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Mercedes-Benz A class W176 – part 3

By Andrew Marsh, 17.08.13
Posted in New Model Information
Mercedes-Benz A class W176 cutaway
Many of the systems are developments of those previously introduced on other models ranging from the radial vanes on the cooling fan pack which are electronically controlled through to the active safety systems. Even the StopStart system has an additional battery along with an additional hydraulic pump for the twin clutch pack transmission. Active safety ...

Mercedes-Benz A class W176 – part 4

By Andrew Marsh,
Posted in New Model Information
Mercedes-Benz A class W176 side impact energy flow
The A class W176 and B class W246 body shells on the MFA platform share little with previous generations of A or B class, apart from lessons learnt.  The materials for W176 are detailed with the figures for W246 in brackets. Press hardened steel alloy (1100 MPa yield strength) – upper A pillar, B pillar ...

Mercedes-Benz A class W176 – part 5

By Andrew Marsh,
Posted in New Model Information
Mercedes-Benz A class side impact
From there floor and roof level cross members connect the other side of the body to re-act the energy. This is why there are three anti-intrusion beams in the front door and two in the rear door – if the doors fail to remain connected with the body, the strategy fails. The front seat belt ...

High voltage drive systems and the collision repairer – part 1

By Andrew Marsh, 07.06.13
Posted in Public | Technology Trends
2013 Panamera S E-Hybrid ghosted
In the blizzard of driveline technologies that global vehicle manufacturers have or are about to launch, there is a very simple truth for the collision repair business: Above the smallest sized vehicles, more and more will have some sort of drive assistance from an electric system. The engineering is subtly different when using two sources ...

High voltage drive systems and the collision repairer – part 2

By Andrew Marsh,
Posted in Technology Trends
Vehicle emissions reduction vs build cost
The bigger the vehicle, the greater the number of additional systems added (heating / cooling of the interior, lighting, active safety systems), the greater the required energy storage. Hence a Tesla Model S (a pure EV) could be powered by a 40 kWh pack, but with existing Li-Ion battery technology / charger systems, becomes a ...
 
 
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