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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study

Petrol and diesel vehicles cost more over four years in UK and four other European nations

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HYBRIDS: Honda sees hybrid CR-V filling diesel's void

The CR-V hybrid marks Honda’s return to the technology in the mainstream market after ending production of the Jazz Hybrid subcompact in 2015. The automaker says there is such strong demand from car buyers for fuel-efficient alternatives to diesel that it thinks the hybrid will account for half of the 60,000 annual sales predicted for the new CR-V in Europe. The hybrid will go on sale in March, joining the 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline model. Honda expects the CR-V hybrid to outsell the gasoline model.

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AUTO SALES: CAR: US light-duty vehicle sales to dip in 2019

  • Date: 12-02-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The Center for Automotive Research’s (CAR’s) updated automotive sales outlook forecasts US light-duty vehicle sales at 16.8 million units for 2019. CAR’s forecast includes a continuation of sales declines in 2020 and 2021 down to 16.5 million units in 2021.

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RUTHENIUM: Ruthenium catalyst sets new efficiency record for water splitting

  • Date: 12-02-19
  • Category: RUTHENIUM
  • Source: Physics World

An international team of scientists has synthesized a carbon nanowire doped with ruthenium and nitrogen that significantly outperforms conventional platinum-based catalysts for producing hydrogen from water. The team attributes the improved catalytic activity to individual ruthenium atoms embedded in the carbon matrix, rather than the presence of ruthenium nanoparticles.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Chinese listed companies misjudge EV start-ups with excessive valuations

Several listed Chinese electric vehicle (EV) companies and associated component makers issued profit warnings in recent days, as many companies suffered from inflated valuations at acquisition.

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HYDROGEN: Hyundai Motor Given Green Light to Set Up Hydrogen Charging Station in Parliament

  • Date: 11-02-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Korea Biz Wire

South Korea on Monday said it will allow Hyundai Motor Co. to set up a hydrogen charging station in parliament for fuel cell electric vehicles in a symbolic gesture that underscores Seoul’s commitment to boosting the hydrogen economy.

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RECYCLING: India's auto industry needs a sustainable scrappage policy

  • Date: 10-02-19
  • Category: RECYCLING
  • Source: India Times

In May 2018, Harsha Udupi and his neighbours in a residential colony in a western suburb of Mumbai got together to discuss how to bring some key civic issues to the attention of local authorities. One of the top priorities was finding a way to get rid of abandoned cars in the streets outside their housing complex. “Many of the cars don’t belong to our area. They were either trafficked or abandoned here. Sometimes, the owners just got rid of them here.

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FUEL CELLS: The SA Post Office is testing hydrogen-powered scooters to help deliver mail

  • Date: 08-02-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Business Tech

South Africa is currently working on a number of new transport technologies as it slowly moves away from petrol and diesel-based engines.

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