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EMISSIONS: UK new car fleet average CO2 rose for a second successive year -move away from diesels is having a significant impact

  • Date: 07-01-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: SMMT

The biggest volume decline was seen in the diesel sector, down -29.6% in 2018, with the volume loss equivalent to some 180% of the overall market’s decline. Anti-diesel rhetoric and negative fiscal measures took their toll, with December marking the 21st consecutive month of decline for the fuel type – despite new emissions tests showing diesels deliver in the real world. Growth in registrations of petrol (+8.7%) and alternatively fuelled vehicles (+20.9%) replaced some of the loss but not enoug

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ENERGY: Norway plugs away at phasing out fossil fuels

  • Date: 07-01-19
  • Category: ENERGY
  • Source: Auto News

Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were fully electric, a new world record as the country strives to end sales of fossil-fueled vehicles by 2025.

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FUEL CELLS: Alstom and Eversholt Rail unveil a new hydrogen train design for the UK

  • Date: 07-01-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Alstom

Alstom and Eversholt Rail have unveiled the design of a new hydrogen train for the UK market. The train, codenamed ‘Breeze’, will be a conversion of existing Class 321 trains, reengineering some of the UK’s most reliable rolling stock, to create a clean train for the modern age. These trains could run across the UK as early as 2022, emitting only water and no harmful emissions at all.  

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HYDROGEN FUEL: One of the largest energy and chemical companies in China, Yankuang Group, has joined forces with Air Liquide to promote hydrogen energy

  • Date: 07-01-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Gas World

The two companies signed a framework cooperation agreement on Friday (4th January) to jointly develop plans for the development of H2 infrastructure and H2 fuel cell vehicles in China’s Shandong Province and to build a sustainable H2 energy infrastructure network.

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AUTO SALES: West European car sales down 8.5% in December

  • Date: 07-01-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Just Auto

West European car registrations fell by 8.5% year-on-year (YoY) in December according to data released by LMC Automotive.

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LITHIUM: Chilean lithium exports continue rise, to $949m in 2018

  • Date: 07-01-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Chile’s exports of lithium carbonate reached $949-million in 2018 compared to $686-million the previous year as demand and prices for the key component in electric vehicle batteries continues to rise, the central bank said on Monday.

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EXPLORATION: Mick Davis plots second comeback with exploration fund targeting industrial materials

  • Date: 06-01-19
  • Category: EXPLORATION
  • Source: Mining MX

MICK Davis, the former CEO of Xstrata who in 2017 closed mining fund, X2 Resources, after its backers failed to agree on investment targets, is to establish a new fund that will explore for metals, said the UK’s The Telegraph.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Before the Electric Car Takes Over, Someone Needs to Reinvent the Battery

To deliver an electric vehicle that’s cheaper, safer and capable of traveling 500 miles on a single charge, the auto industry needs a breakthrough in battery technology. Easier said than done.

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