In a week with both hydrogen and electric car news:

  • Monday 1st July: Engadget report that as of July 1st 2019, any new four wheel electric cars within the European Union will have to be fitted with a speaker which emits a pedestrian warning sound. The sound will only play below 12 mph (19 kmph), a move criticized as some for being too low of a threshold.

  • Monday 1st July: An interesting hydrogen research article comes from John Kemp at Reuters, arguing that whilst hydrogen is enjoying more interest than ever before, there are various hurdles which still need to be overcome before hydrogen can become a mainstream clean energy source.

  • Monday 1st July: Another interesting research-type article from Autoblog reports that the used EV market is promising for would-be electric car buyers (due to how much EVs depreciate in the early years), apart from the fact that the range for second-hand EVs is quite low leading to necessary “lifestyle compromises”.

  • Tuesday 2nd July: Tesla’s battle with keeping top level executives has had another blow, with three vice presidents leaving in a week, as Electrek report. We mentioned last week that Peter Hochholdinger (VP of production) was leaving, but now it seems like Jan Oehmicke (VP of Europe) and Steve MacManus (VP of interior/exterior engineering) have also left.

  • Tuesday 2nd July: A high-ranking adviser of China’s government has said that more hydrogen fuel infrastructure is needed to harness the development of fuel cells, as Autoblog explore. This comes on the back of a cooling domestic electric car market as the Chinese government aims to rein it in and also make it better able to deal with foreign automakers.

  • Tuesday 2nd July: Reuters briefly report that VW’s CEO (Herbert Diess) told a Chinese news conference that VW expect 50% of their Chinese sales to be from green cars by 2035, and that more than half their planned electric cars will be produced in China by 2028.

  • Tuesday 2nd July: In great news for Tesla, Tesla produced 87,048 cars and delivered more than that (95,200) in the second quarter of 2019, a new company record which sent TSLA shares up 8% in aftermarket trading, as Electrek examine. Their previous record was 90,700 deliveries, however Q1 seen just over 60,000 units delivered - so this Q2 2019 data is a big increase and suggests that previous doubts about Tesla’s financial position may not have been fully warranted.

  • Wednesday 3rd July: Tesla’s Model 3 has received a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating, the highest possible (albeit one that many cars nowadays achieve). The more detailed ratings (covering external factors like pedestrians walking into the road) were all very positive, too. The crash video is always fun to watch:

  • Thursday 4th July: BMW have confirmed that they will have “hydrogen cars” (implying multiple?) available in the early 2020s - possibly just a couple of years away, according to . A BMW X5 version (produced in collaboration with Toyota) will be released in small numbers in a couple of years, before buying mass produced by 2025.

  • Thursday 4th July: EV Specifications report on a bit of ‘future tech’ news: Toyota, Sharp and NEDO have developed high performance solar batteries which they have recently started road testing. Toyota will currently use this to help charge up the smaller battery in their Prius PHEV.

  • Thursday 4th July: The UK’s green car sales fell in June 2019, the first time in two years according to data from the UK’s motor trade body, the SMMT. The overall car market is down 4.9% and plug-in hybrid vehicle sales fell by up to 50.4%. 900 extra all-electric car sales (in June 2019 compared to June 2018) did not help make up the shortfall.

  • Thursday 4th July: Norway, Europe’s green car leader, has had its June 2019 sales data released A falling overall market (of -3%) did not stop the big rise of all-electric car sales which were up 87% year on year, leading to all-electric cars having a massive 48% market share (up from 25% in June 2018) and a 61% overall share for green cars (i.e. include hybrids).

  • Friday 5th July: In a rare bit of good news for the UK’s motor industry, Jaguar Land Rover have announced an investment to build an electric Jaguar XJ at its Castle Bromwich plant (Birmingham, England) as the BBC report.

  • Friday 5th July: Autoblog report on the previously mentioned Ford-VW alliance for electric car building (sharing a single electric car platform) which has now been finalized. Details are still scarce, but an “outline agreement” has reportedly been reached.

  • Friday 5th July: EV Sales data for America in June 2019 are also out, showing green car sales up 51% year on year with 38,000 plug-in models sold, with the Tesla Model 3 receiving 45% of the plug-in car sales. Non-Tesla green car sales were down 12%, however, meaning that this was a very Tesla-heavy month in America.

  • Saturday 6th July: Push EVs have noticed that the Swedish Uniti One (two seater car) is available to preorder for just 149 Euros. The One is an interesting city EV with 150 miles (240 km) of range being larger than average for a car of this size.

  • Saturday 6th July: Redditor /u/linknewtab noticed a VW ID.3 being tested in Germany without exterior camo. The car looks great, and is a similar size to a Ford Focus. Pitty the ID.3 will not be released in America.

  • Sunday 7th July: Oil firm Shell have urged the UK government to have a real push for EVSE electric car charging infrastructure, to make the charging networks more accessible (currently multiple apps and memberships are needed to access each company’s systems), report The Times (paywall).