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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford shocks with electric F-150 statement

Jim Farley, Ford Motor's head of world markets, has told attendees at an industry conference in Detroit that the company will bring a fully electric version of the world's best selling vehicle to market.

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INVESTMENT: Pimco Favors ‘Unloved’ Platinum That's Looking Cheap Versus Gold

  • Date: 16-01-19
  • Category: INVESTMENT
  • Source: Bloomberg

Platinum could be the dark horse among precious metals, according to a money manager at Pacific Investment Management Co.

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COBALT: Ford, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem, RCS Global launch blockchain pilot to address concerns in strategic mineral supply chains; cobalt to start

  • Date: 16-01-19
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Ford Motor Company, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem and RCS Global will use blockchain technology to trace and validate ethically sourced minerals in an effort to support human rights and environmental protection while helping infuse more transparency into global mineral supply chains.

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EMISSIONS: Oxford Zero Emission Zone plans relaxed as 2020 driving ban dropped

  • Date: 16-01-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Oxford Mail

OXFORD’S Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) plans have been scaled back to become ‘more effective and deliverable’.

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FUEL CELLS: South Korea lifts target for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

  • Date: 16-01-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Just Auto

The South Korean government aims to have around 80,000 hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles on the country's roads by 2022, as it looks to expand the country's "hydrogen economy".

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DIESEL: Hainan province to ban sales of diesel, petrol cars from Mar 1

  • Date: 16-01-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Metal News

Hainan province will ban sales of diesel or petrol cars from March 1 when new air pollution measures and laws take effect.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volvo CE goes electric on smaller vehicles

In an industry-first move, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced that in 2020 it will start the launch of an electric range of Volvo branded compact wheel loaders and compact excavators.

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AUTO SALES: Russia sales seen slowing this year after 13% jump in 2018

  • Date: 15-01-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Europe Auto News

Sales of new cars in Russia are expected to rise 3.6 percent this year to 1.87 million, marking a slowdown from last year's surge of 13 percent to 1.80 million, according to the Association of European Businesses (AEB) lobby group.

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