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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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GM increases battery development lab

General Motors has nearly tripled the size of its global battery systems laboratory, making it the largest battery lab in North America owned and operated by a major auto manufacturer.
The latest addition of 50,000 square feet brings the total square footage of the lab to 85,000, while the expansion has increased the number of pack-level test channels from 64 to 112 and cell-level test channels from 96 to 120.
Additional capabilities of the lab expansion include dedicated equipment for future vehicle battery system development such as charger development and testing, cord set testing and competitive benchmarking; building prototype battery packs for vehicle development programs; and, the ability to act as the hub for validation and testing of all battery systems designed for use in future GM vehicles around the world.
Doug Parks, GM vice president, global product programs, said: “In the past four years, the competitive landscape in the electrification space has grown exponentially. This additional real estate is filled with new capability that will help us improve speed to market for our next generation of battery systems and help us improve the value equation to our customers around the world.”
GM’s global battery systems lab has been responsible for testing and validating both battery cells and packs for all of GM’s vehicle electrification systems, including the battery systems for the Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac ELR, Chevrolet Spark EV and GM’s eAssist light electrification system.  

26 September 2013


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