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FUEL EFFICIENCY: Continental targets small cars for new fuel-saving 48-volt hybrid drive

HANOVER, Germany -- Continental has not yet spun off its powertrain division -- to be called Vitesco Technologies -- but the supplier is already displaying some of the technologies it hopes to pitch to automakers in the coming years. Chief among them is a 48-volt drive system that Continental says allows full-electric operation without the complexity, cost and weight of a typical high-voltage hybrid.

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BATTERIES: VW will deepen alliances with battery suppliers for electric push

  • Date: 08-07-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Europe Auto News

LEIPZIG, Germany -- Volkswagen Group will create joint ventures and help finance battery production to persuade skeptical cell suppliers to back its aggressive push for mass producing electric vehicles, VW purchasing chief Stefan Sommer said.

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BATTERIES: U.S., Europe increasingly anxious about shortage of battery materials

  • Date: 08-07-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Europe Auto News

Key players in battery production including automakers and trading houses from North America to Europe are becoming increasingly concerned about future shortages of key materials needed for electric vehicle batteries as production soars, according to an Australian supplier.

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AUTO SALES: China Car Sales Rise for First Time in Year, Helped by Discounts

  • Date: 08-07-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

China’s passenger-car sales showed signs of recovery from a historic rut as dealers offered discounts to clear inventory before new emissions rules kicked in.

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ESKOM: ED, Ramaphosa in energy talks . . . New Eskom deal on cards

  • Date: 08-07-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa yesterday held successful bilateral talks here with his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, to find lasting solutions to Zimbabwe’s power problems, clearing the way for officials from the two countries to meet soon for a new power supply arrangement.

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CHROME: Zimbabwe well-placed to benefit from China’s thirst for chromium

  • Date: 08-07-19
  • Category: CHROME
  • Source: The Africa Report

Beneath the surface of its latest economic crisis, Zimbabwe has been quietly positioning itself as a future major exporter of chromium to the insatiable Chinese market.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Tharisa confident of delivery on 'Project 2020'

  • Date: 08-07-19
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Proactive Investors

"A tough half but setting the platform to deliver into our second half guidance."

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PGM PRODUCERS: Impala Platinum expects year's output to rise four percent

JOHANNESBURG - Impala Platinum said on Monday it expected refined platinum output for the year to June 30 to increase by four percent to 1,526 kilo ounces (koz) compared with the same period in 2018.

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