In this week’s look at green car news (which contains some hydrogen fuel cell news), we have read some interesting articles and analysis:

  • Monday 13th May: a great article from The Drive explores the issues with Tesla’s touchscreens, which are ‘industrial quality’ but not ‘automative quality’.

  • Monday 13th May: Autoblog mention that Bosch - a fairly new hydrogen fuel cell producer - are joining Toyota and Hyundai in trying to reduce platinum use in future fuel cells. They aim to reduce this by up to 90%, which will reduce the price of production.

  • Monday 13th May: We have a further look at the tech challenger Dyson’s 2021 EV via a patent they have released, as Green Car Reports explore. This long and fairly low-down SUV could challenge the Tesla Model X.

  • Tuesday 14th May: The expected ramp-up of Tesla Model Y production (even though some will be in Asia) will affect battery supply according to Tesla battery supplier Panasonic, as Bloomberg reports. In a strong quote, Panasonic’s CEO said “Batteries will run out if Tesla starts to sell the Model Y and expands its business next year,”.

  • Wednesday 15th May: Reuters have an exclusive story saying that Tesla’s solar panels (produced in their solar factory, and marketed as being for their ‘solar roof’) are mainly exported off-shore instead of being used in their solar roof or elsewhere in America.

  • Wednesday 15th May: South Korean partnership Hyundai and Kia have teamed up with Riman for their battery tech needs, which should see them offer 44 “eco-friendly” cars by 2025, according to Green Car Reports.

  • Wednesday 15th May: In more battery news, Volvo are teaming up with LG Chem and CATL (two Asian companies) for their battery supply needs, AutoBlog reports. This is part of their aim to have 50% of their sales come from EVs by 2025, as part of them investing $1 billion a year (5% of revenue) back into electric and driverless cars.

  • Thursday 16th May: Reuters report on a third fatal Tesla crash which occurred when autopilot was on, saying that it “renews questions about the system”. This relates to the March 1st 2019 crash of a Model 3 in Delray Beach, Florida.

  • Thursday 16th May: VW have said that their EV batteries will last the entire “life of the car”, which most other EV companies’ cars also manage - but it is nice to have this as a definitive statement/aim. Green Car Reports explore this statement, and also say that VW are joining with Swedish company Northvolt for their battery production needs.

  • Thursday 16th May: A spontaneous Tesla fire in China last month has led to Tesla rolling out an over-the-air update which will better-manage the “charge and thermal management settings” to protect the battery and longevity, as Auto Blog examine.

  • Friday 17th May: Autoblog show off photos of Chevy’s rumored Bolt replacement in their slideshow article which shows that the Bolt EUV (as it is currently thought to be called) will be slightly larger than the Bolt - but it is hard to tell with the external camouflage and cladding.

  • Friday 17th May: Usain Bolt’s Mobility company has shown off a two-seater, all-electric car called the “Bolt Nano” at the VivaTech conference in France, as CNBC reports. The price will start at $9,999 with deliveries starting next year, but more detailed information (such as range and battery capacity) is not yet known.

  • Sunday 19th May: The Times (paywall) has an article explaining that ultra/rapid-DC fast chargers will be rolled out throughout Europe (including 40 installed in the UK) within a year as part of a BMW-Ford-VW-Mercedes alliance called “Ionity”.