New Mercedes-Benz S-class

The brand new Mercedes-Benz S-class is right here, with costs beginning at $502,888 for the 3-litre inline-six S450L.

Mercedes has gone from V6 to straight six, a configuration lengthy favoured by arch-rival BMW.

A 4-litre V8 will arrive later, as will a plug-in hybrid with an electrical vary of 100km.

The brand new limo is larger (wheelbase is 51mm longer), however lighter. It’s extremely digital, geared up with as much as 5 screens and an infotainment system with voice command which recognises as much as 5 voices.

The touchscreens change 27 laborious keys within the earlier mannequin.

The limo comes with a 31-speaker 1,750-watt Burmester hi-fi, the world’s first frontal airbags for rear passengers and all-wheel steering, which provides the S-class a turning circle of a compact automobile.

BlueSG to hit two-millionth rental

Electrical car-sharing operator BlueSG is poised to cross its two-millionth rental this week.

The corporate, which is being acquired by home-grown mobility agency Goldbell, stated on Thursday that it’s near clocking the milestone this week. It added that it posted its millionth rental in August final yr – after being in operation for 31 months.

However the second million is inside grasp lower than eight months after that. “This can be a additional testomony to the effectiveness of the service and the way Singaporeans are embracing car-sharing,” stated BlueSG director Jenny Lim.

Mini Electrical Pacesetter security automobile for race sequence


The Mini Electrical Pacesetter is the brand new security automobile for the ABB FIA Method E World Championship race sequence.

BMW-owned Mini says the automobile “connects the model’s electrified future with the wealthy racing historical past of John Cooper Works”.

The automobile was created out of the brand new Mini Electrical as a part of a collaboration amongst Mini Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and Method E.

Kia EV6 to launch right here subsequent yr


Kia’s glossy EV6 electrical automobile is slated to reach subsequent yr.

The primary EV to be constructed on a brand new platform for electrical fashions, it presents a driving vary of greater than 510km, ultra-fast charging (100km in lower than 41/2 minutes), a century dash of three.5 seconds and a high pace of 260kmh.

It’ll even have semi-autonomous options comparable to freeway convoying and distant parking.

Based mostly on abroad pricing, the price of the automobile might begin at underneath $200,000 right here.

Facelifted BMW M5 Competitors in Singapore


The facelifted BMW M5 Competitors has arrived. Costs for the three.3-second automobile begin at $540,888. It’s offered alongside the BMW 6-series Gran Turismo facelift, which prices from $297,888.

$337b put aside to spice up use of EVs within the US

Carmakers and components suppliers are ready to spend US$250 billion (S$337 billion) on boosting the usage of electrical autos in the US, in response to Bloomberg. They’re calling on the Joe Biden administration to induce Congress to increase tax credit to patrons.

The funding is meant to spur adoption of alternative-fuel automobiles comparable to plug-in hybrid autos, battery-powered digital autos (EVs) and fuel-cell EVs, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, United Auto Staff Worldwide Union and Motor & Tools Producers Affiliation stated in a letter to the American President launched on Tuesday.

The teams stated Mr Biden ought to press Congress to approve an extension of a federal tax credit score that gives as a lot as US$7,500 to patrons of EVs. Automakers face a lifetime ceiling of 200,000 EVs a producer that qualify for the tax break. Reaching the utmost variety of tax credit begins a phasing-out of the providing, with the quantity falling by half each six months till it hits zero.

Basic Motors Co and Tesla Inc turned the primary carmakers to hit that ceiling in 2018.

Mercedes-Benz EQS to launch in Europe this yr


The Mercedes-Benz EQS has a drag-coefficient of 0.2, making it extra aerodynamic than its non-electric S-class twin. It will likely be launched in Europe in August.

Its signature characteristic is a wall-to-wall curved MBUX Hyperscreen, which comes with a head-up show with augmented actuality content material and non-obligatory driving sound within the inside.

EV charging in Malaysia

Need an electrical automobile however apprehensive about not with the ability to drive to Malaysia? Porsche Asia-Pacific and Shell have teamed as much as roll out the primary cross-country high-performance EV charging community in South-east Asia.

Six Shell stations in Malaysia will quickly provide 12 high-speed direct present chargers able to juicing up EVs such because the Porsche Taycan at as much as 180kW.

Strategically situated alongside the North-South Freeway, the chargers will enable for EV drives as much as Penang and again.

They are going to be rolled out in phases – with 4 stations to be prepared within the second half of this yr and two extra by the primary half of subsequent yr.

The websites can be built-in with 18 “Reserve + Shell Recharge” cost factors in Malaysia.

They’ll complement 175kW chargers out there in any respect Porsche Centres in Malaysia, in addition to a rising community of motels, airports, sports activities golf equipment and life-style venues with EV chargers.

Christopher Tan