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AUTO SALES: Japanese Hybrids Are Beating the Slump in China’s Car Market

  • Date: 28-11-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

China’s once-in-a-generation car slump is hobbling carmakers around the globe that placed their bets on what is the world’s biggest auto market. But one group is weathering the slowdown unscathed: Japan.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Connected Kerb brings wireless charging to the UK

Wireless charging is coming to existing charging points in the UK. After sealing a partnership with the German induction technology specialist Magment, Connected Kerb is going to bring wireless EV charging to the UK. The inductive charging plates will be installed on UK streets and in carparks.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: BMW, Great Wall to open 160,000-capacity China plant

MUNICH -- BMW and its partner, Great Wall Motor, said on Friday that they plan to build a plant in China with a capacity of 160,000 cars a year.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Feuding Korean battery suppliers risk disrupting EV production

SEOUL -- South Korea's SK Innovation beat its larger rival LG Chem to a multibillion dollar deal in 2018 to supply Volkswagen Group with electric vehicle batteries in the United States.

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PGM PROJECTS: Platinum Group Metals Ltd. Reports 2019 Annual Results

Vancouver, British Columbia and Johannesburg, South Africa--(Newsfile Corp. - November 25, 2019) - Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (TSX: PTM) (NYSE American: PLG) ("Platinum Group" "PTM" or the "Company") reports the Company's financial results for the year ended August 31, 2019 and provides an update and outlook. The Company has focused its business on the palladium dominant Waterberg Project located on the North Limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa (the "Waterberg Project").

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FUEL EFFICIENCY: DOE: all-electric vehicles have the lowest estimated average annual fuel cost of all light-duty vehicles

The estimated annual fuel costs for model year (MY) 2019 all-electric light-duty vehicles are the lowest of all the different vehicle technologies, ranging from a low of $500 to a high of $900 per year, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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COBALT: Glencore's Mutanda mine in Congo shuts down a month early

  • Date: 26-11-19
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Mining Weekly

GOMA – Glencore's Mutanda mine in Democratic Republic of Congo has suspended operations prematurely due to difficulties procuring sulphuric acid, a key input for copper and cobalt extraction, its Mutanda Mining subsidiary told employees in a letter on Monday.

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MINING: Friedland says Congo now more attractive than Chile for copper mines

  • Date: 26-11-19
  • Category: MINING
  • Source:

Chile’s worst civil unrest in decades means the Democratic Republic of Congo is a more attractive proposition for mining investment, according to billionaire Robert Friedland.

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