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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: China Is Trying to Salvage Its Bruised Electric-Car Industry

China is quietly reinforcing its car industry, pushing a range of support measures and levers to help salvage its world-leading push into electric vehicles.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Sibanye-Stillwater takes surgical approach to closures as COVID-19 infections rise to 65

THE Minerals Council South Africa warned a rise in positive cases of COVID-19 was inevitable on the country’s mines and so it has come to pass with Sibanye-Stillwater adding its name to the list.

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AUTO SALES: Automakers disappointed by EU's recovery program

  • Date: 28-05-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

Automakers criticized Europe's 750 billion-euro ($827 billion) fiscal stimulus package for not outlining how the region's auto industry will be helped to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused vehicles sales to collapse to historic lows.

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FUEL EFFICIENCY: 23 states sue Trump administration over fuel efficiency rollback

WASHINGTON -- A group of 23 U.S. states led by California, the District of Columbia and four major cities are filing suit Wednesday to challenge a Trump administration decision to weaken Obama administration fuel efficiency standards.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: France's new $13,000 EV incentive is the most generous in Europe

PARIS -- The French government has announced plans to offer some of the most generous incentives of any country to buy an electric vehicle. Buyers could be eligible to receive up to 12,000 euros ($13,150).

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DIESEL: SwRI engineers develop near-zero emissions diesel engine technology; 90% reduction of NOx

  • Date: 27-05-20
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Southwest Research Institute engineers have developed the next generation of clean diesel engine technology to reduce hazardous nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide emissions while minimizing fuel consumption.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Record €60bn investment in electric cars and batteries in Europe secured last year

Europe secured €60 billion in investments to produce electric vehicles and batteries last year - 19 times more than in 2018, new analysis shows. Driven by EU car CO2 targets, industry and governments committed 3.5 times more to EV and battery production in Europe than they did in China, according to Transport & Environment’s report.

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AUTO SALES: Commercial vehicle registrations: -34.5% four months into 2020; -67.0% in April

  • Date: 26-05-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 26 May 2020 – In April 2020, commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union declined by 67.0%, as most of Europe was under lockdown for the entire month. The fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic affected all 27 EU markets and every vehicle segment.

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