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AUTO SALES: New car sales fall again in October, say manufacturers

Sales of new cars in the UK recovered slightly in October, although they were still down on a year previously.

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AUTO SALES: U.S. sales edge up; SAAR hits highest level of year

  • Date: 01-11-18
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Automotive News

U.S. light-vehicle sales, behind strong light-truck demand and elevated incentives, edged up 0.4 percent in October, signaling the second-half slowdown that began in July is moderating.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Could PHEVs become the white elephant of the EV world?

On the face of it, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) seem like an ideal stepping stone on the roadmap to sustainable mobility. They offer the ability to be zero-emission when desired (as long as their batteries have sufficient charge), while mitigating the range anxiety associated with pure electric vehicles (EVs).

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FUEL CELLS: Navy researchers develop non-proprietary method for PEM fuel cells with high power, high current densities and low platinum loadings

  • Date: 01-11-18
  • Source: Green Car Congress

A team from the US Naval Research Laboratory has developed a non-proprietary method for preparing laboratory-scale proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) that have high power and high current densities despite their low platinum loadings.

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AUTONOMY: Ford & Baidu collaborate to develop self-driving cars: Level 4 autonomy tests to begin by year-end

  • Date: 01-11-18
  • Category: AUTONOMY
  • Source: Financial Express

Besides collaborating with Ford Motor Company, Baidu also made an announcement about joining forces with Volvo Cars to develop 'robotaxis' in China. The two aim to manufacturer Level 4 robotaxis in China after 2020.

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FUEL CELLS: Toyota and Pizza Hut partner to develop H2-fuel cell powered mobile pizza factory

  • Date: 31-10-18
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Gas World

Pizza Hut has joined forces with Toyota to develop one-of-a-kind, hydrogen (H2) fuel-cell powered, mobile pizza factory with the ability to deliver oven-hot pizza wherever it goes. 

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PGM SUPPLY: Implats opens talks with “parties” for sale of Rustenburg shaft earmarked for closure

  • Date: 31-10-18
  • Category: PGM SUPPLY
  • Source: https://www.miningmx.com

IMPALA Platinum (Implats) had “engaged” with parties interested in buying a shaft at the firm’s Rustenburg operations part of which has been identified for closure. Commenting in its first quarter report, which got the 2019 financial year off to a robust start, the company also said it had also begun the process of restructuring the Rustenburg shafts with the issue of a Section 189 restructuring process for 1,500 employees.

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CHINA: China factory growth weakest in over two years, slump in export orders deepens

  • Date: 31-10-18
  • Category: CHINA
  • Source: Reuters UK

China’s manufacturing sector in October expanded at its weakest pace in over two years, hurt by slowing domestic and external demand, in a sign of deepening cracks in the economy from an intensifying trade war with the United States.

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