• Monday 22nd October: The UK’s lower green-car grants and subsidies - reported here a couple of weeks ago - have now kicked into effect. Grants for higher emission vehicles (such as hybrids) are scrapped completed, and grants for very low emission (electric/hydrogen) vehicles is now cut to £3,500 off (from £4,500 off).

  • Tuesday 23rd October: Researches at North Carolina State University have announced a new 50 kWh electric car charger which is 1/16th of the size, costs up to half current prices, and is 97.6% efficient (compared to 94% efficient for current chargers). It is still a prototype, but this development would lead to more charging stations (due to the lower cost and size), and less time for drivers at each charging station. Hence developments like this are very exciting as a boost for EVs.

  • Wednesday 24th October: Dyson - the UK luxury vacuum manufacturer who are working on an electric car for 2020/2021 - have said that they are building their new electric car factory in Singapore. This is to position itself strategically with the high-growth Asian countries, and for supply chain reasons. Their first car will only be produce in small (< 10,000) numbers, but it will be built from the ground-up and James Dyson aims to be a key player in the market in the 2020s.

  • Thursday 25th October: General Motors have confirmed that their current green car tax breaks will expire around April 2019 time, due to the way that tax credits work for EVs built and sold (as explained further in our compliance car article). In other words, after GM ship their 200,000th green car, their tax breaks will expire and prices of their cars will start to go up. GM naturally want this tax break extended, saying “We feel the tax credit should be modified so all customers continue to receive the full benefit”.

  • Thursday 25th October: as covered last week, Tesla had unveiled a mid-range $45,000 Model 3 model. They have already made changes, however! They have now raised the price to $46,000, explaining that they have “made a slight adjustment to our pricing for Model 3 following the introduction of the Mid Range Battery last week,”. Anyone who ordered the car in the six day window before the price rise will still pay $45,000, however. This change only applies to new orders from the 24th onwards.

  • Friday 26th October: Volvo - the Chinese-owned, Sweden-based car company - have invested in Freewire Technologies, a car charging network company. Freewire had previously received investment from BP, the UK-based oil company. Volvo’s aim is to make it a lot easier for their UK and Europe based customers to charge their cars, by expanding the available charging network. Volvo’s Chief Digital Officer (Atif Rafiq) said “With this move, we aim to make the future of sustainable, electric cars more practical and convenient.”.

  • Saturday 27th October: following on from above, GM have announced that they’re ramping up political pressure on Trump’s Government to extend the green car tax breaks nationally (instead of mainly being in California, and a handful of other states). This is naturally related to GM announcing that their existing tax breaks will expire in less than half a year without Government changes. GM are calling for discussions between them and various arms of the Government, to agree a “much-needed” solution to the current piecemeal policies by individual states.

  • Saturday 27th October: Tesla have now rolled out their ‘Navigate on Autopilot’ feature via over-the-air updates, to customers who have previously purchased the Enhanced Autopilot features. This new set of active guidance features will allow Tesla cars to better follow the road and its curves, make lane changes, and take off-ramps/highway interchanges.