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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class

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The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.


Ford’s F150 pickup gets its first diesel motor

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Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.


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In light of Fisker's solid-state battery breakthrough and claims of a one minute charge time, will this electric vehicle technology development kick-start mass BEV uptake? 

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Full charge ahead

Valence Technology has supplied over 200,000 Li-ion batteries to the automotive industry in less than four years, according to a company announcement. The news supports market forecasts that predict that Li-ion technology will become the main battery type for electric vehicles in the long term, surpassing NiMH systems that can be found in the current Toyota Prius and Honda Insight models.

“The 200,000 battery installations is an important milestone that demonstrates that our large-format batteries, incorporating our safe chemistries, intellectual property and customized solutions, meet the requirements of a wide range of vehicle makers,” said Alastair Johnston, Valence Technology’s UK-based VP for global sales and marketing.

Above: Batteries from Valence will help power a bike in the world's first zero carbon Grand Prix 

12 June 2009


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