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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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Scooter manufacturer selects new battery technology

QWIC Hartmobile and Oxis Energy have announced a collaboration to develop and launch the world’s first electric scooter powered by polymer lithium sulphur batteries. The Oxis batteries will be integrated into the WESP scooter that will go on sale in 2013.

QWIC is currently developing the WESP, an innovative electric scooter specifically designed for the urban environment. With its one charge range, it will be user-friendly and practical, say the partners.

“The new partnership between Qwic and Oxis will result in a superb, high range, lightweight and indestructible urban commuter E-scooter,” added Michiel Hartman, owner and co-founder of QWIC.

The E-scooter will be assembled at Qwic’s new factory that opened last week in Rotterdam. Early models are powered by conventional Li-ion technology, however, in 2014, the battery will be replaced with Oxis polymer lithium sulphur batteries, further improving range and safety.

Compared to lithium-ion, the Oxis battery system with its high energy density and reduced weight promises to be five times better in terms of performance, providing the consumer with significantly longer travelling distances per charge.

Oxis says that its polymer lithium sulphur battery system is inherently safer and more reliable than current battery systems and the cells can easily handle many abuse conditions including extreme temperatures and nail penetration. Further more, its chemistry is biodegradable, as it does not contain heavy metals or toxic components.

4 July 2012


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