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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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BASF confirms lithium phosphate deal

BASF has announced that it has signed a long-term licensing agreement to acquire global rights for the production and sale of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery materials technology from LiFePO4+C Licensing AG in Switzerland, an affiliate of Clariant AG.

“As a result of our agreement with LiFePO4+C, BASF becomes the only company worldwide that is licensed to produce and market LiB materials by both the Argonne National Laboratory – the global leader in NCM technology – and LiFePO4+C – which licenses a leading patent portfolio in LFP technology,” said Ralf Meixner, senior vice president of BASF’s global battery materials business unit. “This provides us with an important competitive advantage and positions BASF to meet the full range of battery materials needs for LiB applications.”

BASF plans to expand its LFP production capacity within the next years to complement its NCM manufacturing operations, which are expected to reach commercial production scale in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The LFP patent rights associated with BASF’s agreement with LiFePO4+C provide exclusive, worldwide protection for LFP technology, patents on the invention of basic LFP materials, carbon coating patents usable with LFP materials, and carbon coating process patents.

15 March 2012


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