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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


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


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? 


Horiba MIRA and Nissan strike battery development deal

Horiba MIRA has announced a deal with Nissan to design the next generation of commercial battery systems for hybrid buses and trucks.

As Nissan continues to pioneer the EV movement in the automotive industry, Horiba MIRA will use the Leaf’s cell technology to develop battery packs that will range from 67kWh to 400kWh.

The battery will utilize nickel manganese cobalt oxide lithium-ion cells to double the energy density of previous generations. This means a smaller, lighter package with increased range.

First developed as part of a collaborative project with Dennis Eagle, the battery featured as part of the UVR project, which engineered a range of low-emission vehicles for waste collection applications.

The project applied the battery technology to three prototype variants, a lightweight IC engine, a CNG unit and a plug-in hybrid.

Dr George Gillespie OBE, CEO at Horiba MIRA, said, “This project brings Nissan’s latest Leaf cell technology into new markets, harnessing Horiba MIRA expertise to deliver this highly efficient battery technology.

“Efficient and cost-effective lithium-ion battery technology is key to accelerating the uptake of hybrid and electric vehicles, and this development takes us one step closer to hitting the UK targets for emission reduction in commercial vehicle sector.”

The batteries will be available from early 2018, and Horiba MIRA aims to reach volume supply from 2019.

Written by Sam Petters

20 September 2017


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