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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Could PHEVs become the white elephant of the EV world?

On the face of it, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) seem like an ideal stepping stone on the roadmap to sustainable mobility. They offer the ability to be zero-emission when desired (as long as their batteries have sufficient charge), while mitigating the range anxiety associated with pure electric vehicles (EVs).

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FUEL CELLS: Navy researchers develop non-proprietary method for PEM fuel cells with high power, high current densities and low platinum loadings

  • Date: 01-11-18
  • Source: Green Car Congress

A team from the US Naval Research Laboratory has developed a non-proprietary method for preparing laboratory-scale proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) that have high power and high current densities despite their low platinum loadings.

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AUTONOMY: Ford & Baidu collaborate to develop self-driving cars: Level 4 autonomy tests to begin by year-end

  • Date: 01-11-18
  • Category: AUTONOMY
  • Source: Financial Express

Besides collaborating with Ford Motor Company, Baidu also made an announcement about joining forces with Volvo Cars to develop 'robotaxis' in China. The two aim to manufacturer Level 4 robotaxis in China after 2020.

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FUEL CELLS: Toyota and Pizza Hut partner to develop H2-fuel cell powered mobile pizza factory

  • Date: 31-10-18
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Gas World

Pizza Hut has joined forces with Toyota to develop one-of-a-kind, hydrogen (H2) fuel-cell powered, mobile pizza factory with the ability to deliver oven-hot pizza wherever it goes. 

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PGM SUPPLY: Implats opens talks with “parties” for sale of Rustenburg shaft earmarked for closure

  • Date: 31-10-18
  • Category: PGM SUPPLY
  • Source: https://www.miningmx.com

IMPALA Platinum (Implats) had “engaged” with parties interested in buying a shaft at the firm’s Rustenburg operations part of which has been identified for closure. Commenting in its first quarter report, which got the 2019 financial year off to a robust start, the company also said it had also begun the process of restructuring the Rustenburg shafts with the issue of a Section 189 restructuring process for 1,500 employees.

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CHINA: China factory growth weakest in over two years, slump in export orders deepens

  • Date: 31-10-18
  • Category: CHINA
  • Source: Reuters UK

China’s manufacturing sector in October expanded at its weakest pace in over two years, hurt by slowing domestic and external demand, in a sign of deepening cracks in the economy from an intensifying trade war with the United States.

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MACROECONOMICS: Mood sours as euro zone economic growth slows while Italy stagnates

The euro zone economy grew less than expected in the third quarter as the public mood turned darker, with signs of distress in Italy highlighting concerns that the bloc’s third-ranked state is becoming one of its weakest links.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle capitals: Accelerating the global transition to electric drive

  • Date: 30-10-18
  • Category: ELECTRIC VEHICLES
  • Source: The International Council on Clean Transportation

This briefing provides an update on the cities around the world with the largest electric vehicle markets. We focus on 25 metropolitan areas which each have seen over 20,000 electric vehicle sales through 2017: Beijing, Changsha, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, and Zhengzhou, China; London, England; Paris, France; Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Bergen and Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; and Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle, United States. In addition to analyzing the electric vehicle sales and charging infrastructure in these markets, we identify and discuss the unique policies, actions, and programs in place that have enabled this success.

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