In a busy week for EV developments:

  • Monday 6th May: Green Car Reports reports on EVgo’s plans to put EVSE car chargers alongside curbs, similar to how parking metres are often along a curb. Their new 50-150kW chargers can provide 150 miles (241 km) of range in under 30 minutes.

  • Monday 6th May: The EPA have confirmed the official ranges for the Tesla revamped line-up cars, with the Model 3 Standard Range Plus having a 240 mile (386 km) range, and the Tesla Model S Long Range having a massive 370 mile (595 km) range, as Green Car Reports covers.

  • Monday 6th May: Autoblog look at the Mercedes EQC which is an all-electric SUV rolling off the production line in Germany, heading for Europe this year for around a $79,793 price. The starting price should be similar in America, albeit the EQC will launch next year.

  • Tuesday 7th May: Green Car Reports report on Electrify America’s updated pricing plans and mobile app, with tiered pricing according to the charging rates (with 125 kW charging rates naturally having the highest price). EA are aiming to reduce the standard per-minute charging prices from 30-35 cents per minute, down to 24-28 cents.

  • Wednesday 8th May: Autoblog explore the VW ID Hatchback, called the ID.3 - with ID.[number] being VW’s naming convention for their EV range.

  • Wednesday 8th May: GM are looking to sell a factory in Lordstown, Ohio to a small company which creates electric trucks - in a move that could create 450 extra jobs, reports Autoblog.

  • Friday 10th May: The VW pre-order has gone well, with over 10,000 pre-orders in the first 24 hours - matched with an initial production of 200 cars! (Obviously they are producing many more ahead of the full launch, though), as Autoblog covers.

  • Friday 10th May: Autoblog look at the production prototype (in external camo paint) for BMW’s 2022 iNext model, also showing the interior which is very different to other BMW internals. The iNext will go on sale in 2021 with a promised range of 372 miles (599 km).

  • Friday 10th May: Autoblog mention that VW are the latest company to confirm how they will recycle their EV batteries: they will either use them as portable charging stations, or be ground up and used to make new batteries from the base raw materials.

  • Friday 10th May: Illinois might start charging EV drivers $1,000 a year to drive their EVs, under plans rightly described as ‘outrageous’ by EV advocates, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

  • Friday 10th May: Chargepoint have seen a Tesla Model Y (SUV) in the ‘wild’, being road tested - or at least moved to another Tesla location:

  • Saturday 11th May: The Times (paywall) report on Elon Musk’s defamation trial with British diver, who Elon Musk called “pedo guy” on Twitter, albeit something Musk pointed out was clearly a joke which should not be taken at face value.

  • Saturday 11th May: EV Specifications cover that Tesla have made Model 3 leases cheaper, for just $399 per month. This follows on previous news where various commentators thought the previous lease deal was too expensive.

  • Sunday 12th May: The Times (paywall) report that the UK is facing a big lack of EVSE charging point (and EVSE investment), which will hold back adoption of EVs, which are also considered too expensive by many Brits.