• Tuesday 30th October: GM’s Chevrolet have unveiled the eCOPO Concept car, an all-electric version of their COPO Camaro drag racing car. This high performance car will feature a high voltage 800v battery pack, more than double the Chevy Bolt and Volt. This should allow fast charging in as little as 10-15 minutes, and the eCOPO has 700 horsepower. This ties in with GM’s announcement in September that they’re working on “extreme fast charging” station tech.

  • Wednesday 31st October: Waymo, Google’s sister company, have become the first Californian company to receive a permit for driverless vehicle tests on the roads of California, according to the DMV. Waymo will be allowed to use around 35 test vehicles without backup drivers, drive day and night on all roads (city streets, rural and highways) - up to 65 miles per hour.Testing will begin by driving Waymo employees around California, before being expanded to allow “_ members of the public to experience this technology, as we’ve done in Arizona with our early rider program._”.

  • Wednesday 31st October: GM’s Q3 2018 earnings call reported income of $2.5 billion, and the GM Q3 investor report mentioned that the Baojun E200 and Buick VELITE 6 (electric vehicles) are the first (of many) EVs to be launched in China as part of GM’s green car plans in Asia. They also announced plans to increase the Bolt EV’s production by 20% to “meet growing demand”.

  • Thursday 1st November: Jaguar Land Rover, the luxury car unit of India’s Tata Motors, have announced a turnaround plan after sales slump 13%. Part of this plan includes EVs and hybrids in their line-up by 2020. The Jaguar I-Pace and Range Rover Defender will offer hybrid or fully-electric versions by 2020.

  • Thursday 1st November: Hyundai and Kia, the Korean car manufacturers (who are ‘linked’ in that Hyundai are a major shareholder in Kia) have shown off solar panel roofing tech for cars that can be used to boost car efficiency, no matter the fuelling type. This will be rolled out in phases, with the ‘first generation’ solar roof appearing on select models (such as the Hyudnai Ioniq) in 2019. The second gen roof can also be used to power combustion engine vehicles, and the third-gen will use solar cells to enhance the range of electric vehicles.

  • Friday 2nd November: Tesla are being investigated by the SEC with respect to the Model 3’s production numbers. This is based on a subpoena issued by the SEC against Tesla. The exact reason for this investigation is not fully known, although it is thought to be based on the SEC checking if Tesla misled the public about the Model 3’s availability. Tesla have accepted very large numbers of Model 3 reservations, but have struggled to produce anywhere near enough vehicles to satisfy this demand (apart from the past few months where Tesla’s production has thankfully ramped up successfully), and it is this that the SEC is thought to be investigating.