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LITHIUM: Lithium price: Spodumene is getting crushed

  • Date: 04-02-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining.com

As expansion programs at South American brine operations slow down, the bulk of new lithium capacity is coming from hard rock mines.

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FUEL ECONOMY: CAFE chaos looms as Trump team finalizes rules

WASHINGTON — Instead of making life easier for automakers, the less-stringent fuel economy rules due from the Trump administration by March 31 are expected to be quickly challenged in court, leading to regulatory uncertainty and huge compliance headaches.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The cheapest Chinese electric cars are coming to the US and Europe—for as little as $9,000

China already sells more electric vehicles than the rest of the world combined. And there’s a long list of the categories you can choose from—including large buses, sports cars, two-wheeled motorcycles, and zippy scooters.

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AUTO SALES: Global Light Vehicle industry: where next to look for growth?

  • Date: 04-02-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: LMC Auto

As the world seeks to identify the next economic miracle that will drive global growth, it is unlikely to be found beyond the frontiers of China. Could another country ever be capable of replicating China’s explosive expansion and its impact on the world economy, particularly in terms of scale? Doubtful.

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AUTO SALES: European car market logs best year for alternative fueled vehicles, lowest diesel share since 2001

  • Date: 04-02-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The European car market remained stable during 2018, as 15.6 million vehicles were registered—just 346 more than in 2017—according to JATO Dyanmics. It was the best result since 2007, when the market peaked with 16.02 million registrations. Strong results in Q2, where the market was up by 4.8%, and Q3, where the market was up by 1.1%, were enough to offset the large decline posted in Q4, where the market dropped by 7.5% and recorded its lowest volume since 2014.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Implats expects higher H1 output, earnings a share

  • Date: 04-02-19
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Research Channel

JSE-listed Impala Platinum (Implats) expects to report a 10% year-on-year increase in refined platinum production to 800 000 oz for the six months ended December 31, compared with the 727 000 oz produced in the six months ended December 31, 2017.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Price and improved operations give Impala Platinum choices about how best to implement its restructuring plans

An improved price for the metals Impala Platinum produces has given it flexibility in how it pursues its restructuring, a process to which the board has an unswerving commitment, says CEO Nico Muller.

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DIESEL: German minister wants EU to review limit on toxic diesel particles

  • Date: 31-01-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Europe Auto News

BERLIN -- Germany's transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has urged the European Commission in a letter to review its stringent limits on nitrogen dioxide pollution, saying some doctors are questioning their health merits, the Bild newspaper reported.

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