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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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EV manufacturers to focus on range and recharging

The electric vehicle (EV) market is booming. Approximately 25 new electric vehicle models are likely to be launched later this year with Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 being the most anticipated. The availability of incentives and subsidies in the market, significant investment by original equipment manufacturers, new entrants, and lower battery prices are factors propelling double-digit growth. However, the lack of standardisation in charging technology, absence of a fixed business model, and short-distance range of EVs still need to be addressed.

"Incentives for battery EVs (BEVs) are greater than plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) as governments support emission-free mobility,” said Frost & Sullivan mobility industry manager Prajyot Sathe. "Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom will have the highest impact on EV prices due to availability of cash incentives, while the Netherlands EV market declined drastically due to a decrease in incentives."

Global Electric Vehicle Market Outlook, 2017, a part of Frost & Sullivan’s Mobility: Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Service program, has found that the EV market grew over 15 times at a remarkable compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 72.1% from 2011 to 2016. This year the global EV market is likely to grow by 25.6% with 950,000 units sold. 48V mild hybrids and PHEVs are likely to be key technologies adopted in the European Union (EU), while the Chinese government pushes vehicle electrification. Full hybrid standardisation is likely across models in Japan by 2025.

Over 774,025 EVs were sold globally in 2016, of which 63.4% were BEVs and 36.6% were PHEVs.

"Tesla, the market leader, is set for strong competition. Premium German brands are planning to launch luxury EVs in order to compete directly with Tesla in terms of range, recharging time, and inductive charging," noted Sathe. "A number of start-ups such as Lucid Motors, NextEV, and Faraday Future, aim to compete with Tesla by launching their plans to introduce EVs in the market."

6 April 2017


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