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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Amazon order 100,000 electric vans from Rivian

The privately held Rivian started throwing weight around in 2018 with plans to square up to Tesla with two electric models designed to appeal to the two most popular segments in North America: SUVs and trucks. Through 2019 the company has so far benefited from over US$1 billion in investment, with the Ford Motor Company ploughing US$500 million into the company so it could get a look-in at its EV tech, and Amazon previously investing US$700 million in early 2019.

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EMISSIONS: UK ONS report finds significant challenge remains to reduce road transport emissions; sector GHG emissions up 6% from 1990-2017

  • Date: 17-09-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

A new report by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) finds that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from road transport in the UK rose by 6% from 1990 to 2017. The increase—albeit lower than the increase in road traffic—highlights the significant challenge in reducing emissions from road transport, the report says.

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EMISSIONS: EPA to unveil plan to strip California’s authority on car emissions

  • Date: 17-09-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto News

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration will announce it is rescinding California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles at an event at the EPA’s Washington headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, according to people familiar with the matter.

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OIL: Saudi Aramco rapidly restores production capacity, expects stabilization of global supply

  • Date: 17-09-19
  • Category: OIL
  • Source: Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco President & CEO Amin Nasser said Tuesday that the Company’s production capacity, suspended earlier due to terror attacks on its plants at Abqaiq and Khurais, would be fully restored by the end of September.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: UAW workers head for picket lines in first national strike against GM since 2007

The United Auto Workers (UAW) went on strike at General Motors just after midnight Sunday and about 48,000 hourly workers at its facilities are headed for the picket lines in the morning, union officials said early Monday.

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AUTO SALES: U.S. to Promise to Not Hike Tariffs on Japan Autos, Report Says

  • Date: 16-09-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Japan and the U.S. are working toward a joint leaders’ statement that would include a U.S. promise not to hike tariffs or introduce quotas on Japanese cars, the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper said Monday.

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AUTO SALES: Guiyang eliminates cap on new-vehicle sales

  • Date: 16-09-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

Guiyang, the capital of southwest China’s Guizhou province, has become the first China city to heed Beijing’s call to end restrictions on new-vehicle sales.

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PRECIOUS METALS: JP Morgan traders face charges on manipulating market

NEW YORK (AP) — Two current traders and one former trader in the New York offices of JPMorgan are charged with manipulating the precious metals futures market.

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