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Another lawsuit alleging racial harassment by Tesla employees has been filed in California state court. More than a dozen black current and former Tesla employees allege they were subjected to racist comments from co-workers, managers and HR, while also alleging they were passed over for promotions or given more physical tasks.
The first official photos of the upcoming MG4 five-door hatchback have been released ahead of the car’s launch in September. The all-electric MG4 will be available with two battery sizes: 51 kWh or 64 kWh. WLTP range is estimated at 218-281 miles (350-452 km). The MG4 will be rear-wheel drive at launch, but the platform could theoretically accommodate an additional front engine for all-wheel drive,
The new ‘Limited Edition’ Honda e has been launched in Europe and features a rather attractive Premium Crystal Red color scheme with black accents including the wheels, rearview cameras and the lower part of the bumpers and side skirts. As for the changes, that’s it for this special series limited to 50, but it has received the seal of approval from reigning F1 world champion Max Verstappen.
Some specialist low-volume carmakers will be able to rest a little easier as the European Union has agreed to extend a deal that exempts them from the CO2 targets that mainstream brands must meet. This happens when companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren produce less than 10,000 cars a year. The EU agreed to move the cut-off point to the end of 2035.
The SSC Tuatara is claimed to produce 1750bhp. on E85 and 1350 hp. on 91-octane fuel from its twin-turbocharged 5.9-liter V8 engine. However, it seems the engine could be even more powerful than that. A video posted on SSC’s Instagram page shows the engine dyno measuring 1,890 horsepower — nearly 150 horsepower more than the automaker’s official claims.
Several cruise robot taxis have been caught on camera blocking a San Francisco street. The accidental gathering was made near midnight before Cruise officials were due to arrive on the scene to deal with the situation. This was reported by the representative of the company Tech Crunch that none of the passengers were hurt, but could not reveal why the cars decided to stage an impromptu rally.
What else is making the news
Climeworks is building a second carbon dioxide removal plant
The Climeworks facility in Iceland is capable of emitting about 4,000 tons of carbon a year, but that’s only a fraction of the 40 billion tons the world emits each year. https://t.co/oILKgQ1icn (From 2021)
— WIRED (@WIRED) July 1, 2022
Climeworks, a start-up dedicated to removing CO2 from the atmosphere, has announced the construction of a second plant in Iceland that will capture and store 36,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. As an alternative to planting trees, plants take up less space and store CO2 underground.
Mark Zuckerberg gives a serious warning to Meta employees
In a recent Q&A with employees, Facebook parent company Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg warned employees that they may no longer be needed. During the session, Zuckerberg bluntly told Meta employees that “…some of you may decide that this is not the place for you, and that self-selection is fine with me,” according to reports technical point.