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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sanyo Electric, the world's largest maker of rechargeable batteries, said on Thursday it would supply Suzuki Motor with lithium-ion battery systems for its plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Suzuki, 20 percent owned by Germany's Volkswagen, will install the systems in 60 of its Swift small cars and begin test drives later this year.

Japan's No. 4 carmaker has not decided when it will begin commercial sales of cars.

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