Ford's Chargescape grid platform with BMW, plus climate threat to German beer

(A native of England, veteran journalist Matthew Diebel has worked at NBC News, Time, USA Today and News Corp., among other organizations. Having spent much of his childhood next to one of the world’s fastest bodies of water, he is particularly interested in tidal energy.)

Good news for those who want to, er, give back

As the owner of a 19-year-old Honda $HMC with nearly 200,000 miles on the clock, it is always in the back of my mind that I might need a replacement in the not-too-distant future. And also — what else would a climate change journalist do? — my attention has turned to EVs, such as the compact ones that will fit into the tight parking spaces of New York City.But I also have fantasy moments. The main one is to have a humongous full-size pickup. And so my eyes widened last year when Ford $F launched its F-150 Lightning truck, a vehicle capable of astounding acceleration and with cavernous carrying capacity. I imagined myself hauling a tricked-out trailer as we headed to vacations in far-flung parts of the nation…

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