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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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Applus+ accredited to certify CHAdeMO chargers for EVs

Applus+, a global inspection, testing and certification company, has become the first company in Europe, and one of five registered worldwide, to be accredited to certify CHAdeMO DC quick chargers.
Applus+ IDIADA, a division of the Applus+ group, is the only accredited company that uses an EV charging simulator within its facilities. The simulator, developed internally by the company, is capable of running 140 different test items within three hours in order to validate the correct reations of a CHAdeMO quick charger for safe use according to specifications. The EV charging simulator can also be used to validate COMBO chargers and AC mode 3 chargers.
Tomoko Blech, representative of the CHAdeMO Association in Europe, said: “Fast charging is the key for electric mobility. It allows the opportunity for charging in different public places and reassures drivers that they can drive longer distances.”
As of February 2014, 3,553 CHAdeMO chargers were installed, mainly in Europe and Japan.

28 March 2014


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