We hope that you all had a good Christmas! In green car news this week:

  • Monday 24th December: Kaspersky, the security and anti-virus firm, have unveiled research saying that the Chargepoint smart home chargers have various security flaws, particularly in their wi-fi and bluetooth capabilities. However Chargepoint have reacted quickly to the security flaws, already fixing many of them and saying that “Our goal is to ensure that ChargePoint Home remains one of the most reliable and secure home chargers on the market”.

  • Wednesday 26th December: European electric car sales have continued to grow strongly in November 2018, with 31% growth compared to November 2017. Looking beyond the headline statistics, however, PHEV sales have fallen a fair amount - with BEV sales rising quite a lot. Unlike in previous years, just one of the top five models is a PHEV (the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV) - the rest (Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and the VW eGolf) are all EVs.

Promotional image of the Porsche Taycan being charged up

  • Thursday 27th December: Pricing of the Porsche Taycan electric sports car has started to be released. The basic Taycan model will be in the “low $90,000” range, with the Taycan 4s model being in the “high $90,000” range. Finally, the Taycan Turbo will be “over $130,000”. The sign-up page takes a $2,500 deposit for this Porsche range, which is due out towards the end of 2019.

  • Thursday 27th December: The American state of Massachusetts have scrapped their rebate programme for hybrid cars, and also slashed the electric car rebate from $2,500 to $1,500 - a cut of 40%. The MOR-EV is being rolled back to meet the ever-growing demand for electric cars, and thus to ensure that the programme can be offered into the future. Judith Judson, commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources, said: “We have had increasing demand, very high demand, for these rebates, … In order to sustain the program and continue to provide rebates at that high a demand level, we are making changes … and targeting those vehicles that provide the greatest emission reduction.”. Electric cars worth more than $50,000 will also be exempt from the MOR-EV, meaning cars like the Tesla Model X/S and upcoming Audi e-tron and Porche Taycan will no longer qualify for the $2,500/$1,500 rebate.

  • Thursday 27th December: Gasoline (petrol) and diesel sales have fallen by 30% in Western Oslo, Norway. Norway has great EV adoption, with every other car sold there being electric. So it’s no surprise that this has started reducing the demand for oil-based fuel in Norway’s capital city of Oslo.

  • Friday 28th December: Worldwide sales data seen 237,000 green cars registered in November 2018 - up 73% compared to November 2017. The Tesla model 3 was the best selling car Worldwide, with 19,255 sales in November 2018 (120,836 in 2018 so far). The Japanese Nissan Leaf sold 8,276 in November (82,676 in 2018), whilst the Chinese BAIC EC-Series car sold 14,205 in November (82,230 in 2018).

  • Saturday 29th December: Tesla have named their two new independent board members, which was required as part of Elon Musk’s settlement with the SEC. Oracle (IT software company) founder Larry Ellison and Walgreens head of HR Kathleen Wilson-Thompson have joined the board as of December 27th. Larry purchased 3 million shares (worth $1 billion on current share prices) earlier this year. In their blog post announcement, Tesla’s board of directors introduced the pair saying “In conducting a widespread search over the last few months, we sought to add independent directors with skills that would complement the current board’s experience. In Larry and Kathleen, we have added a preeminent entrepreneur and a human resources leader, both of whom have a passion for sustainable energy”. With Robyn Denholm being appointed as Chairwoman and Larry and Kathleen being appointed as independent board members, the settlement terms with the SEC are effectively met.