Sunday 6th May 2018.


  • Zap Map: “The UK’s electric vehicle market continued its now familiar growth in April, with more than 3,800 plug-in cars registered in April 2018 ? representing 2.3% of the total UK car market.” “Of the combined electric vehicle registrations, more than 900 units were pure-electric models, and almost 3,000 were PHEVs. The ratio sees PHEVs account for three out of every four plug-in cars registered in April 2018.” In the UK that’s 18,000 vehicles sold this year.
  • Electrans reporting on Norway: “After a record breaking month in March, with plug-ins capturing almost 56% of car sales, April continued to show a similar trend, with 43% of sales as EVs dominate the most popular models in the country.” The Nissan LEAF “has the highest number of registrations this year (3,995) ? out of any vehicle model, not just EVs.”
  • Mark Kane at InsideEVs: “March stats: Passenger BEVs: 1,990 registrations (up 35%), Passenger PHEVs: 845 registrations and light commercial BEVs: 404 registrations (up 9%). The one that surprised us is the Jaguar I-PACE with 20 registrations ? that’s 4 more than the Tesla Model X.”
  • And so much of the take up of electric vehicles is based on incentives or Government support. So it’s interesting the UK announced plans to ban hybrids and soft hybrids by 2040, with only plug in hybrids of full BEVs which can do at least 50miles of pure electric range being ono sale. And so for the first time in my life I find myself looking at the schedule of what is due to be discussed in parliament next week. Needless to say most of it is Brexit.  On Wednesday 9th May at 3pm, in the House of Lords, they will be considering the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, which creates a framework for this technology including an insurance framework for fully automated vehicles on the roads. It also provides for infrastructure that is easy to use for electric vehicle owners.


  • “BP’s new solar arm is steeling itself to battle global energy and tech giants for a slice of the burgeoning “smart home” market with the acquisition of an Irish tech start-up.” reports The Telegraph: “The Lightsource system brings together a solar panel, battery and electric vehicle charger to create a digital system which responds on a second-by-second basis to changes in the power market. By using artificial intelligence and algorithms, Lightsource customers are always using the cheapest possible power with no upfront technology costs.”
  • BP said the electric vehicle market is likely to drive demand for smarter home energy solutions by tripling the energy use of an average household.


  • Franz von Holzhausen told the Future of the Automobile conference this week in Los Angeles, about the Model 3: “It’s a beautiful minimalist experience that thinks forward to autonomy, when the car is doing the work for you. The Tesla products, they age into the future. There’s no other car that really does that.”


  • The Norwegian Parliament has ruled that all cruise ships and ferries operating in the country’s world heritage fjords must be emission free as soon as possible, and no later than 2026. The decision has effectively created the world’s first zero emissions zone at sea” reports “The new ruling will mean that other operators will have to outfit their vessels with similar battery technologies, and ports will have to install charging infrastructure. Hydrogen propulsion could also be possible in the future, though the necessary technologies are still in development.”


  • In Schenzen, “The 12.5 million-person metropolis made headlines last year as the first to operate an all-electric bus system. It’s a significant achievement, especially considering the size of the city’s fleet, which totals 16,359 vehicles, more than the combined number operating in New York City, LA, Toronto, New Jersey, and Chicago” says Curbed: “With 385,000 electric buses, the country has 99 percent of the world’s electric buses, and currently adds 9,500 zero-emission buses every five weeks, equivalent to London’s entire bus fleet. “The city invested in a system of charging terminals for buses, an infrastructure expansion that was coordinated with bus manufacturers and the local utility system. By adding thousands of charging stations?which can also be used by private drivers”

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