Another week of green car news awaits us! As with most weeks recently, Tesla have been in the news a fair bit!

  • Monday 8th April: Audi have continued releasing adverts for its E-Tron range (currently just a single EV on sale through it), with a reverse psychology type ‘EVs are not for you’ type video:
  • Monday 8th April: American sales data has been released by EV-Sales, with just a 5% rise (year on year) of electric plug-in cars - at 27,600 units sold for March 2019.

  • Monday 8th April: America’s ‘green car’ tax credit system allows companies to buy and sell ‘green credits’, which Fiat Chrysler are buying from Tesla reports GreenCarFuture.

  • Monday 8th April: Tesla have started showing off their Tesla Semi (truck) - an important future initiative for the company - on highways, and also using it to deliver Tesla cars to their customers:

  • Tuesday 9th April: Norway, Europe’s leader in electric cars, has another great set of EV sales figures from EV-Sales, with a 28% rise in March 2019 with 5,315 units sold, and the Tesla Model 3 leading the way.

  • Wednesday 10th April: InsideEVs have a scoop that the Hyundai Kona EV has had a $500 MSRP increase. This means the starting MSRP will now be $37,995.

  • Wednesday 10th April: Reuters have an exlusive saying that a bipartisan law aims to expand existing federal tax credits so that they only start getting phased out from 400,000 cars (up from 250,000) currently - which would be a big boost for GM and Tesla, if approved.

  • Thursday 11th April: Planned investment by Tesla and Panasonic in Gigafactory 1 has been “frozen”, according to InsideEVs.

  • Thursday 11th April: Lithium, the earth metal which recently has been mined in (some) countries with less-than-stellar human rights records, might be mined in America’s North Carolina - the first time since the 1980s, from GreenCarReports.

  • Thursday 11th April: Tesla have made further changes to their car lineups: the newly-announced $35,000 is now harder to buy, autopilot is mandatory on online-purchased cars (but ‘only’ with a $2,500 price increase, compared to $3,000+ for the previous option). The Model 3 can also now be leased, but not purchased (at the end of the lease) because these leased cars will be used in a future Tesla ride-hailing network. The leasing could have been a big boon for Tesla, but it is not too cheap. The long-range version of the Tesla 3 will cost $674 per month (for 3 years, at 10k miles per year) with a $3,000 deposit and $1,200 for delivery. Overall this is quite an interesting development, especially since the cheapest Model 3 is not available online (only via the phone or in-store: even though they are trying to close many of their stores..!) and it will now just be a software-limited version of the Standard Plus. This will clearly save Tesla money, but it remains to be seen if end customers will like these changes or not.

  • Friday 12th April: as mentioned last week, Chinese company Geely are expanding their lineup globally (according to EVSpecifications) - the first Chinese EV automaker who will be selling globally in a mass-market way. They hope to have 10 EVs to purchase in the next 6 years.