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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: BYD profit leaps on demand for electrified vehicles

Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD, backed by U.S. investor Warren Buffett, reported a 632 percent jump in its first-quarter net profit, buoyed by strong demand for its new energy vehicles.

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AUTO SALES: US: Near-record inventories pinch dealers

  • Date: 29-04-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

Automakers and their dealers have millions of reasons to be concerned about weakening U.S. new-vehicle sales — nearly 4.2 million reasons, to be more precise.

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FUEL CELLS: Bosch agrees deal with Sweden's Powercell to mass produce fuel cells

  • Date: 29-04-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Auto News

Bosch has joined forces with fuel cell stack maker Powercell Sweden in a bet the technology will eventually play a key role in making trucks and cars greener.

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LITHIUM: Alliance Mineral Assets enters lithium hydroxide market with Chinese joint venture

  • Date: 29-04-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Small Caps

West Australian lithium miner Alliance Mineral Assets (ASX: A40) is looking to add value by processing its spodumene into lithium hydroxide after inking a memorandum of understanding with Jiangxi Special Electric Motor Co. Ltd (Jiangte) to form a joint venture which would produce and sell the battery grade material.

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LITHIUM: Pilbara ramps up Pilgangoora Li/Ta output

  • Date: 29-04-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Argus Media

Australian lithium producer Pilbara Minerals expects to increase output at its Pilgangoora project in Western Australia (WA) to 20,000-22,000 dry metric tonnes (dmt) of lithium concentrate grading 6pc lithium oxide in April, its first full month of commercial production.

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BATTERIES: France, Germany agree on first battery cell consortium

  • Date: 29-04-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Auto News

France and Germany have earmarked 1.7 billion euros to support several company alliances looking to produce electric car battery cells to help reduce the dependence of European automakers on Asian suppliers such as China's CATL, which plans to start operations at a cell factory like this one (shown) in Germany in 2022.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Climate change: Electric car target 'needs to be sooner'

The UK government's plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 is too tame, advisers will say.

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PALLADIUM: Palladium Sees Wildest Price Swings Since 2015

  • Date: 29-04-19
  • Category: PALLADIUM
  • Source: Bloomberg

Palladium futures tumbled, spurring the wildest price swings since late 2015 as investors turned sour on the precious metal.

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