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Build batteries or lose jobs, auto bosses tell Europe

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By Emma Thomasson and Georgina ProdhanFRANKFURT (Reuters) - Europe shouldn't rush to abandon the combustion engine and must build up its own production of electric car batteries to compete with China, auto suppliers and manufacturers said at the Frankfurt motor show.The comments come as the future of the car has become a hot topic in campaigning ahead of Germany's Sept. 24 election, especially after Britain and France announced plans to eventually phase out combustion engines to try to cut pollution.Roberto Vavassori, president of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), ...

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First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 19:36 IST