• Monday 5th November: The UK seen a surge in PHEV and EV cars purchased in October, with 19% more PHEV sales and 87% more all-electric sales. This is thought to be driven by the UK Government ending PHEV subsidies completely, and reducing the EV ones by a third. Time will tell in 3.5 week’s time (when the November figures are released) if this was indeed just a temporary boost or not.

  • Tuesday 6th November: The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid 7-seater minivan has been recalled due to an issue affecting 10,021 of these vehicles produced between August 16th 2016 and August 7th 2018. The issue is when switching from pure-electric to combustion-engine driving mode, there’s a chance of stalling or even fire due to unburnt gasoline build-up.

  • Wednesday 7th November: BMW, the high-end German carmarker, is extending its ‘cost cutting’ programme after a 27% drop in Q3 2018 profit. Part of this drop was higher than average R&D spending on electric and self-driving cars, as part of their 2020-onwards plan to have more electric cars in their line-up. BMW have said that they don’t expect a quick up-tick in profit, as their important 3-Series car has just started being produced for release next year.

  • Thursday 8th November: Robyn Denholm has been appointed as the new Tesla board Chairwoman, replacing Elon Musk as Chairman after he was forced to step down as part of the SEC settlement. Robyn Denholm is an Australian with a range of experience, serving as national finance manager at Toyota, on the board at Silicon Valley fast charger company ABB, and she also serves as the CFO at Australia’s Telstra telecoms company.

  • Thursday 8th November: Volkswagen, the Germany car manufacturer, has said that its new range of plug-in electric cars (launching in late 2019) will have a base price of just €18,000 ($21,000). This is cheaper than industry experts had expected, and would place it at a similar price to the gasoline-powered Volkswagen Golf, and much cheaper than the Nissan Leaf.


  • Friday 9th November: Data compiled for the UK’s BBC News has shown that “tens of thousands” of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) that were purchased with the UK Government’s PHEV subsidies have never been charged or used for electric-only driving. This has resulted in MPG as low as 40, when it could have been as high as 130 MPG. This is thought to be part of the reason why the UK Government scrapped the hybrid subsidies completely last month.

  • Friday 9th November: After changing their self-driving technology choices a few times recently, Tesla seem to have settled on their ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ choice as the (single) way forward. They have done an over-the-air software rollout for all hardware-compatible Teslas, which enable this feature as a fortnight-long trial for all drivers. Drivers will be offered the chance to buy this for the ‘sale price’ of $5,500, before it goes up to $7,000.

  • Saturday 10th November: Toyota have teased their 2019 Prius model (shown above to the right) in a Tweet, saying “Fall is here, winter’s near, but the 2019 Prius performs on roads whether snowy or clear.”. More details are expected in the LA Auto Show later this month, but it is expected to be an all-wheel drive with a refreshed look and feel.

  • Saturday 10th November: Political disagreement about the future of clean air subsidies for cars in America (last reported here a fortnight ago) has intensified, with Trump looking to scrap California and other states from having their own fuel efficiency rules and wind down existing measures after 2020. Various car manufacturers including GM, Toyota and Volkswagen are looking for “achievable future standards that continue to advance environmental and energy goals while recognizing marketplace realities.” to instead be implemented.