The largest German automaker Mercedes-Benz brought six new electric vehicles of the EQ family to the home stretch at once and decided to talk about the timetable for their introduction to the market. As a result, by the end of 2022, the brand’s portfolio will have eight full battery electric vehicles, including the existing mid-size EQC crossover and the EQV passenger minivan.
So, already in the first half of 2021, the assembly of the Mercedes-Benz EQS luxury sedan starts at Factory 56 in Sindelfingen (Germany). In the same 2021, the Germans will start assembling two electric crossovers at once – the compact Mercedes-Benz EQA and the mid-size Mercedes-Benz EQB. The first model will be produced at a factory in Rastatt (Germany), the second – in Kecskemet (Hungary).
Also in 2021, the production of the Mercedes-Benz EQE electric business sedan will start at a factory in Bremen (Germany). Interestingly, the three latest models (EQA, EQB, EQE) will also be assembled in parallel at a factory in Beijing (China) for the local market.
In 2022, the Germans have planned to start production of crossovers based on the large sedans Mercedes-Benz EQS and Mercedes-Benz EQE. New items with the code designation SUV EQS and SUV EQE will be assembled on the American market in Tuscaloosa (Alabama), and batteries for them will also be assembled there.
In turn, the production of batteries for EQA and EQB crossovers will be launched in Kamenets (Germany), Javor (Poland) and Beijing (China), and for EQE and EQS sedans – in Untertürkheim and Hedelfingen (Germany).
Recall that the serial Mercedes-Benz EQC electric crossover has been assembled at factories in Bremen (Germany) and Beijing (China) since May 2019, and the Mercedes-Benz EQV passenger minivan has been assembled in Vitoria (Spain) since 2020.
The company also boasts the presence of three electric city cars at once: smart EQ fortwo, smart EQ fortwo Cabrio and smart EQ forfour, the next generation of which will be produced in China by the joint venture of Mercedes-Benz AG and Zhejiang Geely Group (Geely Holding).
Elon, are you okay? The head of Tesla abruptly stopped posting anything on Twitter
Elon Musk celebrated the milestone of 100 million followers on the social network Twitter in an uncharacteristic way for him: he did not write anything about this at all.
Many have already noticed that the billionaire, who recently was about to acquire Twitter and regularly left a lot of interesting and not very messages on the social network, has not published anything on the social network for the ninth day in a row. His last post was related to the next increase in gasoline prices in the US, he was made on June 21.
In the five weeks leading up to June 16, Elon Musk averaged 145 tweets and retweets per week, or about 21 per day. On June 16, an open letter signed by SpaceX employees was released, describing Musk’s tweets as “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment.”
Some of those who signed the letter were immediately fired, but Musk’s tweets plummeted, and after June 21, he stopped posting anything on the social network.
Are American lives more important than Mexican lives? Crash test of two Hyundai cars for different markets clearly showed the problem of double standards in the industry
Global NCAP experts decided to bring together in one crash test two similar cars created for different markets.
Hyundai Accent for the US market and Hyundai Grand i10 for Mexico and Latin America decided to push their foreheads together. These are the most affordable models of the Korean company, which are sold in their respective markets. This is not the same car under different names, as sometimes happens, but still the difference in results was huge.
Just one video is enough to understand that the Grand i10 received much more damage. Unfortunately, the same applies to mannequins. Grand i10 is equipped with only two frontal airbags compared to six in Accent. This further aggravated the situation for the first model. It ended up with zero stars. The source does not disclose the Accent result, but speaks of good driver protection. In addition, if you look at the IHSS website, you can see that this car received the maximum score on almost all points.
With this comparison, Global NCAP specialists want to draw attention to the problem of double standards of automakers that are used when creating cars for different markets.
The Wall Street Journal: Tesla will close one of its offices in California and lay off 200 employees who worked on improving the autopilot
The Wall Street Journal, citing its own sources, reported that Tesla plans to liquidate one of its offices in California, about 200 employees will be laid off.
According to the publication, in order to reduce costs, the company is closing an office in San Mateo. More than half of its staff has received notices of dismissal from their positions, and the remainder of the staff will be distributed among other company offices. It is noted that most of the employees who were laid off were engaged in improving the Tesla autopilot.
Earlier, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he had a “very bad feeling about [американской] economy” and warned of the intention to “cut approximately 10% of employees” and “suspend hiring worldwide.” Speaking at the technology All-in Summit conference in Miami in mid-May, Musk said that the United States economy is in a recession and will come out of it no earlier than a year.
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