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BATTERIES: Apple targets auto production by 2024 with 'next level' battery tech, report says

  • Date: 21-12-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Auto News

Apple Inc. is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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HYDROGEN: Toyota to share Mirai's hydrogen fuel stack with commercial products

  • Date: 21-12-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Auto News

TOKYO — On the outside, Toyota's redesigned Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan gets a sleek and sexy, top-to-bottom makeover. But the real revolution is what happened under the skin.

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APPOINTMENT: Former Implats CEO heads new mining operation in Zimbabwe

  • Date: 21-12-20
  • Category: APPOINTMENT
  • Source: Business Day

Former Impala Platinum CEO David Brown has been appointed to head Kuvimba Mining House, a consortium of international investors that has plans to invest up to US$1bn (R15,53bn) to revive closed mines in Zimbabwe.

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ESKOM: Eskom set to split up in 2021

  • Date: 20-12-20
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Business Live

Eskom is on track to split off its transmission arm and establish the new entity as a separate company within the next year.

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PGM PROJECTS: Environmentalists in Ontario’s Ring of Fire: Inconvenient truths

  • Date: 19-12-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: The Sudbury Star

A recent commentary linking Neskantga’s water crisis to the proposed Ring of Fire mining development in northwestern Ontario’s Far North made little sense except to further delay environmental assessments (EAs) for vital road infrastructure and enormous economic opportunities for the region’s impoverished Indigenous people.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: China reaffirms route to electrification with new technical roadmap

The new ‘Energy-saving Vehicle and New Energy Vehicle Technical Roadmap 2.0’, or ‘Roadmap 2.0’ for short, was published in Shanghai in late October of this year. The plan was commissioned under the guidance of the Chinese government and organised by the Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers.

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HYDROGEN: IRENA sees renewable hydrogen at least cost-possible within decade

  • Date: 18-12-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The report—Green Hydrogen Cost Reduction: scaling up electrolyzers to meet the 1.5 C climate goal—looks at drivers for innovation and presents strategies that governments can peruse to reduce the cost of electrolyzers by 40% in the short term and by up to 80% in the long term.

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DIESEL: Western European Diesel Car Market

  • Date: 18-12-20
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: LMC Automotive

October’s diesel share of Western Europe new passenger car sales is confirmed at 26.9% with November coming in at 25.7% with all countries bar Greece having reported at the time of writing. The situation continues to be one of slow overall decline, but with several markets showing stability while others, primarily those where electrified car sales are booming, show bigger YoY falls. Germany is an example of the latter.

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