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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Cheaper EV Charging Seen Under U.K.'s First Half-Hourly Tariff

Charging your electric vehicle may be about to get a whole lot cheaper. Renewable power supplier Octopus Energy Ltd. is introducing the U.K.’s first time-of-use tariff, allowing consumers to choose the cheapest time to charge their cars, do the laundry or top-up storage heaters. The energy supplier’s flexible rate will save users money and reduce demand on the grid at the busiest times of the day.

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AUTO SALES: European car market volume dropped 23.4% in September due to WLTP issues; electrics and SUVs bucked that trend

  • Date: 26-10-18
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The European car market recorded the highest monthly decline of the last decade in September 2018, as 1.12 million vehicles were registered—343,000 less than in September 2017, according to figures from JATO Dynamics.

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FUEL CELLS: Great Wall Motor Acquires Minority Shares in German Hydrogen Refueling Station Operator H2 MOBILITY

  • Date: 24-10-18
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: FuelCellsWorks

On October 24, at the 3rd International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicle Conference (FCVC 2018) held in Rugao, Jiangsu, Great Wall Motor officially announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with H2 MOBILITY Deutschland (hereinafter referred to as H2M). By providing additional investment in H2M, it became the seventh shareholder outside Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total.

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DELIVERY: Uber Ambitiously Eyes 2021 for Food-Delivery Drones Launch

  • Date: 21-10-18
  • Category: DELIVERY
  • Source: The Wall Street Journal

Uber Technologies Inc. envisions taking to the skies with a fleet of food-delivery drones in as little as three years, an ambitious timeline for a ride-hailing company that would face numerous technical challenges and regulatory hurdles.

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AUTONOMY: Oxbotica to double workforce after raising £14m in first funding round

  • Date: 19-09-18
  • Category: AUTONOMY
  • Source: The Telegraph

Self-driving startup Oxbotica has raised £14m in its first funding round, in the latest indication of growing interest in the autonomous vehicle space.

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AUTONOMY: Top 8 self-driving startups to watch in 2018 and 2019

  • Date: 24-08-18
  • Category: AUTONOMY
  • Source: TechGenix

Here is a list of the top eight dynamic full-stack self-driving startups that are successfully making autonomous vehicles a reality today.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla sues Ontario for pulling plug on electric car rebates

Tesla Inc. is taking the Ontario government to court over its decision last month to cancel incentives for purchases of electric vehicles. The Palo Alto, California-based automaker claims in a lawsuit filed Aug. 10 in Ontario Superior Court that the province deliberately and arbitrarily targeted Tesla by treating it differently than other firms.

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South African rand slumps after Moody's warning, stocks tumble

  • Date: 15-08-18
  • Category: Rand
  • Source: Reuters

South Africa’s rand slumped on Wednesday as ratings agency Moody’s warned that the pace of fiscal consolidation in Africa’s most industrialised nation had slowed and retail sales data disappointed, underlining the fragility of the economy.

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