This week’s green car news brings us the following developments:

  • Monday 8th July: As we previously reported, VW has secured the supply of millions of electric car batteries to really drive their electrification platform. However new information reported by Autoblog today says that VW needed to convince the battery suppliers to properly invest in EVs, with some supplies not being “convinced that electric mobility will come on such a large scale”. And even dedicated battery suppliers were seeing a surge in demand for batteries for smartphones, leading them to ask whether they should prioritize EV batteries instead.

  • Tuesday 9th July: The United Kingdom Government is investing £40m ($50m) in electric car charging infrastructure, according to the BBC. This includes wireless EV charging and EVSE chargers which can “pop-up” out of the pavement, leading to a clutter-free walking experience for pedestrians until the (small than average) car chargers need to be “popped up” out of the ground. The downside of wireless car charging, however, is that electric cars do not currently support this: meaning that a £1,000 ($1,250) would be needed before this could be used.

  • Tuesday 9th July: Tech Crunch report that the Mini Cooper SE (Mini originally being a British company, but now owned by BMW) - the all-electric version of the iconic three door mini - is being produced right now, with initial deliveries to customers due in March 2020. It has a decent 146-168 mile (235-270 km) range, a 0-62mph (0-100kmph) of 7 seconds and a starting price of €32,500 ($36,400). This should sell well throughout Europe where very small cars are more popular, but there is currently no news on whether it will be sold in America.

  • Tuesday 9th July: Elon Musk has confirmed on Twitter that Tesla has no plans to refresh or revamp the Tesla Model S or X luxury cars, instead planning a series of minor changes but definitely no interior or exterior revamp:

  • Tuesday 9th July: Electrek report that the state of EVSE car charging stations in America is looking good: the US now has over 20,000 separate charging stations and 68,800 individual connectors. This represents a 58% increase in charging capacity in the last two years.

  • Tuesday 9th July: Autoblog’s featured articles says that new emissions standards are leading to increased electrification of cars (that much we already knew!), but interestingly this will lead to various engine manufacturer mergers as the industrial sector consolidates itself whilst switching from combustion engine to electric motor/battery production.

  • Wednesday 10th July: Despite Tesla “reducing its headcount” (aka reducing staff numbers) previously, it looks like they might now increase production and increase its headcount, according to Bloomberg. This is after a record breaking Q2 for Tesla which seen a record number of deliveries, and consistently good Model 3 sales buoying the company’s financial outlook. Tesla’s automotive president Jeroem Guillen said in an email to employees that “As we continue to ramp up production, please tell your friends and neighbors that we have lots of exciting new positions open, both in Fremont and at Giga”, which sent Tesla shares up a couple of percentage points.

  • Thursday 11th July: Inside EVs have produced a great video taking an exclusive look at the VW ID3 production facilities:

  • Thursday 11th July: In interesting EVSE car charging news, Tesla will allow for the Model 3 to be charged via the alternative Japanese-designed CHAdeMO chargers, as Green Car Reports explore. This will be made available via a special $450 adapter, which is pricy but it could be a big lifeline to Model 3 owners whose area mainly includes CHAdeMO charging stations.

  • Friday 12th July: South Korean battery producer LG Chem are looking to build a second battery factory in America, either in Kentucky or Tennessee, as Inside EVs report. This plant could be open by 2022 and will cost around $1 billion to produce, with Volvo, Fiat, GM, VW and Hyundai all potential customers for the high-scale of batteries which will be produced in just a few years.

  • Saturday 13th July: The upcoming new Tesla Roadster X will feature a space-age rocket booster package (as part of an optional upgrade) using SpaceX technology, and these cold-air boosters will be hidden behind the license plate: