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AUTO PRODUCTION: Twilight of combustion engine comes for Germany

The completed combustion engine fitted into a BMW M5 is a 1,200-piece puzzle that weighs more than 181 kg (400 pounds). There are about 150 moving parts whose interlocking precision can catapult a six-figure sports car to 97 kph (60 mph) in 3.3 seconds.

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BATTERIES: Tesla and Panasonic freeze spending on $4.5bn Gigafactory

  • Date: 11-04-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Nikkei

OSAKA -- Tesla and Panasonic are freezing plans to expand the capacity of their Gigafactory 1, the world's largest EV battery plant, as concerns mount on Wall Street about weakening demand at Elon Musk's car company.

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AUTO SALES: Veloz: CA EV sales continue to grow

  • Date: 10-04-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

According to tracking by Veloz, electric car sales in California in Q1 2019 continued their upward trend, with year-over-year increases each month and a 13% increase over Q1 2018.

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PGM SUPPLY: Zimbabwe, Russia Sign $4 Billion Platinum Mine Deal

  • Date: 10-04-19
  • Category: PGM SUPPLY
  • Source: Bloomberg

Zimbabwe has signed an agreement with Russia to build a new platinum mine in the southern African country, finalizing a deal that’s stalled since 2014.

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EMISSIONS: Meeting South Africa’s new passenger vehicle CO2 emission standards

  • Date: 09-04-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: ICCT

In October of 2018, the Department of Transport of South Africa received cabinet-level approval to move the Green Transport Strategy (GTS) forward.

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EMISSIONS: In the Foothills of Europe’s CO2 Mountain

  • Date: 09-04-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: LMC Auto

While full compliance with the next EU CO2 milestone will not be required until 2021, carmakers will need to ensure that 95% of their sales in 2020 fall below the so-called CO2 ‘limit value curve’ set for them according to their vehicle mass profile. 

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EMISSIONS: EEA: almost all Euro car makers met specific 2017 CO2 targets on new sales, but emissions up year-on-year

  • Date: 09-04-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

All but three European car manufacturers met their specific emission targets in 2017, based on current European vehicle test rules.

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AUTO SALES: China Car Slump Persists With Sales Plunging for 10th Month

  • Date: 09-04-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

For decades, there was just one way for China’s car market: up. Once the trend abruptly reversed 10 months ago, the free fall in the world’s largest market has shown no signs of easing.

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