Automakers Seek Profit in Electric-Car Batteries

When Toyota Prius sales sank more than 40% last May compared with the same month a year earlier, the automaker blamed it on a global battery shortage. But while the 7% drop in fiscal 2009 sales Toyota (TM) forecast this week has less to do with batteries and more to do with the global economy, part of Toyota and other automakers' recovery could have everything to do with supplying parts and technology for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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