Sep 18, 2017

U.K. plant reopens to make electric London black cabs

New London cabs must be zero-emissions capable. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)

An aluminum plant closed three years ago is reopening to service the manufacture of electric London black cabs, reflecting a nascent revival of industry in reaction to a new requirement that all new taxis in the British capital be capable of zero-emissions driving as of this coming January, per Reuters. The new law requires either hybrid or electric cabs.

Why it matters: The move is not yet a story of gigantic reemployment — the move will create just 130 jobs at a Sapa plant in the Welsh town of Bedwas. But the London Electric Vehicle Company, which is owned by China's Geely and makes the cabs, plans to manufacture about 10,000 of them for sale in the U.K. and abroad, another data point in an early electric car trend.

  • It is good news on top of a revival in metals prices.
  • In 2014, aluminum prices crashed because of a surplus, and plants closed across the U.K. and elsewhere.
  • But aluminum prices are up 24% this year because of a rise in Chinese demand, and a cut in supply.

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Wisconsin governor issues order to delay in-person primary voting until June

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) issued an executive order Monday delaying in-person voting for the state's primary election — currently scheduled for Tuesday — until June 9.

Why it matters: Wisconsin was slated to be the only state to vote on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite having a stay-at-home order in place.

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