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SOUTH AFRICA: Eskom crisis: Arrests over $50m South Africa power station 'fraud'

Two former managers at Eskom, South Africa's ailing power firm, have been arrested for alleged corruption and fraud worth 745m rand ($51m; £39m).

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PGM PROJECTS: Antofagasta’s Twin Metals seeks Minnesota mine approval

  • Date: 19-12-19
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Seeking Alpha

Twin Metals Minnesota ("TMM"), which is owned by Antofagasta (OTC:ANFGF), submitted its project proposal for a $1.7B copper, nickel and platinum mine for approval; to date, TMM has invested over $450M

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FUEL CELLS: Ballard-powered fuel-cell tram-buses from Van Hool now in revenue service in France

  • Date: 18-12-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Ballard Power Systems announced that 8 ExquiCity tram-buses built by Van Hool NV and powered by 8 Ballard FCveloCity-HD 100-kilowatt fuel cell modules have been inaugurated at a ceremony in Pau, France and are now in revenue service in Pau’s Bus Rapid Transit System.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: VW Group strategist maps out automaker's engine-less future

Volkswagen Group's product strategy head, Michael Jost, is the architect and visionary behind the automaker's unprecedented rollout of electric vehicles. One of his biggest accomplishments was convincing German trade unionists in Emden, the longtime production home of the Passat midsize car, to agree to a risky transformation that will make it the third VW plant in Germany to switch entirely to making members of the brand's ID family. Jost spoke about this and more with Automotive News Europe Co

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COBALT: Tesla among companies sued for complicity over child labor in Congo

  • Date: 18-12-19
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Auto News

NEW YORK -- Five of the world's largest tech companies, including electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc., have been accused of being complicit in the death of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo forced to mine cobalt, a metal used to make telephones and computers, in a landmark lawsuit.

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EMISSIONS: Citroen CEO explains PSA's CO2-slashing strategy and expansion plan

  • Date: 18-12-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto News

Last year, Linda Jackson took on the leadership of PSA Group's low-emissions vehicle business unit. That means in addition to her duties as CEO of the Citroen brand she is tasked with making sure the company is compliant with stricter emissions regulations. Jackson explained how electrification will help the group meet those targets in an interview with Automotive News Europe Associate Publisher and Editor Luca Ciferri and Correspondent Peter Sigal.

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AUTO NEWS: Fiat Chrysler, PSA agree to binding merger deal

  • Date: 18-12-19
  • Category: AUTO NEWS
  • Source: Auto News

PARIS/MILAN -- Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot maker PSA Group have signed a binding merger agreement in a $50 billion deal that will pave the way to the creation of the world's fourth-largest automaker.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Can European carmakers accelerate electric transition?

When Blas Arambilet tried to buy an electric car in April, something strange happened. Months after ordering a white Kia e-Niro from his local Barcelona showroom, he received a call from the dealership. Kia could not deliver the car this year, a salesman explained, because the company needed to book the sale in 2020 to help meet tough new targets for CO2 emissions.

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