnering with Johnson Controls Inc. to develop lithium-ion and other battery technologies for hybrids and electric vehicles. Terms of the deal and other details have not been released. Japan’s Nikkei business daily reports if the collaboration leads to major contracts with auto makers, the partners will build factories under a joint venture. Hitachi, which todate has produced 1.2 million Li-ion automotive battery cells for hybrid buses and trucks, supplies Japanese ...

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