First drive review: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS fuses electric-car wizardry with S-Class serenity

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS first drive (EQS 580)The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS pitches the luxury nameplate out of its comfort zone and into an all-electric future it had slow-tracked over the past decade. Even with its remarkably rapid development, Mercedes is in the unenviable position of playing catch-up with the 2022 EQS. The Tesla Model S emerged nine years ago and has locked up its loyalists…
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Aston Martin to debut electric sports car in 2025, CEO says

2021 Aston Martin DBXAn Aston Martin electric car due in 2025 will replace one of the automaker’s current front-engine sports cars, CEO Tobias Moers said in an interview with Automotive News Europe (subscription required) published Tuesday. The British automaker said in March that it was working on an electric sports car and an electric crossover, with the sports car…
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Mercedes-Benz announces dedicated EV platforms, aims to go all-electric in some markets by 2030

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQSMercedes-Benz on Thursday provided an update on its electrification plans, including a goal to switch to an all-electric lineup by 2030, where market conditions allow. “The tipping point is getting closer and we will be ready as markets switch to electric-only by the end of the decade,” Mercedes CEO Ola Källenius said in a statement. Key to…
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Report: 1 in 10 drivers burn nearly a third of US gasoline

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor vs 2021 Ram 1500 TRXA small group of drivers are responsible for a disproportionately high amount of gasoline consumption in the United States, according to a new report from advocacy group Coltura. These so-called gasoline “superusers” constitute just one in 10 U.S. drivers, but burn 32% of gasoline used in U.S. light-duty vehicles, according to the report. That’s…
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Tesla Full Self-Driving is now a $199 subscription

2021 Tesla Model S PlaidTesla’s so-called Full Self-Driving bundle of driver aids is now available through a monthly subscription, per the company’s website. The automaker charges $10,000 to enable Full Self-Driving from the factory, but is now adding a pay-as-you-go option for customers who bought lower-level versions of Tesla’s driver-assist tech. Owners of cars with…
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Lightyear One solar car will be made by Finland's Valmet

Lightyear One validation prototypeDutch startup Lightyear has selected Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive to build the Lightyear One solar-supplemented electric car. Prototype builds are scheduled to start in January 2022, followed by full production in summer 2022, Lightyear said in a press release. Additional performance testing, optimization, and regulatory…
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2022 Volvo C40 Recharge: Swoopy electric crossover will start at $59,845

2022 Volvo C40 RechargeThe 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge electric crossover will start at $59,845 when it reaches United States dealerships later this year, Volvo confirmed Monday in a press release. That price, which includes a mandatory destination charge, comes before any federal, state, or local incentives the C40 Recharge may qualify for. Customers also get up to 250…
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Beyond Hummer EV: Fully electric GMC pickup confirmed

2021 GMC Sierra 2500HDWhile the GMC Hummer EV will likely serve as an luxury off-road halo model for GMC, the brand’s reputation is fueled by fleets of work truck that don’t entirely fit within the Hummer EV’s eventual base price of $79,995. What follows that opening act taking GMC electric has now been described a little more clearly: a full-size…
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Study: Emissions of electric fleets depends greatly on the “when, where, and how” of charging

Ford E-Transit with tablet and Ford Pro fleet softwareAs more fleets go all-electric at a large scale, they’re starting to understand that how EVs are managed can have a big impact in the long-term payoffs—both in money and ownership costs and also in greenhouse gas emissions. Although the cost of the fuel is the main issue for gasoline or diesel vehicles, the calculation for EVs…
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Lucid Air: EV-focused Pirelli tires help enable range, performance, refinement

2021 Lucid AirPirelli on Thursday released details on a new EV-focused version of its P Zero tire, which will debut on the 2021 Lucid Air luxury sedan. The tire has a high-load (HL) rating, allowing it to support the extra weight of battery packs in both electric cars and hybrids, a Pirelli press release said. The tire can support 20% more weight than a…
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