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By the end of the decade, if market conditions allow, Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to go all electric. The world’s premiere luxury car company will be shifting from electric-first to electric-only as they move towards an emissions-free and software-driven future.

By 2022, Mercedes-Benz is targeting that all segments they serve will have battery electric vehicles (BEV). Starting 2025, all their newly launched vehicle architectures will be electric-only. Customers will also have the option to get an all-electric version of every model that the company will be manufacturing. Mercedes-Benz plans to accomplish this accelerated transformation and still reach their profitability targets.

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Mercedes-EQ Family Immendingen 2021; Ola Källenius, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Daimler AG und der Mercedes-Benz AG // Mercedes-EQ Family Immendingen 2021; Ola Källenius, Chairman of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG

Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG CEO Ola Källenius stated, “The EV shift is picking up speed – especially in the luxury segment, where Mercedes-Benz belongs. The tipping point is getting closer, and we will be ready as markets switch to electric-only by the end of this decade. This step marks a profound reallocation of capital. By managing this faster transformation while safeguarding our profitability targets, we will ensure the enduring success of Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to our highly qualified and motivated workforce, I am convinced that we will be successful in this exciting new era.”

To smoothen the shift, Mercedes-Benz revealed their comprehensive plan which shows the notable acceleration in R&D. Between 2022 and 2030, the total investments that Mercedes-Benz will put into battery electric vehicles will amount to more than €40 billion. Expediting and pushing the EV portfolio plan will also advance the tipping point for EV adoption.

Technology Plan

Architectures: Three electric-only architectures will be launched by 2025:

MB.EA will be dedicated to the medium to large size passenger cars. They will establish a scalable modular system that will be the electric backbone for the upcoming EV portfolio.AMG.EA will take on the performance electric vehicle platform that will work on the technology and performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG clients.VAN.EA will be pioneering purpose made electric vans and Light Commercial Vehicles, which will contribute greatly towards an emission free cities and transportation in the future.

Vertical integration: Mercedes-Benz just reorganized its powertrain activities. They placed planning, development, purchasing, and production in just one roof. The company also plans to greatly enhance the level of vertical integration that they have in manufacturing and development, as well as insource electric drive technology. Part of the plan is the acquisition of UK based electric motor company YASA. The deal with YASA will help Mercedes-Benz to have access to the exclusive axial flux motor technology and expertise. It is what they’d need to develop the next generation ultra-high performance motors.

In-house electric motors like the eATS 2.0 are important in their strategy as they concentrate on efficiency and total cost of the whole system which also includes software and inverters. Since the world’s largest new energy vehicle (NEV) market is China, it is unsurprisingly the place where hundreds of suppliers and companies that are specializing on EV components and software technologies have set up shop. It is expected that the country will be important in the electrification strategy of Mercedes-Benz.

Batteries: Mercedes-Benz will need more than 200 Gigawatt hours battery capacity, and to do that they plan to build eight Gigafactories that would produce cells, along with their partners all over the world. This plan is on top of the network of nine plants built for the purpose of building battery

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By: Reggie Sison
Title: Mercedes-Benz is Gearing Up to Go All-Electric
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/mercedes-benz-goes-all-electric/
Published Date: Sun, 08 Aug 2021 22:50:49 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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