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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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Future Transport Systems and Ricardo develop fast EV charger

Future Transport Systems (FTS) and Ricardo have revealed the results of a collaboration to create an innovative new EV charging concept.

The E-STOR station reuses old EV batteries, charging them from a standard 3kW electrical connection to reduce the strain on the electricity grid but enabling high-capacity fast-charging of electric vehicles.

The modular platform will initially be available with 50kWh and 100kWh storage versions, using old Renault EV batteries, but can be adapted for various applications. The companies say the concept offers a bridge between on-road use and the end-of-life recycling of battery systems.

Assisting FTS in the development of the E-STOR charging station, Ricardo developed the TCP/Modbus, CAN, RS 485 and Ethernet communications, and selected the appropriate control system hardware to implement the E-STOR application software.

“We are pleased to have assisted FTS on the development of this important product,” said head of Ricardo hybrid and electric systems, Stephen Doyle. “Ricardo has worked with a range of charging station developers on systems that aim to balance the convenience of EV charging that owners require, while also attempting to avoid stress on the local distribution network.

“The FTS E-STOR product is attractive as it achieves this by energy buffering using second-life batteries rather than relying simply on demand management, thus offering a highly practical and more sustainable solution.”

October 14, 2015

14 October 2015


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