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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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DSM announces new lightweight hydrogen storage solution

DSM is set to unveil an all-new material solution for high-pressure hydrogen storage composite tanks in Frankfurt, Germany, this month.

As auto makers continue to invest in hydrogen storage R&D, the Dutch company has announced plans to release a lightweight plastic tank. The two-part design features a blow molded liner made of Akulon Fuel Lock, a polyamide 6-based engineering plastic with a high barrier to hydrocarbons. Additionally, the tank can be further reinforced by wrapping it in UD continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tapes.

This means that weight can be greatly reduced in comparison to metal, permeation is improved so the gas stays in the tank, and the tank will remain ductile and tough even in temperatures of -40°C.

With hydrogen possessing the highest energy per mass of any fuel, it is becoming more prominent in the automotive industry. And thanks to DSM’s innovation in storage methods the potential energy density is increased.

Bert Keestra, application development engineer at DSM, says of translating technology from CNG tanks to hydrogen tanks, “We had already developed this technology for CNG tanks, and now we are testing the same material and design principles for hydrogen tanks to meet the needs of the automotive industry.”

Written by Sam Petters

6 September 2017


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