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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla vehicles destroyed as truck carrier catches fire in Nevada

Five Tesla vehicles, a Subaru vehicle and the trailer hauling them were destroyed when the trailer caught fire on Interstate 80 west of Carlin, Nev., the automaker and local media reported.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Jaguar Land Rover to close UK factories for a week over Brexit, joining BMW and Toyota

GAYDON, England -- Jaguar Land Rover will halt production at its British factories for a week in November, joining BMW and Toyota in plans to help mitigate any immediate disruption from a no-deal Brexit.

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FUEL CELLS: Hydrogen hurdles: a deadly blast hampers South Korea's big fuel cell car bet

  • Date: 26-09-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - Aiming to cash in on a major push by South Korea to promote fuel cell vehicles, Sung Won-young opened a hydrogen refueling station in the city of Ulsan last September. Just one year on, he’s thinking about closing it down.

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ESKOM: Eskom shortlists three candidates for top job

  • Date: 26-09-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Biz News

(Bloomberg) – South African power company Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. has shortlisted three candidates for chief executive officer to lead the loss-making utility out of its debt crisis, according to three people familiar with the process.

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PGM PRODUCERS: 5,270 jobs on chopping block as Sibanye restructures Marikana

Sibanye-Stillwater has informed trade unions it aims to cut up to 5,270 jobs at its Marikana operations, which were once part of Lonmin. If Sibanye had not acquired Lonmin, more than 20,000 jobs would have been at risk.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volkswagen Leads Auto Electrification, But Buyers May Be Elusive

Volkswagen is leading the way to the new electrified automotive world, but this remains a huge gamble for VW, not to mention the entire European industry, as European Union rules begin to outlaw internal combustion engine-powered cars and SUVs that the public actually wants to buy.

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BATTERIES: Renault ready to be part of a European batteries project, chairman says

  • Date: 25-09-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Auto News

PARIS -- Renault is ready to be part of a European batteries project provided it makes economic sense to do so, the automaker's chairman said on Wednesday.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Toyota prepares next Mirai fuel cell car for 2020 launch

TOKYO -- Toyota is preparing to launch the second generation of its Mirai fuel cell car next year, Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada said on Wednesday.

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