In a relatively slow week for green car/energy news:

  • Monday 19th November: Chinese EV sales have continued their strong rise, at 120,000 registrations in October - up from 104,900 in September. This is up 85% year-on-year and 2018 sales in China alone could reach 1 million.

  • Tuesday 20th November: Elon Musk tweeted further information about the supercharger network, saying that Tesla are aiming to increase the number of supercharges by almost 100%, and that the third generation of their supercharges will be out sometime in 2019.

  • Tuesday 20th November: Reviews of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid started to hit the internet, giving the 39 MPG crossover SUV good marks overall. It’ll start at $28,745 for the basic version, and it will arrive in Spring 2019.

  • Wednesday 21st November: Colorado’s AQCC have also signed up to California’s vehicle emissions rules, to lower greenhouse gas emissions and hopefully boost the fairly small level of EV sales in 2017 (just 0.93%). Such a move is expected to also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 million tons in the next decade.

  • Friday 23rd November: President Trump is reportedly looking to promote fossil fuels at next month’s international climate talks, with a source saying that protecting “US interests is paramount” and “the U.S. is the only party to the convention that appears to be willing to push a rational discussion on the role of cleaner, more efficient fossil (fuels)”. This would naturally mark a blow for the push by American green car enthusiasts and manufacturers to move away from fossil fuels, towards subsidies for greener energy sources.

  • Friday 23rd November: A short but potentially significant news report from China has said that a $144 million project on solid-state batteries has yielded positive results and such batteries are now being actively produced. Energy density of such batteries is much higher than lithium-ion ones, and thus battery capacity could be higher.

  • Saturday 24th November: The hotly awaited Hyundai Kona electric is to be produced in higher levels than before. This crossover SUV only had 2,120 units produced in June 2018, but this increased to 4,600 in October 2018 and may increase further. A yield of 50,000 units per year would be a big increase on current levels, and should help to satisy pent-up demand for a cost-effective BEV in the ‘mini SUV’ market.