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ICE: McLaren flags end of road for petrol engines by 2030

  • Date: 25-08-20
  • Category: ICE
  • Source: Financial Times

McLaren, the UK supercar maker, will stop developing petrol engines within a decade as it plots a long-term shift towards electric vehicles. The company will focus on hybrid supercars for the next ten years, with a plan to source more components in the UK, but expects to cease any traditional engine development by 2030, chief executive Mike Flewitt told the Financial Times. “We will be developing engines for the next ten years, selling for the next 15 years, but we expect a lot of the world to ...

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RECYCLING: Britain to get first commercial refinery for extracting precious metals from e-waste

  • Date: 22-08-20
  • Category: RECYCLING
  • Source: The Guardian

The UK is to get its first commercial refinery for extracting precious metals from electronic waste, which will also be the world’s first to use bacteria rather than cyanide-based processes.

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HYDROGEN: Germany's Dillinger steel group starts hydrogen-based steel production

  • Date: 21-08-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: SP Global

London — Germany's Dillinger and Saarstahl steel group announced Aug. 21 the start of the first hydrogen-based steel production in Europe's biggest steel market to help cut carbon emissions.

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FUEL CELLS: MAHLE introduces new modular filter concept for fuel cell applications

  • Date: 20-08-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

MAHLE has developed two standardized air filter solutions for fuel cells. With to this new modular approach, MAHLE is able to significantly reduce development times and costs, with developers now having direct access to a fully developed off-the-shelf component instead of having to design individual solutions for each vehicle.

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COBALT: China plans to boost cobalt reserves as virus spurs supply risks

  • Date: 20-08-20
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source:

China’s state stockpiling agency has drawn up plans to buy 2,000 tonnes of cobalt after the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the fragility of supplies of the strategic mineral.

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AUTO SALES: Global Plugin Vehicle Volumes Fell 14% In 1st Half Of 2020, Better Than Auto Market’s 28% Drop

  • Date: 20-08-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Clean Technica

The 1st half of 2020 was overshadowed by the COVID-19 lockdowns, causing unprecedented declines in monthly vehicle sales from February onwards. For the first 6 months of 2020, the volume loss was 28% for the total light vehicle market, compared to the 1st half (H1) of 2019. EVs held up better and posted a loss of 14% year on year for H1, globally.

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ENERGY: Japan’s struggle to drive down renewables costs

  • Date: 20-08-20
  • Category: ENERGY
  • Source: PV Magazine

A nation famous for high electricity prices has seen power costs fall 15% this year, according to analyst Wood Mackenzie, a figure which will help attract $100 billion of solar and wind investment to 2030. Renewables will have to work even harder, however, to displace fossil fuels in hydrogen production.

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HYDROGEN: Ten cities, thousand fuel cell vehicles? China is sketching a roadmap for hydrogen vehicles

  • Date: 19-08-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: ICCT

China has sent a strong signal to the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) industry with some major policy moves in recent months. First, hydrogen was listed as an energy source in a national law for the first time, in the Energy Law of the People’s Republic of China (draft for consultation). Then, promotion policies for FCVs were separated from those of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the Notice on Optimizing Fiscal Subsidies for Promoting New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) from four central ministries

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