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AUTO SALES: UK car market dips in August, but EVs surge

  • Date: 05-09-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Just Auto

The UK new car market declined by 1.6% in August, but there was a surge in electric car sales in the month, according to data released by the SMMT.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Implats to consider bids for Marula, Afplats as Muller crystallises view on asset mix

IMPALA Platinum (Implats) would consider selling its 75% stake in the Marula joint venture as well as Afplats, a project it impaired for R1.67bn this year after paying R1.1bn for the prospect in 2007.

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LITHIUM: Kidman shareholders accept Wesfarmers suit

  • Date: 05-09-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Wesfarmers in May this year launched a A$1.90-a-share cash offer for the lithium junior, which holds a 50% interest in the Mt Holland lithium project, in Western Australia, which is jointly owned by the Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile SA (SQM).

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BATTERIES: CATL and Bosch collaborate on 48V battery cells

  • Date: 05-09-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Just Auto

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) and Bosch have concluded a 'long-term strategic cooperation agreement' that will see CATL supply 48-volt battery cells for Bosch's 48-volt battery system globally.

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NICKEL: New projects for battery material nickel need a price spur

  • Date: 05-09-19
  • Category: NICKEL
  • Source: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Rapidly rising use of nickel in the batteries that power electric vehicles over coming years means higher prices are needed to incentivize the development of new projects to boost supplies of the metal.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Impala Platinum delays job cuts due to improved earnings - sources

LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Impala Platinum <IMPJ.J> will delay cutting thousands of jobs and closing some capacity at its main South African mine due to operational improvements and higher commodity prices, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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RUTHENIUM: MAMR Mia! Western Digital's 18TB and 20TB microwave-energy hard drives out soon

  • Date: 04-09-19
  • Category: RUTHENIUM
  • Source: The Register

Western Digital said demand for high-capacity data centre disk drives will keep up over the next few years as it told the world it would begin shipping samples of its new MAMR 18 and 20TB drives over the next four months.

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HYDROGEN: Hydrogen-powered bicycles offer new electromobility concept

  • Date: 04-09-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: PV Magazine

The bike can travel 150km without rider assistance, much further than an electric bike using lithium-ion batteries, which can only clock around 50km. The bike weighs 29kg, with its hydrogen system approaching 7kg, the same weight as an electric battery of equivalent capacity. The next model is expected to be lighter, at 25kg, and to boast a longer range.

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