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2021 Mercedes E-Class pricing confirmed (we’ll take the AMG wagon)

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Mercedes-Benz has confirmed pricing for the 2021 E-Class range, with sedan, coupe, cabriolet, and All-Terrain versions headed to US dealerships later this year. Announced back in May, the newest iteration of Mercedes’ best-seller will kick off at $54,250, the automaker has said today.

That’ll be for the 2021 E-Class Sedan, in E350 form (plus $1,050 destination). The 2021 E350 4MATIC, with all-wheel drive, will start at $56,750, while the E450 4MATIC will start at $62,000.

As for the Mercedes-AMG versions of the car, the 2021 AMG E 53 Sedan will kick off at $73,900, while the AMG E 63 S Sedan will be from $107,500. In that six-figure case, your money gets you a 4.0-liter handcrafted AMG V8 biturbo engine, good for 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque.

For the 2021 E-Class Coupe, meanwhile, pricing starts at $64,950 plus destination. That’s for the E450, while the 2021 E450 4MATIC starts at $67,450. The AMG E 53 Coupe starts at $76,250.

If you want to lose the roof, the 2021 E450 Cabriolet begins at $71,950, while the all-wheel drive version, the E450 4MATIC Cabriolet, is from $74,450. The AMG-blessed version, the 2021 AMG 3 53 Cabriolet, is from $82,850.

Finally, there’s the new E-Class Wagon – or, as Mercedes brands it in the US, the All-Terrain. That starts at $67,600 plus destination for the 2021 E450 4MATIC All-Terrain, and then climbs to $112,450 for the 2021 AMG E 63 S All-Terrain. As with the Sedan version, you get 603 hp on tap from the hand-built V8.

To help you tell the difference, there’s a new front grille and bumper, along with redesigned lights front and rear. Inside, there’s the new steering wheel – with capacitive sensors that track when your hands are in contact – that we also saw featured in the new S-Class. MBUX gets an upgrade, too.

For the E450 and E450 4MATIC cars, there’s now an electrified 3.0-liter inline-6 with EQ Boost and 48-volt architecture. EQ Boost can contribute up to 21 hp and up to 184 lb-ft of torque.

For the AMG cars, there’s now all-LED headlamps with a new design, along with a reworked – and AMG-exclusive – grille and a larger central star. All AMG E-Class models will get the surround view camera system AMG Drive Unit steering wheel buttons for the 2021 model year, too, along with new air spring and damper settings, along with the Adaptive Damping System.

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The Most Expensive NFTs Ever Purchased

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One of the earliest examples of an NFT collection on the Ethereum blockchain, CryptoPunks have grown to be among the most valuable collections in the world. They are a set of 10,000 unique, algorithmically-generated “Punk” characters that, according to their creators Larva Labs, served as the inspiration for the ERC-721 standard, an interface that now powers that majority of Ethereum-based NFTs. A CryptoPunk’s value is determined by the rarity of its attributes: the rarer the attributes, the more valuable the NFT.

CryptoPunk #5822 is one of the rarest of all, which explains its incredible selling price. Firstly, it has just one attribute, a feature that only 2% of the collection shares. That single attribute is a bandana, which is rare in itself, as only 5% of the collection sport one. The Punk’s skin type is alien, which is the biggest factor in pushing up this NFT’s value, as only 0.09% of the collection share this skin, a total of 9 NFTs out of a collection of 10,000. Punk #5822 was bought by Deepak Thapliyal, CEO of blockchain tech company Chain, for 8,000 ETH, roughly $23.7 million USD at the time of sale.

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Self-Repairing Electronics Are Closer To Reality Than You Think

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A research group led by Professor Yehonadav Bekenstein from the Faculty of Materials Sciences and Engineering and the Solid-State Institute at Technion was studying perovskite nanoparticles for their potential to provide a green alternative to toxic lead materials used heavily in electronics. In doing so, they found something unexpected.

The team found on a microscopic level that the nanocrystals moved a hole (damage) through the areas of a structure to self-heal. Surprised by this, the researchers drew up a code to analyze microscopic videos and understand the dynamics and movements within the crystal. The researchers realized that the damaged area, or hole, formed on the surface of the nanoparticles, then moved to energetically stable areas inside, and was finally “spontaneously ejected” out. Researchers explained that through this self-healing process, the nanocrystals essentially reverted back to being undamaged (per Technion). 

Researchers with Technion believe that this discovery is a key step toward understanding the processes by which perovskite nanoparticles can heal themselves. The team also thinks that perovskite nanoparticles should be used in solar panels and other electronic devices. The full study, published by Advanced Functional Materials and made available at the Wiley Online Library, is titled “Self-Healing of Crystal Voids in Double Perovskite Nanocrystals Is Related to Surface Passivation.”

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This Astonishing Vision AMG Sports EV Will Somehow Spawn Production Electric Cars

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It’s no secret that Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division has been downsizing from high-strung, gas-fed internal combustion engines to lower-displacement mills infused with some form of hybrid or mild hybridization. The incoming AMG C63 S, for instance, will make do without its raucous 4.0-liter bi-turbo engine. Instead, it will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a mild-hybrid powertrain. The Manhart CR 700 is one of the last modified C 63 S wagons with AMG’s muscular turbocharged V8 motor.

Meanwhile, the Vision AMG concept harks the beginning of a zero-emissions future without sacrificing style or the brand’s hallmark “AMG driving experience.” The Vision AMG has innovative axial flux motors (similar to Vision EQXX) developed by Mercedes subsidiary YASA. The brand claims its new electric motors are smaller, lighter, and produce more power than conventional electric motors. Mercedes-AMG did not mention motor outputs, battery sizes, or range numbers. Still, it did say Vision AMG’s drivetrain would be “developed entirely from scratch,” including a new high-performance, high-voltage battery, and a “revolutionary drive technology,” said Mercedes-AMG.

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