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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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Battery first for Hitachi

Hitachi has announced that it has developed lithium-ion batteries for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, a first for the Japanese corporation.
Created in response to the growing demand for eco-friendly vehicles, the new battery technology from Hitachi will roll out of production factories by the end of the second quarter of this year.
The newly developed lithium-ion technology boasts an electric capacity of 25Ah, which will allow a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to run for about 20km in EV mode, using the motor alone. In addition, Hitachi R&D engineers have also developed new electrodes that the company says offers an outstanding balance of high energy (EV running) and high power (HEV running) performances. From a safety perspective, Hitachi’s Li-ion battery systems also incorporate a heat-resistant separator that prevents internal short-circuits.

14 January 2010


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