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AUTO SALES: China's Light-vehicle sales drop for 8th straight month amid slowing economy

  • Date: 12-03-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News China

China’s new light-vehicle sales contracted in February for the eighth consecutive month, falling 17 percent to fewer than 1.22 million cars and light trucks, amid slower economic growth.

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POLLUTION: London and Paris failing to meet air pollution limits in spite of policies

  • Date: 11-03-19
  • Category: POLLUTION
  • Source: Air Quality News

Both London and Paris are failing to meet legal limits for nitrogen dioxide and airborne particle pollution set by the World Health Organisation, despite introducing several new policies to tackle the issue since 2005.

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HYDROGEN: Faurecia and Michelin to create a global leader in hydrogen mobility

  • Date: 11-03-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Faurecia

Michelin, world leader in tyres and sustainable mobility, and Faurecia, technology leader in the automotive industry, announced today the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding to create a joint venture bringing together all of Michelin’s fuel cell related activities - including its subsidiary Symbio – with those of Faurecia.

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DIESEL: Fiat Chrysler will backtrack on diesel ban pledge if sales hold up

  • Date: 11-03-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Financial Times

Fiat Chrysler will roll back an earlier pledge to eliminate diesel from its passenger cars in Europe by 2022 if public demand for the vehicles remains strong, its chief executive has told the Financial Times.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Carmakers Get No Relief in China as Auto Sales Keep Plunging

China’s car sales fell for the ninth consecutive month in February, pulling automakers deeper into a slump that’s threatening their long-term growth plans in the world’s largest market.

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LITHIUM: New electrochemical cell for efficient, pollution-free extraction of lithium from salt lake brines

  • Date: 08-03-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The global demand for lithium has dramatically increased during the past decade, mostly due to the rapid growth of lithium-ion battery markets from portable electronics to large scale electric vehicles and electric energy storage applications. As predicted, average annual growth of global lithium consumption would still be ~10 % in near future. Consequently, the stable supply of lithium resources has become an issue of increasing concern.

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EMISSIONS: Independent emissions testing reveals Jaguar Land Rover diesels are among the best in Europe

  • Date: 07-03-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover diesels are among the best in Europe, according to independent on-road emissions testing, as part of the new AIR Index.

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China’s New Energy Vehicle (NEV) market thrived in 2018, supported by the subsidies already in place, coupled with the advent of the new dual-credit system. We estimate that total output and sales exceeded 1.05 million units and 1.08 million units, respectively, last year. These figures – which encompass battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) and extended range electric vehicles (EREVs) – equate to robust year-on-year (YoY) growth of 84% (production) and 88% (sales).

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