In a week with lots of EV news and a few hydrogen car (fuel cell) related items too:

  • Monday 10th June: Autoblog look at how Audi and Mercedes approached the design of their all-elecric SUVs, with 2020 models of the Mercedes Benz EQC and Audi E-Tron due.

  • Monday 10th June: Mazda are looking to launch an EV next year (along with a PHEV in 2022), which might bring with it some different tech than some other electric cars - possibly with a rotary engine which will be used to recharge the battery, as a form of range extender, Autoblog report.

  • Monday 10th June: Tesla employee approval ratings are way down, as Autoblog examine. This is no real surprise, though, due to the large layoffs and cost-cutting exercises that we have reported previously. Their Glassdoor ratings have fallen from 3.6/5 in 2017 to 3.2/5 today, with Elon Musk’s approval rating dropping to just 52% (down from 90%).

  • Monday 10th June: In worrying sounding news, Audi have issued a recall for their E-Tron all-electric car, according to Autoblog. This is due to a fire risk stemming from the battery park, although thankfully there have been no reported incidents thus far.

  • Tuesday 11th June: Green Car Reports mention that Tesla are considering opening up their big centre screens to third party app developers, instead of just developing the apps themselves (potentially with worse support than if third party companies developed some of the apps).

  • Tuesday 11th June: In hydrogen news, Toyota have cut the price of their FCEV Mirai car according to Green Car Reports. Hydrogen cars aren’t cheap, although a new $15,000 dealer discount could lead to up to $27,500 off the list price of $59,345+ when taking into account other discounts and the California Clean Vehicle Rebate. Some sources think the Mirai could be bought for up to $40,000 off in some cases - which would be a very good deal if true.

  • Tuesday 11th June: Autoblog report that Electrify America and Chargepoint are working together more closely to share member access, meaning that a member of one scheme can use the other scheme. This is great news for EV drivers (and the actual companies), because EVSE car charging access can be spotty outside of main cities.

  • Tuesday 11th June: Autoblog are saying that Elon Musk told the annual shareholders meeting that Tesla have _“a decent shot at a record quarter on every level,”, leading to a 3.6% rise in their share price to $225 per share.

  • Wednesday 12th June: Following on the same theme, Autoblog say that Tesla’s pickup will be unveiled this summer whilst their larger Semi truck will be delayed a year. It’s hard to know which Elon Musk claims can truly be believed (especially since he also said that Tesla have designed a submarine car like the one from a James Bond Film!), but a Tesla pickup would rival offerings from Rivian and Ford and therefore it makes sense for Tesla to unveil one sooner rather than later.

  • Wednesday 12th June: In bad news for hydrogen supply, report Autoblog. Nel Hydrogen (a hydrogen plant in Norway) have reported an explosion which led to 10 of their other sites being temporarily shut down (but have since been reopened). Toyota and Hyundai have stopped shipping their Mira and Nexo (hydrogen powered cars) to Norway, due to the fact that hydrogen fuel supply will be massively impaired.

  • Thursday 13th June: Green Car Reports report on analysis from iSeeCars which shows that electric cars lose their value quicker than fossil-fuel powered cars, with Tesla vehicles being the exception. The Fiat 500e had the quickest depreciated, with the BMW i3 being ‘runner up’. Depreciation of 60-70% over 3 years (for EVs) was not uncommon in their analysis.

  • Thursday 13th June: Europe electric car leader Norway have released their May 2019 sales figures, which EV Sales have reported on. All-electric sales were up 60% compared to May 2018, with non-electric sales fairly stagnant - leading to EVs have a 36% share of sales in May 2019, up from a 22% share in May 2019. When including plug-in cars, too, the share rises to a massive 56%.

  • Friday 14th June: Green Car Reports mention that an all-electric ‘Honda E’ compact city car with “over 125 miles” (over 201 km) of range will be teased next month. The 35.5 kW battery will be water cooled and the car should support fast charging.

  • Friday 14th June: Fisker have teased some information about their electric crossover car which has some eye catching exterior features, but its full reveal will wait until December 2019, according to Autoblog.

  • Saturday 15th June: Hydrogen should be supported more as a green fuel which can help to reduce global carbon emissions and cut renewable energy costs by up to 30%, as Autoblog report.

  • Saturday 15th June: The best way right now to reduce global carbon emissions is for widespread hybrid adoption, before full electric cars (and the relevant infrastructure) can be rolled out, as Fleet News says.

  • Sunday 16th June: A short article from The Times (paywall) reports that France utility company Engie has bought London-based ChargePoint Services (CPS) who currently control 900 EVSE car chargers. Engie previously had just 100 EVSE car chargers in the UK, so this deal boosts their UK charging capability.