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AUTO SALES: European car sales drop 4.6 percent in January: ACEA

  • Date: 15-02-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - FCA Group, Ford and Volkswagen led a 4.6 percent decline in European car registrations in January, industry data showed, dampened by an economic slowdown in euro zone economies and consumer jitters over Brexit and trade.

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MOBILITY: GM will launch electric bike sales in Europe

  • Date: 14-02-19
  • Category: MOBILITY
  • Source: Auto News

General Motors said it will begin selling electric bicycles in Europe in the second quarter. Two such bicycles, a compact bike and a foldable one, will launch first in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, markets where cycles powered by lithium ion batteries are already popular, GM said in a statement Thursday.

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EMISSIONS: Thailand brings forward Euro 5 for diesel

  • Date: 14-02-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Just Auto

The Thai government has said it will bring forward its planned introduction of Euro 5 standards for diesel fuel to 2023 from its previous deadline of 2025 in response to recent concerns over air pollution in the country.

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AUTO SALES: No-Deal Brexit - impact on UK light vehicles - LMCA view

  • Date: 14-02-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: LMC Auto

If there are no significant changes to Brexit-related legislation in the UK Parliament between now and 29 March, the automatic operation of law will see the UK leave the EU, with or without a deal. The politics appear impossible to predict, but we can examine some aspects of a no-deal scenario, which is no longer unlikely. Our newly launched European Light Vehicle Trade Flow Forecast reveals where some of the biggest risks lie.

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BATTERIES: France's Macron unveils plan to give electric battery industry a jolt

  • Date: 14-02-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Europe Auto News

PARIS -- France will invest 700 million euros ($790 million) over the next five years into projects to boost the European electric car battery industry and reduce its automakers' reliance on dominant Asian rivals, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday.

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EMISSIONS: Beijing Guoliu emission standard is planned to be implemented ahead of schedule

  • Date: 14-02-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Xinhuannet.com

Beijing will implement the national motor vehicle emission standards in advance. Recently, the Municipal Ecological Environment Bureau issued the "Notice on the Implementation of the Sixth Phase of Motor Vehicle Emission Standards in Beijing (Draft for Comment)" on the official website.

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LITHIUM: Livent's lithium woes in China cloud industry outlook

  • Date: 13-02-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Livent on Tuesday forecast a drop in Chinese lithium sales for the year because of uncertainty about the country's electric vehicle subsidies, a worrisome sign for other producers of the key battery component.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Cost parity by 'early 2020s' will be electric vehicle tipping point

A new report by McKinsey forecasts a rapid switch from gas guzzlers to electric vehicles on the world's roads will be boosted by the plummeting costs of owning a battery powered vehicle.

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