Does an Electric car make sense in Zimbabwe?

Probably just from the title quite a handful of you are screaming and yelling NOO! Hold up people let me explain.

Now before I get to the part where it makes sense or not, I just want to give a petrol head’s view of things, seeing I’m legitimately a lover of the scent of fuel and rumbling and wheezing engine noises.

So the general thinking is electric cars are uneventful. Uneventful being we have no noise, no gears to shift and they are brutally slow. And with the very early iterations of these cars they also weren’t too easy, on the eyes so fair enough.

Aaand also the organs you had to donate to own one further ruined the idea of actually considering getting one

But the BIGGEST worry of electric cars has been how they took up to 12 hours to fully charge only to last at most about 150Km before they cried for another 12 hrs of your life…and power of course.

They just didn’t make sense at all even with the incentive that you save a couple extra bucks on carbon tax, unless you only needed it for carrying groceries from your nearest supermarket.

Taking the story home. An electric car buzzing its way on Zimbabwean streets. Does it make sense? YES!…and no.

Yes because

It would totally make sense now, well thanks to Elon Musk and Tesla, because an electric full sized sedan the size of your Mercedes Benz S-Class can now humiliate the most elite supercar in a sprint to the next traffic light.

It can take you from Harare to Bulawayo on a single charge and even do so whilst doing over DOUBLE the speed of the legal limit in Zimbabwe (If roadblocks allow of course!).

It’s electric so the space that used to be occupied by the engine and gearbox is now dedicated to an extra boot and extra leg room.

It costs as much as your average Mercedes Benz E-Class (for the bigger Tesla Model S) or as much as your average Toyota Corolla (for the more compact Tesla Model 3)

And fuel you may ask. So for the easiest comparison we take 1 liter of petrol costing about $1.35. The equivalent juice for an electric car is one unit of ZESA which is measured in KWh costing about 9.86 cents.

Oh and if you were wondering, the biggest power bank in a Tesla is a 100KWh unit so just $9.86 to brim the tank and again this takes you from Harare to Bulawayo with some change to get you to Matopos.

Its an electric car and hence the stuff that gets it going is a motor and a battery. Far much less parts than a conventional car and so maintenance costs will be much less.

No because

Filling it up will set you back about an hour (on a Tesla Charging station) or about 5 hours from the socket in your garage. Quite a long recess if you happen to want to take a road trip to the falls.

Also as I mentioned earlier on, The Model S costs as much as your average Mercedes Benz E-Class which, being more realistic, is still something for the elite. Well at least until the Model 3 is open to the public, but even then the US $35k price tag in the US means a total landed cost of $70k, which is still moderately elite.

Would I buy one?

YES! I wouldn’t mind getting myself one of these. It totally makes sense in Zimbabwe right now especially if you want a “fuel saver”. Come to think of it, an electric car is a true game changer; the performance of the most elite supercars, the range of an average sedan and your fuel costs almost much as bottled water.

It will not make sense NOT to own one. And it would make even less sense NOT to own one in Zimbabwe.

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Electric Rallycross Could Complement Formula E Series

As Formula E cements its position as one of the industry’s most important forms of motorsport, there’s a possibility it could be joined by a new electric rallycross series.Autocar has learnt that talks are being held about creating an electric rallycross series that would act as a support series for Formula E and race on similar tracks in large metropolitan cities. At least two other electric rallycross championships are also in the works, including one from the organizers of the Red Bull Global Rallycross series.

Responding to the prospect of such a series complementing Formula E, Bugatti chief executive and leader of Volkswagen Group’s motorsport strategy, Wolfgang Durheimer, said “It is one possibility we are looking at. The idea of electric rallycross is perfect; the cars are spectacular and the races short, so the cars can be charged between them. It could be the perfect complement to Formula E.”

In early 2016, before VW quit the World Rally Championship, the a utomaker said it would be eager to jump behind an electric rallycross championship. In the 18 months since, VW has detailed its ambitious plans for a family of bespoke all-electric production cars, making such a championship even more logical for it.

At the time, VW’s head of technology Franck Welsch said “If the championship moved that way it would be perfect for us. We are already in discussions with organisers to that effect.”

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I’m ready to bring it. Let’s lay the smackdown on some people.

Welcome to a hackathon with Asia&039;s largest cryptocurrency, NEO.

Where we find out from the organization&039;s top developers what their future holds.

This is spotlight. In the city of Taipei, one disruptive technology

is inspiring young software developers – blockchain.

There is this general hype now with everyone

and some people that have been around since the Internet boom

also experienced the same hype and the same feeling.

John has organized today&039;s hackathon – bringing in the neo heavyweights

to teach developers a vital part of the organization&039;s technology –

the digital, decentralised Smart Contract.

The people here have just learned the basics of smart contract programming.

So now all these people are going to create a decentralised application

using NEO’s smart contracts.

The prize pool for this hackathon is 600 GAS –

worth around 15 thousand US dollars.

I was like &039;oh that&039;s actually pretty pretty generous&039;

and I was thinking &039;hey I&039;ll give it a shot and see how it goes&039;

The developers who do most of the legwork to build NEO’s ecosystem

are a group known as the City of Zion.

Basically it’s just a bunch of geeks who came together

and decided, ‘Hey, NEO looks interesting, let’s get working on it.’

Alan’s hard work co-founding the city of Zion paid off massively

as NEO rose to global prominence and its token price skyrocketed

meaning that many of the NEO believers became financially free

to dedicate themselves completely to making this platform their own.

It’s kind of like my baby at this point.

It&039;s something that I am emotionally attached to.

It’s something that I want to see succeed.

We will make it grow. We will push it forward – no matter what.

City of Zion is here to stay.

This developer community is funded by the NEO council –

who still holds onto around 50% of the NEO tokens

and is slowly giving them out to contributors.

Now we have quite a lot of funding

so it will be sufficient for many years to come.

But what impact do locals think that this strategy will have?

This could really inspire developers in Taiwan

to choose to use NEO:

the platform that will promote development.

How are you doing? John, Jeremy, pleasure.

Good to see you again.

Yeah, please come on in.

Jon works in a team dedicated full-time

to giving Taiwanese blockchain developers more resources

and networking opportunities.

If we take out these walls we could really have a massive hackathon here.

Meanwhile, back at the hackathon, the clock is ticking.

We&039;ve done some drawings, it&039;s quite nice.

We&039;re going to have to definitely push out

this last four hours to make this work.

We are doing our best.

There are some in the cryptocurrency world

that idealise blockchain as the great equalizer

– a revolutionary technology that will tear down the pillars of power

in the global financial industry.

But in NEO’s vision – the two worlds, of old and new

can be weaved together.

I don&039;t think everything should be decentralised – not everything should be on top of the blockchain.

I think that’s a misconception that some people have.

On the other hand I think that there are a lot of industries that will gain a lot of benefit

for society by applying these blockchain technologies.

After 8 solid hours of coding, it’s time for exhausted hackathon competitors

to present their ideas to NEO.

We have finished the hackathon!

One idea – a decentralised book lending system.

I love books right, but – oh no libraries.

Who’s going to find things in there? You can&039;t see anything in there.

But you know what? Now we have blockchain! We can find that book for you in your library.

Another lets anyone make their own cryptocurrency.

We want to make it easy enough for everyone

to be able to ICO and not just ICO on Etheruem but on the NEP5 token format.

The teams wont find out who won tonight

but its clear that they all made some interesting innovations.

The hackathon was really impressive.

I was actually really surprised by the creative projects.

A treasure hunting mobile game where the mobile interface was actually already working,

which is super impressive.

But what is the true key to getting NEO’s attention?

Creativity and some sense of spontaneousness, and it is something which I saw here.

And now my hopes are high for the next hackathons.

Three days later – the results are finally in.

The competitors gather at BlockCamp’s HQ to find out who won.

The winning team is

NEOSpace!

I am so excited! Yeah.

Unexpected. Really happy.

We built a real estate leasing platform on the NEO blockchain.

If you&039;re a real estate owner you can place your real estate property on the blockchain

and accept payments on the blockchain to lease it to someone

who pays you on the blockchain. And manage everything on there.

And how are they going to spend their GAS?

We might spend a portion of it partying just to celebrate.

Next time on Spotlight – we drop in on a speech by NEO founder, Da Hongfei, in Seoul.

And meet the visionaries behind a global movement towards a smarter economy.

Thank you for watching.

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​Klimat w Polsce stale się ociepla, czego dowodem jest szybko rosnąca sprzedaż kabrioletów

Dla miłośników jazdy w wersji topless mamy konkretną propozycję: to Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

W tym momencie rozlega się wielkie buuuuuuu. Jedni protestują, bo rekomendowanie samochodu, na który obywatel, zarabiający podawaną przez GUS średnią krajową, musiałby odkładać 10 lat, nic nie jedząc, nie pijąc i nie wydając ani grosza na inne cele, uznają za bezczelną prowokację

 Jednak głośno swoje niezadowolenie wyrażają także zaprzysięgli fani niemieckiej marki, dla których liczy się wyłącznie kultowe 911

Według nich, pozostałe modele z Zuffenhausen stanowią jedynie namiastkę prawdziwego sportowego Porsche

Z pierwszą grupą buczących nie zamierzamy dyskutować, bowiem ich racje są bezsporne

Postaramy się za to przekonać ortodoksów. Sprawić, by łaskawszym okiem spojrzeli na lekceważoną siedemset osiemnastkę

Posłużymy się metodą ornitologiczną, wedle której, jeżeli jakiś ptak wygląda jak kaczka, porusza się jak kaczka i kwacze jak kaczka, to jest to kaczka

Reklama  Boxster GTS jest o 114 mm krótszy, a jednocześnie o 16 mm szerszy i o 11 mm niższy od modelu 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet

Jednak mimo nieco odmiennych gabarytów i proporcji nie pozostawia żadnych wątpliwości co do swojego rodowodu

Niska, jakby przywarta do drogi sylwetka, charakterystyczny przód, typowy dla wszystkich aut rodem z Zuffenhausen kształt obudowy reflektorów, zdecydowanie opadająca ku tyłowi linia sztywnego dachu, wloty powietrza w błotnikach, duże, szeroko rozstawione koła z ażurowymi obręczami, spoza których dumnie czerwienią się zaciski hamulców, podwójna końcówka wydechu, stercząca pod tylnym zderzakiem w jego środkowej części, wysuwany tylny spojler

Tak, ten samochód wygląda jak stuprocentowe Porsche.    Do prawdziwego, sportowego Porsche nie łatwo się wsiada

I pod tym względem 718 Boxster nie zawodzi, zwłaszcza przy zamkniętym dachu. Kiedy przez długie, pozbawione ramek drzwi wślizgniemy się wreszcie do środka i opadniemy na fotel, możemy rozejrzeć się po utrzymanym w ciemnej tonacji wnętrzu

Nienaganna precyzja montażu, skóra, alcantara, aluminium, metalowe nakładki na pedały, masywna środkowa konsola, spora liczba przycisków, na ramieniu kierownicy przełącznik trybów jazdy, stacyjka po lewej stronie, stoper na szczycie kokpitu

Nie musimy zerkać na umieszczone na kierownicy logo, by w każdej chwili pamiętać, w jakiej marki pojeździe się znajdujemy

Znakiem nowych czasów jest ekran dotykowy (nawigacja, kamera cofania, multimedia) i ograniczenie z pięciu do trzech liczby okrągłych zegarów w głównym zestawie instrumentów

Nadal jednak najważniejszą rolę odgrywa wśród nich obrotomierz, o czym świadczy centralna pozycja i średnica owego wskaźnika

 Sportowe Porsche, niezależnie od adnotacji w dowodzie rejestracyjnym, to samochody w gruncie rzeczy dwuosobowe

Owszem, w niektórych modelach znajdziemy drugi rząd siedzeń, ale są to bardziej atrapy niż pełnoprawne miejsca dla pasażerów

718 Boxster GTS niczego nie udaje. Jako rasowy roadster ma tylko dwa fotele. Ze zintegrowanymi zagłówkami, wygodne, solidnie wyprofilowane, co trochę zaskakuje – ręcznie ustawiane

  Sportowe Porsche nie służą do transportowania wielkich pakunków. Producent w oficjalnych katalogach nie używa określenia “bagażnik”, lecz posługuje się skromniejszym: “przedział bagażowy”

W omawianym modelu ów schowek mieści się rzecz jasna w przedniej części pojazdu i ma pojemność 125 litrów

W sam raz na podręczną, lotniczą walizkę.  Sportowe Porsche słyną z potężnych, benzynowych jednostek napędowych i nadzwyczajnej dynamiki

911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet kryje pod maską trzylitrową jednostkę V6  o mocy 450 KM

Silnik w Boxsterze ma cztery cylindry (buuuu.),  2497 ccm pojemności, 365 KM i niższy maksymalny moment obrotowy (430 wobec 550 niutonometrów)

Jednak pomimo gorszych parametrów technicznych zapewnia porównywalne osiągi: liczba 100 pojawia się na prędkościomierzu po 4,1 sekundy od startu (Carrera: 3,7 s), auto potrafi rozpędzić się do 290 km/godz

(Carrera: 306 km/godz.). W praktyce te różnice są zupełnie nieodczuwalne. I tu, i tam przyspieszenie wciska w fotel, a koła obu samochodów równie ochoczo “nawijają asfalt”

Nie tylko w trybach Sport i ekstremalnym Sport +, ale i podstawowym. Co ciekawe, samochody wyposażone w dwusprzęgłową skrzynię biegów PDK (właśnie taką miał udostępniony nam egzemplarz) są o kilka dziesiątych sekundy zrywniejsze od tych z przekładniami manualnymi

  Sportowe Porsche są głośne. I taki też jest 718 Boxster GTS. Przekręcając kluczyk w stacyjce budzimy drzemiące za plecami stado koni mechanicznych oraz

całą okolicę. Jeżeli chcemy być złośliwi, dodatkowo podbijemy brzmienie silnika wciskając odpowiedni przycisk na konsoli

Sąsiedzi właściciela Porsche powinni modlić się, by nie dojeżdżał on swoim wozem do pracy na szóstą rano

 Sportowe Porsche są wzorcem doskonałych zachowań na drodze. Nabywca Boxstera nie będzie pod tym względem rozczarowany

Tylnonapędowe auto prowadzi się znakomicie i na długich prostych, i w ciasnych zakrętach

Do tego ma się wrażenie, że potrafi zawrócić w miejscu. Nisko położony środek ciężkości i – dzięki centralnemu położeniu silnika – idealny rozkład masy zapewniają znakomitą stabilność

W sumie daje to kierowcy absolutne poczucie bezpieczeństwa. Trzeba mieć naprawdę silną wolę, aby nie ulec pokusie i nie dopuścić się do nadmiernych szaleństw na szosie

Zawieszenie jest twarde, ale nieprzesadnie – nawet na nierównych nawierzchniach ulic naszych miast gwarantuje zupełnie akceptowalny komfort podróżowania

Dach można otworzyć i zamknąć również podczas jazdy. W wersji bez góry pomimo podniesionych szyb i obecności specjalnej osłony na wysokości pleców trochę zanadto wieje

Skłonny do przeziębień ponadnormatywnie wysoki kierowca (to samo dotyczy oczywiście pasażera) musi się przygarbić i skulić w fotelu

Odtwarzacz wideo wymaga uruchomienia obsługi JavaScript w przeglądarce.  Sportowe Porsche są drogie, podobnie jak elementy ich wyposażenia opcjonalnego

911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet kosztuje w podstawie kosmiczne 722 410 zł. 718 Boxster GTS jest dokładnie o 338 310 zł tańszy

Mimo to jego bazową cenę – 384 100 zł – trudno uznać za przystępną. Ceny niektórych dodatków (w zł): pakiet wnętrza GTS – 15 243, skrzynia PDK – 16 742, tempomat -1 653, dwustrefowa klimatyzacja automatyczna – 3 917, reflektory LED – 10 161, asystent parkowania – 7 896, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) z modułem nawigacji – 8 142, lakierowany kluczyk – 1 868, automatycznie przyciemniane lusterka z czujnikiem deszczu – 2 510 zł, pałąk ochronny lakierowany na czarno (wysoki połysk) – 2 603, podświetlane osłony progów z włókna węglowego – 4 897

W sumie testowany przez nas samochód wyceniono na 506 602 zł. Pół miliona z haczykiem

Ups.  718 Boxster GTS. Wygląda jak Porsche, jeździ jak Porsche, kosztuje jak Porsche

A zatem to prawdziwe, sportowe Porsche. Co było do udowodnienia. 

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