"Perth-based battery metals developer Neometals is progressing its plans to become a fully integrated supplier of downstream lithium products as well as a recycler of used lithium-ion batteries. It aims to finalise engineering design for its proposed 10,000 t/yr lithium hydroxide plant at Kalgoorlie, as well as advance offtake negotiations and gain necessary development approvals, in 2019."
"Indonesian President Joko Widodo is meeting his ministers on Monday to finalise the regulations which will encourage sales of electric cars as well as the development of a domestic industry for such vehicles. Officials from Hyundai are due to arrive in the country at the end of the month (Jan) to discuss investment plans for a green vehicle project."
"@ProfRayWills: China > 400,000 electric buses, ~50% bus fleet electrified. Chile has more electric buses than any nation besides China - Santiago fleet to go 100% electric. Colombia also going electric. And California commits to 100% electric bus fleet - that's >14k buses (~120 buses in 1st pic)."
"For a decade, the Chinese government has coaxed buyers and manufacturers into the electric vehicle market through subsidies and other incentives. The numbers suggest the strategy worked: the International Energy Agency says China buys more than half of the world's new electric cars. Now, the government is set to push the burden onto manufacturers, through a new "cap and trade" system and rules that make it harder to set up a factory to make combustion-engine cars."
"@sdmoores: I actually think 2019 could be the year we go below $100/kWh from one lithium ion battery producer. Lower lithium and cobalt prices will help this, but manufacturing scale and improvements will drive it."
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