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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Peugeot boss urges radical steps to cut price of electric cars

Costs from offices, dealers and suppliers must come down to make battery-powered vehicles affordable, says Tavares Carlos Tavares says the gap between the cost of developing electric vehicles and selling them at a profit must be closed

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: European demand for electrified vehicles continues in June

Uncertainty continued to spread across the European new car market in June as, according to JATO Dynamics, 1.13m units were registered last month, a year on year drop of 24% compared to the 1.49m new cars registered in June 2019.

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RECYCLING: France cuts back scrapping incentives after 2 months

  • Date: 27-07-20
  • Category: RECYCLING
  • Source: Auto News

PARIS -- The French government is revising a program for trading in older, higher-emissions cars for cleaner ones, after financing the scrapping of 200,000 vehicles in two months to stimulate auto sales after coronavirus lockdowns.

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HYDROGEN: Hydrogen Council adds new members, including Umicore

  • Date: 27-07-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Hydrogen Council

Brussels, 27 July 2020 – The Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led coalition working to enable the global energy transition through hydrogen, has today announced 11 new members. The news comes at a pivotal moment for the world’s sustainable economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and further bonds the industry’s commitment to leverage hydrogen solutions to build a cleaner, more resilient economy post-COVID.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Anglo American Platinum interim results 2020

  • Date: 27-07-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Anglo American Platinum

The first six months of 2020 was challenging in many respects for Anglo American Platinum, with the temporary closure of the Anglo Converter Plant and the Covid-19 pandemic impacting production. Despite these challenges, we recorded a solid financial performance, driven by stronger prices for our metals.

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RUTHENIUM: New Ru-based catalysts can convert CO2 into useful methanol fuel

  • Date: 26-07-20
  • Category: RUTHENIUM
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Inspired by naturally occurring processes, a team of Boston College chemists used a multi-catalyst system to convert carbon dioxide to methanol at the lowest temperatures reported with high activity and selectivity. A paper on the work is published in the journal Chem.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.K. Grid Planning for 30 Million Electric Cars by 2040

The number of electric cars on Britain’s roads will jump to 30 million in the next 20 years, helped by government policies to phase out the sale of polluting cars.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Implats trading statement for the year ended 30 June 2020

A significant increase in the dollar basket price for PGMs, together with rand depreciation, has resulted in a higher rand PGM basket price received by Implats during the year ended 30 June 2020. Consequently, the Group is expecting headline earnings and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the period, to be significantly more than 20% higher than that reported for the year ended 30 June 2019. Headline earnings and HEPS for the comparative period were R3 038 million and 423 cents respectively

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