VW might take deposits for the ID electric hatch in Europe

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 75 Photos Share your voice Electric Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla Volkswagen News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Comment 1 Volkswagen’s ID concept is the start of VW’s electric revolution More about 2019 Audi E-Tron Electric cars: Juice up with all the EV news we’ve got.VW I.D. Buzz: We’ve already driven the future. The first of VW’s I.D. electric cars in Europe will be the Golf-ish-sized hatchback, and there have been more than a few comparisons to Tesla there. Now, VW looks to implement a preorder deposit system that also seems a little familiar.Volkswagen might allow interested parties to place a deposit for the upcoming I.D. hatchback, Automotive News Europe reports, citing an interview with VW brand chief Juergen Stackmann. The deposits will help determine who is ready to make a “serious commitment,” and while Stackmann told ANE it wouldn’t be a large amount of money, it’ll be big enough to attract serious buyers.According to ANE’s report, VW has already floated the idea of a deposit system in test markets, and apparently, customers in EV-friendly European countries are more than willing to try and get an early crack at the first in an onslaught of MEB-platform electric vehicles. Obviously, those putting down deposits would then get priority when the cars start leaving the assembly line, which in the case of the I.D. hatchback should happen in early 2020.Enlarge ImageThe hatchback is already being tested in camouflage, so a proper debut shouldn’t be too far away, especially since its market launch is slated for early 2020. Volkswagen “We have tested it several times in Norway and the customers want it. It’s surprising but people in Norway and Holland want to be a part of it. Germany is definitely not the pacemaker in Europe,” Stackmann said to ANE.The I.D. will be the first of VW’s new electric cars in Europe. It’s about the same size as a Golf, and it’s expected to cost about as much as a fully loaded diesel model, which comes out to between $35,000 and $40,000 in the US. In the US, we’ll get the I.D. Crozz SUV as the first car in 2020, with the I.D. Buzz microbus following in 2022. Tesla first brought the idea of preordering a popular car to prominence with its Model 3 sedan. As ANE notes, critics believed it served the second purpose of helping Tesla stack its coffers as it expanded its manufacturing efforts. Nevertheless, the refundable deposits took off and Tesla ended up sitting on hundreds of thousands of them. VW’s car may not have the Model 3’s cult of personality, but it’ll be interesting to see just how many orders VW can drum up before the car heads to production.last_img read more

Elon Musk drops an autotune rap about 2016 meme Harambe

first_img Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship 16 Photos The song, featuring a heavy use of auto-tune, begins with the salute “Harambe, we love you” and features the lyrics “R.I.P Harambe, sippin’ on some Bombay, we on our way to Heaven, Amen, Amen”. I can’t see it lighting up the Billboard Hot 100 but perhaps that’s exactly the point. That being said, at time of writing, the song has been streamed 480,000 times.Subsequent tweets by Musk suggest the song was produced by BloodPop and co-written by Caroline Polachek and emoji artist Yung Jake.Harambe, a Western lowland gorilla, was shot and killed after a 3-year-old boy fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo in May 2016. The killing of Harambe ultimately enshrined the animal as one of the year’s biggest viral sensations as social media users flooded sites with memorials. We suggested the Harambe meme be left in 2016 — but it seems Musk wanted to bring it roaring back to life.If we’re bringing 2016 memes back to life, there are a few that might be applicable here. Crying Jordan, delete your account and even fake news could work?Musk’s Twitter use has come under fire from the Securities and Exchange Commission in the past year due to a series of tweets where he suggested taking Tesla private. As a result, he was required to have all tweets regarding Tesla preapproved before posting them online, but in March, the SEC wrote that it was stunned to learn Musk had not been seeking approval for numerous tweets made about the manufacturer since the ruling. Comment 1 Emo G Recordshttps://t.co/zsuB2NDl48 pic.twitter.com/anVkKeFMGr— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2019 Online Elon Musk Share your voice Tags Elon Musk/Twitter Elon Musk: space travel entrepreneur, electric vehicle evangelist, meme connoisseur… rapper?I know that it’s April Fools’ Day in some parts of the world already, but this is beyond a joke — Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO, dropped a surprise on his 25 million Twitter subscribers: a full-fledged, auto-tuned rap song about a gorilla-turned-meme that died in 2016.Musk tweeted out a Soundcloud link to the song, dubbed “RIP Harambe”, part of a seemingly fabricated music label named “Emo G Records” on Saturday.last_img read more

Trump blasts Oprah

first_imgOprah Winfrey poses with the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California on 7 January, 2018. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump blasted media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Twitter on Sunday night over a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes program and again said he hoped she would face him as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race.Actress and television host Winfrey, now a contributor to the CBS program, led a panel of 14 Republican, Democrat and Independent voters from Grand Rapids, Michigan in a wide ranging discussion about Trump’s first year in office.Trump tweeted “Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!”Winfrey has told various media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, that she is not running for president, but has considered it, after there was much recent media speculation.The panellists ranged from voters who said “I love him more and more every day,” to others questioning Trump’s stability, saying, “All he does is bully people.”Winfrey made no declarative statements for or against the president in the program. But she did ask questions ranging from whether the country is better off economically to whether respect for the country is eroding around the world.last_img read more

BlackBerry Outage Affects Millions of Users

first_imgOctober 12, 2011 Register Now » In the meantime, millions of people — including countless business owners – have been left unable to use what, for some, is their primary communications tool. “#BlackBerry still down … Android OS is calling …,” one person wrote on Twitter. “#Blackberry is having a service FAILURE, not a service OUTAGE. Don’t use their PR-induced terminology,” wrote another.Yach did not offer a precise timeframe for resolving the issue completely — in the U.S. and abroad.BlackBerry’s outage comes as Apple prepares to officially release its iPhone 4S later this week. RIM’s stock price has fallen about 4 percent since this morning.Do you use a BlackBerry for business? How reliant are you on the service? How are you managing during the outage? Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Did you wake up this morning, pick up your BlackBerry and find yourself unable to browse the Web or send that pressing business email? If so, you’re not the only one. Research In Motion — the Waterloo, Ontario-based maker of Blackberry smartphones — informed subscribers in the Americas that they may experience “intermittent service delays” today, and that the company is “working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”BlackBerry’s service problems actually started Monday, affecting users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. RIM expanded the problem over Twitter today, saying message delays were “caused by a core switch failure in RIM’s infrastructure.”In a teleconference this afternoon, David Yach, RIM’s chief technology officer of software, explained that the initial core switch failure generated a backlog of messages, and that a backup system apparently failed to kick in. The company is “working around the clock” to deliver those messages, he says, and RIM will verify the root cause of the problem once systems are stabilized. min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more