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AUTO PRODUCTION: Why BMW backs batteries over fuel cells for passenger cars

Although BMW will launch a test fleet of X5 and X7 fuel cell variants in 2021, it remains convinced that battery power is the right choice when creating zero-emissions passenger cars.

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BATTERIES: CATL hikes investment in German battery plant

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Auto News China

Contemporary Amperex Technology, China's largest battery cell supplier, is increasing investment at its German battery plant to 1.8 billion euros (14.1 billion yuan) from a previous plan of 240 million euros to expand output.

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EMISSIONS: Better air quality makes convertibles increasingly attractive in China

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Europe Auto News

Open-air models have become rare because there is so little demand for them in the world's largest car market, but tastes in China could be changing, the boss of roof specialist Webasto says.

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JEWELLERY: Demand for gold jewellery up in SA, but imports favoured

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: JEWELLERY
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The popularity of gold jewellery globally and locally has held steady, with demand increasing in South Africa, owing to the increase in middle-class spend, says the local jewellery industry custodian Jewellery Council of South Africa chairperson Chris van Rensburg.

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ENERGY: SA's CONCO wins eSwatini solar power project

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: ENERGY
  • Source: Eye Witness News

MBABANE - Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CONCO) has won a $16 million contract to build a 10 megawatt solar project in eSwatini, the firm said late on Thursday.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa mulls green energy plan to cut Eskom’s debt payments

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is considering whether to back a proposal to improve troubled Eskom’s debt terms by closing polluting coal plants early to make way for renewable energy.

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AUTO SALES: Auto industry revises 2019 car sales forecast to -1%

  • Date: 27-06-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 27 June 2019 – In the side-lines of its annual general meeting in Brussels today, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) revised its forecast for 2019 passenger car registrations downwards to -1%.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Ford to Cut 20% of European Workforce in Sweeping Overhaul

Ford Motor Co. will eliminate about 20% of its workforce across Europe in a sweeping overhaul that reflects the challenges facing carmakers in the region.

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