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Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group have finalized the transaction to form a fuel-cell joint venture that was first announced in April 2020.

Through the deal, Volvo Group has acquired a 50 per cent stake in Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG for €600 million on a cash and debt-free basis. The new company is dubbed Cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG.

The joint venture will develop, produce and commercialize the fuel-cell systems to be used by heavy-duty trucks. The current plan is for Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group to start customer tests of trucks with fuel-cells in about three years. Series production will start in the second half of the decade.

While the two companies own equal interests in the joint venture, they are keen to point out that they remain competitors in all other areas such as vehicle technology and fuel-cell integration in trucks.

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“By forming this joint venture, we are clearly showing that we believe in hydrogen fuel cells for commercial vehicles. But for this vision to become reality, other companies and institutions also need to support and contribute to this development, not least in order to establish the fuel infrastructure needed,” Volvo Group chief executive and president Martin Lundstedt said in a statement last year.

Daimler and Volvo want to make the joint venture a leading global manufacturer of fuel cells, helping the world take a step towards climate-neutral and sustainable transportation by 2050.

“This joint initiative with the Volvo Group is a milestone in bringing fuel cell-powered trucks and buses onto our roads,” added member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and chairman of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG, Martin Daum.

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Rivian is researching solid-state batteries as it readies the long-awaited R1T pickup and the R1S SUV for the production line.

A look at Rivian’s careers page reveals that the electric car manufacturer has five open positions for engineers to work on solid-state battery technology. All of these positions are out of the company’s Palo Alto, California offices.

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In one of the job listings for a senior manager of cell solid state manufacturing engineering, Rivian says the manager will “join a team developing the next generation battery cells for Rivian” as well as building and managing “a comprehensive team working on manufacturing solid state batteries.” Another key role of the position will be to “work with technology partners to define and deliver solid state battery cell line(s).”

Like most other current electric vehicles, the R1T and R1S will use lithium-ion battery packs but it’s clear Rivian is looking well into the future and wants to be at the forefront of solid-state battery development. Unlike lithium-ion batteries, solid-state batteries lack the combustible liquid electrolyte and use solid electrolytes instead. This improves the battery’s capacity while also allowing for significantly faster charging.

Many car manufacturers are developing solid-state batteries and according to some, Toyota is leading the race and already has over 1,000 patents involving solid-state batteries. The Japanese automaker is said to be so far advanced with the technology that it is expected to unveil a prototype vehicle with a solid-state battery pack this year before beginning production in the coming years.

雖然現在休旅是用車熱潮,但由於 A-Class 是品牌最入門掀背車款,三芒星招牌廣受年輕族群歡迎,是賓士不可或缺的市場戰力,於 2018 年發表 W177 世代 A-Class,隨著產品週期更新,國外首次捕獲到偽裝測試車,證實 A-Class 即將小改款訊息。

小改款 A-Class 測試車現身,外觀目前針對車頭進行修整。

身為品牌入門車款,M.Benz A-Class、BMW 1 Series、Audi A3 為同級競爭關係,同屬入門掀背車德系豪華市場,讓不少年輕族群趨之若鶩,是各品牌積極布局市場主力車型,而近來在大改款 Audi A3 發表後,隨後 M.Benz A-Class 即將進入小改款,來活絡戰力。

從測試車觀察,偽裝程度目前針對車頭,引用不少品牌最新家族設計,換上直曝式水箱護罩,帶來更具運動感且霸氣的新氣象。

車尾後方目前觀察仍維持原樣,葉子板的車身銘牌,清楚表示為 A250 e 插電式油電車型,搭載 EQ Power 油電系統,採用 1.3 升四缸渦輪引擎,引擎本體有 163hp/25.5kgm 最大輸出,再搭配 100hp/30.6kgm 電池模組,配上 8 速雙離合變速箱,共可產生 218hp/45.9kgm 綜效動力,純電續航力最佳有 60~69km 續航力表現。

小改款相信針對外觀、內裝進行小修飾,動力編成預計維持不變。

以目前能源趨勢來看,小改款 A-Class 仍會繼續提供插電式混合動力,至於其他像是 1.3 升渦輪、2.0 升渦輪則會繼續保留。

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