In another busy week for green car news:

  • Monday 26th August: EV sales for Europe July 2019 are out, showing a strong 32% growth compared to July 2018, at 36,000 plug-in sales. The Renault Zoe re-gained the #1 spot with 3,969 sales compared to the #2 Tesla Model 3 with 3,478 sales.

  • Monday 26th August: Autoblog have an interesting piece on a Swiss mining company who have produced a huge mining dumper truck. This is not uncommon in mining, of course, but the fact that it is an electric vehicle is! It is powered by a massive 600 kWh battery pack.

  • Monday 26th August: Autoblog report that Tesla are raising their prices in China in response to the ongoing American-Chinese trade war which has raised tariffs on their cars (by 25% on vehicles and 5% on auto parts).

  • Tuesday 27th August: Green Tech Media have news from the UK which covers the UK Government proposing a ‘World first’ mandate that new houses and offices will need EVSE car chargers built-in. This would take effect within 6-9 months, and it would mean that developments would need parking spaces with a 7+ kW electric car charger.

  • Wednesday 28th August: Autoblog explore ‘Aptera’, an electric car company which went bankrupt in 2011 and seemed to disappear. But it now seems to have re-emerged, with claims that they can produce electric cars with up to 100 kWh battery packs yielding a massive 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of range due to the aerodynamic, lightweight car design. This sounds like great news, but we will naturally only believe it when we see it.

  • Wednesday 28th August: Electrek examine Tesla’s newly launched insurance program, which was first mentioned by Elon Musk two years ago. Tesla’s InsureMyTesla program apparently offers “up to 30% cheaper” insurance than the American competition, and there are plans for this program to be offered in other countries (in due course) too.

  • Wednesday 28th August: Electrek also examine the revamped Renault Zoe with a 52 kWh battery, with 20% better energy (battery cell) density compared to the old model, which should lead to a decent range increase - although this is currently unconfirmed. The new Zoe will now offer 50 kW fast charging rates, an improvement on the previous 22 kW charging rate too.

  • Wednesday 28th August: Push EVs take a look at the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 2020 all-electric model, with 193 miles (311 km) range due to an improved battery pack (up from 28 kWh to 38.3 kWh). The interior has also been revamped, with a 10” touchscreen and a sleeker, sportier finish.

  • Wednesday 28th August: Electrek report on the slimmed down Audi e-tron whose ‘e-tron 50’ model will launch in Norway for just $55,000. This car will have a reduced 186 mile (299 km) range due to a smaler 71 kWh battery pack, and will launch only in Europe.

  • Thursday 29th August: Global EV sales for July 2019 are out, with a fairly slow 3% year on year growth rate, showing 148,000 units sold. This is mainly driven by China - once a power house of EV sales - seeing a continued drop in electric car sales after the Government clamped down on their subsidy programs. The Model 3 continued to be a best seller globally, with 19,057 sales - well ahead of the second place BAIC EU-Series with 8,937 sales.

  • Thursday 29th August: Electrive report that VW are dropping the price of their e-Golf, their first EV which is produced on their ‘basic’ electric car platform - with their upcoming ID range being developed on a brand new EV platform. The price of a VW has dropped by 4,000 Euros ($4,400) down to 31,900 EUR ($35,200) in Germany.

  • Thursday 29th August: Green Car Reports cover the fact that GM’s electric car federal tax credit will fall on October 1st, down to just $1,875 (from$3,750 now - but $7,500 originally). This means that one of the better priced EVs on the market (starting at $33,745 after tax credits) will jump in price soon.

  • Saturday 31st August: Autoblog report that earlier rumors about Tesla planning price hikes in China will now not go ahead, beacause the Chinese government are exempting Tesla from the incoming 10% foreign car purchase fee. It is thought that China see Tesla as an important foreign auto maker and thus have made this Tesla-specific exemption.