Mazda EV plans, Canoo manufacturing, Mercedes EQS charging community, Hyundai air taxi: at the moment’s automobile information

Mercedes-Benz relies on renewable energies in its charging ecosystem. Mazda has a multi-tiered strategy to electrify its cars this decade, including its own EV platform by 2025. The Hyundai air taxi could be tested with Uber in a few years. And an EV startup announces its production partner – and plans to build its EVs in Oklahoma. This and more here at Green Car Reports.

Californian EV startup Canoo announced that it has partnered with Dutch VDL Nedcar and is aiming for Oklahoma for scale production of its Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle, the first in a portfolio of boldly diverse vehicles including pickups, vans and automobiles.

Mazda on Thursday announced plans for a dedicated EV platform through 2025, as well as a number of other electrified models by then. The MX-30 electric crossover, which hits the market later this year, is part of that plan along with future hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

Mercedes-Benz is building the charging ecosystem around its electric flagship EQS. This includes Plug & Charge compatibility in the US, which will eliminate additional handshakes with cards or phones, as well as an emphasis on balancing the energy needs of drivers in their charging network with renewable energy.

Hyundai has announced that its battery-electric air taxi project – in partnership with Uber – is running ahead of schedule. Although certification and regulatory hurdles are imminent, these vehicles could take test drives by the middle of the decade.

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