Post a comment More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever 13 Photos 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title More about 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 Enlarge ImagePlug-in power isn’t just for top-tier Mercedes models anymore. Mercedes-Benz Like so many automakers, Mercedes-Benz has a mission to electrify its lineup of vehicles in the near future and future powertrain technology won’t be reserved for just the top end of the spectrum. On Monday, the brand revealed the A-Class plug-in hybrid with a claimed estimated electric range of 40 miles for European markets.Donning the “EQ Power” badge, which denotes any electrified Mercedes-Benz vehicle, the A250e will be available as both a hatchback and sedan. On this side of the Atlantic, we’re only treated to the A-Class sedan, and on that note, it’s unclear whether the company plans to bring the A-Class plug-in to these shores. Considering the brand’s push to electrify more vehicles with mild-hybrid tech, it seems inevitable.As mentioned, Mercedes-Benz said the A250e will go 40 miles purely on electricity, though that figure comes on the notoriously liberal New European Driving Cycle scale. The EPA scale would likely peg the real-world electric driving range around 20 miles. Providing the electric power is an electric-motor generator married to the 1.3-liter inline-4 engine. A 15.6-kWh lithium-ion battery packs the charge. With both the electric motor and engine working in concert, the A250e makes a total of 218 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Power flows through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to the front wheels only.Mash the throttle and Mercedes-Benz quotes a 0-62 mph time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 146 mph. Try the same motions with just the electric power and the top speed falls to 87 mph. After a day of driving, it’ll take just an 1 hour and 45 minutes to charge the A250e on a standard outlet, but thankfully, the plug-in hybrid accepts DC fast charging. Plugged in to a DC fast charger, 80% charge comes in around 25 minutes.Mercedes-Benz touts this plug-in hybrid technology as its smartest yet. The third-gen system includes intelligent packaging to make space for the electrified part of the powertrain. Specifically, the exhaust under the vehicle floor and doesn’t run to the rear. The brand said this helps save a tremendous amount of space in the trunk — a major issue when packaging plug-in hybrid powertrains. For Europe, the system also includes route-based operations. Translation: The car knows when it enters a zero-emission area and will run on electricity only.The A250e was unveiled alongside the B-Class plug-in hybrid and both of them will make up 20 plug-in hybrids offered by 2020. Preview • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 Sedan: A class above Mercedes-Benz A-Class plug-in hybrid is packed with smart tech Tags 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220: The entry-level luxury sedan… 0 Hybrids Luxury cars Share your voice 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 review: Loud and proud, and absolutely divine Mercedes-Benz Review • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 review: Raising the entry-level bar 6:01 Mercedes-Benz
Much acclaimed poet and author Keki N Daruwalla launched his new book – ‘Daniell Comes to Judgement: New and Vintage Daruwalla’, a collection of short stories at The India Habitat Centre in the national Capital recently. Most of the stories are written from a woman’s perspective – a woman’s voice, moods and memories – in a span of less than two months. ‘Bars,’ a new story, is a commentary on the strains of intolerance staining the social fabric. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe collection includes stories where fantasy and myth transport one to the pre-language, pre-script era – to amphibious trains and an island of birds. In short, the master storyteller weaves his magic yet again. “I don’t know how the matter of writing from a woman’s voice came to my mind, but in case of some of the stories you can see, if I would have written them in a man’s voice, (the husbands voice for example) it would not have been a short story,” said Daruwalla, who has written over 12 books and had published his first novel ‘For Pepper and Christ’ in 2009. “Keki writes in a reflective way about an India of which he is extremely affectionately disposed towards. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe affection in Keki’s writing is something very particular to him. He likes the people he is writing about and he communicates himself,”said writer and publisher, Ritu Menon, present during the book-launch along with academic, food critic and historian Pushpesh Pant.Keki’s writing is mostly concerned with rural India but in this new book, he concentrated on the urban scenario. When queried about the reason, he said, “Prose writing is all about what you know and what you come across. It is the characters we meet and the kind of situation that you can write on.”
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA flood alert remains in force across Stafford Borough – with the Environment Agency saying flooding is possible in the area. The alert is in force for the River Sow and the River Penk following heavy rain in the past few days. No further rain is forecast however and the Environment Agency expect the river levels to fall overnight, according to the latest update shortly before 5pm this evening (December 24). An Environment Agency spokesman said: “River levels remain high at the Milford river gauge as a result of rainfall over the weekend. “Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible today, December 24. “Flooding is affecting low-lying land and roads adjacent to the River Sow between Great Bridgeford and Shugborough, the River Penk between Coven and Stafford, the Sandyford Brook, the Rising Brook, the Ridings Brook and the Saredon Brook. No further rainfall is forecast. River levels have peaked and will fall overnight. We are monitoring the situation. Read MoreWeather warning for fog issued for North Staffordshire and South Cheshire “Our incident response staff are actively checking river levels and the weather forecast. Please avoid using low lying footpaths and bridges near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 25/12/18, or as the situation changes.” The Flood Alert is one of 21 in force across England. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .
22Dec Rep-elect Frederick to help set House GOP policy initiatives Categories: Frederick News Incoming lawmaker on Action Plan workgroupRep.-elect Ben Frederick of Owosso has been chosen by Speaker-elect Tom Leonard to serve on a special workgroup developing new policy proposals for the 2017-18 House term that begins in January.Rep.-elect Frederick will serve on the Policy Development Workgroup, a team of lawmakers who will study current laws and propose legislative initiatives that the 99th Legislature may consider.“It is an honor to have such an active early role in helping our caucus develop strong public policy initiatives for the coming session,” Rep.-elect Frederick said. “I believe House Republicans should continue to drive Michigan’s comeback by fostering a strong economy, building an environment in which more jobs can be created and reducing government inefficiency. In particular, I plan to emphasize with my colleagues the need for stronger vocational education opportunities for students, local control within our schools and communities and the importance of preserving a strong agricultural sector. With an action plan in place, we can hit the ground running.”Rep.-elect Frederick will take his seat in the House when session convenes on Jan. 11. The Action Plan was developed to promote transparency in state government. The 2017-18 Action Plan will be publicly unveiled in the coming weeks. The plan also will be available online for review.#####
Categories: Roberts News 26Apr Rep. Roberts sponsors resolution to reduce regulation of portable gas cans Resolution encourages Congress to repeal EPA standards for designState Rep. Brett Roberts shows the House Natural Resources Committee the changes made to the design of portable fuel containers because of EPA standards adopted in 2009.State Rep. Brett Roberts spoke before the House Natural Resources Committee today in support of a resolution he introduced to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from overregulating the design of portable gas cans.In an effort to reduce evaporation from portable fuel containers, the EPA has required containers manufactured since 2009 to feature a permeation barrier and new spouts that close automatically.“The problem is the EPA’s regulations do more harm than good,” Roberts said. “The new containers aren’t effective because they don’t have vents, which creates a slow, uneven flow of fuel that frustrates users. Additionally, the new rigid spout designs don’t allow for easily filling gas tanks such as those in vehicles and lawnmowers.”Roberts’ resolution urges Congress to repeal the standards set forth by the EPA.“The EPA adopted these regulations without properly accounting for the real-life application of the changes,” Roberts said. “It’s time to do away with the changes.”The Natural Resources Committee overwhelmingly approved the resolution. It now moves to the full House for consideration.###
Vivendi-owned French service provider SFR is to drop its own IPTV service and adopt a partnership model instead, the company has revealed in a communication to union representatives.According to French news channel BFMTV, SFR will team up with Vivendi-owned Canal Plus to provide its TV service. BFMTV cited an SFR source as saying that the company had decided that structuring its own pay TV packages was not profitable and that it would be more lucrative to resell Canal Plus’s service instead.SFR is likely to strike a commercial deal with Canal Plus whereby SFR IPTV subscribers will be offered similar packages from Canal Plus, according to the reports.There has been speculation that Vivendi could sell or spin off SFR. Among options reported to be under consideration are a sale to Vodafone or a merger between SFR and cable operator Numericable.
BT continued to generate the highest volume of complaints about pay TV services to UK regulator Ofcom in the first quarter of this year, with 0.15 complaints per 1,000 customers.TalkTalk generated the second highest volume of complaints, with 0.12 per 1,000, an increase since the fourth quarter of last year.Cable operator Virgin Media generated an average number of complaints for the industry, with 0.04 per 1,000, while Sky imporved its performance to as few as 0.01 complaints per 1,000 customers.In broadband, EE generated the highest number of complaints – 0.51 per 1,000 – an increase in the number of complaints quarter-on-quarter and the highest level since the first quarter of 2013.BT, Plusnet and TalkTalk generated above average levels of complaits for the period, while Virgin Media generated a small but growing number of complaints at 0.06 per 1,000. Sky delivered the best performance, with 0.05 complaints per 1,000 customers.