In a varied week for electric car news, which includes sales data from a few key markets:

  • Monday 17th June: Autoblog report that Floria are about to green light self-driving car tests without backup drivers, which is seen as a key step towards fully autonomous vehicles. Previously the vast majority of states/cities have required backup drivers for any self-driving tests.

  • Monday 17th June: Germany’s sales data for May 2019 has been released and is summarized by EV Sales. All electric car sales risen by 100% compared to May 2018, with plug-in hybrid cars growing slower - but still with a 33% year on year increase. With 7,899 overall green car sales, the Outlander PHEV, BMW i3 and Renault Zoe were respectively the top 3 models sold.

  • Tuesday 18th June: Green Car Reports report on an interesting look at the future car industry: one which will still contain fossil-fuel powered combustion engines in certain cases, according to Porsche’s CEO. Instead, Klaus Zellmer says that most future cars will be electric as they are fun to drive and offer various benefits, however there will still always be a place for traditional cars too.

  • Tuesday 18th June: UK sales data for the first four months of the year has been reported by EV Sales, which shows a 29% year on year increase compared to the start of 2018, but which doesn’t have any Tesla models in the top 5 models sold - especially since Model 3 sales only really started (in the UK) in late May 2019.

  • Tuesday 18th June: Concerns about EV batteries possibly being hard to recycle might not be necessary, according to Green Car Report’s article which says that Nissan Leaf batteries are lasting longer than expected. Once their capacity is no longer big enough for effective use within a car (which might be 8-10+ years, a fair amount of time), they can be fairly easily recycled in a few different ways.

  • Tuesday 18th June: Autoblog report that the Mini Cooper S E (which we reported on last week) will be officially revealed next month: on July 9th 2019. The reveal should also include details about the battery capacity and range, along with a better idea about when this can be purchased.

  • Tuesday 18th June: Tesla have announced in a tweet that Tesla cars will now have a racing game (similar to Super Mario Kart) which can be played when the car is parked up - such as charging up - via the steering wheel and pedals! The game - Beach Buggy Racing 2 - is part of the ‘Tesla Arcade’ feature:

  • Wednesday 19th June: Fisker, the all-electric car startup, has teased the roof of their upcoming SUV (which does not have many details known about it): it will be a solar roof, similar to their first prototype. They say that this will further help their cars benefit the environment:
  • Wednesday 19th June: Japan EV Sales data for May 2019 has been released and it is not positive reading: the car market is depressed and this is hitting green car sales too, with a fall of -16% compared to May 2018. The Nissan Leaf was the best seller with almost 47% of green car sales.

  • Wednesday 19th June: Inside EVs report that the Nissan Leaf e+ - the longer-range model of the Leaf (with up to 239 miles/385km of WLTP-rated range) - is now on sale throughout European dealers, at a price of around $10,000 more than the normal range model.

  • Wednesday 19th June: Hydrogen news from Hawaii comes from the Tribune Herald which reports that Hele-On’s plans to have zero emissions public transport has led to three hydrogen fuel cell buses being purchased. A hydrogen production facility should also be completed in the coming weeks.

  • Thursday 20th June: In more sales news, China’s May 2019 looks bad - with ‘just’ a 2% increase over May 2018 (with 104,000 registrations), but this is on the back of a falling car market overall (with -17% fewer sales in May 2019): meaning that green car sales have actually increased fairly well in relative terms, according to EV Sales.

  • Thursday 20th June: The BBC report on a UK train which is fully powered by hydrogen, and the handy video asks whether this “eco train” could be modelling the future for UK train travel.

  • Friday 21st June: The UK is now at a point where more of its energy is ‘clean’ (albeit this includes nuclear fuel) than fossil fuel powered (such as via coal), and the BBC article also says that electric cars can help improve the clean energy situation further.

  • Friday 21st June: More UK-based news is that the average UK driver will spend £55,000 on petrol (gasoline) over their lifetime: meaning that an EV could lead to a huge saving. Motoring Research also mentions that utility company EDF Energy have partnered with DriveElectric to provide a EV leasing service which comes with a free home charger install and 10,000 miles of free charging.

  • Friday 21st June: Bloom Energy has announced further hydrogen fuel investments, with its plans to upgrade its existing fuell cell installs in Delaware. The 30 megawatt site will generate clean electricity with “virtually no… emissions”, and customers will not see any rise in their bills.

  • Saturday 22nd June: Electrek report that Jaguar Land Rover’s newly developing electric platform - which will be used for the new Jaguar XJ model - will also be used for an all-electric Range Rover 4x4. It is likely that it will start out as a fossil fuel powered car, and eventually offer an all-electric option, but it is still positive to hear about a potentially big EV being built.

  • Sunday 23rd June: British Columbia’s Clean Energy Vehicle Program has had some updates to its subsidies: the rebate has been reduced down to $3,000, whilst electric cars with a retail price (MSRP) over $55,000 no longer qualify for the clean energy discount.