PGM News: 18/04/2018

BATTERIES: BMW plans different sized battery cells to preserve design of future models

BMW is working to make sure that fitting battery cells into future models does not force it to compromise on its design. To achieve this goal, BMW Group r&d boss Klaus Froehlich said that the battery cells the automaker will use in its future full-electric and plug-in hybrid sedans and coupes will not be as tall as the cells that it will use in its electrified SUVs. SUVs usually ride higher than sedans and coupes so they can better accommodate taller battery cells, Froehlich said.

Full story

Source: http://europe.autonews.com

*The promotion of any news article on our website does not constitute an endorsement, nor does the content necessarily represent our view.

PRODUCERS: Jubilee Metals executes processing agreement with Northam Platinum

The agreement involves Northam funding the refurbishment of its platinum recovery circuit, including an existing recovery plant, to which Jubilee will begin transporting platinum rich material for processing.

Full story

Source: http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk

*The promotion of any news article on our website does not constitute an endorsement, nor does the content necessarily represent our view.

AUTO SALES: Global light vehicle market up 2.4% in Q1

Analysis by LMC Automotive shows that the global light vehicle market grew 1.2% year-on-year in March and was up 2.4% in the first quarter (to almost 24.2m units).

Full story

Source: https://www.just-auto.com

*The promotion of any news article on our website does not constitute an endorsement, nor does the content necessarily represent our view.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Hainan becomes test case in campaign to ban gasoline-powered cars

The resort island of Hainan may become a key proving ground for China’s push to lead the world in electric-vehicle adoption. China aims to phase out sales of fossil-fuel vehicles in the province, and to accelerate the use of new-energy and energy-saving cars on the island, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing an official guideline on reforming the southern province.

Full story

Source: http://www.autonewschina.com

*The promotion of any news article on our website does not constitute an endorsement, nor does the content necessarily represent our view.

BATTERIES: Ultrathin palladium nanosheets for better batteries

Catalysts are used in over 90% of chemical reactions carried out by the chemical industry, and among the most important catalysts are so-called ‘noble metals’, such as platinum and palladium. These are particularly useful for making fuel cells and batteries.

Full story

Source: http://www.rsc.org

*The promotion of any news article on our website does not constitute an endorsement, nor does the content necessarily represent our view.

AUTO SALES: European Car Sales Weakest in Five Years

European car sales turned in their weakest performance in the first quarter since an industrywide contraction five years ago, as U.K. consumers’ apprehension over Brexit eroded demand in the region’s second-largest market.

Full story

Source: https://www.bloomberg.com

*The promotion of any news article on our website does not constitute an endorsement, nor does the content necessarily represent our view.

HYDROGEN: Anglo American Platinum, Shell invest in HyET for electrochemical hydrogen compression

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), alongside Shell Technology Ventures (STV), has taken a stakein High-Yield Energy Technologies (HyET) (earlier post), a Dutch company that has developed cost-effective electrochemical hydrogen compression (EHC) technology. HyET’s technology is a reliable substitute for mechanical hydrogen compression both in existing industrial applications and in hydrogen refueling stations (HRS).

Full story

Source: http://www.greencarcongress.com

*The promotion of any news article on our website does not constitute an endorsement, nor does the content necessarily represent our view.

FUEL TECHNOLOGY: Plastic Omnium prepares to shift from diesels toward hybrids, fuel cells

Plastic Omnium, a leading maker of systems that clean up emissions from diesel, is preparing for a future of sharply reduced demand for the powertrain, the company’s co-CEO, Jean-Michel Szczerba, says. Last year, the French supplier reported 390 million euros in sales for its selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, with six customers and a total of 19 programs. It was part of a successful year for Plastic Omnium, with sales up 15 percent to 8 billion euros, and operating margin reaching 9.5 percent. SCR is more expensive than lean nitrogen oxide traps (LNTs) but is considered more effective at reducing harmful NOx emissions from diesels, especially when the car is on the road. That is important because European Union emissions homologation is now partly calculated by the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test.

Full story

Source: http://europe.autonews.com

*The promotion of any news article on our website does not constitute an endorsement, nor does the content necessarily represent our view.