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AUTO PRODUCTION: PSA to assemble batteries for hybrid, electric cars in Slovakia

French carmaker PSA, owner of the Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands, will start assembling batteries for its hybrid and electric cars at its plant in Trnava, Slovakia, and later at its plant in Vigo, Spain.

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HYDROGEN: Hydrogen Council adds Itochu and BP as members

  • Date: 18-06-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Hydrogen Council

Brussels, 18 June 2019 – The Hydrogen Council today announced that six new member companies have joined the group. These include BP as a steering member and AVL, ITOCHU Corporation, The Liebherr Group, Power Assets Holdings Limited, and SinoHytecas supporting members. The continued growth of the Council – a global CEO-led initiative for hydrogen technologies – is in direct response to the acknowledgement that hydrogen can play an important role in decarbonising the global economy.

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BATTERIES: Germany will support three battery-cell alliances

  • Date: 18-06-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Reuters

BERLIN -- Germany will support three company alliances with earmarked funds of 1 billion euros for the domestic production of battery cells in an effort to reduce automakers' dependence on Asian suppliers, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told Reuters.

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EMISSIONS: Mass adoption of hybrids, rather than low-volume BEVs most effective for cutting CO2 now

  • Date: 18-06-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Emissions Analytics, a leading independent specialist for the scientific measurement of real-world emissions, suggests that mass adoption of hybrid vehicles, rather than low-volume take-up of full BEVs, is the most effective solution to cutting CO2 now and also in meeting 2030 emission targets.

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BATTERIES: Romania seeks battery-plant investment through its rare earths

  • Date: 18-06-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Automotive News Europe

BUCHAREST -- Romania is re-opening mines for rare earth minerals to lure investments in battery plants for electric cars, joining a Europe-wide initiative that aims for a bigger share of the global market.

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EMISSIONS: Madrid to suspend car restrictions in city center, EU issues warning

  • Date: 18-06-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) - Madrid’s new municipal government plans to suspend some anti-car emissions policies in the city center, drawing a warning from the European Commission that Spain might be sanctioned if it fails to meet air quality standards.

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CHINA: China announced 2019 subsidies for new energy vehicles

  • Date: 18-06-19
  • Category: CHINA
  • Source: ICCT

In late March, China announced the 2019 adjustment to its decade-long central subsidy program for new energy vehicles (NEVs). The program was introduced as the Ten Cities, Thousand Vehicles project in 2009, and is set to be phased out after 2020.

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ESKOM: Court orders Trillian to pay back R600m to Eskom

  • Date: 18-06-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Sowetan Live

The high court in Pretoria has ordered Gupta-linked consultancy Trillian to return almost R600m in fees to Eskom, which the court says appears to be the result of a corrupt relationship between Eskom officials and the directors of Trillian.

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