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Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


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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