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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Beijing's uphill battle to boost EV sales

SHANGHAI -- While overall new-vehicle sales have rebounded three straight months, China’s electric vehicle market has contracted nonstop following a cut in subsidies in June 2019.

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AUTO SALES: COVID: Stakes are high for European automotive recovery, new facts and figures show

  • Date: 30-07-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 30 July 2020 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published its annual Pocket Guide that provides an overview of the EU auto industry, including the latest sector-specific data on employment, vehicle production and sales, road safety, R&D, the environment and trade flows.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Royal Bafokeng Platinum : Trading statement and production update for the six months ended 30 June 2020

RBPlat is in the process of finalising its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2020 ("the period"). Despite the BRPM and Styldrift operations delivering a strong performance, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a year-on-year decrease in 4E and platinum ounce production of 13.0% and 12.8% respectively. The managed shutdown and subsequent ramp up of our operations as a result of the national lockdown resulted in an effective loss of approximately 45 days of production.

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NORNICKEL: Nornickel to monitor permafrost conditions in real time

  • Date: 30-07-20
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Russian base and precious metals miner Nornickel is developing a system to monitor in real time the soil conditions and the stability of the foundations of its operations in permafrost, as the company moves to find solutions to prevent another environmental disaster in the Arctic.

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PGM PROJECTS: DNR receives mining proposal from Twin Metals Minnesota

  • Date: 30-07-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Ein Press Wire

The Department of Natural Resources has received a project proposal from Twin Metals Minnesota (TMM) for a new mining project in Lake County in northeastern Minnesota. TMM’s proposed project would involve construction of an underground mining operation, processing facility, and dry stack tailings facility. Per the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act, the TMM proposal requires preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS), with the DNR as the designated responsible governmental unit.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Peugeot boss urges radical steps to cut price of electric cars

Costs from offices, dealers and suppliers must come down to make battery-powered vehicles affordable, says Tavares Carlos Tavares says the gap between the cost of developing electric vehicles and selling them at a profit must be closed

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: European demand for electrified vehicles continues in June

Uncertainty continued to spread across the European new car market in June as, according to JATO Dynamics, 1.13m units were registered last month, a year on year drop of 24% compared to the 1.49m new cars registered in June 2019.

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RECYCLING: France cuts back scrapping incentives after 2 months

  • Date: 27-07-20
  • Category: RECYCLING
  • Source: Auto News

PARIS -- The French government is revising a program for trading in older, higher-emissions cars for cleaner ones, after financing the scrapping of 200,000 vehicles in two months to stimulate auto sales after coronavirus lockdowns.

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