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Toxic Chemical Led To Hino Cancelling BYD's Electric Bus Sale


Toxic Chemical Led To Hino Cancelling BYD’s Electric Bus Sale

Hino Motors Ltd has cancelled plans to market in Japan a bus supplied by Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD Co Ltd as the bus contains a chemical banned under Japanese industry guidelines, the Nikkei Asia reported on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkei Asia Through Reuters

The Poncho Z EV, which the Toyota Motor Corp bus- and truck-making unit had planned to launch by March-end, contains the carcinogen hexavalent chromium, the newspaper said.

Hino declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. A BYD Japan spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Last week Hino said it had decided to freeze the sale of the Hino Poncho Z EV compact EV bus it announced last year.

The automaker partnered BYD – backed by U.S. investor Warren Buffett – in 2020 to develop electric commercial vehicles including buses and trucks, in addition to BYD and Toyota’s joint development of electric passenger cars.

(Reporting by Mrinmay Dey in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing)



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