This week saw lots of news from the Frankfurt Auto Show, including:

  • Monday 9th September: Electrify America have partnered with Porsche to roll out their 800-volt rapid DC EVSE car charging network, allowing for 270 kW charging rates - currently perfect for the Porsche Taycan which went from 5% to 80% battery charge in just 22.5 minutes.

  • Monday 9th September: Autoblog covers that the VW ID.3 has been officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and it has a massive max range of 342 miles (550 km) - although the initial offering will be with a 58 kWh battery and ‘just’ 261 miles (420 km) of range.

  • Tuesday 10th September: Reuters have an interesting video report from the Frankfurt Auto Show which now houses loads of electric cars, but environmentalists have criticised the show saying that EVs are not really green.

  • Tuesday 10th September: Auto Car UK mentions that VW have shown off another car: their ID 4, albeit under heavy camouflauge. This all-electric SUV will launch sometime next year, and it is expected to be bigger than the Tiguan but smaller than the Tiguan Allspace. No other details are known about it, as VW want to keep the attention on the imminent arrival of the ID 3.

  • Tuesday 10th September: Electrek report that Tesla have now added pedestrian warning sounds to the Tesla Model 3, to start complying to up-and-coming regulations for sounds to be played at low speeds to prevent pedestrian collisions.

  • Tuesday 10th September: Autoblog cover another Frankfurt Auto Show announcement: the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT concept car. As its name suggests, this is a hydrogen fuel cell car from BMW. However it is just a concept car: it will not be available to customers before 2025.

  • Tuesday 10th September: Autoblog also covers the Honda E, which we reported on last week. It will firstly be released in Germany, costing just 29,470 EUR ($32,700) after subsidies. This could mean an American price of $30,000, although right now the Honda E seems destined to be Asia and Europe only.

  • Tuesday 10th September: Autoblog report on Ford’s announcement that it is expediting its electric plans, with eight electric cars being released this year, and aims that more than half of their sales are from electric cars by 2022, including a Ford Kuga EV, Ford Puma SUV EV and Ford Mondeo electric model.

  • Tuesday 10th September: Auto Express covers our final reporting from the Frankfurt Auto Show, which mentions that Jaguar have teased a new all-electric version of the Jaguar XJ, by showing a very brief image of the XJ’s rear. It will be produced in the UK at their Castle Bromwich site, helping to support thousands of UK car manufacturing jobs.

  • Thursday 12th September: Bloomberg have an interesting article that Toyota are planning solar panels on the roof of its Prius car to “self-charge” the hybrid’s battery, potentially allowing it to “run forever”. Whilst the “self charging hybrid” strapline has been false marketing (as the car does not genuinely self charge), this would be a (small) step towards that direction.

  • Thursday 12th September: A Tweet from Elon Musk says that the Tesla Model S being raced on the Nurburgring is a new 7-seater prototype, which is thought could be available to customers soon.

  • Saturday 14th September: Clean Technica has some analysis on Tesla’s new solar panels which come in at $1.01/watt, in an article which Elon Musk said was some great analysis.