In a week where Norway continued their robust EV sales record which could lead to gasoline-based cars practically disappearing from their sales, President Trump said that GM’s move to electric cars will fail!

  • Monday 10th December: Tesla’s Elon Musk has said that their autopilot functionality will soon expand out further, to the point where traffic lights, roundabouts and stop signs will be adhered to. When added to the current autopilot capabilities, this would mean that a Tesla would pretty much be able to take you from your house to your destination with no user input:
  • Monday 10th December: Electrify America has installed two 350 kWh rapid charging units at a mall in San Francisco, along with eight 150 kWh fast charging units. The 350 kWh units (delivered via CHAdeMO plugs could charge an EV from 0% to 80% in just 20 minutes. No cars on the market can currently charge at these levels, but the Porsche Taycan (due out in Q3/Q4 2019) will be able to - as will some future cars from Audi.

  • Tuesday 11th December: The Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell car, due out in 2019 exclusively to California, has been priced at $59,345 for the “Blue” trim or $62,845 for the “Limited” trim. This makes it slightly more than the Toyota Mirai, the only other hydrogen car which is available in sufficient quantity currently. The Nexo will qualify for California’s California Clean Vehicle Rebate of $5,000 and can be fuelled up at California’s 35+ public hydrogen fuelling stations.

Advertiser picture of Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell car

  • Tuesday 11th December: The Porsche Taycan, the luxury all-electric car which is aiming to compete with Tesla, has already received enough pre-orders to be a sell-out at Porsche’s planned 2019 production levels. Hence Oliver Blume, Porsche CEO, has said that they may increase production from 20,000 to 30,000 units in 2019.

  • Tuesday 11th December: Daimler, the company behind Mercedes-Benz and Smart, have unveiled plans to spend €20 billion euros ($23 billion) in battery cells and packs from now until 2030. This was to meet existing and future demand for electric cars, according to a board statement: “With extensive orders for battery cells until the year 2030, we set another important milestone for the electrification of our future electric vehicles,”. Daimler are also working on reducing the level of manganese and cobalt (rare earth metals) in their batteries, which should improve the eco-friendly credentials of their batteries (as well as bring down the cost): from 10% each to 5% each.

  • Thursday 13th December: Hyundai, who are backing hydrogen with their Nexo (mentioned earlier), have said that they’re expanding out their hydrogen fuel cell plans - and are aiming to produce 700,000 fuel-cell systems by 2030, with almost 30% earmarked for non-car uses. This is because they believe fuel-cells will have a big use in the post-gasoline energy sector. They’re backing their plans with a $6.8 billion investment which should create 51,000 new jobs.

  • Thursday 13th December: in an interview with Fox News, President Trump said that GM’s move to an all-electric (reported here a fortnight ago) line-up is a “big mistake” and that “all-electric is not going to work”:

  • Friday 14th December: the market share of electric cars (PHEV + EVs) hit 57% in Norway according to their official November 2018 sales data. Over 7,000 electric cars were sold in Norway, and none of the top 10 models sold in Norway were pure-gasoline cars! On current trends, Norway could hit a 70% PHEV+EV market share by the end of 2019.

  • Saturday 15th December: the hotly awaited 2019 Hyundai Kona EV has had its price information released in America. The 64 kWh version will have a base price of $37,495, meaning an actual price of $29,995 including the $7,500 federal tax credit. This car is in high demand and production probably won’t keep up at first, meaning it’ll be a little tricky to get one in most American states.