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BATTERIES: Romania seeks battery-plant investment through its rare earths

  • Date: 18-06-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Automotive News Europe

BUCHAREST -- Romania is re-opening mines for rare earth minerals to lure investments in battery plants for electric cars, joining a Europe-wide initiative that aims for a bigger share of the global market.

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EMISSIONS: Madrid to suspend car restrictions in city center, EU issues warning

  • Date: 18-06-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) - Madrid’s new municipal government plans to suspend some anti-car emissions policies in the city center, drawing a warning from the European Commission that Spain might be sanctioned if it fails to meet air quality standards.

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CHINA: China announced 2019 subsidies for new energy vehicles

  • Date: 18-06-19
  • Category: CHINA
  • Source: ICCT

In late March, China announced the 2019 adjustment to its decade-long central subsidy program for new energy vehicles (NEVs). The program was introduced as the Ten Cities, Thousand Vehicles project in 2009, and is set to be phased out after 2020.

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ESKOM: Court orders Trillian to pay back R600m to Eskom

  • Date: 18-06-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Sowetan Live

The high court in Pretoria has ordered Gupta-linked consultancy Trillian to return almost R600m in fees to Eskom, which the court says appears to be the result of a corrupt relationship between Eskom officials and the directors of Trillian.

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AUTO SALES: The Story of a Smaller, but more Robust, Diesel Market Continued in May

  • Date: 17-06-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: LMC Auto

At the time of writing, there are several markets yet to report their May diesel car sales results, but we can confidently say that the region’s diesel market, from a share perspective, avoided further month‐on‐month falls.

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DIESEL: Mercedes-Benz OM 654q 4-cylinder diesel complies with Stage 2 RDE, certified to Euro 6d

  • Date: 17-06-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The Mercedes-Benz OM 654q four-cylinder diesel from the modern OM 654 engine family already complies with the Stage 2 RDE (Real Driving Emissions) standard which does not come into force until 2020, and is certified to Euro 6d.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla and NIO Fires in China Spur Electric-Car Safety Checkups

China is ordering carmakers to conduct checks on electric vehicles after cars made by Tesla Inc. and NIO Inc. caught on fire, spurring anxiety over the safety of battery-powered automobiles.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Geely's LEVC spins van off range extender London taxi

Geely-owned London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) - the latest name for Britain's main 'London Taxi' maker - has spun off a light van based on its latest TX electrified taxi.

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