Fuel – Morris Young Motors http://morrisyoungmotors.com/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 06:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1.png Fuel – Morris Young Motors http://morrisyoungmotors.com/ 32 32 2022 Citroen C5 Aircross review: engine, performance, price, fuel consumption, design https://morrisyoungmotors.com/2022-citroen-c5-aircross-review-engine-performance-price-fuel-consumption-design/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 06:30:00 +0000 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/2022-citroen-c5-aircross-review-engine-performance-price-fuel-consumption-design/ Citroën’s flagship crossover gets design updates, a new touchscreen and a higher price. Citroën’s flagship for India, the C5 Aircross, is a unique and tasty take on the premium 5-seat crossover segment, competing with the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan. For 2022, the C5 gets a facelift with refreshed styling and an all-new […]]]>

Citroën’s flagship crossover gets design updates, a new touchscreen and a higher price.

Citroën’s flagship for India, the C5 Aircross, is a unique and tasty take on the premium 5-seat crossover segment, competing with the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan. For 2022, the C5 gets a facelift with refreshed styling and an all-new touchscreen among other new features. Priced at Rs 36.67 lakh, not only is it Rs 4.77 lakh more expensive than its launch price in April 2021, but it is also the most expensive car in its class.

Still one of the most unique and stylish crossovers out there.

This updated version comes in a fully equipped Shine variant, powered by a diesel engine mated to an automatic gearbox, which sends power to the front wheels.

Citroën C5 Aircross facelift: exterior changes

Like the pre-facelift version, the refreshed model carries an unmistakable style unlike anything out there due to its cleverly executed, distinct and characterful design elements. This facelifted C5 proudly displays its oversized brand identity on its nose; the double chevron logo is larger than before and now sports a new look, with each of the chevrons finished in black with a chrome outline. Its grille features two parallel lines of chrome studs that blend tastefully into the two LED daytime running lights, which are now positioned in the headlight cluster. Gone is the split headlight configuration, which gives way to a single unit. But this new design is far from conventional, as on closer inspection you’ll notice a unique layered case that’s both quirky and cool. The air dam below is also redesigned and is highlighted by a shiny silver finished chin. Replacing the red highlights around the repositioned faux air vents and around the trapezoidal element on the side body cladding are gray highlights with all but the white body paint option; with the latter, these reflections are blue.

Silver highlights replace reds on the outgoing version. These are painted blue on the white C5s.

The concave, flat hood has been retained, which, along with the distinct body cladding, roof rails and upright stance, gives it some much-needed SUV credibility. New 18-inch alloys finished in a two-tone hue complement its styling, while the distinctive silver C-shaped window surround adds just the right amount of bling to its side profile. Changes at the rear are limited to the taillights, which retain their basic silhouette but, like the front, feature a layered housing and receive attractive new LED elements inside.

Redesign of the Citroën C5 Aircross: interior and features

Citroën’s unconventional design theme continues inside and while it largely retains most of the elements, it’s the central area of ​​the dashboard that gets the biggest change. A new horizontally oriented 10-inch standalone touchscreen is one of the talking points of this facelift. It looks rather premium with a crisp, clear display, and is noticeably better than the outgoing dated screen. Responses are a bit slow, however, and Citroën hasn’t used the opportunity to include wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (it gets a wired setup), or a nicer branded sound system. Luckily, Citroën has retained hotkeys to access various infotainment menus, a physical volume knob, as well as physical toggle switches below to control some key functions.

The biggest talking point is the new touchscreen which has richer graphics and a very premium look

Citroën has also corrected the orientation of switches and buttons on the center console to make it more suitable for right-handed drivers and it looks clutter-free, thanks to the gear lever which is now replaced by a rocker-mounted drive selector. Oddly enough, you can’t directly switch the drive selector from ‘P’ to ‘R’, and it defaults to ‘N’. The large rotary traction mode selector and drive mode buttons have now been combined into a single switch below the gear selector, so you can switch between Sport, Eco and Normal drive modes, as well as the Snow, Mud and Sand traction modes, using the same controller.

Gear selector placement is now better suited to right-hand drive orientation.

The C5 retains its large 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and as before it’s easy on the eyes, but it’s not half as exciting in its operation or functionality. The front seats have been reupholstered and are quite comfortable, with the driver’s seat being electrically adjustable. However, some might find the lumbar support a bit excessive. Comfort features such as front seat ventilation, seat memory and a 360-degree camera are expected in a car of this price, but are still missing from the equipment list.

The seats are very comfortable, although some might find the lower back a little excessive.

There’s plenty of space in the back, and the panoramic sunroof also helps flood the cabin with light. The C5 continues with the three-seat configuration, which can be slid forward or backward separately, or reclined individually. And while this configuration is adequate to accommodate three adults in reasonable comfort, when there are only two adults seated they will lack a center armrest, the contoured seats will not allow them to stretch out and sit down. comfortably, and the seat belt buckles might feel a bit intrusive. As a result, that back-seat experience isn’t as good as a conventional bench seat, which might make it a deal breaker for some. What’s nice is the huge 580-litre boot – it houses a full-size spare tire with an alloy wheel, which is rare these days, and the tailgate is also electronically controlled.

Three individual seats not the most comfortable when carrying two adults.

Redesign of the Citroën C5 Aircross: performance and fuel consumption

With no petrol engine or all-wheel-drive option, Citroën reduced the appeal of the C5. On the other hand, that 2.0-liter 177hp diesel engine and 8-speed automatic transmission are among the nicest and smoothest on the market.

One of the smoothest motors on the market; it’s fast too.

The engine is responsive and revs up quickly, with the torque converter automatically sending power to the front wheels. The 8-speed is so intuitive you’ll rarely need to pull the Ferrari-like column-mounted paddle shifters to take manual control. Bottom-out performance is also impressive, and it accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 9.61 seconds, and it also records equally impressive acceleration times.

Performance of the Citroën C5
Acceleration (km/h)
0-20 1.00s
0-40 2.33s
0-60 4.11s
0-80 6.65s
0-100 9.61s
Kickdown acceleration (km/h)
20-80 5.89s
40-100 7.71s

The automatic engine stop-start feature, however, may surprise you, shutting off the engine (and therefore tightening the power steering) before the car has even come to a complete stop. That quirk aside, it ignites the engine instantly when you release the brake pedal, and the process is smooth, so you wouldn’t mind leaving it on to save fuel when idling.

Speaking of which, in our tests it managed a fuel mileage of 10.3 kpl in the city and 12.6 kpl on the highway. However, you can expect better efficiency while maintaining consistent highway speeds, thanks to the long-legged capability of its 8-speed.

Driving and traction modes, now linked.

Citroën offers three driving modes – Sport, Normal and Eco – but the difference between them is barely noticeable. It also gets traction modes like before – Snow, Mud and Sand, which tweak its ESP and traction control settings – but we didn’t get a chance to put them to the test.

Redesign of the Citroën C5 Aircross: ride and handling

What we experienced was the refinement of the C5 Aircross, which is remarkable. Citroën has improved cabin insulation with its double-glazed windscreen and front windows, which protect occupants from ambient and engine noise. In fact, you should try very hard to hear any diesel clatter from the engine inside, even if it makes quite a racket outside.

The ride quality is simply exceptional thanks to its hydraulic stops.

But the highlight of the C5 Aircross remains its “progressive hydraulic cushions”, which are essentially hydraulic chambers that replace traditional bump stops. At the front, there are two hydraulic chambers on either side of the shock absorber, one for compression and the other for rebound, while there is only one for compression at the back. The result of this incredibly clever setup is a bump-free ride from the road, even over the sharpest potholes. Its ride comfort and shock absorption capacity are unequivocally the best on the market. The steering is effortless and the suspension is soft, but you can still drive it quickly through corners with a degree of confidence. However, it’s best enjoyed when driven at six or seven tenths, and it doesn’t offer a sporty ride like the Jeep Compass or Volkswagen Tiguan.

Redesign of the Citroën C5 Aircross: verdict

The Citroën C5 Aircross is a refined crossover with exceptional shock absorption capabilities that unequivocally make it the most capable car. A smooth high-performance engine, smooth automatic transmission and effortless steering are some of its other highlights. And if you want to stand out amid a sea of ​​SUVs and crossovers on sale, this is the one for you.

But in its quest to be different, certain quirks, particularly the layout of the individual rear seats, could potentially be a deal breaker, as it isn’t as comfortable as a conventional bench seat to accommodate two adults. Further limiting its appeal is the fact that its rivals not only offer multiple engine transmission options and all-wheel-drive capabilities, but they’re also better equipped and, more importantly, significantly less expensive. For these reasons, the Citroën C5 Aircross is likely to remain a rarity on our roads, which is a shame, because it is a real good crossover, which requires experience to be appreciated.

Also see:

Video review of the 2022 Citroën C5 Aircross facelift

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Ballard – A partnership to accelerate the adoption of the fuel cell for trucks https://morrisyoungmotors.com/ballard-a-partnership-to-accelerate-the-adoption-of-the-fuel-cell-for-trucks/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 00:46:39 +0000 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/ballard-a-partnership-to-accelerate-the-adoption-of-the-fuel-cell-for-trucks/ Ballard – Partnership to Accelerate Fuel Cell Truck Adoption. As GHG emissions from critical trucking applications, such as freight and logistics, grow at a faster rate than any other sector, market-ready solutions for zero-emission trucks are becoming a key priority. For fleet operators looking to decarbonize their operations, fuel cell power and range is an […]]]>

Ballard – Partnership to Accelerate Fuel Cell Truck Adoption.

As GHG emissions from critical trucking applications, such as freight and logistics, grow at a faster rate than any other sector, market-ready solutions for zero-emission trucks are becoming a key priority.

For fleet operators looking to decarbonize their operations, fuel cell power and range is an attractive option, but efficient vehicle integration is a key requirement for operators to make a smooth transition.

Zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) developed by QUANTRON will incorporate Ballard fuel cell products for various truck applications in Europe and the United States, including last mile delivery, tractors for long-distance transport and garbage collection vehicles. Ballard will be QUANTRON’s exclusive fuel cell supplier for these truck platforms.

Michael Perschke, CEO of QUANTRON AG, and Nicolas Pocard de Ballard, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, met to discuss the benefits of joining a vehicle integration expert and a battery supplier to leading fuel.

Q: After working together over the past year, what do you see as the strengths of the QUANTRON and Ballard partnership?

Michael PerschkeCEO, QUANTRON AG said:

I generally think the market is very excited about the partnership between QUANTRON and Ballard.

“QUANTRON is seen as an agile and innovative player with a strong pedigree in commercial vehicle retrofitting, acquired from the Haller Group, while Ballard is widely recognized as one of the best fuel cell suppliers based on experience. on the road to business. live.”

“From QUANTRON’s perspective, we are now taking our competence in zero-emission transmission retrofits to the next level by applying what we have learned in light commercial vehicles to heavy trucks and, by partnering with Ballard, we are now in able to provide a complete solution based on the proven capability of the Ballard fuel cell.

Nicolas PocardVice President, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, said:

I completely agree.

“Ballard’s core business is developing fuel cell engines. We are not a vehicle integrator, but one of the strengths Ballard brings to the collaboration is our deep knowledge and expertise in fuel cell technology to help our partner bring fuel cell trucks to market faster.

“In addition to the agility mentioned by Michael, I think the strong technical team Michael and Andreas Haller [Founder and Chairman of the Board] created in QUANTRON is an ideal partnership. Both parties are fully dedicated to advancing electromobility, we understand the benefits of hydrogen and how it complements battery-electric mobility.

“This is important because zero-emissions capability is not a battle between batteries and fuel cells – there are cases where battery power makes 100% sense, and also there are instances where you need a fuel cell to avoid compromising the range and payload of your vehicle.

“QUANTRON has understood this very well and is investing in the development of the market. For Ballard, this means we have a partner ready to mobilize resources quickly to meet the demand from end users who need to transition to zero-emission mobility.

Q: How have your current and potential customers reacted to the partnership?

Michael: “I think our customers see a logical connection; two strong and experienced partners, with a solid understanding of customer requirements and what is needed to put a capable and rugged FCEV truck on the road.

“We have received similar feedback from investors who welcome Ballard’s arrival as a lead technology investor, adding an extra push to QUANTRON’s journey to become a specialty OEM. »

“By combining our expertise, we are getting closer to large, established OEMs who may not have the same level of technical expertise in fuel cell systems and their integration. I also think it shows that Ballard is “following the lead” in investing to be faster and more agile.

Nicolas: “Absolutely, this partnership aims to accelerate the adoption of fuel cells and to put fleets of fuel cell trucks on the road, not just two to five units for a test drive. We don’t wait on the sidelines for the market to happen, we invest in a solution.

“We can also put this in the context of the investments we are making in developing larger fuel cell products for the heavy-duty market. In parallel, we are also delivering on our vision to bring fuel cell vehicles to the road with an investment in battery manufacturer Forsee Power and the acquisition of powertrain integration specialist Ballard Motive Solutions ( BMS).

Q: You both mention that speed to market is key. What can QUANTRON and Ballard offer customers that is different from established OEMs?

Nicolas: “Speed ​​is important because there are few offers on the market today. Most solutions are battery electric options for lighter vehicles and last mile deliveries, but when it comes to heavy trucks – or even lighter vehicles for longer distances, long hours, multiple shifts, etc. – there are very few options for fleet operators. to choose from as they consider decarbonizing their trucks. »

Michael: “A special feature that QUANTRON brings to the customer is that we offer our customers not only the vehicles, but a complete ecosystem called “QUANTRON as a Service”. “

“In cooperation with Ballard, QUANTRON will become a platform for hydrogen solutions and realize the production of green H2 and electricity as well as the distribution of hydrogen via QUANTRON charging stations for hydrogen and solutions recharge for the zero-emission fleet.”

Q: Which customer groups are early adopters of FCEV trucks?

Michael: “Certain industries and use cases, such as freight and logistics involving heavy goods, wholesale and chilled food distribution, are clear examples of applications with a demanding duty cycle that drains the battery of electric trucks.”

“Similarly, applications with challenging topographies and long runs will benefit from the power and longer range of fuel cells. That said, I think the real driver for early adopters will be companies that want to be pioneers in achieving ESG compliance and for which zero-emissions operations are at the top of their strategic priorities.

Nicolas: “Yes, companies with a strong ESG mandate, like delivery companies, know that their customers don’t want a diesel truck to deliver their goods, they want a clean vehicle. These companies have already made strong commitments to significantly reduce or offset their carbon footprint. »

“Small operators that are under pressure to compete will likely continue to rely on funded or subsidized programs until FCEVs reach volumes that make them comparable to electric alternatives.”

Q: What have been the biggest barriers to FCEV truck adoption so far?

Michael: “For early adopters, this includes understanding what it takes to become a pioneer – understanding their zero-emissions options, what suits their use cases (or duty cycles), and setting goals. It’s about selling solutions, not selling products.

“This is another key strength of the QUANTRON and Ballard partnership – both companies understand the importance of helping customers understand where they stand with their carbon footprint as well as their decarbonization challenges.”

Nicolas: “When looking at what is slowing down the adoption of hydrogen mobility in heavy and medium trucks, it should not be defined by the integration of the powertrain, the fuel cell, the battery or the vehicle integration.

“Ballard’s most recent investments – Forsee, BMS and QUANTRON – all serve the vision of simplifying powertrain integration, reducing life cycle cost, improving vehicle performance, and then bringing these products to market. faster in a truck, using the expertise of QUANTRON.”

Q: Is the cost of FCEV trucks a barrier?

Nicolas: “Today, we can’t deny that a fuel cell truck costs more than a diesel truck. We compete with an established and mature industry that manufactures hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of vehicles. So yes, I think we have a price barrier today.

“We are addressing this problem at the fuel cell level by aggressively driving cost reduction through investments in innovation and simplifying products by moving from multi-cell systems to a single-cell design. We are trying to drastically reduce components and simplify systems, as well as industrialize and increase our manufacturing processes. »

Michael: “In the meantime, buyers can get support through government incentives available in some countries. For example, in Germany, incentives cover up to 80% of the cost difference between a new fuel cell truck and a diesel truck. »

“This kind of support is critical at this early stage of market development where low volumes compete with the cost of mature technology.”

Nicolas: “However, as an industry, not just Ballard, we have a very strong focus on cost reduction. Yes, today fuel cells are more expensive, but the industry is on the right track to fundamentally reduce costs.

“When you look at the BOM, there’s no reason a fuel cell should be more expensive than a diesel engine whenever we make it on a large scale. I think that’s a very important part. We are not dependent on a large number of raw materials and raw materials that can fluctuate, it is all about product design and manufacturing performance – and the industry is very good at doing this.

Q: Can you give us a preview of what to expect?

Michael: “The next exciting step for QUANTRON is to unveil our heavy vehicle at the IAA Transportation event in Hannover, Germany in September. You can expect to see the first hydrogen vehicles in late spring 2023.”

“In a second step, we are working on realizing the production of green hydrogen and electricity as a platform for hydrogen solutions and in the future to offer QUANTRON refueling stations with zero-emission solutions. We also plan to expand the business globally, starting with the opening of our office in the United States and have further plans for the Middle East.

Partnership to Accelerate Fuel Cell Adoption for Trucks, September 20, 2022

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IVECO and Hyundai Show First Fuel Cell Large Van at IAA Hannover as Partnership Grows https://morrisyoungmotors.com/iveco-and-hyundai-show-first-fuel-cell-large-van-at-iaa-hannover-as-partnership-grows/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/iveco-and-hyundai-show-first-fuel-cell-large-van-at-iaa-hannover-as-partnership-grows/ /EIN News/ — Hanover, 19 September 2022. Iveco Group (MI: IVG) and Hyundai Motor Company today unveiled the first IVECO eDAILY fuel cell electric vehicle at IAA Transportation 2022 in Hannover. Both the Iveco Group and Hyundai have ambitious sustainability goals, as reflected in their individual commitments, and are leveraging their collaboration to help accelerate […]]]>

/EIN News/ — Hanover, 19 September 2022. Iveco Group (MI: IVG) and Hyundai Motor Company today unveiled the first IVECO eDAILY fuel cell electric vehicle at IAA Transportation 2022 in Hannover.

Both the Iveco Group and Hyundai have ambitious sustainability goals, as reflected in their individual commitments, and are leveraging their collaboration to help accelerate the transition to net zero carbon. Since the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in March 2022, they have formed several joint working groups on various technological aspects to explore ways of complementing each other on the development of electric vehicles and alternative propulsions.

Earlier in July, the two companies jointly announced hydrogen-powered IVECO BUS vehicles equipped with Hyundai’s fuel cell system, with expected relevant benefits in terms of performance and emissions. Today they unveil the eDAILY Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), which represents the future potential of IVECO’s longest-selling and best-selling large van, with a range that currently includes traditional and methane/ biomethane, and a new battery electric vehicle. (BEV).

The working prototype eDAILY FCEV is equipped with Hyundai’s 90 kW hydrogen fuel cell system and a 140 kW electric motor. Six tanks provide a combined storage capacity of 12 kg of hydrogen. The 7.2 tonne GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) prototype has been tested in Europe, confirming a range of 350 km, a maximum payload of 3 tonnes and a refueling time of 15 minutes. While eDAILY BEV, also launched today at IAA, is best suited for short journeys, eDAILY FCEV will be an ideal option for deliveries requiring a long distance with a high payload.

The battery from FPT Industrial, the Iveco Group’s powertrain brand, is an integral part of the eDAILY FCEV, while the fuel cell system supplied by Hyundai is the latest step in the hydrogen mobility journey of more than 20 years of business. Hyundai’s advanced fuel cell technology is already being used in various applications, particularly in the commercial vehicle sector. The system has traveled more than 4.5 million km in Switzerland on heavy trucks, demonstrating its power and reliability. The slogan “Engineered by Iveco Group, powered by Hyundai” reflects this mutually beneficial cooperation and will also drive similar initiatives in the future.

“Following the recent announcement that IVECO BUS will equip its future hydrogen buses with our fuel cells, the hydrogen eDAILY is another concrete example of what we can achieve by working together to accelerate the transition to carbon neutrality. commented Martin Zeilinger. , head of Hyundai Motor Company’s commercial vehicle development technical unit. “The partnership between the two companies has proven to be very successful and we expect better results in the years to come.”

“On the day we announce the completion of our battery-electric eDAILY project, we are thrilled to introduce the world’s first hydrogen-powered eDAILY. Based on this prototype, we aim to roll out a small series of FCEV vans to be tested with selected customers by the end of next year,” said Marco Liccardo, Chief Technology & Digital Officer, Iveco Group. “This exciting step in our sustainability journey is the result of the fruitful collaboration between the Iveco Group and Hyundai Motor Company and shows how we can achieve tangible results in a short period of time by combining our strengths.”

The Iveco Group and Hyundai are also exploring other options for collaboration, ranging from cross-selling products in certain regions of the world to joint developments in vehicle automation and connectivity. In addition, Hyundai is also considering sourcing opportunities from FPT Industrial in the area of ​​next-generation conventional powertrains for commercial vehicles. Developments such as these demonstrate the companies’ commitment to seizing all worthwhile opportunities and both parties are confident that ongoing projects will yield results in the near future.

The eDAILY FCEV is on display at the IVECO stand located in Hall 24, Deutsche Messe AG, at IAA Transportation from September 20-25.

Iveco NV Group (MI: IVG) is home to unique people and brands that fuel your business and your mission to advance a more sustainable society. The eight brands are each a major force in their specific business: IVECO, a pioneering brand of utility vehicles that designs, manufactures and markets heavy, medium and light trucks; FPT Industrial, a global leader in a wide range of advanced powertrain technologies in the agricultural, construction, marine, power generation and utility vehicle industries; IVECO BUS and HEULIEZ, brands of public transport and high-end buses and coaches; IDV, for highly specialized defense and civil protection equipment; ASTRA, a leader in heavy-duty quarry and large-scale construction vehicles; MAGIRUS, the industry-renowned manufacturer of firefighting vehicles and equipment; and IVECO CAPITAL, the financial arm that supports them all. The Iveco group employs approximately 34,000 people worldwide and has 28 manufacturing plants and 29 R&D centers. Further information is available on the Company’s website www.ivecogroup.com

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About Hyundai Motor Company
Founded in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is present in more than 200 countries with more than 120,000 employees dedicated to meeting the real challenges of mobility around the world. Based on the brand vision “Progress for Humanity”, Hyundai Motor is accelerating its transformation into an intelligent mobility solutions provider. The company invests in cutting-edge technologies such as robotics and advanced air mobility (AAM) to deliver game-changing mobility solutions, while pursuing open innovation to introduce future mobility services. In pursuit of a sustainable future for the world, Hyundai will continue its efforts to introduce zero-emission vehicles equipped with industry-leading hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicle technologies.
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Purchase of fuel-efficient, capital-efficient machinery lowers August import bill https://morrisyoungmotors.com/purchase-of-fuel-efficient-capital-efficient-machinery-lowers-august-import-bill/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 16:20:00 +0000 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/purchase-of-fuel-efficient-capital-efficient-machinery-lowers-august-import-bill/ Bangladesh’s import bills fell to $5.38 billion in August from $6.79 billion a month ago on lower purchases of fuel and equipment, according to the central bank. Fuel oil and capital goods contributed more than 65% to the $1.41 billion drop in imports in August, Bangladesh Bank data shows. The country paid $1.01 billion in […]]]>

Bangladesh’s import bills fell to $5.38 billion in August from $6.79 billion a month ago on lower purchases of fuel and equipment, according to the central bank.

Fuel oil and capital goods contributed more than 65% to the $1.41 billion drop in imports in August, Bangladesh Bank data shows.

The country paid $1.01 billion in July for crude and refined fuel, which fell more than 57% to $433 million in August. Imports of capital goods in July cost the country $617 million, which fell 55% to $276 million in August.

In addition, letters of credit (LC) opened for the import of fuel and machinery have decreased significantly. The opening of MLs for the import of fuel oil fell 60% in August compared to the previous month, while the MLs of capital goods recorded a drop of 32%.

Former Bangladesh Bank governor Salehuddin Ahmed says austerity is good for the economy, but authorities need to be careful so that industrial production does not suffer fuel shortages.

Mentioning that a decline in imports of capital goods does not always have a negative meaning, he said, “A large part of the capital goods imported into our country is used in the garment sector. If imports of capital goods do not stimulate apparel exports accordingly, then there is no justification for bringing them in. »

In his arguments, he also alluded to money laundering through overcharging.

Across 34 items, central bank data shows import costs for 20 commodities, including wheat, edible oil and coal, fell in August.

Import payment for wheat decreased by 52%, dairy products by 23.3%, refined edible oil by 40%, crude edible oil by 48%, BP leaf by 77% and 39% computer and computer accessories.

Bangladesh Bank officials attributed the fall to several central bank measures, such as widening the LC margin for certain products up to 100% and requiring the central bank to be notified at least 24 hours for opening import LC over 3 million.

Import cost for 14 items up to

The cost of imports of 14 products, including rice, sugar, lentils, onions and medicines, rose in August compared to July. In addition, products such as fertilizers, cement, motor vehicles and scrap ships are also on the list of rising import costs.

Fertilizers led the increase in import costs in August. Paying for fertilizer imports cost the country $276 million in July, which rose 46% to $404 million in August.

Rice import bills jumped 68% in August from the previous month. Bangladesh spent $16.78 million in August to bring in 2.88 lakh tons of staple foods.

Sugar imports cost $11 million or 22% more last month than in July. Onion imports stood at $6 million in July, and jumped to around $14 million next month. Drug import bills were also up 66% from July.

A senior central bank official told The Business Standard that the increased spending on importing basic necessities was due to volatility in the international market.

“Inflation is now biting everyone. As a result, the cost of the same amount of food is now higher than in recent months,” the official said.

In August compared to the previous month, scrap dealers’ import bills increased by 62%, with cement registering a rise of 47%.

Salehuddin Ahmed said scrap metal imports were on the rise as traders sought to cash in on the booming local rod market. Moreover, the increase in imports of other construction materials indicates that the local real estate sector is gaining momentum.

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Hyundai Motor Commissions Commercial Fleet of XCIENT Fuel Cell Electric Trucks in California with $3.5 Million EPA https://morrisyoungmotors.com/hyundai-motor-commissions-commercial-fleet-of-xcient-fuel-cell-electric-trucks-in-california-with-3-5-million-epa/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 09:32:40 +0000 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/hyundai-motor-commissions-commercial-fleet-of-xcient-fuel-cell-electric-trucks-in-california-with-3-5-million-epa/ Hyundai Motor has secured $3.5 million in 2021 Targeted Airshed Grant (TAG) funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deploy five XCIENT fuel cell electric trucks in California. The XCIENT Fuel Cell 6×4 tractor model participating in the demonstration is equipped with a 180 kW fuel cell system and an electric motor with […]]]>

Hyundai Motor has secured $3.5 million in 2021 Targeted Airshed Grant (TAG) funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deploy five XCIENT fuel cell electric trucks in California.

The XCIENT Fuel Cell 6×4 tractor model participating in the demonstration is equipped with a 180 kW fuel cell system and an electric motor with a maximum power of 350 kW. The tractor’s hydrogen tank can hold 67kg of hydrogen with the battery supplying 72kWh for a combined gross weight of 37,200kg to deliver an average range of over 450 miles per tank.

First Element Fuel (FEF), the largest operator of hydrogen fueling stations in the United States, will deploy the Class 8 heavy-duty trucks to deliver liquefied hydrogen to their fueling stations over the next five years, including one year of demonstration with US EPA reporting duties and four years of commercial operation.

This project is led by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), which applied for TAG funding.

The EPA’s TAG program aims to reduce air pollution in areas of the country with the highest levels of ambient ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) Pollution. The objective of the TAG program is to provide financial assistance to projects that: 1) directly reduce emissions from priority emission sources; 2) generate measurable reductions in ozone, PM2.5, and/or precursor emissions; and 3) support the achievement of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in one or more of the country’s most impacted airsheds.

Under the TAG program, eligible state and local air pollution control agencies must apply directly to EPA, but may select partners for a project consortium. For the 2021 TAG program, Hyundai Motor has partnered with South Coast AQMD and FEF to develop a TAG app to support the replacement of FEF’s diesel-powered hydrogen haul trucks with fuel cell electric vehicles.

After being selected as the truck supplier for this TAG project, Hyundai Motor plans to demonstrate its fuel cell electric heavy-duty truck technology in a long-haul haul operation.

Last year, Hyundai Motor also announced its NorCal Zero project, also known as Zero-Emission Regional Truck Operations with Fuel Cell Electric Trucks. (Previous article.) Hyundai Motor will begin operating 30 XCIENT Class 8 fuel cell electric trucks in California starting in the second quarter of 2023. This will be the largest commercial deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks in class 8 in the United States.

Launched in 2020 by Hyundai Motor, XCIENT Fuel Cell is the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric heavy-duty truck. The company has already deployed 47 units in Switzerland where they have accumulated more than four million driving kilometers by July 2022.

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Ballard to Preview New Heavy-Duty Fuel Cell Concept at IAA Transportation 2022 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/ballard-to-preview-new-heavy-duty-fuel-cell-concept-at-iaa-transportation-2022/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 16:55:55 +0000 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/ballard-to-preview-new-heavy-duty-fuel-cell-concept-at-iaa-transportation-2022/ Ballard will preview a new heavy-duty fuel cell concept at IAA Transportation 2022. Partnering with automotive leaders to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission fuel cell technology, Ballard will bring its unique fuel cell experience – spanning more than 100 million miles on the world’s roads, powering more than 3600 buses and trucks – at the […]]]>

Ballard will preview a new heavy-duty fuel cell concept at IAA Transportation 2022.

Partnering with automotive leaders to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission fuel cell technology, Ballard will bring its unique fuel cell experience – spanning more than 100 million miles on the world’s roads, powering more than 3600 buses and trucks – at the world’s largest trade fair for logistics, commercial vehicles, buses and the transport sector.

At IAA Transportation 2022, Ballard will showcase the FCmove™-HD+ fuel cell module for mid-size utility vehicles and preview the new FCmove™-XD engine concept for heavy-duty vehicles at the IAA Transportation 2022 exhibition. the company in hall 24, stand C24.

The new FCmove™-XD engine concept is also incorporated into Quantron’s new 44t fuel cell truck which will premiere at the event.

Randy McEwenCEO of Ballard Power Systems, said:

IAA Transportation 2022 is a great opportunity for Ballard to demonstrate the significant progress we are making in the hard-to-reduce segment of heavy transportation.

“Our collaborations with automotive leaders such as MAHLE and Quantron, as well as strategic partners such as Forsee Power, Weichai and Linamar, accelerate our entry into the truck market and aim to have zero emission hydrogen trucks. on the road in the next 18 months.”

Robust modules for rock-solid performance

Designed to meet the specific power and performance demands of heavy hauling, Ballard’s fuel cell products are the longest running fuel cell solution on the market, powering more than 3,600 buses and trucks on more than 100 million kilometers in the world.

Targeting the 19t+ mid-duty segment, the 100kW FCmove™-HD+ fuel cell module has been designed to improve ease of integration into the vehicle.

The module is 40% more compact, over 30% lighter and with half the components of previous generations. This translates to a predicted 40% improvement in total life cycle cost while delivering industry-leading operational performance, high efficiency and a wide operating range.

A new platform designed for the most demanding needs

By extending the FCmove™ range to the heavy-duty and long-haul truck segment, Ballard and MAHLE have joined forces to develop a new fuel cell engine platform tailored for the high demands of the 19t+ segment, offering powers up to 360 kW.

Ballard’s 120kW fuel cell module is the centerpiece of the first engine concept, while MAHLE integrates factory balance components, thermal management and power electronics, optimizing engine performance. complete fuel cell system.

The program is a multi-year development during which MAHLE and Ballard will continue to evolve and refine the platform to ensure that fuel cells will provide the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) solution for heavy-duty vehicles. within ten years.

World Premiere of Quantron’s 44t Fuel Cell Truck – Powered by Ballard

Also on display at IAA Transportation 2022, Ballard’s partner Quantron will unveil a new 44t truck featuring Ballard’s FCmove™-XD concept engine – the first heavy-duty truck built with Ballard’s proven fuel cell capability.

Under a joint development agreement, Quantron will integrate Ballard fuel cell products for various truck applications in Europe and the United States, including last mile delivery, long haul tractors and garbage collection vehicles. Ballard will be Quantron’s exclusive fuel cell supplier for these truck platforms.

Quantron’s FCEV truck will be available from the second half of 2023 and offers a range of up to 700 km, a hydrogen storage capacity of over 50 kg and a battery capacity of 120 kWh.

Designed to provide uncompromising reliability for everyday use, it includes a cabin for overnight accommodation for long-haul transport and the ability to use ISO standard trailers.

Ballard to Preview New Heavy-Duty Fuel Cell Concept at IAA Transportation 2022, September 9, 2022

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The motorcycle uses a hydrogen fuel cell which provides 100% clean energy https://morrisyoungmotors.com/the-motorcycle-uses-a-hydrogen-fuel-cell-which-provides-100-clean-energy/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 20:41:37 +0000 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/the-motorcycle-uses-a-hydrogen-fuel-cell-which-provides-100-clean-energy/ DETROIT – Meet Hydra, an e-bike with a difference. Unlike traditional electric motorcycles that rely on a powertrain that draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery, Hydra offers an alternative, much more experimental solution: hydrogen fuel cells. Although still in its infancy, the hydrogen fuel cell promises absolutely clean energy. Unlike gasoline engines, fuel cells […]]]>

DETROIT – Meet Hydra, an e-bike with a difference. Unlike traditional electric motorcycles that rely on a powertrain that draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery, Hydra offers an alternative, much more experimental solution: hydrogen fuel cells.

Although still in its infancy, the hydrogen fuel cell promises absolutely clean energy. Unlike gasoline engines, fuel cells emit no harmful emissions, and unlike traditional lithium-ion battery electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cells eliminate toxic battery acids that can potentially wreak havoc on the environment if not disposed of properly. In fact, when powered with pure hydrogen, the only by-products are heat and water (hence the name Hydra), making the technology a sustainable zero-emissions energy source.

While the tech itself is rather fascinating, what’s more appealing here is the designers’ treatment of the bike, giving it an entirely distinct new form factor to underscore the fact that it’s not your medium gasoline vehicle.

The Hydra is unmistakably cyberpunk, with the clever use of straight lines to define the shapes and curves only to round the edges. The bike isn’t slick or aerodynamic, but rather has an almost robotic appeal with its affinity for straight lines and simple geometric shapes. Hydra’s front is dominated by a large block that serves as a hydrogen fuel cell. The motor sits just below the cantilever seat, powering the rear wheel directly.

To see more photos and a video, click on YankoDesign

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We can cushion the global fuel crisis with local biofuel https://morrisyoungmotors.com/we-can-cushion-the-global-fuel-crisis-with-local-biofuel/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 02:02:05 +0000 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/we-can-cushion-the-global-fuel-crisis-with-local-biofuel/ BY JEFFREY ELAPA East Sepik Governor Allan Bird said the country should start investing in biofuels to meet fuel demand in the country in anticipation of unforeseen global shocks. He said the recent Russian-Ukrainian war is a lesson to be learned where fuel prices have risen, and therefore the government needs to invest more money […]]]>

BY JEFFREY ELAPA

East Sepik Governor Allan Bird said the country should start investing in biofuels to meet fuel demand in the country in anticipation of unforeseen global shocks.

He said the recent Russian-Ukrainian war is a lesson to be learned where fuel prices have risen, and therefore the government needs to invest more money in the biofuel sector to partner with the private sector to get into the business. of biofuels as a cushion for unintended effects. of global crisis.

He said it is very difficult to predict how the economy will behave and react to the global crisis.

“I want to tell the government to take a serious look at biofuels.

We need to cushion the shocks of the global economy.

We cannot continue to ignore and be unaware of the ocean of the economy because we are a small country, and we are not taking the necessary steps to try to mitigate some of the effects of global economies on us,” did he declare.

He said fuel and energy are becoming serious security issues for many countries.

He said that in 2007 he owned a coconut plantation and within two years he made his own diesel.

He said there are people like in Bougainville who also make their own diesel from coconuts.

“It’s a simple technology, the first engines were designed to run on engine oil, not fossil fuels.” Mr Bird said the abundance of fossil fuels and oil has made people lazy and dependent.

He said PNG has the best growing climates and one of the top producers of palm oil in the world, so palm oil can be converted into biodiesel.

He said other oilseed plants that grow well can also be used as fuel.

“Our government needs to start putting money aside in the next budget so we can partner with the private sector and start moving towards energy security.

“We need to look further and we need to start building the resilience of our local economy.

We need to produce more locally to insulate ourselves and reduce the effect on imported inflation.

“It’s important that we understand that and it’s important that our people understand that,” he said.

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Chevy Trailblazer and Tracker record fuel economy numbers https://morrisyoungmotors.com/chevy-trailblazer-and-tracker-record-fuel-economy-numbers/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 16:02:52 +0000 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/chevy-trailblazer-and-tracker-record-fuel-economy-numbers/ CHEVROLET PHILIPPINES PHOTO THE COVENANT Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the official and exclusive domestic importer of Chevrolet vehicles and parts in the Philippines, recently completed a fuel economy run of the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer and Tracker. Undertaken under the supervision of the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), the test – involving a freeway test of a […]]]>
CHEVROLET PHILIPPINES PHOTO

THE COVENANT Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the official and exclusive domestic importer of Chevrolet vehicles and parts in the Philippines, recently completed a fuel economy run of the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer and Tracker.

Undertaken under the supervision of the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), the test – involving a freeway test of a total distance of 263.3 kilometers from Clark to the TPLEX Rosario exit and back – proved that the Chevy Trailblazer and Tracker 2022 are fuel efficient vehicles.

The models had similar parameters to simulate realistic driving conditions: two drivers per vehicle, with no heavy luggage; tires set to factory recommended pressure; and vehicle speed maintained at 80 to 90 kilometers per hour on the highway with observance of traffic rules and limits.

In addition to the striking exterior, generous space, creature comforts and cutting-edge technologies equipped in the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer, this compact SUV was also able to check off fuel efficiency in its winning list of features. after the Premier variant achieved an impressive 20.87 kpl in the Eco run with AAP.

Powered by a GM E-Turbo 1.3L DOHC turbocharged engine paired with a next-generation lightweight CVT with Multi-Mode Drive System, Engine Start/Stop System and Advanced Active Thermal Management, this compact SUV produces 155 hp and 236 Nm. Its systems work together to deliver efficient fuel consumption without compromising vehicle performance.

Efficient driving is even more enjoyable and safe thanks to the wide range of driver assistance systems that are standard on the Trailblazer, such as forward collision warning, following distance indicator, braking of automatic emergency, front pedestrian braking, six SRS airbags, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, rear park assist and cross traffic alert rear – all are popular on Premier and LT variants.

Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Tracker Crossover SUV known for its practical features has achieved a remarkable fuel consumption of 25.05 kpl. Under the hood of the crossover is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder Ecotec turbocharged engine that delivers 116 hp and 175 Nm of torque. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and an active thermal management system that intuitively optimizes engine performance and fuel efficiency. It is also equipped with enhanced stability control systems and safety technologies that are standard on LS and LT Redline models.

The Chevrolet Tracker also offers a spacious interior and generous cargo space, modern technology and a fuel economy rating almost as good, or even better, than a subcompact sedan.

“Chevrolet Philippines is proud to offer Chevrolet vehicles that live up to the brand’s established reliability and commitment to delivering mobility that meets today’s market demands,” said Atty, President and CEO of Chevrolet. Philippines-TCCCI. Alberto B. Arcilla. “We are pleased to offer fuel-efficient products in the Chevrolet lineup with the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer and Tracker. These globally recognized SUVs performed exemplary in the recent AAP Fuel Economy Race. This further underscores our message. that the Tracker and Trailblazer are smart choices in the crossover and compact SUV segments.”

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Honda India recalls Africa Twin, Fireblade and Gold Wing over fuel injection issues https://morrisyoungmotors.com/honda-india-recalls-africa-twin-fireblade-and-gold-wing-over-fuel-injection-issues/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 15:10:04 +0000 https://morrisyoungmotors.com/honda-india-recalls-africa-twin-fireblade-and-gold-wing-over-fuel-injection-issues/ Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has announced a voluntary recall of 84 units of the CRF1100 Africa Twin, CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and GL1800 Gold Wing Tour motorcycles. The premium offerings affected by the recall were manufactured between 2020 and 2022. The recall was issued after the company identified an incorrect program setting in the motorcycles […]]]>

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has announced a voluntary recall of 84 units of the CRF1100 Africa Twin, CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and GL1800 Gold Wing Tour motorcycles. The premium offerings affected by the recall were manufactured between 2020 and 2022. The recall was issued after the company identified an incorrect program setting in the motorcycles PGM-FI or fuel injection unit. Honda says it is possible for the engine to stall while driving.” However, no cases of failure have been reported in India so far.

Read also : Two-wheeler sales August 2022: Honda 2 Wheeler reports cumulative sales of over 4.62 lakh

The Honda Gold Wing is powered by a SOHC 4-stroke 24-valve liquid-cooled 1833cc flat-6 engine developing 125hp and 170Nm

Honda will perform a software update on the affected motorcycles to correct the issue as a precautionary measure. The update will be performed at BigWing Topline dealerships across the country and is scheduled to begin on September 3, 2022. The update will be performed completely free of charge and regardless of the vehicle’s warranty status. The company says it will contact customers of affected motorcycles through its BigWing dealerships, who will notify owners of their vehicle’s inspection.

Alternatively, customers can check if their vehicle was affected by the recall by using their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the Honda BigWing website. The voluntary recall is intended to rectify the problem before there are potential problems with the motorcycles.

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