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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Politics and supply chain difficulties suggest European battery push is too frenetic to work well

10 HOURS AGO To quote a battery engineer: “For the European auto companies to change over to electric vehicles is like turning a battleship. And it’s a battleship with a mutinous crew.” As the European policy world noticed with this week’s French government surrender on diesel taxes, going green is not that easy.

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AUTO SALES: China Lending Crackdown Deals Blow to World's Biggest Car Market

  • Date: 06-12-18
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

China’s plan to escalate its crackdown on peer-to-peer lending could hardly have come at a worse time for the country’s slumping car market.

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ZIMBABWE: AngloPlat commissions 10MW Unki smelter in Zimbabwe

  • Date: 05-12-18
  • Category: ZIMBABWE
  • Source: IOL

HARARE – Anglo Platinum has completed construction of a smelter at its Unki mine in Zimbabwe and the mining group’s chief executive will open the beneficiation facility together with President Emerson Mnangagwa next week.

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FUEL CELLS: Springs-based fuel cell SEZ approved

  • Date: 05-12-18
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The special economic zone (SEZ) for fuel cell development, proposed for development by the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone initiative and Impala Platinum (Implats), has been approved, Implats fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith told attendees at the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy Industry Forum, in Pretoria, on Wednesday.

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EMISSIONS: Italy proposes measures to spur sales of low-emission cars

  • Date: 05-12-18
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Reuters

MILAN/ROME (Reuters) - Italy plans to offer subsidies of up to 6,000 euros ($6,800) to buyers of new low emission vehicles and will increase taxes on new petrol and diesel cars, two government officials said on Wednesday.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: European vehicle market statistics, 2018/2019

The European vehicle market statistics pocketbook offers a statistical portrait of passenger car and light commercial vehicle fleets in the European Union, updated annually. The emphasis is on vehicle technologies and emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. Brief introductions to each chapter note important trends and provide selected comparisons to other large vehicle markets.

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PGM SUPPLY: Monchetundra now fully authorised

  • Date: 05-12-18
  • Category: PGM SUPPLY
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The office of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has official approved the mine permit for the Monchetundra platinum group metals (PGMs) and base metals mine, Aim-listed Eurasia Mining reported on Wednesday.

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LITHIUM: High risk/high reward lithium bet drives Argentina mining surge

  • Date: 05-12-18
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

SANTIAGO – High risk/high reward. That’s the bet being made by global lithium miners in Argentina who are brushing aside a recession, a currency crisis and political uncertainty in their hunger for the mineral that helps power electric cars.

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