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Mercedes and China’s Geely team up to take electric Smart cars global

Sponsored Links Daimler Last year Smart became the first car brand to switch to an all-EV lineup — now its parent company Mercedes-Benz has got a new partner to help bring its electrification ambitions to fruition. While Mercedes will continue to design the vehicles, China’s Geely — which owns Volvo — will take care of …

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Amazon employees say they were threatened for climate change criticism

Sponsored Links JASON REDMOND via Getty Images Two Amazon employees who spoke out against the company’s environmental policies say they were threatened with termination if they continue to violate the company’s external communications policy, The Washington Post reports. In October, the employees, Maren Costa and Jamie Kowalski, told The Washington Post that Amazon contributes to …

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BMW’s plug-in hybrid 745e delivers tech and luxury at a price

745e xDrive PHEV Get more info Get more info Scores Engadget Not yet scored   Critic 2 Reviews 8   Users Not yet scored   Key Specs Sponsored Links The buyers of electrified cars and SUVs typically purchase those vehicles to save money or to have a lower impact on the environment. The BMW 745e …

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Mazda claims long-range EVs are worse for the planet than diesels

Sponsored Links Mazda Wonder why Mazda’s MX-30 only has a modest 35.5kWh battery when its competition frequently has more? According to the brand’s European research director Christian Schultze, it’s to help the planet. He told Automotive News that the small pack is “responsibly” sized to have an overall CO2 emission footprint (including manufacturing and energy …

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Tesla’s Cybertruck found its way into a Travis Scott music video

Sponsored Links Travis Scott/YouTube Tesla likes to brag about racking up sales without a lick of advertising, but it’s apparently not averse to some product placement. Rapper Travis Scott has shared the video for “Gang Gang,” and the car-centric video includes extensive, conspicuous shots of Scott and crew performing around (and occasionally using) both the …

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VW’s prototype charging robot can find your EV in the parking garage

Tesla isn’t the only car maker with grand visions of EV charging robots. Volkswagen has created a prototype charging robot that would navigate to your car in the parking garage, saving you the trouble of hunting for a coveted (and likely rare) EV charging spot. The autonomous helper would hitch itself to a “battery wagon” …

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Mercedes EQA teaser reveals an electric counterpart to the GLA

Sponsored Links Mercedes-Benz Mercedes has posted a teaser for the production EQA, and it doesn’t appear share much of anything in common with the 2018 concept EV. The near-finished vehicle is now positioned as an “electric brother” of the 2021 GLA crossover, complete with a virtually identical side profile. Mercedes hasn’t said much more, but …

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Mercedes delays the US launch of its all-electric SUV until 2021

Sponsored Links Mercedes’ EQC all-electric SUV was initially scheduled to arrive in the US in early 2020. If you were hoping to buy the vehicle stateside, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Mercedes has rescheduled the launch date to 2021. The EQC arrived in Europe earlier this year, and apparently it “generated high interest,” …

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Ferrari won’t produce an EV until after 2025

Sponsored Links Mike Marsland/Getty Images for Ferrari North Europe Just because Ferrari unveiled its first production plug-in hybrid doesn’t mean it’s ready to completely embrace electric cars. Company chief Louis Camilleri told reporters that he didn’t expect the Italian supercar brand to produce an EV until sometime after 2025. It’s not due to hostility or …

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Study says climate change is starving the oceans of oxygen

Sponsored Links atese via Getty Images The effect of climate change on oceans is likely more extensive than you think. A study from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) indicated that climate change and the ensuing hotter water reduced the amount of oxygen dissolved into oceans by 2 percent between 1960 and 2010. …

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