NOVI, MI – Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. intend to migrate away from nickel-metal hydride battery technology to range-extending lithium-ion chemistries in their future electric vehicles, the auto maker’s leading engineers say. But the changeover from NiMH-assisted hybrids will not happen overnight, says Scott Ankeney, an engineer at Toyota’s Ann Arbor-based Toyota Motor Engineering & Mfg. North America Inc. unit. “We continue to find it a very important technology we want to ...

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