In another busy week for green car news:

  • Monday 15th July: Autoblog report that VW’s hotly awaited ID3 electric car has had its interior dash leaked, by publishing a promo video showing the interior before it was meant to have been released. Of course, before the video was pulled, tech-savvy people have screenshotted the interior: the dash looks futuristic and simple, and we look forward to seeing more of it.

  • Monday 15th July: Iceland’s EV sales have been released for June 2019. As a small island, their sales data is always interesting to follow. Plug-in electric car sales were down 16% year on year, due to a big 56% drop in PHEV sales which was not made up for by the rise in all-electric sales. Despite the PHEV fall, the Mitsubishi Outlander was the best selling car in Iceland, and the Leaf and Kona EV coming second and third place.

  • Tuesday 16th July: More EV sales data is from Canada which also reports for June 2019, showing a 6% fall compared to June 2018 too: the first fall in four years, unfortunately. However the underlying story is better thankfully: The Model 3 was released in Canada in June 2018, so June 2019’s sales data was always going to look low in comparison. The Model 3 continues to be Canada’s best seller with 2,300 units sold, then the Outland and Prius Prime hybrids were the next best sellers.

  • Tuesday 16th July: Elon Musk has tweeted a warning to potential Tesla customers, and those looking to upgrade to self-driving on their existing cars, by saying that the price (of the full self-driving option) will rise by $1,000 on August 16th:

  • Tuesday 16th July: Autoblog report that Tesla have dropped their standard range Model S and X cars, meaning that the new cheapest cars are around $5,000 more expensive: granted, with better performance and range. This move continues Tesla’s strategy of simplifying their car line-up: or, dare we say it, pushing people towards the Model 3 which has more options available than the Model S now.

  • Wednesday 17th July: Sports car company Lotus are planning to release an all-electric version of each of their cars, as Motor Authority report. Their electric hypercar Evija (with an amazing 1,973 horsepower) is on track for 2020 delivery and it showcases Lotus’ electric credentials, hence their plans to offer electric cars for all their models by 2021.

  • Wednesday 17th July: Green Car Reports have spotted some Tesla self driving news: that the previously-announced “full self-driving” chip should be ready for Q4 of this year. The new chip will cost $3,000-$5,000 to upgrade to and it will only work on Tesla cars produced after October 2015.

  • Wednesday 17th July: Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory 3 is continuing to ramp-up its production, with the first Asian-produced Model 3s due by the end of 2019, as EV Specifications report. Tao Lin, Tesla’s Global VP, says that “the supply chain is constantly being optimized and will find suitable partners on a global scale to upgrade the Shanghai plant effectiveness.”.

  • Wednesday 17th July: Electrek report on the hotly awaited Tesla rival, the Porsche Taycan, saying that it will be 250 kW on its release date, with 350 kW EVSE car charging rates due in 2021. This scales back a little on their previous claims, but 250 kW charging at launch is still on-par with their Tesla rivals (just not massively beating it, like they originally suggested it would do).

  • Thursday 18th July: We love mass-market reports of electric cars, especially ones from CNN which say that the EV revolution is coming! Their analysis says that global sales of internal combustion engine cars have possibly already peaked, and their decline has therefore started (relative to electric cars). The helpful article suggests a few things that ‘have to happen’ before full market adoption of EVs can occur.

  • Thursday 18th July: A great video from Tesla shows off their new V3 supercharger in Las Vegas, whose car charging points are becoming self-sufficient via the use of renewable energies (such as large solar panels which store up the energy):

  • Thursday 18th July: Chinese EV sales for June 2019 are out and they show an invigorated market: with 72% growth compared to June 2018 at 147,000 registrations, backed up all-electric sales rising a huge 97% year on year. The top 5 cars feature the Tesla Model 3 (with 6,500 sales), which is surprising in that usually Chinese-own cars occupy the top 5 spots each month.

  • Thursday 18th July: EV Specifications report that Hyundai are looking to build the Kona EV in their Czech Republic factory from Q1/Q2 of next year, eventually producing 46,000 Kona EV units there. Hyundai currently manufacture the Kona in South Korea, meaning this move would be Hyundai’s first overseas-produced EV.

  • Friday 19th July: The BBC are reporting on research from a European research group that predicts the number of electric car models will triple in the next two years. This is no big surprise considering that most car manufacturers currently only offer 0-2 all-electric cars, but a jump of 60 to 214 electric car models by 2021 is definitely positive.

  • Saturday 20th July: Autoblog look at reports between a Toyota (of Japan) and BYD (of China) cooperation which will involve them developing batteries for electric cars together, along with sedans and SUVs by 2025. This will mean that Toyota will have to secure battery supply with Panasonic before they can deliver the expected EV numbers.