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HYDROGEN: Faurecia creates in France its global center of expertise dedicated to hydrogen fuel tanks

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Faurecia

Faurecia, one of the world’s leading automotive technology companies, is announcing the creation of a global center of expertise for hydrogen storage systems at its R&D center in Bavans, France.

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VEHICLE PARC: IHS Markit: average age of cars and light trucks in US rises again in 2019 to 11.8 years

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: VEHICLE PARC
  • Source: Green Car Congress

This acceleration of average age can easily be seen when looking across the last 17 years. From 2002-2007, the average age of light vehicles in the US increased by 3.5%. From 2008-2013, however, the increase was 12.2%. Over the last five years, the average age increase has returned to its more traditional rate—aging by 4 percent over this time period.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Why BMW backs batteries over fuel cells for passenger cars

Although BMW will launch a test fleet of X5 and X7 fuel cell variants in 2021, it remains convinced that battery power is the right choice when creating zero-emissions passenger cars.

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BATTERIES: CATL hikes investment in German battery plant

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Auto News China

Contemporary Amperex Technology, China's largest battery cell supplier, is increasing investment at its German battery plant to 1.8 billion euros (14.1 billion yuan) from a previous plan of 240 million euros to expand output.

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EMISSIONS: Better air quality makes convertibles increasingly attractive in China

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Europe Auto News

Open-air models have become rare because there is so little demand for them in the world's largest car market, but tastes in China could be changing, the boss of roof specialist Webasto says.

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JEWELLERY: Demand for gold jewellery up in SA, but imports favoured

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: JEWELLERY
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The popularity of gold jewellery globally and locally has held steady, with demand increasing in South Africa, owing to the increase in middle-class spend, says the local jewellery industry custodian Jewellery Council of South Africa chairperson Chris van Rensburg.

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ENERGY: SA's CONCO wins eSwatini solar power project

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: ENERGY
  • Source: Eye Witness News

MBABANE - Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CONCO) has won a $16 million contract to build a 10 megawatt solar project in eSwatini, the firm said late on Thursday.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa mulls green energy plan to cut Eskom’s debt payments

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is considering whether to back a proposal to improve troubled Eskom’s debt terms by closing polluting coal plants early to make way for renewable energy.

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