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PGM PRODUCERS: Sibanye-Stillwater to restart as South Africa's lockdown extends

The company said yesterday it had received approval for limited mining and processing at its South Africa operations from April 14, "subject to the implementation of agreed protocols to address COVID-19 related health and safety risks".

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COVID-19: Nornickel allocates $142.72 mln to combat coronavirus

  • Date: 13-04-20
  • Category: COVID-19
  • Source: TASS

In particular, the money is being used to purchase medical supplies, including medicine and personal protective equipment for medical institutions and Nornickel Group enterprises and employees

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COVID-19: COVID-19 recession worst in terms of change in real GDP since Great Depression; real GDP to fall 10% to 15% in 2020

  • Date: 10-04-20
  • Category: COVID-19
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Current analysis by Strategy Analytics (SA) indicates that the severity of the COVID-19-induced 2020 Recession as measured by change in Real GDP will be unprecedented looking back to the Great Depression. The recession will disrupt Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, and IT infrastructure businesses worldwide before recovery in 2021, the firm said.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: COVID-19: Can Battery Electric Car Sales Buck the Trend?

Much current automotive analysis concerns the impact of COVID-19 on headline vehicles sales and production numbers. And rightly so, as these are being downgraded in an unprecedented way as markets endure near-shutdown conditions. But this was supposed to be the year when electrification of the European car market, particularly battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales, really moved up a gear.

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AUTO SALES: Fuel types of new trucks: diesel 97.9%, electric 0.2%, hybrid 0.1% market share in 2019

  • Date: 08-04-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 8 April 2020 – In 2019, 97.9% of all new medium and heavy trucks (over 3.5 tonnes) registered in the European Union ran on diesel, while petrol fuelled only 0.1% of last year’s registrations. Electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECV) accounted for 0.2% of total new truck sales across the region, while all alternatively-powered vehicles (APV) combined made up 2% of the EU market.

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LITHIUM: Lithium tipped for EU list of critical raw materials

  • Date: 08-04-20
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Euractiv

The soft, silvery-white alkali metal is expected to enter the EU list of critical raw materials later this year because of its strategic importance to the automotive industry, EURACTIV has learned.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: COVID-19 puts EV sales and CO2 fleet emission targets at risk

EVs typically cost more than an equivalent internal-combustion-engined (ICE) vehicle but their lower running costs reduce that price differential over time and, in the longer term, end up costing less overall than their ICE counterparts. However, the amount of time taken to make up that price differential depends on the cost of fuel.

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POLLUTION: Researchers suggests high level of air pollution in Northern Italy a co-factor in COVID-19 mortality rate

  • Date: 08-04-20
  • Category: POLLUTION
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Researchers from the University of Siena in Italy and Aarhus University in Denmark are suggesting that the high level of pollution in Northern Italy should be considered an additional co-factor of the high level of COVID-19 fatalities recorded in that area. An open-access paper on their work is published in the journal Environmental Pollution.

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