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VW 'unintended victim' in battery supplier dispute, seeks four-year reprieve

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WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AGlate Friday called itself an "unintended victim" in a battlebetween two battery suppliers and urged the U.S. government toextend a reprieve to buy batteries key to its planned U.S.electric vehicle production.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesdaysided with LG Chem in a trade secrets case, butpermitted SK Innovation to import components for domesticproduction of lithium ion batteries for Ford Motor Co's EVF-150 program for four years, and for Volkswagen of America’selectric vehicle line for two years.

VW said Friday it will request its carve out be "extended toat least four years to give an adequate transition period.Ultimately, however, it is our hope the two suppliers willsettle this dispute outside of the courtroom."(Reporting by David ShepardsonEditing by Shri Navaratnam)