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FUEL EFFICIENCY: 23 states sue Trump administration over fuel efficiency rollback

WASHINGTON -- A group of 23 U.S. states led by California, the District of Columbia and four major cities are filing suit Wednesday to challenge a Trump administration decision to weaken Obama administration fuel efficiency standards.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: France's new $13,000 EV incentive is the most generous in Europe

PARIS -- The French government has announced plans to offer some of the most generous incentives of any country to buy an electric vehicle. Buyers could be eligible to receive up to 12,000 euros ($13,150).

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DIESEL: SwRI engineers develop near-zero emissions diesel engine technology; 90% reduction of NOx

  • Date: 27-05-20
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Southwest Research Institute engineers have developed the next generation of clean diesel engine technology to reduce hazardous nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide emissions while minimizing fuel consumption.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Record €60bn investment in electric cars and batteries in Europe secured last year

Europe secured €60 billion in investments to produce electric vehicles and batteries last year - 19 times more than in 2018, new analysis shows. Driven by EU car CO2 targets, industry and governments committed 3.5 times more to EV and battery production in Europe than they did in China, according to Transport & Environment’s report.

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AUTO SALES: Commercial vehicle registrations: -34.5% four months into 2020; -67.0% in April

  • Date: 26-05-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 26 May 2020 – In April 2020, commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union declined by 67.0%, as most of Europe was under lockdown for the entire month. The fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic affected all 27 EU markets and every vehicle segment.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Coronavirus in South Africa: Outbreak closes Mponeng gold mine

Operations at the world's deepest gold mine, in South Africa, have been halted after 164 cases of coronavirus were detected there.

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AUTO SALES: Worries grow that cashback deals, gifts presage damaging price war

  • Date: 26-05-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

HANGZHOU -- Cashback offers, up to 10 free oil changes, generous prepaid gasoline cards -- these are just some of the giveaways China's auto dealerships are using to woo customers out and about after spending much of February and March in lockdown.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Tharisa CEO praises SA's pandemic response

The CEO of South Africa-focused Tharisa Mining has praised Pretoria's response to COVID-19, and suggested mining operations will continue to be prioritised as the pandemic unfolds.

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