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AUTO SALES: New car registrations drop -4.4% in weakest ever ‘new plate’ September - UK

  • Date: 05-10-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: SMMT

The UK new car market declined -4.4% in September, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The sector recorded 328,041 new registrations in the month – the weakest September since the introduction of the dual number plate system in 1999 and some -15.8% lower thanthe 10-year average of around 390,000 units for the month.

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HYDROGEN: National strategies pledge over half of EU’s 2030 electrolyser capacity target

  • Date: 02-10-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: ICIS

LONDON (ICIS)--European nations have pledged to create 22GW electrolyser capacity for hydrogen production by 2030, more than a half of the European Commission’s goal.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Plug-in hybrids set for rapid rise but trouble looms

Plug-in hybrid sales in Europe soared by 145 percent in the first seven months as generous incentives and the threat of emissions fines for automakers helped them to buck the sharply downward trend of the overall market because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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HYDROGEN: Milestone for green hydrogen: Heraeus launches new electrocatalyst

  • Date: 01-10-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Heraeus

Heraeus today announced the launch of a cost-effective and efficient catalyst for PEM electrolysis. The new Heraeus catalyst contains 50 to 90 percent less iridium than conventional products with up to three times higher catalyst performance. The lower precious metal content of the Heraeus product reduces costs by up to 43 percent. The cost savings make green hydrogen affordable – an important step for the successful conversion to sustainable energy sources.

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FUEL CELLS: China's subsidies to fast-track development of fuel cell vehicles

  • Date: 22-09-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Nikkei

The new program will replace existing purchase assistance and is slated to last for four years. The central government will select development proposals submitted by local governments, which will use the subsidies to fund FCV technology developers in their areas.

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BATTERIES: Tesla's Musk sees no immediate boost from 'Battery Day' tech unveil

  • Date: 22-09-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Reuters

Tesla Inc TSLA.O CEO Elon Musk said improvements to be unveiled at the electric-vehicle maker's "Battery Day" event would not reach "serious high-volume production" until 2022, knocking its shares down.

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FUEL CELLS: Airbus looks to the future with hydrogen planes

Aerospace giant Airbus has unveiled plans for what it hailed as the first commercial zero-emission aircraft.

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POLLUTION: Invention captures harmful car tyre dust, wins UK award

  • Date: 17-09-20
  • Category: POLLUTION
  • Source: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - A group of students in Britain have invented a way of capturing tyre dust - a major contributor to air and water pollution - as a car drives along, winning them this year’s James Dyson Award in the UK.

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