In a week which seemed quite full of Tesla news, possibly to deflect from poor Q1 earnings (see Thursday 25th’s update for that):

  • Monday 22nd April: The BBC report that Tesla have sent an “investigation” squad to China after social media videos show a Tesla Model S going up in flames, seemingly for no reason.

  • Monday 22nd April: Hyundai have developed a smartphone app that pairs with an EV and allows several performance adjustments to be made, including to the motor’s torque and maximum speed limit, reports Green Car Congress.

  • Monday 22nd April: Tesla have hyped up their self-driving technology in a 4 hour long presentation which was live-streamed on YouTube (and is embedded below) as part of their ‘Tesla Autonomy Day’:

  • Monday 22nd April: Porsche are looking at buy carbon offset credits for cars in certain areas/programs under their Porsche Impact program, designed to make the net effect of their cars no longer harmful to their environment, reports Autoblog.

  • Tuesday 23rd April: The Boston Consulting Group have said in new research that the rise of EVs (and hence demand for EVSE charging) will create lots of opportunity for electric utility companies who focus more on EV charging and power supply.

  • Wednesday 24th April:The Tesla blog reports that a new drivetrain design has enabled the Model S and X cars to go further than before with EPA-rated ranges of 370 miles (595 km) and 325 miles (523 km) - on the same 100 kW battery pack.

  • Wednesday 24th April: Ford have joined Amazon in backing EV-truck maker Rivian with a $500 million investment, as reported by Reuters.

  • Wednesday 24th April: Analysis firm McKinsey point out that EVs are currently costing around $12,000 more per car (to produce/sell) than conventional combustion engine cars, as AutoBlog explores.

  • Wednesday 24th April: Bad news from Tesla is that their Q1 earnings report shows an unexpected $702 million loss along with a 37% revenue decrease, leading to renewed focus on how sustainable the company’s cash flow is in the short term, as CNN reports.

  • Thursday 25th April: Chinese plug-in car sales for March 2019 have been released by EV Sales, with a massive 110,000 units sold marking an 86% improvement over March 2018.

  • Thursday 25th April: Green Car Reports mention that the luxury all-electric Jaguar i-pace (not to be confused with the fossil-fuel powered e-pace!) is not selling well in America, with just 608 units sold in 2019 so far - only a couple hunded per month.

  • Friday 26th April: Bentley only seem to be dipping their toes into the EV-only waters, with plans to expand out with hybrid and PHEV models instead of pure-EVs, as per Green Car Reports’ recent article.

  • Saturday 27th April: News from German news site Elektroauto mentions that 150,000 BMW i3s have been produced since their launch six years ago. Whilst this lags far behind the Nissan Leaf or Tesla, it is still a good level of sales for a more niche EV.