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  1. Volvo recently shared their vision for a future, fully autonomous electric vehicle. They describe the concept vehicle as a sleeping environment, mobile office, living room or entertainment space. We have a long way to go before we get there, if we get there at all. Nonetheless, it is thought provoking.
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    electric cars

    I wouldn't underestimate Volkswagen's commitment to EVs. They are committed but also have no choice as new vehicle emission standards, as well as various cities banning diesel, are forcing them and other manufacturers to invest in modern, low and no emission technology. Because of this, you have Toyota and Nissan who both have announced they will discontinue sales of diesel vehicles in Europe and instead invest efforts into electrified models. There really is a massive transition to EVs about to take place, and the Volkswagen Group is a good example of that with their intention to build 16 EV production plants by 2023 and an aim to sell 3 million EVs a year by 2025.
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    electric cars

    Is that the estimated price for Australia? $40k is equal to €25k, so it is basically just a currency conversion. If we can get it here for low to mid 40s, then it will obviously be very competitively priced.
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    electric cars

    I believe this sums it up, though I hope that you soon can add Kia Niro to the list. The next few years should be very interesting; Volkswagen as an example recently introduced their MEB EV platform under the motto 'Electric for all'. It's expected that 10 million cars across the Volkswagen group will be based on this platform, with their first mass market affordable car to be released next year at an estimated €25 000. So with any luck, we might see Volkswagen on the list for 2020.
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    Beer: "proof that God loves us"

    Indeed it is, and it will be their Australian HQ.
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    Beer: "proof that God loves us"

    Good news for craft beer enthusiasts, as BrewDog has opened a craft beer hotel. From the press release: Independent craft brewer, BrewDog is celebrating the opening of its hotly anticipated craft beer hotel, the DogHouse. Located at the site of its US brewery in Columbus, Ohio, the DogHouse is the world’s first hotel to offer guests a night’s stay inside a brewery. Guests will be able to watch the brewers at work from rooms overlooking the state-of-the-art brewing facility. The 32-room DogHouse will feature beer taps in each room and a built-in shower beer fridge amongst many other features that make for the ultimate immersive beer utopia.
  7. It exists and is located in Malaysia. I'm sure it sounds great but it is a very busy looking room.
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    electric cars

    Yes, it will be interesting to see if they sell. I personally don't think they will, at least not in the immediate future, but time will tell.
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    electric cars

    BP has purchased Chargemaster, Britain's largest EV charging provider. This comes only 9 months after Shell purchased one of Europe's largest charging providers, NewMotion, so we are seeing some interesting positioning taking place, though I would say it's hardly surprising. BP buys Britain's largest EV charging company.
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    New Volvo V60

    Looking forward to the new S60 being revealed on Wednesday. All production will take place at their new factory in South Carolina.
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    New D'Agostino Monoblocks...$250,000

    The accompanying Relentless pre-amp consists of three pieces. It's not on display but attendees have seen pictures and apparently it looks great.
  12. Item: iFi active USB audio iPurifier Location: Melbourne, Eastern suburbs Price: $60 Item Condition: Very good Reason for selling: Not being used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Bank Transfer, Paypal (as a friend or add 3%) Extra Info: I purchased this secondhand through the forum a while back but never got around to using it. As that will likely not change, it’s time the move it on. A review can be found here: https://darko.audio/2015/11/from-earth-to-jupiter-ifi-ipurifier-takes-usb-audio-further/ Pictures:
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    electric cars

    @:) al it is rumored that the Mercedes S550e hybrid will offer exactly this using Qualcomm Halo. The General Motors EV-1, featured in 'Who killed the electric car', had inductive charging in the mid 90's, but it required the user to insert a charger cable into the vehicle.
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    Random Car News Of Interest

    Europe is a good starting point as a number of cities across the continent have been discussing a diesel ban for years. Recently a German court granted German cities the right to ban diesel vehicles and Paris, Athens, Madrid as well as Copenhagen also intend to introduce a diesel ban by 2025, if not earlier. In addition to this there are European cities and countries that are considering banning all non-electric vehicles, so given this context car manufactures are forced to adapt. There are changes happening outside of Europe as well - Mexico City will ban diesel cars by 2025.
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    Random Car News Of Interest

    Toyota has announced it will stop selling diesel cars in Europe: "Diesel will be phased out in our passenger cars in 2018," Johan van Zyl, president of Toyota Motor Europe, said in Geneva, where Europe's first major car show of the year opens this week. "We will not develop new diesel technology for passenger cars, we'll continue to focus on hybrid" vehicles, he added. Article can be found here.
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