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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


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


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? 


Argonne licenses cathode technology to Envia

Argonne National Laboratory has confirmed it has licensed its cathode technology to Envia Systems. The deal marks the fifth licensing agreement for the Argonne-developed cathode technology.

Building on the existing award-winning Argonne-Envia collaboration, the Argonne license contributes complementary technology to Envia’s development of industry-leading Li-Ion battery solutions. General Motors announced today that it will invest US$7 million in Envia to provide its battery engineering team with access to advanced lithium-ion cathode technology that delivers higher cell energy density and lower cost.

Along with GM, LG Chem, BASFand Toda Kogyo have also licensed the Argonne-developed technology. “At Argonne, we are proud that our energy research is giving powerful support to the US automobile industry and revitalizing battery production in this country, creating good new jobs here at home and increasing our economic competitiveness world-wide,” said Jeff Chamberlain, who heads Argonne's energy storage initiative. “The transfer of this technology to a Silicon Valley start up like Envia demonstrates the extraordinary impact and value of the Department of Energy’s investment in basic research, and shows the very real contribution the national laboratories make to our country's prosperity.”

In a separate announcement, Envia Systems said that its high capacity manganese rich cathode material for advanced batteries is available in limited quantities for pilot vehicle programs. “Today we are once again seeing the benefits for the American people that come with federal investments in science and innovation. With this new agreement, a battery technology, originally developed at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, is making its way into the market. By supporting American innovation, commercialization and manufacturing, this partnership is helping to boost U.S. competitiveness and create the jobs of the future,” said US Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

15 February 2011


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