In another interesting week for green car news:

  • Monday 24th June: Automotive News Europe reports that despite previous concerns, VW have secured sufficient battery supply to build 330,000 electric cars a year by 2021 (across their VW, Seat and Audi brands). This will compare to Hyundai (et al) who have clearly struggled with battery supply, leading to delays for their new-to-market EVs. Thomas Ulbrich from VW’s board, says “We have the contracts so no one is going to stand there and tell us ‘we are not going to supply you any more, help yourselves if you want to build them anyway,’ – that’s not possible.”.

  • Monday 24th June: Despite the ongoing trade war, America has waived tariffs on Japanese aluminum - a request of Tesla (to the Department of Commerce) after arguing that domestic aluminum sources are not of sufficient quality, as Autoblog examine. 10,000 tonnes can now be imported from Japan’s Nippon Light Metal Co Ltd into America for use by Tesla and their battery cells.

  • Monday 24th June: Green Car Reports explore the fact that China seem to be trying to cool down their EV market to prevent a possible financial bubble, by introducing rules which will make it harder for Chinese automakers to produce electric cars - but, crucially, to also have enough infrastructure to compete with foreign competition.

  • Monday 24th June: Electrive say that BMW’s previous plans electrification plans have been expanded out again, and they now plan to offer 25 “electrified” cars (which includes hybrids) by 2023 - a couple of years earlier than they have previously targeted.

  • Tuesday 25th June: Green Car Reports take a look at the BMW M Next concept car, which will be a hybrid car with more electric range (and power) than any previous electrified sports cars shown by BMW.

  • Tuesday 25th June: Arnold Schwarzenegger has teamed up with Veloz (a California non-profit) to promote electric cars, by posing as a joke gasoline car fan at a car dealership which has a range of electric cars:

  • Wednesday 26th June: Autoblog have driven the Karma Revero GT 2020 hybrid car which has a BMW i8 three-cylinder engine along with a 28 kWh lithium-ion battery which offers 80 miles (129 km) of range electric.

  • Wednesday 26th June: Autoblog report that Peter Hochholdinger, Tesla’s VP of Production at its Fremont factory, has quit Tesla after being with them for three years. Tesla are making a big push for their Q2 production/delivery to try and have a record-breaking quarter: the next few weeks will confirm if this was a success or not.

  • Wednesday 26th June: European EV Sales for May 2019 have been released and show that plug-in sales risen by 28% compared to May 2018, with 37,000 units sold - a good performance considering the overall car market has stalled. The Outlander PHEV was the only ‘top 5’ car which was a hybrid: the other 4 are all-electric models.

  • Wednesday 26th June: California - a big proponent of green cars - has ignored the federal Trump administration and signed a green car/pollution deal with Canada, as Autoblog examine. This new deal with help to reduce pollution by setting new vehicle emissions standards, and it comes at a time when California is locked in a standoff with the federal government on similar matters.

  • Thursday 27th June: Green Car Reports summarise media reports that the political battle to extend the $7,500 tax credit for EVs is ramping up, with the auto industry (who are in favor of making the tax credit system more generous) pitted against the powerful oil/gas lobby.

  • Friday 28th June: EV Sales also look at the worldwide sales data for May 2019, showing that registrations only increased 12% year on year, but this is mainly due to a rapidly cooling Chinese market. The Tesla Model 3 was the best selling green car in May 2019, with 10% of overall sales (at 17,965 registrations), surpassing the BYD Yuan EV and BAIC EU-Series Chinese cars with 6,000-7,000 sales and a 4% share of the market.

  • Friday 28th June: Electrify America are having some coolant issues, leading to them turning the power down on their rapid DC chargers - which could affect Audi e-tron cars (one of the only EVs which can charge at the full rate that EA offers), according to Green Car Reports.

  • Friday 28th June: A general reminder that this is the last working day to get the $3,750 federal tax credit for Tesla cars. This is going down to just $1,875 (half) on 1st July, which will then fall to $0 at the end of the year. Unless the federal tax credit scheme is expanded out (as reported earlier), GM cars will also be following this path of declining tax credits.

  • Saturday 29th June: India is not known as a massive EV market, however Audi are aiming for 200+ sales of its e-tron all-electric car according to Auto Car India. Whilst this is not many sales, the car will “cost a fortune” in India due to import pricing and a lack of widespread government subsidies.