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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? 


Nissan to create EV excellence hub

Nissan has unveiled plans to develop a Zero Emission Centre of Excellence in the North East of England.

The Japanese OEM, which signed a memorandum of understanding with Gateshead College yesterday, says the new base will act as a business incubator for the electric vehicle industry, with the aim to create jobs in the region and develop knowledge and technology. R&D efforts will initially focus on charging infrastructure and battery second life.

Nissan has a longstanding relationship with Gateshead College for the training and development of staff at its record-breaking Sunderland plant. The two organizations have also worked together to develop the Gateshead College Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing and Innovation.

The partners say that the ZECE will act as a home for the manufacturing of Nissan’s cutting edge quick charger technology, which allows ChadeMo compliant electric vehicles to charge to 80% in just 30 minutes. This follows an agreement with charging station manufacturer DBT to set up a new production facility at the center that will produce up to 1,000 units a year for the European market.

The target is to have a network of quick charge stations across Europe with thousands of units in place by the end of 2015. 

According to Nissan, ZECE will also investigate the best opportunities for second life use of lithium-ion batteries that have been used previously in Nissan’s electric vehicles. Among the applications to be explored, engineers at ZECE will focus on solutions to store the energy produced from renewable sources.

27 March 2012


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