MercedesBenz AClass plugin hybrid brings electrified power to more people

first_img 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 Tagscenter_img 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-Benzlast_img read more

AL men fell 51 roadside trees

first_img.At least 50 Mehegani trees beside a road in Kushtia’s Daulatpur upazila were cut down allegedly by local Awami League (AL) leaders and activists recently without taking permission from the authorities concerned, reports UNB.Witnesses said a group of AL men numbering 10/12 people led by local leader Bazlur Rahman cut down the trees beside Kaimari road in the upazila in the night.Later, the trees amounting worth of Tk 500,000 were shifted to other places by local goods carrying hauler.Local AL leaders and activists – Bazlur Rahman, Ashraf Ali, Sirajul Islam, Fazlul Haqu, Riazul Haque, Jaony, Rony, Sumon – committed the crime by stealing the state owned trees in aegis of local MP Alhaz Rezaul Haque, alleged the locals.Being informed by the locals, police seized a total of 21 trees from the spot before being shifted to other places, said Shah Dara Khan, officer-in-charge of Doulatpur police station.However, no one could be detained from the spot, he added.Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Toufiqur Rahman said the seized woods were kept under the observation of VDP men of the union.Process to file a case in this connection was underway, said the UNO.last_img read more

3rd Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby

first_imgUrban American Outdoors TV (UAOTV) along with the U.S. Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife, NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People, National Wildlife Federation, Department of Energy and Environment and the Bureau of Land Management is scheduled to host the third Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby. The fishing experience and celebration will be held on June 3 at the Constitution Gardens located at 1850 Constitution Ave., NW.  Registration and derby begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. This is a catch & keep derby and it is free. It will officially kick off National Boating and Fishing Week. For additional information, visit uaotv.com.last_img

Battery Wrapped in Solar Cells Recharges in the Sun

first_img New superomniphobic glass soars high on butterfly wings using machine learning A battery with a half-glued flexible solar cell, and batteries wrapped with the blue solar cells. Image credit: Knut Karlsen. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Knut Karlsen, a blogger from Norway, hit upon this idea of a solar battery (a rechargeable battery with integrated solar cells) in hopes of making battery charging more convenient. He was able to work with some flexible solar cells given to him by the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Norway. He then glued the 1.8V solar cells around some 1.5V NiMH rechargeable batteries. Using a conductive silver pen and some flat wires from a broken canon lens, he connected the solar cells and batteries.Karlsen calls his DIY prototype “SunCat” batteries. As he explains, “The batteries should just bask in the sun like a cat and left for a while, in a sunny window, they would slowly recharge.” However, according to his blog post, the weather wasn’t sunny enough to test the batteries yet. He explains that the current set-up is not ideal, but a second version might include capacitors to charge the batteries more efficiently and electronics to show when the batteries are fully charged.Via: blog.bareknut.no Citation: Battery Wrapped in Solar Cells Recharges in the Sun (2009, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-battery-solar-cells-recharges-sun.html (PhysOrg.com) — Although you can buy solar charging devices for rechargeable batteries, it would be even more convenient if batteries had built-in solar cells. Sitting in sunlight, the battery could then recharge itself. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Flood alert remains in force in area following heavy rain

first_imgGet 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 .last_img read more