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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Before the Electric Car Takes Over, Someone Needs to Reinvent the Battery

To deliver an electric vehicle that’s cheaper, safer and capable of traveling 500 miles on a single charge, the auto industry needs a breakthrough in battery technology. Easier said than done.

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LITHIUM: $1 billion South West lithium boom set to power up jobs

  • Date: 03-01-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: The West Australian

$1 billion South West lithium boom set to power up jobs

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AUTO SALES: Don't Be Fooled: The U.S. Auto Sales Party Is Coming to an End

  • Date: 03-01-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Carmakers have enjoyed an extended run of near-record U.S. sales and fat profits. But this year, it looks as if the party really will start to end.

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LITHIUM: Pilgangoora expansion cash belies negative lithium talk

  • Date: 02-01-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: The West Australian

Pilbara Minerals has defied weak investor sentiment around lithium to secure all the cash it needs to fund a $231 million expansion of its Pilgangoora project in the Pilbara.

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AUTO SALES: GM hit 200,000 US electric vehicles sold in 2018, triggering tax-credit phaseout

  • Date: 02-01-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: CNBC

General Motors hit 200,000 total electric vehicles sold in the United States by the end of 2018, reaching a threshold that triggers a phase-out of a $7,500 federal tax credit over the next 15 months, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: China's great wall motor debuts ORA R1, the world's cheapest electric car

Claiming to catalyze a ‘new generation of electric cars’, china’s great wall motor debuts the ORA R1 from their newly created EV-subsidiary. the car delivers a maximum cruising range of 351km thanks to a 35kw motor. all of this is available for between 59,800 and 77,800 yuan ($8,680 to $11,293 USD), making it the world’s cheapest electric car.

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FUEL CELLS: Hydrogen power: China backs fuel cell technology

  • Date: 02-01-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Financial Times

Stung by the impact of the financial crisis, the hilly city of Yunfu in China’s southern Guangdong province decided in 2009 it was time for a makeover. Known over hundreds of years for producing delicate stones for arts and crafts, the city had few modern industries apart from consumer appliances.

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JEWELLERY: Chow Tai Fook: Jewelry business "dead sheep", financial business "reinforcement"

  • Date: 02-01-19
  • Category: JEWELLERY
  • Source: 21 Gem

The downturn in the jewelry market has also affected Chow Tai Fook's performance. From 2014 to 2018, Chow Tai Fook's turnover fell from HK$77.41 billion to HK$59.16 billion, a decrease of 23.6%.

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