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Mazda EV plans, Canoo production, Mercedes EQS charging network, Hyundai air taxi: Today’s Car News

Mercedes-Benz is focusing on renewable energy for its charging ecosystem. Mazda has a multi-tier strategy for electrifying its cars this decade, including a dedicated EV platform by 2025. The Hyundai air taxi could be testing with Uber in just a few years. And an EV startup reveals its production partner—and plans to build its EVs in...

Report: Hyundai electric air taxis might arrive as soon as 2025

Hyundai believes its first electric air taxis could lift off by 2025—years earlier than expected—even as regulation for the completely new aviation format lags. "Air taxi" has become a catchall term for small vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft designed for use in cities as an airborne alternative to conventional ride-hailing...

Charging ecosystem for Mercedes EQS: Plug & Charge support, offsets for renewable energy

Mercedes-Benz on Thursday released more details on charging for its 2022 EQS flagship electric luxury sedan. The automaker hopes to build a brand-specific ecosystem of services that can later be used for other Mercedes EVs. The EQS will support the Plug & Charge standard, which allows drivers to simply plug in at a public station to start...

Mazda plans dedicated EV platform in 2025, other EVs and plug-in hybrids before then

In a major change of tack, Mazda on Thursday announced a large-scale electrification strategy, including plans for a dedicated EV platform by 2025, and other electrified models before then. Mazda has attempted to keep pace with stricter global emissions standards by increasing the efficiency of its internal-combustion engines, but now it seems the...

Quirky Canoo EVs set for Oklahoma production in 2022, subscription model played down

California-based Canoo announced on Thursday that it plans to use Netherlands’ VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. Even more importantly, perhaps, in an event running through much about the company’s business model and intended products, it covered the present state of its much-evolved business model. Nedcar has already...

GM battery factories, hydrogen BMW X5, Honda Clarity sunset, Toyota’s far-off EV future: Today’s Car News

GM is adding more battery factories and upping investment, as Toyota says it’s too early to focus on EVs. The Honda Clarity lineup is at the end of the road. And BMW’s hydrogen-powered X5 hits the road for testing. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. Honda has confirmed that its Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and Clarity Fuel Cell are on...

Toyota claims it’s too early to focus on EVs

Most automakers now see a date for sunsetting internal combustion technology, either in some markets or globally. Don’t count Toyota as among them. At an annual general shareholders’ meeting held this week, its executives doubled down on a strategy that might include internal-combustion engines in hybrids until then and perhaps beyond...

BMW readies its hydrogen fuel-cell X5 due in 2022

The BMW i Hydrogen Next, a hydrogen fuel-cell version of the BMW X5 crossover SUV, has started testing on European roads ahead of a small-batch production run in 2022, the automaker said Wednesday in a press release. First seen at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the hydrogen SUV marries a Toyota fuel-cell stack with fifth-generation electric-motor...

GM accelerates battery-plant plans, hydrogen fuel-cell projects

General Motors on Wednesday announced plans for two additional United States battery factories and new hydrogen fuel-cell projects as part of a $35 billion investment in green technology through 2025. The two newly-announced battery-cell plants will complement factories in Ohio (supplying the GMC Hummer EV and Chevrolet Silverado EV) and Tennessee...

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is gone after 2021, but Clarity Fuel Cell will linger into 2022

Honda has confirmed that the Honda Clarity lineup, which includes Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, has reached the end of the road. Well, almost. Both of those models will end production in August, with the Fuel Cell available for lease through 2022, American Honda confirmed to Green Car Reports. Arriving in 2017, the Clarity lineup...

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