• Reviews for the 2019 Hyundai Kona plug-in electric are starting to show up online. This is a hotly awaited car and hence we’re keeping a close eye on the reviews of this car; we’ll look to do a compilation reviews and a run-down of the car shortly.
  • Mercedes-Benz have announced plans for a much longer range hybrid than normal with their GLE plug-in hybrid, which should have up to a 62-mile (100 km) electric range. Some hybrids from Mercedez-Benz have just a 10-mile electric range, so this is a big increase. The GLE is mooted to be launched in the second half of next year.
  • Porsche are ramping up their plans for electric cars. Their electric saloon/sedan - the Taycan - will launch next year, and Porsche are hoping this will spear-head a move to having 50% of their sales from electric cars by 2025. Their CFO (Lutz Meschke) said “There is no final decision yet, but you can expect that this will be the case because we need a large-volume model that is fully electric. This idea will then progress further with the next generations of the Panamera and Cayenne model lines, … the direction for the large four-door models will be toward full electrification.”
  • The Hyundai Nexo fuel-cell, the hydrogen car replacement for their Tucson Fuel Cell, will launch in 2019 in California (which has the highest percentage of hydrogen re-fuelling stations currently). Hyundai dealers in Van Nuys and Tustin should have it at some point in 2019, with one in San Jose accepting pre-orders in “early 2019”.
  • Similarly, the luxury UK manufacturer Jaguar are also eyeing a move to becoming an EV-only brand sooner than people might think. Their product planners have reportedly drawn up plans to switch to an entirely electric lineup within a decade, which are not approved but are at a “fairly advanced” stage.
  • In the UK, the small, somewhat niche Morgan EV3 car has been shelved after supply issues with the electric powertrain, reports Autocar. This two-seater, three-wheel all-electric car had a small group of followers but it unfortunately has been scrapped completely. In good news, though, Morgan are committed to rolling out a fully electric line-up, with their MD (Steve Morris) saying that they’re “absolutely committed to an electric future”.
  • No concrete news yet from Tesla as to who their new chairman will be (no doubt we all remember Elon Musk beyond forced to step down from being chairman via the SEC settlemtn). James Murdoch - son of media giant Rupert Murdoch - seems to be front-runner, though.