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    Official: Japan-market Nissan Leaf uses smaller amounts of rare earth metals [w/video]
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    We're not sure what "grain boundary diffusion" means, but it has something to do with the Nissan Leaf all-electric vehicle substantially cutting its use of rare-earth minerals in its electric motor, so we're all for it. The Japanese automaker says that, starting in November, it began building ...

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    Official: Idaho, Montana may provide U.S. supply of rare earth metals
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    Big Sky, bigger news. Idaho and Montana could provide an additional supply for the rare earth metals that are required for electric-vehicle motors, mineral exploration company U.S. Rare Earths Inc. said. Some rock samples yielded rare earth percentages of as high as 26 percent in Idaho's North ...

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    Honda will recycle rare earth metals from old hybrid batteries
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    The supply of rare earth metals used in the manufacture of nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries and permanent magnet motors that are found in most hybrids has been somewhat uncertain the past few years, what with China's lock on the supply and its recent policy of limiting exports. While there ...

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    Report: President Obama speaks out against China's lock on rare earth metals
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    It's not a secret that China has a near stranglehold on the world's supply of rare earth metals, but when President Obama spoke out against that country's control of the market today, the information probably spiked a bit on people's "is that true?" meters. Speaking at the White House but with ...

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    Report: Toyota works on electric-drive powertrains that don't need rare earth metals
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    Toyota is working on a method of making electric-drive powertrains without using magnets that require pricey rare-earth metals such as neodymium and dysprosium, and may start integrating that process into vehicle production within two years, Reuters reported, citing Japan's Kyodo News. The ...

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    Report: China's leading rare earth firm to halt operations for 1 month
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    China's number one rare earth firm announced on Tuesday that it would suspend all operations immediately, according to Nikkei. The Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-Earth Hi-Tech shutdown is reportedly a direct action aimed at countering falling rare earth prices Inner Mongolia Baotou, which ...

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    Report: Gold Rush Alaska: the rare earth boom version
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    A mining project on a mountain ridge on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island may unlock a motherlode of rare earth resources, which are important components of many of today's electric drive vehicles. Between the Bokan Mountain deposit, owned by Canada's Ucore Rare Metals, and the nearby city of ...

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    UK consortium to develop rare earth-free electric-drive system
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    A group of specialist engineering technology firms is set to embark on the development of next-generation electric-drive systems that do not require rare earth metals. UK-based Sevcon will lead the collaborative project that includes Cummins Generator Technologies and Newcastle University's Power ...

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    Report: Three rare earth mines in China to halt extraction by year's end
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    Government officials in China have reportedly ordered three rare earth mines to halt extraction by year's end. According to Xinhua, Jiangxi, a province in southern China, has reportedly issued a notice to three of its eight major rare earth-producing counties ordering the halt, says Li Guoqing, ...

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    Report: Japan says Pacific Ocean holds vast amounts of rare earth metals
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    It's been reported that soaring demand for rare earth metals will likely drive prices way up. This concept of demand = increased prices is supported by numerous individuals and firms. First, there's the report from Metal-Pages, which indicates that the price of neodymium, an element used in ...

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    Need rare earth metals? Switched-reluctance motors don't
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    Most hybrid and electric vehicles rely on rare earth metals. There'd be nothing wrong with that if China didn't supply in excess of 90 percent of the world's rare earth metals. Why is this a problem? Because China's recent decision to slash export quotas on rare earth metals has caused a surge in ...

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    Report: Japan to invest $514M to slash use of Chinese rare earth metals
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    In early January, China announced that it would slash its rare earth export quotas by 11 percent in 2011. The move caused prices to soar and has led Japanese officials to try and find ways to make this not matter very much. Effective immediately, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and ...

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    China mulling full-year quotas on rare earth exports
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    China's commerce ministry, along with other government agencies, is reportedly considering full-year export quotas on rare earth metals. While the ministry pledges to set quotas in accordance with World Trade Organization rules, abiding by those guidelines still provides China with significant ...

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    Toyota developing electric motor that eliminates the need for rare earth metals
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    Toyota Prius C Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Earlier this month, we reported that China is expected to slash its first batch of rare earth exports by 11 percent for 2011, setting the limit at 14,446 tons. Automakers are concerned that a shortage in vital rare earths used ...

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    Report: China to cut rare earth export quotas by 11% in 2011
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    2010 Toyota Prius - Click above for high-res image gallery
    China is expected to announce the formation of a rare earth industry group in May 2011. This organization will reportedly be tasked with guiding the nation's domestic rare earth industry and handling price negotiations with foreign buyers ...

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    REPORT: Toyota braces for rare earth metal shortage
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    2010 Toyota Prius - Click above for high-res image gallery
    As we once again learned last week with the news that China was considering an effort to limit the amount of rare earth metals that are exported outside its own borders, there's a finite supply of available resources on our planet. Could ...

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    REPORT: China pondering hoarding precious metal exports used in hybrids and EVs by banning exportation
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    Ever hear of neodymium? How about dysprosium or yttrium? Thulium or lutetium? These are just some of the metals that China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is considering either banning for export or at least severely limiting the amount that it will let leave the country. These ...

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