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AUTO PRODUCTION: New NACFE guidance report address viability of hybrid, electric heavy-duty trucks

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) released its newest industry guidance report this week, a deep dive into the viability of electric, hybrid and alternative-fueled powertrains for Class 7 and 8 tractors.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla’s China-made cars qualify for subsidies

Tesla Inc.’s made-in-China sedans qualified to receive subsidies in the country, a potential boon for Elon Musk’s electric-car maker as it prepares to start selling locally-built models in the world’s biggest market for the vehicles.

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EMISSIONS: Is your council a clean-air hypocrite?

  • Date: 10-12-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto Express

The vast majority of the 66,000 vehicles operated by UK councils run on diesel, Auto Express has discovered, with authorities admitting that no “viable electric alternative” to the fuel exists in “the vast majority” of cases. And, in areas where emission zones are operational or planned, council vehicles often breach the limits set or proposed.

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BATTERIES: EC approves €3.2B public support by 7 Member States for a pan-European battery push

  • Date: 10-12-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Important Project of Common European interest (IPCEI) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries.

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AUTO SALES: SIAM urges petroleum ministry to provide BS-VI fuel ahead of the April 2020 deadline

  • Date: 10-12-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Financial Express

The Society of India Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), on the sidelines of announcing last month’s numbers said that the sales are still showing a negative trend. This was observed more on the commercial vehicle side while more passenger units have started rolling off the showoom floors compared to last month. SIAM says that the decline in sales is due to varied reasons.

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AUTO SALES: China Car Market Heads for Unprecedented Second Annual Drop

  • Date: 09-12-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Car sales in China continued to decline in November, extending a historic slump and all but ensuring a second straight annual drop for the world’s biggest auto market.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Germany Edges Out Norway as Europe’s Biggest Electric Car Market

Germany has pulled ahead of Norway for sales of all-electric cars since the start of the year, putting Europe’s biggest auto market in position to become the regional leader on an annual basis for the first time.

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ESKOM: Eskom announces Stage 6 load shedding

  • Date: 09-12-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: The South African

Brace yourselves, our load shedding dilemma is about to escalate into unprecedented terrain. Eskom announced Stage 6 load shedding.

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