What Changed In The Electric Vehicle Industry In January? – CleanTechnica

What Changed In The Electric Vehicle Industry In January? – CleanTechnica

Published on February 13th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

February 13th, 2019 by  

It’s time for another recap of significant electric vehicle (EV) changes. Read through for notable news about Tesla, other EVs, and EV policy, among other things.

Tesla News

Tesla opened up Model 3 orders in Europe and China (for non-reservation holders).

Tesla indicated that the Model Y was likely to be built at Gigafactory 1 as well as Gigafactory 3.

Tesla broke ground on Gigafactory 3 in China and Elon Musk talked to the local media.

Tesla modified its Model S and Model X pricing and nomenclature, dropping any indication of battery capacity in the trim names. Additionally, the company reduced Model S & X production hours after cutting the 75 kWh Model S from the option list.

Tesla also announced layoffs of ~7% of its full-time workforce.

The Tesla Model 3 received the best 3 to 5 year resale value estimate from Kelley Blue Book in the luxury car category, midsize car category, and electric vehicle category. That analysis matched up well with our own finding that Model 3 depreciation was much better than depreciation of other models in its class.

While the sales themselves were in 2018, in January we got several updates regarding auto sales that indicated Tesla’s tremendous position in the market.

  • Tesla revealed that it gobbled up 80% of the US electric vehicle market in 2018.
  • Additionally, the Model 3 was the #1 top selling luxury vehicle in the country and the 11th best selling car overall.
  • It seems the Model S accounted for more than one third of large luxury car sales in the US in 2018.
  • Altogether, Tesla scored ~20% of 2018 luxury car sales in its home country.
  • We reported that the Tesla Model 3 was the best selling car in the US in terms of revenue in the 4th quarter.
  • We also determined that Tesla sold ~30,000 more vehicles in 2018 than Porsche and ~46,000 more vehicles than Jaguar.
  • Related: “30 Nasty Tesla Charts.”

Other EV News


Byton opened its first store in China.

Boeing completed its first successful takeoff and landing with a electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi.

Chinese company Kaiyun Motors indicated it would bring an electric pickup truck to Europe and the US … at a price of $5,000.

Porsche announced free ultrafast charging via Electrify America for the first three years of Taycan ownership.

Volkswagen announced an $800 million investment in an EV assembly line at its Tennessee factory.

Ford announced that it would be building an electric F-Series pickup truck.

GM reportedly passed the 200,000 EV milestone in the 4th quarter.

Hyundai Kona EV pricing of $36,450 to $44,650 had people asking, “Is this the best crossover on the market?”

Amazon started rolling out Amazon Scout, an electric and autonomous delivery vehicle.

Waymo & Magna announced they would produce self-driving vehicles together in Michigan.

Toyota & Panasonic agreed to a battery manufacturing partnership.

BYD got a contract for 64 electric buses in Medellín, Colombia.

Daimler delivered its first medium-duty commercial electric cargo truck, the EM2.

Lime inched into electric carsharing in Seattle, Washington.

Carlos Ghosn went to “court” in Japan.

It was revealed that the Nissan LEAF was the best selling car (of any type) in Norway last year, and also the top selling electric car across Europe.

Almost one third of car sales in Norway were sales of fully electric cars in 2018.

Denmark reported a tenfold increase in EV sales.

EV Charging Biz & Batteries

Shell, which just started linking executive pay to carbon emissions, acquired Greenlots, a major EV fast charging company in the US.

Brusa revealed it is working on a wireless EV charging option that can charge an EV with 3.7 to 11 kW of power.

Volkswagen was reportedly ramping up its charging infrastructure in China in partnership with FAW, a Chinese business partner.

Hyundai introduced an autonomous parking and charging system.

SK Innovation announced a $5 billion increase in its investments in a Georgia EV battery factory.


Berlin announced it will get 1,600 more EV charging points in 2019 thanks to a new “Sofortprogramm Saubere Luft” initiative.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed “an executive order approving a ZEV program that will support the state’s goal of reducing its carbon emissions.”

Southern California Edison increased the rebate available to EV drivers via its Clean Fuel Reward Program.

Delhi formulated a draft policy requiring 25% electric vehicles by 2023. 



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Zach is tryin’ to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He’s also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don’t jump to conclusions.


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