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EMISSIONS: Is your council a clean-air hypocrite?

  • Date: 10-12-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto Express

The vast majority of the 66,000 vehicles operated by UK councils run on diesel, Auto Express has discovered, with authorities admitting that no “viable electric alternative” to the fuel exists in “the vast majority” of cases. And, in areas where emission zones are operational or planned, council vehicles often breach the limits set or proposed.

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BATTERIES: EC approves €3.2B public support by 7 Member States for a pan-European battery push

  • Date: 10-12-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Important Project of Common European interest (IPCEI) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries.

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AUTO SALES: SIAM urges petroleum ministry to provide BS-VI fuel ahead of the April 2020 deadline

  • Date: 10-12-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Financial Express

The Society of India Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), on the sidelines of announcing last month’s numbers said that the sales are still showing a negative trend. This was observed more on the commercial vehicle side while more passenger units have started rolling off the showoom floors compared to last month. SIAM says that the decline in sales is due to varied reasons.

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AUTO SALES: China Car Market Heads for Unprecedented Second Annual Drop

  • Date: 09-12-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Car sales in China continued to decline in November, extending a historic slump and all but ensuring a second straight annual drop for the world’s biggest auto market.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Germany Edges Out Norway as Europe’s Biggest Electric Car Market

Germany has pulled ahead of Norway for sales of all-electric cars since the start of the year, putting Europe’s biggest auto market in position to become the regional leader on an annual basis for the first time.

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ESKOM: Eskom announces Stage 6 load shedding

  • Date: 09-12-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: The South African

Brace yourselves, our load shedding dilemma is about to escalate into unprecedented terrain. Eskom announced Stage 6 load shedding.

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ESKOM: South Africa Hit by Record Blackouts, Raising Recession Risk

  • Date: 09-12-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Bloomberg

South Africa’s state power company intensified rolling blackouts to a record, signaling a deepening crisis at the debt-ridden utility and raising the risk of a second recession in as many years.

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PGM PRODUCERS: SA mines shut operations because of Eskom

SA's mining companies shut their underground mining operations and processing plants on Monday night because of unprecedented power cuts by monopoly electricity supplier Eskom. BusinesLIVE reported that Impala Platinum, the world's third-largest platinum miner, and Harmony Gold both said they had stopped their night shifts because of the power shortages.

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