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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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Axeon and Ricardo collaborate on a new battery system

An unnamed European automotive manufacturer has sought the expertise of UK-based lithium-ion energy systems supplier, Axeon, and automotive technology, innovation and systems integration provider, Ricardo, to supply and integrate an advanced, lightweight battery pack for a pioneering plug-in hybrid vehicle. 



The plug-in hybrid vehicle, from an established European brand, will feature an advanced, bespoke Axeon battery system that leverages Nanophosphate lithium iron cells from A123 Systems. The team is developing a high-tech solution for this application, featuring an ultra-lightweight, liquid-cooled battery pack and a development of the Ricardo’s BMW incorporating active cell balancing. Ricardo will engineer the pack including all aspects of the mechanical, electrical/electronic hardware and software, including thermal design considerations and safety. Axeon will assume full responsibility for a full test and validation program, production and supply. 


“It’s difficult to think of a more demanding application or client for our skills, so we were delighted to have been selected to play such a key role in this development program” said Lawrence Berns, CEO of Axeon, who added: “This car will transform thinking about hybrid cars in every area, especially performance. Our technology will play a key role, underlining our prowess in this competitive field and showing that hybrids can also offer significant advances to performance as well as environmental benefits.”

7 October 2010


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