In this week’s green car news:

  • Monday 5th August: Bloomberg have a very interesting article that says that a barrel of oil would need to drop below $20 to compete with future green transport, powered by clean solar and wind energies. This research means that EVs will become irresistible in around a decade, as the economics of clean energy (and running EVs on them) completely outweighs the costs of powering gasoline/diesel cars.

  • Monday 5th August: Electrify America are working on a futuristic-looking robotic arm which can more easily charge electric cars, as Autoblog report. The new arm is supplied by Stable Auto and it will offer 150 kW DC rapid charging. The idea behind this is that you pull into a parking spot, and your EV will automatically start charging without the need for getting out and plugging in - a big bonus in the rain, and a small time saver when it’s dry.

  • Tuesday 6th August: EV sales data shows the top 5 electric cars sold to date: the Nissan Leaf still leads with 422,708 sales, not completely unexpected as it has been out for a decade. But the Tesla Model 3 - released to the mainstream just last year - is almost joint second place with 276,193 sales, a thousand sales behind the Model S. We predicted last year that the Model 3 will become the best selling EV by the end of 2020, and we still think that this is possible. In the 6 months since writing that article, the Leaf has sold 50,000 models whilst the Model 3 has sold 130,000 models - 2-3x more. If this carries on, the Model 3 could be the world’s best selling EV before the end of 2020, despite being one of the newest mass-market EVs.

  • Tuesday 6th August: Autoblog report on Hyundai’s plans to build an electric race car, with more information expected in the 2019 Frankfurt auto show which is a month away. This is exciting to see because the more that automakers like Hyundai learn from high performance electric cars, the more knowledge they will have for their consumer-friendly EVs.

  • Tuesday 6th August: Jay Leno says that he loves his Telsa and sees barely any reasons to own a gasoline car, according to CNBC. His positive endorsement said that they have barely any maintenance and are faster: “For new technology to succeed, it can’t be equal, … It’s got to be better and [Tesla] sort of solved the battery problem. It can go 350 to 400 miles at a charge… There’s no maintenance. They’re faster than the gas car. So there’s almost no reason to have a gas car unless you’re doing long-haul duty”.

  • Tuesday 6th August: Electrek report that Nissan and EVgo have partnered up to deploy 200 new fast DC EVSE car charging stations which will charge at 100 kW across America, which expands on the previous 2,000 charging stations they have previously helped to deliver.

  • Wednesday 7th August: Automotive News Europe have reported on ever-positive electric car statements from VW, this time from Reinhard Fischer (senior VP for VW). He believes that electric cars are on the verge of hitting mass-market approval and adoption, due to the practicality of EVs along with the ever-lower price points: “Once you overcome the fear of something new, the EV is the better choice for you”.

  • Wednesday 7th August: Autoblog report on a public spat that Tesla have had with the NHTSA, who have said that Tesla are misrepresenting the safety of the Model 3. Various subpoenas and cease-and-desist letters have been served on Tesla, due to concerns that the Model 3 is not as safe as claimed. Tesla have hit back saying that it is “the safest car ever built” with a much lower risk of injury than any other tested car.

  • Wednesday 7th August: Sadiq Khan, the London Major who often seems to be embroiled in spats with President Trump, has been interviewed in a great Fully Charged video which discusses Khan’s plans for supporting electric car adoption in the UK’s capital city, which includes extra EVSE car charging stations, electric car-based ride shares and more:

  • Wednesday 7th August: A Peugeot brochure shows off the upcoming e-208 range which is due in early 2020 and it has fairly good prices (almost like we really are on the tip of an electric car revolution!): starting at £25,050 ($30,400) with an estimated 211 mile (340 km) range. This undercuts the Nissan Leaf by £6,000 and it will be one of the cheapest family-friendly (i.e. non-two seater!) fully electric cars available in the UK.

  • Wednesday 7th August: American convenience store chain Wawa are aiming to double the number of their Tesla superchargers at their locations, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Lori Bruce from Waw said that 30 or more of its stores will have Tesla Superchargers by the end of 2020, up from 16 currently.

  • Thursday 8th August: Autoblog report on potential trouble for Tesla: a lawsuit from a Tesla owner who claims that a recent company software update has lowered his car’s range instead of fixing defective battery packs. The lawsuit is seeking a class action for the “thousands” of Model S and X owners who - they claim - have lost up to 40 miles (64 km) of range in the May 2019 update.

  • Friday 9th August: Fully Charged have published a new YouTube video, this time test driving the hotly awaited Porsche Taycan. The summary: this is a very, very fast car (as expected)! They tested the Taycan Turbo model selling for £130,000 ($158,000), but a cheaper version - at around half the price - will be sold in early 2021. The full review is below: