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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? 


Cummins unveils new electrified powertrain

Tier 1 supplier Cummins has broadened its power portfolio with the development of an all-new electrified powertrain. Configurable for use in either BEV or REEV layout, the design is ideally suited for integration into city, intercity and airport buses.

Thanks to optimal subsystem management, the powertrain is able to maintain battery state-of-charge for longer as well as extend zero-emissions range. The enhanced energy storage is achieved thanks to a high-density battery enclosure, which is suitable for both on-roof and chassis integration into existing bus designs.

The standard battery enclosure provides 70kWh storage capability, and with eight units integrated into the BEV bus, the powertrain will produce 560kWh. This means a zero-emissions range of up to 360km. An integral plug-in connection means fast-recharge capability as well as opportunity for on-route charging, meaning operational flexibility.

Fitted with three battery units, the REEV system will produce 210kWh and a zero-emissions range of up to 135km, and when the range is out, the system brings a 160ps engine generator online to recharge the batteries and continue ultra-low emissions capability.

“The introduction of our new BEV and REEV systems will complement the company’s clean diesel, natural gas and diesel-hybrid products to offer the broadest, most energy diverse power portfolio,” said Brian Wilson, general manager at Cummins.

“One [that is] able to meet the needs of every transit route, every duty cycle and every environmental consideration in Europe on the most cost-effective basis.”

Written by Sam Petters

27 October 2017


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