In a bit of a slower week for green car news:

  • Monday 12th August: Autoblog cover a Tesla Model 3 which “exploded” (caught fire) after a collision with another vehicle which the driver “had failed to see”. Plenty of gasoline cars catch fire every day, too, so we do not see this as a massive new item - but it does follow on from a few ‘spontaneous’ Tesla car fires, so we want to keep an eye on such news stories.

  • Tuesday 13th August: Engadget report that Jaguar have started to promote its all-electric I-Pace luxury car by battling with Tesla. Tesla owners can get $3,000 off an I-Pace which, coupled with other discounts, could see an I-Pace be bought for just $54,500 - substantially cheaper than the $69,500 MSRP. Of course, this is still more expensive than the $37,000+ Model 3, so the question will be whether the I-Pace offers good enough technology and performance to achieve a $20,000+ premium over the Model 3.

  • Wednesday 14th August: Autoblog cover the Audi E-Tron which is the first EV to receive the “Top Safety Pick+” award by the American IIHS car safety testing department. This is good for Audi whose SUV is $75,795 (not include tax rebates), however the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X and 3 have not yet been fully tested. The Model X and 3 received great safety ratings in Europe’s NCAP agency testing, however. The crash video of the E-Tron from IIHS is below:

  • Thursday 15th August: Energy Central have published a really interesting article into how demand for fast EVSE charging (fast DC-based electric car charging) is impacting infrastructure. Essentially, slower level 1 and 2 chargers naturally use less electricity per minute than newer level 3 (‘rapid DC’) chargers which attract electric demand chargers from utility companies, hence their higher costs (to the operator and ultimately end customers).

  • Thursday 15th August: British news comes from Autocar.co.uk who mention that oil/gas company BP’s Chargemaster scheme has led to their first 150 kW rapid DC EVSE chargers being activated at two sites in London, which is part of a nationwide rollout of 400 ultra-fast chargers by 2021. The aim is for these chargers to be able to provide 100 miles (160 km) of range in 10 minutes.

  • Friday 16th August: EV sales for China in July 2019 are out, showing that an expected 7% year on year drop in plug-in car sales, with 70,000 units sold being less than half that of June 2019. The reason for this fall is due to subsidy changes that occurred on June 26th, cutting subsidies entirely for cars with less than 155 miles (250 km) of range - i.e. tha majority of the mainstream models sold in China right now.

  • Friday 16th August: Colorado have joined states like California in adopting zero emissions targets, and making electric cars central to this goal, as Autoblog explore. The new rules state that over 5% of vehicles sold by 2023 should emit no pollution, rising to over 6.23% by 2025.

  • Friday 16th August: Inside EVs report that the Tesla Model 3 was close to being the best selling car in California (i.e. including gasoline car sales) in the first half of the year, with 33,005 sales - just behind the Toyota Camry with 33,638 sales and 39,018 Honda Civic sales. This is a major change compared to car sales data from 2+ years ago wherein EVs did not really have a look-in. Fully electric cars sales were the fastest growing segment in these sales figures.

  • Saturday 17th August: CNN have published an interesting interactive guide into the electric car race between Tesla, VW and Audi and ‘who will win’ (or in reality, how much each will grow their slice of the EV market) by 2040 when gasoline sales should be substantially lower than they are today.