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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? 


Ford's Dagenham facility to get third wind turbine

Construction of Ford Dagenham's largest, most powerful wind turbine has been completed after the blades of the turbine were lifted into place last week. The turbine, which is 120m tall, is the third to be commissioned at Dagenham and is now contributing clean electricity to power engine production in the Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC).

Groundwork for the third wind turbine began in June of this year and construction of the tower and blades took just four days to finish. The main assembly was completed when the 82m-diameter windmill blades and hub were hoisted 80m into the air. This was carried out by one of the UK's largest cranes, which was delivered to the site by four articulated trucks and itself required a 160-tonne crane to be assembled.

Increased production at the DDC required the installation of a third turbine to avoid use of non-renewable forms of generated electricity. Chris Woolacott, Ford DCC line manager, said: "The Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre is once again 100% wind-powered. Ford's plant – building the company’s lowest-CO2 diesel engines – continues to be powered by renewable energy."

Total engine production at Ford Dagenham exceeds 38 million units.
Third wind turbine data
Rotor diameter 82m
Hub height 79m
Capacity 2.3MW
Green electricity per year 5.58 million units
Homes powered (equiv) 1692
Tonnes of CO2 saved (p.a) 2401
Maximum height of 120m equivalent to a 36-storey building

Combined wind turbine data
Green electricity per year 11.4 million units
Homes powered (equiv) 3400
Tonnes of CO2 saved (p.a) 4947


18 August 2011


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