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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.


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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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BYD unveils world’s largest battery electric vehicle

BYD Motors kicked off its appearance at the 2014 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo in Houston with a new product-unveiling ceremony, inviting attendees to witness America's first electric articulated bus, named The Lancaster after the city in California where it was designed and manufactured. Lancaster vice mayor Marvin Crist proclaimed, "BYD Motors is an American manufacturing company residing in an industrial zone in the city of Lancaster – they have now hired over 60 Americans to build clean-tech electric buses and energy modules out of Lancaster, California." The Lancaster eBus, a break-through, 60ft, articulated battery-electric bus, can drive 170+ miles with a passenger load of up to 120 passengers. The vehicle was in development for almost two years, and is an example of how committed BYD is to the American Rapid Transit markets. "BYD's mission is to create safer and more environmentally-friendly battery technologies. This has resulted in the BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery, a fire-safe, completely recyclable, and incredibly long-cycle technology – the foundation of BYD's Electric buses. These buses run entirely off battery power lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge, with single off-peak charging time of 2-4 hours," says motors fleet sales vice president, Brendan Riley. “No additional generation capacity is needed to be built to charge our buses at night since the grid is only 40% utilized.”

Also on display at the BYD exhibit was a 40ft, battery-electric transit bus from Antelope Valley Transit Authority. AVTA Board Chairman Norm Hickling boasted that the 40ft bus on the expo show floor was the only bus, “that drove over 1,500 zero-emission miles (2,400km) from Los Angeles all the way to Houston for the expo under its own power.” AVTA tested BYD buses in the hottest part of the Lancaster summer in August with full air-conditioning running, and with 2,280kg of sand bags to simulate a full passenger load. He further stated, “We drove nearly 100 miles (160km) more than BYD advertises – up to 250 miles (400km) per bus charge and we covered almost 750 miles (1,200km) in 24 hours! We are very impressed with BYD technology and quality.” The most interesting news about this 2,400km journey to Texas is that it was completed for “$200 in electricity – the lowest cost trip to the show of all buses.”

"BYD is leading the renaissance in transit – a rebirth of electrified transportation... but this time without miles of electrified rails, ugly over-head wires or charging stations," says BYD vice president Michael Austin. "If you look around the show floor, there are electric buses now at every relevant transit vendor! This is a complete reversal from the expo three years ago when we were the only 40ft, long-range, battery-electric bus on the show floor – we are proud to say that we were one of the first and we are raising the bar again today!"

16 October 2014


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