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FUEL CELLS: Hydrogen fuel cells have been written off for decades, but Toyota's Katsuhiko Hirose says they area just coming into their own

  • Date: 18-01-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: The Drive

If you want to bring the wrath of Twitter upon you, suggest that electric vehicles could be powered by something other than batteries. Only the utterly naïve seem to think that any technology bringing zero emission transportation should be worth the consideration. Mention fuel cells, and you will swiftly be denounced as an idiot, an agent of Big Oil, or worse. Tesla’s Elon Musk routinely piles invective on fuel cells, calling them "mind-bogglingly stupid," "incredibly dumb" and "fool cells”—schoolyard taunts that resonate especially well with battery-bullies.

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AUTO SALES: Who is buying EVs in China?

  • Date: 18-01-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News China

Sales of electrified vehicles have been surging in China for years. But until recently, it remained unknown who was buying many of the vehicles. But a new research project led by Beijing-based news website Sina.com discovered that a big chunk of the EVs automakers claim to have sold have ended up at their fleet and mobility operations.

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EMISSIONS: Truck CO2 targets: no public charging points for electric or hydrogen trucks available

  • Date: 17-01-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: ACEA

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published data on the severe lack of recharging and refuelling infrastructure suitable for electric and other alternatively-powered trucks across the EU.

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FUEL CELLS: AFC Energy announces world's first electric vehicle charger based on hydrogen fuel-cell technology

  • Date: 17-01-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Auto Express

A UK firm has demonstrated what it claims is the world’s first electric vehicle (EV) charger based on hydrogen fuel cell technology. Surrey-based AFC Energy’s CH2ARGE hydrogen-powered rapid chargers are capable of charging an average EV to 80 per cent capacity in less than an hour, all without having to tap into the National Grid.

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LITHIUM: 2018 China lithium industry major enterprises expansion and expansion events

  • Date: 17-01-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Weixin

In 2018, domestic lithium industry investment and new capacity were hot, and production capacity was also released. According to the preliminary statistics of the Lithium Branch, the total domestic lithium salt production capacity has reached 492,000 tons in 2018, and the total output of lithium salt is about 162,000 tons.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford shocks with electric F-150 statement

Jim Farley, Ford Motor's head of world markets, has told attendees at an industry conference in Detroit that the company will bring a fully electric version of the world's best selling vehicle to market.

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INVESTMENT: Pimco Favors ‘Unloved’ Platinum That's Looking Cheap Versus Gold

  • Date: 16-01-19
  • Category: INVESTMENT
  • Source: Bloomberg

Platinum could be the dark horse among precious metals, according to a money manager at Pacific Investment Management Co.

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COBALT: Ford, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem, RCS Global launch blockchain pilot to address concerns in strategic mineral supply chains; cobalt to start

  • Date: 16-01-19
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Ford Motor Company, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem and RCS Global will use blockchain technology to trace and validate ethically sourced minerals in an effort to support human rights and environmental protection while helping infuse more transparency into global mineral supply chains.

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