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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ban on gasoline-only vehicles could jump-start Japan's EV bid

Toyota made "hybrid" a household word with the Prius. Honda was the first to bring the electric-gasoline mashup technology stateside, with its first-generation two-seat Insight.

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DIESEL: European truckmakers to phase out diesel sales decade earlier than planned

  • Date: 14-12-20
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Financial Times

Europe’s largest truckmakers have pledged to stop selling vehicles that produce emissions by 2040, a decade earlier than originally planned. An alliance of Daimler, Scania, Man, Volvo, Daf, Iveco and Ford have signed a pledge to phase out traditional combustion engines and focus on hydrogen, battery technology and clean fuels. The industry will spend about €50bn-€100bn on new technologies, Scania chief executive Henrik Henriksson told the Financial Times, ahead of the pledge announcement.

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BATTERIES: Scaling up solid-state batteries

  • Date: 14-12-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: PV Magazine

U.S. battery developer Solid Power has begun pilot production of lithium metal all solid-state batteries at its Colorado facility. The company says it has also sent out prototype battery cells for independent evaluation, and expects to begin formal testing to qualify its batteries for integration into electric vehicles by early 2022.

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ACQUISITIONS: Nova buys royalties at Twin Metals site

  • Date: 13-12-20
  • Category: ACQUISITIONS
  • Source: Duluth News Tribune

A Vancouver-based company bought royalties in November for a portion of the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine.

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ZIMBABWE: GDI: Driving force for Zim-Russia relations

  • Date: 13-12-20
  • Category: ZIMBABWE
  • Source: Sunday Mail

THE Zimbabwe-Russia joint venture platinum concern, Great Dyke Investments (GDI), which is located in Darwendale, is making stellar progress and is earmarked to become one of Zimbabwe’s largest platinum mines. Last week a local company, Fossil Mining, bought 4,4 percent stake in the project, while total funding of up to US$650 million has been lined up for the venture over the next two years.

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PGM PROJECTS: GDI to earn US$350m annually

Great Dyke Investments’ platinum project in Darwendale is progressing smoothly, with fresh projections indicating that the Zimbabwe-Russia joint venture will earn the country up to US$350 million annually when it starts exporting the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) in 2023.

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ESKOM: Amazon is going to make its own electricity in SA, then run it across Eskom’s grid

  • Date: 13-12-20
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Business Insider

South Africa will soon be one of the countries where online behemoth Amazon generates its own electricity from "utility scale" solar and wind plants – and then it will use Eskom's power lines to get that power where it is needed.

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HYDROGEN: Hyundai fuel cells for rail, auto, air cargo

  • Date: 13-12-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Auto News

Sound out the name of Hyundai's latest venture —a brand it is calling HTWO ("H-2") — and it reveals the automaker's new solution to cut carbon emissions.

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