In this week’s green car news:

  • Monday 20th May: Elon Musk will embark on big cost saving initiatives (i.e. cuts to expenses) because even a big investment might not be enough for the long-term, as Green Car Reports explore.

  • Monday 20th May: EVgo are rolling out new EVSE chargers at Chevron filing stations, as AutoBlog report. They will be rapid DC, but no mention of the kW-rate yet - they have said it will add 90 miles (144 km) of range in about 30 minutes, though.

  • Tuesday 21st May: Stock market investors and analysts have been reacting to Tesla’s latest market statements, and AutoBlog say that a Morgan Stanley report says that Tesla shares could plummet to just $10/share (down from $195/share at the time of writing) in the absolute worst case scenario. Of course, they could rise to $310/share in the best case scenario, so it is a pretty big range.

  • Wednesday 22nd May: Euro NCAP have released the 5-star results for the Audi e-tron 2019, which an as always entertaining crash video showing the e-tron being destroyed in multiple ways!

  • Wednesday 22nd May: GM have unveiled their new electrical architecture which will involve Tesla-style over the air updates, as Autoblog examine. Their next-gen electrical platform should be “five times more capable” than GM’s current electric platform.

  • Wednesday 22nd May: Consumer Reports have kept a close eye on Tesla’s autopilot functionality, previously raising concerns about its braking ability. Now they have said that the system can require “significant driver intervention” in a number of cases, including that the new lane-change features can cut-off other vehicles in an unsafe manner.

  • Thursday 23rd May: EV Sales report on April 2019’s Chinese green car sales, which show around 100,000 registrations - an increase of 34% over April 2018.

  • Thursday 23rd May: AutoBlog mention that the much-loved Audi TT will be discontinued, in favour of an all-electric vehicle which is part of Audi’s big move towards EVs. Bram Schot (Audi CEO) said that their move is so that “In the medium term, we want to have the strongest range of electric models among premium competitors.”“.

  • Thursday 23rd May: Despite some concerns about Tesla’s finances from outside sources, Tesla are on-track to produce a record number of vehicles this quarter - as AutoBlog report, based on a leaked email to employees. They will produce more than the 90,700 cars they sold to customers in Q4 of 2018.

  • Thursday 23rd May: Inside EVs report on a large order that Australian EVSE manufacturer Tritium has secured from Ionity. Hundreds of ultra fast (up to 350 kW) chargers will be installed in 120 new sites across Europe, for IONITY in Europe (which is a joint venture from various car manufacturers).

  • Friday 24th May: Nevada have made it illegal to block EVSE car charging stations, which will be useful in the fight against ‘ICEing’ - the practise of an internal combustion engine car parking in a spot reserved for EVs. This is SB 428.

  • Friday 24th May: The Globe And Mail report that 52% of Canadians are considering buying an electric car in the next five years, according to a Toyota survey. This does include ‘electrified’ cars, however, meaning hybrids would be include in this measure. Still, it’s a positive insight into car consumer’s views on green cars.

  • Saturday 25th May: In hydrogen car news, FCHEA (the fuel cell hydrogen body) have said that the Hyundai Nexo fuel cell car has sold 1,075 cars since the start of 2019 - two-thirds of which are in South Korea, and the rest overseas. This makes it one of the best selling FCEV cars in recent times, considering how the market is still fairly small relative to electric cars.

  • Saturday 25th May: In disappointing news, Electrek report that a promising UK programme of offering electric cars to hire (in Birmingham) has been abandoned after vandals targeted the cars, causing damage to them and eventually meaning the programme had to be scrapped.

  • Sunday 26th May: The Times (paywall) report on Tesla’s increasingly worrying financial position, saying that they risk “running out of road now [their] rivals have woken up” - saying that other EV (and ICE) car manufacturers will be a bigger threat to Tesla as time goes on.