“Legacy Automakers Must Embrace Startup Mentality: Ford Faces Yet Another Delay for New Electric Vehicles”

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Ford announced Thursday that it’s delaying the production of two electric vehicles, a next-generation EV pickup and a three-row EV SUV. Most recently, that startup mentality was on display with the Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s all-electric crossover. The result was a crossover that has helped Ford claim second place in U.S. EV sales for several quarters in a row. And don’t forget the original Ford assembly line, which while not a product, was definitely a product of entrepreneurial thinking. Ford has excelled at those tasks: The Mustang Mach-E and the F-150 Lightning are by most accounts not just excellent EVs, but excellent vehicles overall.

“German Automakers Embrace Tesla’s Charging Standard: Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi Lead the Way”

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The announcement comes at the tail end of a procession of other automakers jumping on the charging standard, following Tesla’s announcement last year that it was opening up access. Ford added that its next generation of EVs would be integrated with Tesla’s charge port called the North American Charging Standard (NACS) starting in 2025. Since then, major automakers such as GM, Rivian, Honda, Mercedes, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota and most recently Subaru followed with their own announcements to leverage Tesla’s charging standard. Lucid, a smaller luxury EV company, announced in November it would adopt the NACs standard. The company has previously told TechCrunch it is evaluating the charging standard.