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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class

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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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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? 

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Volvo boosts development of electrified cars

From 0-70km/h in 5.9 seconds and a full recharge in 1.5 hours – these are the statistics being attributed to the first electric cars emerging from the strategic partnership of Volvo and Siemens.
From this summer, European leasing customers will drive and evaluate an upgraded demo fleet of 100 Volvo C30 fully electric cars. The unique technology solutions involved can be integrated throughout the electrification range, while the new Siemens motor has a peak power output of 89kW and a torque of 250Nm.
"Adding the innovative fast charging solution will radically improve the time and mileage for the daily usage of the car,” said Lennart Stegland, vice president of Volvo’s electric propulsion systems. “This will drastically improve the cost of ownership since the customer will now be able to drive many low cost kilometers per day. A quick 10-minute plug-in adds power for another 20 kilometers of driving."
Siemens is the main supplier of electric propulsion power train components for the forthcoming Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which enables sophisticated electrification at all levels – from different kinds of hybrids to pure electric drive, without intruding on interior or load space.
The new 22kW fast-charger is the world's first on-board charger that operates on a three-phase supply and is small enough to be fitted in an electric car. Using a three-phase outlet, a charge takes 1.5 hours (total range 164km according to NEDC certification driving cycle), while an ordinary single-phase 230 V household outlet takes 8-10 hours, depending on the available current.
The strategic partnership between Volvo Car Group and Siemens was formed in August 2011 with the intention to jointly spearhead the development of electrified cars. 

24 April 2013


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