Electric Vehicle News Round-up – May 2020

electric vehicle news round-up

Here is the three interesting news about electric vehicles in the month of May 2020. We have selected only three news among a lot of incidents that happened in May 2020.

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#1 Tesla Speeds Up the Production of Super Charger V3

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla tweeted about the electric car supercharger v3 on May 29th, 2020. He confirmed that they are ramping up the production of supercharger V3.

Electrek reports that:

Musk said that he wants the Supercharger network to cover “95% to 100% of the population in all active markets.”

Tesla’s goal was to have 18,000 Superchargers around the world by the end of 2018.

Unfortunately, Tesla ended up having only about 12,000 Superchargers at the end of 2018, and now two years later, the automaker has 16,585 Superchargers in operation around the world.

Tesla had launched supercharger V3 with a top charger rate of 250kW, last year.

It is believed that Tesla slowed down the deployment of old generation supercharger ahead of the launch of its third-generation charging station.

According to Elon Musk, there are more supercharging stations from Tesla coming soon.

#2 More than 1 in 10 cars in Europe was a plug-in in April 2020

InsideEVs reports that more than 1 in 10 cars was a plug-in electric vehicle in Europe.

The passenger car sales went down by around 78% in April 2020 in Europe due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Electric car market that showed steady growth in the previous months also affected by the pandemic to decline by 16%. It was the first monthly decline in a few years.

The good news is that the people are more towards the electric vehicles now a days.

Electric Vehicle News Round-up May 2020 [Video]

EV Sales Blog reports roughly 31,500 new plug-in registrations, which allowed for an extraordinary market share of 11% (5.8% for BEVs).

After the first four months of 2020, total passenger plug-in car sales exceed 260,000 (7.8% of the market, including 4.4% for BEVs).

#3 California Utility Studies How the connected EVs power the grid

How do electric vehicles affect the power utility grid? We have a detailed post about the topic on this blog – Impacts of EVs on the power utility grid. You may watch the YouTube video as well.

Southern California Edison (SCE), the US’s one of the largest power utility, plans to launch a demonstration project for “vehicle-to-grid” or “V2G” technology, in which vehicles both charge and discharge power to the grid.

SCE says that they have more than 200,000 electric cars on the road of its service area, and 700,000 in the entire state of California. It added that a car with a 100kWh battery pack could power an average household for nearly a week.

It’s really interesting. An electric vehicle could act as a micro generating station as well.

The number of electric cars is expected to grow significantly. For California to meet its goal to become carbon neutral by 2045, SCE said it needs 75% of vehicles in the state to be electric by then.

Greencarreport says:

The demonstration project aims to see if V2G could lower customers’ electric bills in exchange for energy supplied from their cars while connected to the grid. The project will also look at the standardization of equipment needed to connect cars to the grid.

SCE plans to use a mix of passenger cars and buses. The passenger cars will be charged at both workplace sites and in laboratory conditions, the utility said.

SCE hasn’t determined specific makes or models yet, but is in discussions with two light-duty automakers, a transit-bus manufacturer, and a school-bus manufacturer, a spokesman told Green Car Reports.

A number of studies have suggested that electric cars could have a stabilizing effect on the grid by making use of excess generating capacity during periods of low demand, and discharging stored electricity during periods of high demand.

V2G requires electric cars to be capable of bidirectional charging. The Electric vehicle demands smart charging rather than fast charging now.


We have presented three important news about electric vehicles in the month of May 2020.

  • Tesla Speeds Up the Production of Super Charger V3
  • More than 1 in 10 cars in Europe was a plug-in in April 2020
  • California Utility Studies How the connected EVs power the grid

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