Japan highlighted hybrids in policy document after lawmaker cited Toyota chief’s lobbying

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Japan changed a key policy document to show its support for hybrids was on par with battery electric vehicles after a lawmaker quoted Toyota’s chief as saying automakers could not support a government that rejected the technology popularized by the Prius, according to notes from a ruling party meeting.

The wording changes, which included adding a reference to ‘so-called electric vehicles’, appear to put fossil-fuel hybrids on a par with zero-emission battery vehicles, even as environmentalists say there is a big difference.

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