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BATTERIES: BMW joins IRMA, highlights efforts to source ethically mined resources

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: BMW Blog

BMW has been making a point lately, highlighting the fact that electric cars are not eco-friendly as many people might think. A lot goes into making an EV that could be considered harmful and that’s something all car makers need to address. For instance, the mining of rare-Earth materials used in batteries is often even more damaging to the environment than internal combustion cars. 

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FUEL CELLS: Joint white paper says FCEVs will be cheaper to run in ten years time

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: H2 View

The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for commercial hydrogen vehicles will fall by more than 50% in the next ten years as manufacturing technology matures, economies of scale improve, hydrogen fuel costs decline, and infrastructure develops.

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ESKOM: Nersa: If Eskom Wins Court Matter, Power Prices Will Rise

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: iAfrica

JOHANNESBURG – South Africans can expect to pay more for electricity if Eskom’s court application succeeds next week.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Pleading for Leniency, Eskom Wants to Slash Emissions by 2035

Power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., South Africa’s biggest polluter, said it will slash emissions of three major pollutants by 2035 while it asks for exemptions to incoming standards to avoid as much as 37 billion rand ($2.6 billion) in expenditure.

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FUEL CELLS: BMW is planning small series fuel cell drives

  • Date: 07-01-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Electrive

BMW intends to introduce the second-generation fuel cell technology developed together with Toyota in the BMW X6 and X7. Head of Development Klaus Fröhlich made the announcement in an interview.

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BATTERIES: Mercedes shows car with compostable battery

  • Date: 07-01-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Electrive

At the CES, Mercedes-Benz is presenting the Vision Avtr, a fully electrically powered concept car that not only has a futuristic design but also features visionary battery technology.

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EMISSIONS: How automakers plan to avoid CO2 fines in Europe

  • Date: 06-01-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto News

For Europe's automakers, a great leap into the unknown began on New Year's Day, when European Union emissions standards that require a fleet average of 95 grams per kilometer of CO2 took effect. The numbers are stark. According to the EU, fleet emissions in 2018 were 120g/km, which means automakers need a 21 percent reduction overall to avoid fines that could total as much as 33 billion euros this year, according to some estimates. Each gram over the limit, per vehicle, will cost automakers 95 e

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AUTO SALES: Record year for zero emission cars fails to reboot UK market, as sector calls for supportive policies to boost uptake

  • Date: 06-01-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: SMMT

The UK new car market declined in 2019, with annual registrations falling for the third consecutive year,2 according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 2,311,140 units were registered last year, representing a -2.4% decline as the turbulent market reacted to weak business and consumer confidence, general political and economic instability and confusion over clean air zones.

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