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AUTO SALES: Volume dips 0.5% as cars sputter, but 17M year within sight

  • Date: 03-12-18
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

U.S. light-vehicle sales slipped 0.5 percent in November as robust fleet shipments by some automakers failed to offset slumping demand for passenger cars.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: China Has a Secret Weapon in the Race to Dominate Electric Cars

Over the past two years, cobalt has emerged as one of the hottest commodities of the electric-vehicle revolution. The silvery-blue metal, an important component in lithium-ion batteries, has more than doubled in price, making carmakers and tech giants fret about securing their future needs.

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EV CHARGING: VW, Tesco will develop EV charging network in UK

  • Date: 01-12-18
  • Category: EV CHARGING
  • Source: Auto News Europe

LONDON -- Volkswagen and Britain's biggest retailer, Tesco, have teamed up to develop an electric vehicle charging network in the UK.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Thousands of Electric Vehicles Are Heading to London

Uber Technologies Inc. and Hitachi Ltd. are among companies that will flood London with 3,000 electric vehicles as part of a study aimed at overcoming a shortage of charging points blamed for holding back sales.

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POLLUTION: Madrid bans polluting vehicles from city centre

  • Date: 30-11-18
  • Category: POLLUTION
  • Source: The Guardian

From Friday, only vehicles producing zero emissions will be allowed to drive freely in downtown Madrid – making it a pollution pioneer in Europe

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LITHIUM: Lithium markets to be oversupplied despite EV growth

  • Date: 30-11-18
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The lithium market is expected to be in oversupply in the early 2020s, despite rapid demand growth from the electric vehicle (EV) battery industry, a new report by Moody’s Investors Service states.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: BMW could force plug-in hybrids to adopt electric-only mode in polluted cities

LOS ANGELES -- BMW said it can force its plug-in hybrid cars switch to an electric-only mode in heavily polluted inner-city areas, helping its vehicles compete with full-electric rivals as a raft of cities seek to create emissions-free zones.

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PGM SUPPLY: Lonmin reports a profit as takeover looms

  • Date: 29-11-18
  • Category: PGM SUPPLY
  • Source: Financial Times

An aggressive cost cutting and efficiency programme helped platinum producer Lonmin report its first annual pre-tax profit since 2013. The results come as the century old miner is set to be acquired by South African rival Sibyane-Stillwater in an all-stock transaction that is expected to close early next year.

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