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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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Panasonic develops scalable ePowertrain platform

Panasonic has introduced its scalable ePowertrain platform at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The solution for small EV development is designed to contribute to the advancement of automotive electrification.

As global demand for EVs continues to grow, the company has developed a platform suitable for conventional passenger vehicles as well as new types of EVs, such as EV bikes and micro EVs.

Designed to be energy-efficient and safe, the compact powertrain enables flexible scalability. The development consists of two basic units, including a power unit (with an onboard charger, junction box, inverter and DC-to-DC converter) and a motor unit.

Panasonic claims the platform will reduce costs and lead time for vehicle development by scaling up or down the combination of basic units to meet specific vehicle specifications such as size, speed and torque.

Written by Sam Petters

11 January 2018


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