This week’s news includes various green car developments and company announcements:

  • Monday 29th July: Inside EVs report on growing all-electric sales in Europe, which saw a doubling of sales compared to June 2018. 33,800 BEVs were sold, leading to a healthy 7.5% ‘green car’ market share, whilst diesel and gas sales fell by 21% in the same time period.

  • Monday 29th July: An interesting article from Bloomberg says that a recent surge in the number of lithium mines might be too much compared to the growth of electric cars, meaning that excess lithium supply - and the closure of some lithium miners - is a real prospect over the next few years. At best, some miners will make less profit than they originally expected: “Even though the long-term demand outlook still looks strong, some producers are lowering their earnings forecasts for the short-term”.

  • Monday 29th July: Tech Crunch report that Porsche are happy with demand for their upcoming Taycan sports EV, which has seen over 30,000 reservations before it is even fully unveiled. Porsche are aiming to produce and deliver up to 40,000 units in 2019, meaning that they are well on track to fully selling out this year.

  • Monday 29th July: EV sales for Europe in June 2019 are out, showing a 24% year on year rise in plug-in sales (PHEV + EV), a good performance in a market which continues to stagnate in general. The Tesla Model 3 sold 3x as many cars as the next best selling model (the Renault Zoe) with 11,604 units sold in June 2019.

  • Wednesday 31st July: A French startup called Transition-One are offering a “diesel to electric” service for old cars at the fairly low price of $5,600 (5,000 Euros), as https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-31/there-s-a-5-600-electric-moonshot-for-your-combustion-clunker report. They can retrofit electric batteries and a motor/engine to older Fiat/VW/Renault cars, creating budget EVs for those who cannot “afford a brand new 20,000-euro electric car”. The idea of an “electric conversion” service for cars is very interesting, so it will be good to see how this plays out.

  • Wednesday 31st July: Auto Blog have published a very interesting report looking at Amazon’s recent developments and patents which relate to vehicles, and how they seem to have widespread interest in everything relating to electric autos - apart from building EVs themself.

  • Wednesday 31st July: Inside EVs report that the VW ID Crozz which we reported on previously has been spied again in public (albeit again with external camo). It is good to see it being road tested, although its delivery to end customers is a while away: it will be produced in late 2020 or early 2021, meaning deliveries could potentially be midway through 2021 onwards.

  • Wednesday 31st July: EV Sales data globally for June 2019 is out, with 67% more sales compared to June 2018 - a large rise in green car sales at 265,000 overall units sold. This is mainly due to the Tesla Model 3 continuing to shine with 39,632 sales and the cheaper Chinese car the BAIC EU-Series selling well with 17,916 units sold.

  • Thursday 1st August: Malaysia have rolled out their first hydrogen powered bus, the Borneo Post reports. These buses are part of a fortnight trial (without passengers) under August 14th, and can be seen in Kuching streets. They clearly say that they are zero emissions hydrogen buses, and it is hoped that this initial trial will prove a success both in terms of performance and also showing that they can be refuelled fairly quickly.

  • Thursday 1st August: Driving Electric report on an entry level Audi e-tron SUV which will “significantly undercut” the current starting price of £68,020. This slimmed down e-tron 50 quattro will have a slower 0-60mph speed and a 71 kWh battery pack delivering 186 miles (300 km) range, down from the 95 kWh/248 mile (400 km) range currently.

  • Thursday 1st August: Auto Blog mention that BMW’s profits for their second quarter dropped 29% to 1.48bn Euros ($1.63 billion), due to revamping factories for new electrified cars and battery production/sourcing - costing up to 1.2bn Euros ($1.3 billion) in the quarter. This was expected, however, with their share price unchanged - due to the fact that they are still “on course to meet [their] targets for the full year” according to CEO Harald Krueger.

  • Friday 2nd August: Autoblog show off a NIO ES6 Night Explorer EV which is inspired by Razer, the PC company that producers eye-catching PC parts. The NO ES6 has unique styling, hue lighting and THX Spatial Audio - as part of its limited edition run of 88 custom EVs, unfortunately all of which are restricted to Chinese sales (for $67,419/467,800 Yuan).

  • Saturday 3rd August: The Fully Charged show take an in-depth look at the Kia Soul EV 2019, which is around £30,000 ($40,000) and has a near 300 mile (482 km) range - along with Kia’s prized 7 year warranty:

  • Sunday 4th August: Tesla are aiming to boost sales of their more expensive Model S and X models, by bringing back free supercharging on them (they previously scraped this offer around 6 months ago). This might go hand in hand with a change reported last week that the Model S and X were now a bit more expensive, meaning Tesla may have just priced this offer in already. Nonetheless, it is good to see that such a premium EV comes with a big benefit in the form of free supercharging: