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Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

Toyota details its new Dynamic Force engine

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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


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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