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LITHIUM: Lithium tipped for EU list of critical raw materials

  • Date: 08-04-20
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Euractiv

The soft, silvery-white alkali metal is expected to enter the EU list of critical raw materials later this year because of its strategic importance to the automotive industry, EURACTIV has learned.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: COVID-19 puts EV sales and CO2 fleet emission targets at risk

EVs typically cost more than an equivalent internal-combustion-engined (ICE) vehicle but their lower running costs reduce that price differential over time and, in the longer term, end up costing less overall than their ICE counterparts. However, the amount of time taken to make up that price differential depends on the cost of fuel.

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POLLUTION: Researchers suggests high level of air pollution in Northern Italy a co-factor in COVID-19 mortality rate

  • Date: 08-04-20
  • Category: POLLUTION
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Researchers from the University of Siena in Italy and Aarhus University in Denmark are suggesting that the high level of pollution in Northern Italy should be considered an additional co-factor of the high level of COVID-19 fatalities recorded in that area. An open-access paper on their work is published in the journal Environmental Pollution.

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COVID-19: Harvard study finds small increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 leads to a large increase in COVID-19 death rate

  • Date: 08-04-20
  • Category: COVID-19
  • Source: Green Car Congress

A new study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health concludes that a small increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 leads to a large increase in COVID-19 death rate, with the magnitude of increase 20 times that observed for PM2.5 and all-cause mortality.

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AUTO SALES: COVID-19 leads to a sharper decline in US Light Vehicle sales this March than in 2009

  • Date: 07-04-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: LMC Automotive

In the US market, demand is estimated to have plummeted by 38.6% year-on-year, with 982,953 units sold in the month. This marks the second-worst percentage on record, just behind the 41.4% plunge in February 2009, at the time of the financial crisis. (That said, the March 2020 volume was still higher than in almost every month of 2009). To put this into context, sales have fallen below the 1 million level in only 27 months since January 2000.

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PGM PROJECTS: Making the case for a Marathon palladium mine

  • Date: 07-04-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Northern Ontario Business

A final economic study will soon begin on the cost to build and operate an open-pit palladium mine and processing near the North shore of Lake Superior.

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FUEL CELLS: Fraunhofer leads fuel cell recycling project

  • Date: 07-04-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: H2-View

The ‘BreCycle’ project, comprising Fraunhofer, Proton Motor Fuel Cell, MAIREC Edelmetallgesellschaft, Electrocycling and KLEIN Anlagenbau, aims to develop a sustainable process for the processing of fuel cells, with which high-quality material fractions can be generated, especially from the electrode coating, and the polymer membrane can be separated.

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AUTO SALES: UK new car registrations fall -44.4% in March as coronavirus crisis hits market

  • Date: 06-04-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: SMMT

The UK new car market declined -44.4% in March, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). In the important plate change month 203,370 fewer cars were registered than in March 2019, as showrooms closed in line with government advice to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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