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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 08:03 AM
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Toyota developing alternative electric motor

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20110117/D9KPV1580.html

Jan 17, 2:32 AM (ET)

TOKYO (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp., maker of the popular Prius hybrid car, is developing a new type of electric motor to cut its dependence on rare earth metals and lower costs, a company spokesman said Monday.

The new technology will help free the world's No. 1 automaker from relying on China, which produces 97 percent of the global output of rare earths needed for many high-tech products, including the current generation of hybrid gasoline-electric motors.

Beijing sent shock waves through Japan's high-tech sector late last year when it blocked exports of the exotic metals after a diplomatic spat, and prices have soared as China gradually tightens its output.

"Toyota is always looking for a reduction in resources and in terms of costs," said spokesman Paul Nolasco.

The company has not released any specific uses or timeline for the new motor, he said.

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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 08:40 AM
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1. Sounds like a plan
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 10:29 AM
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2. This is the kind of development electric car technology *requires* if it is going to displace...
...fossil fuel cars. It's simple math, there aren't enough reserves on the planet to grow the electric car industry with Nd.
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