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

  • Monday 19th August: Autoblog report that in addition to unveiling their first electric race car, Hyundai will unveil their “Style Set Free” design platform in next month’s Frankfurt auto show. The idea is as EVs and autonomous driving opens up, cars will become more like mini-passenger ‘living spaces’ with customizable spaces. We will see what exactly they mean next month!

  • Monday 19th August: EV sales for Norway - Europe’s biggest EV seller (per capita) - are out for July 2019. All-electric sales were 38% of the overall market, with sales up 52% year on year (but plug-in hybrids - PHEVs - seeing a -35% fall in sales). The Nissan Leaf was the best seller with 584 sales, with the Model 3 down in fourth place with 308 sales.

  • Tuesday 20th August: As the Porsche Taycan moves closer to its launch, Autoblog have pictures of its interior. The Taycan has lots of technology, with a bunch of Apple integration including full Apple Music integration and Siri support. Android fans may miss out due to an apparent lack of Android Auto support, unfortunately. The driver’s instrument cluster looks awesome and will house a bunch of useful information, too.

  • Tuesday 20th August: Electrek report that the new Tesla Gigafactory 3 (in Shanghai, China) has achieved a big milestone: it has been cleared by the authorities to start production fairly soon. The local authorities have helped to support the Gigafactory’s development where possible, which is important to Tesla to grow on the Asian markets - and also avoid the American-China trade war. Elon Musk tweeted the following regarding this news:

  • Tuesday 20th August: Inside EVs has pictures (with camo) of the VW ID3 and VW Crozz together, with the ID3 being a compact hatchback and the Crozz being a bigger crossover (i.e. small SUV). The Crozz is expected to do well in America, offering the popular (crossover) SUV shape for a price which should be quite low. Both models are expected to arrive sometime in 2020.

  • Wednesday 21st August: EV Specifications report on General Motor’s latest efforts in the all important solid-state battery area, with a $2 million grant from America’s Department of Energy. Solid state batteries could transform both the price and ranges of EVs, with cheaper-to-produce batteries offering higher energy density. This grant money will go torwards advancing solid-state batteries, including using sulfide glass as an electrolyte which is a promising recent development.

  • Thursday 22nd August: Autoblog report on VW’s CEO Herbet Diess saying that they would be interested in buying Tesla shares, since VW could profit from Tesla’s expertise with software and batteries. Buying the whole company would, as you can imagine, be a bit too much for VW - however (plus you cannot imagine Musk selling Tesla to VW).

  • Thursday 22nd August: Chinese news site Pandaily report that Chinese EV maker NIO have laid off over 1,300 staff, trimming staff numbers from 8,800 down to 7,500 by the end of September. This is to adapt to recent Chinese Government changes impacting the EV markets, along with other factors. “In the past six months, the company’s internal and external environments have changed greatly. In order to ensure the survival and development of the company, we need to strengthen our awareness and adjust our plans”.

  • Friday 23rd August: Green Car Reports cover the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt (all electric car) whose range is boosted to 259 miles (417 km), up from 238 miles (383 km) in 2019. This was achieved via small tweaks to the same 60 kWh battery, a good achievement which should help the Chevy Bolt compete better against the Hyundai Kona electric.

  • Sunday 25th August: Euro News says that Tesla are scouting out sites in Germany to build a factory, possibly in North Rhine-Westphalia, with first inspections already having been completed. This follows from previously reports news, and tweets from Elon Musk in April, which said that Tesla were considering building a Gigafactory in the strategic European market.