Travelling in Basel: Sustainable hotel Gaia

 

 

Swiss boutique hotel Gaia was established in 1929 as a family-owned hotel in Basel. Nowadays the hotel is still private held and one of the focus areas is sustainability This 4-star-hotel  has a slogan, which means that people should come as a guest, but leave as  a friend.

I had the pleasure to discuss more about the hotel management and catering with one of the founders, with Mr  Luca  Trudu. According to him, the hotel in integrating the sustainability issues into the hotel management as soon as possible.

What does it make for a perfect meal?

One can of course start with the design, but if you think that you are in a restaurant the setting as a whole package, a picture is essential. The colors, structure and layout make the first impression. And after that the taste and ingredients matter.

When I entered the Gaia hotel with the popup  Restaurant in Basel, I first noticed the magnificent wood decorations on the wall. The old building could be telling its history.

The starter was fish. Must say that the packsge was very good with vegetables. Some new mexican  flavour was ln place and the taste was surprising but good.

The main course and the desert continued the same line.  The knowledge and knowhow were superb.The main course was hot chicken, naan-alike bread and rice and the desert was panacotta with chai tea flavor with fig purée and raspberry coulis.

– To make surprising food one need holistic approach with nature and environment. It is a question of different spices, regions and countries , says Jay Kumar  one of the master chefs in Basel.

He has been in the business over 30 years, for example in Hilton for years, and has  been trained by professionals. His specialty, is  progressive indian food  with European influences , he will be opening a new restaurant in New York, Brooklyn, this summer. It will focus on local, Indian inspired farm to table food.

Jay has been travelling all his life and this gives him also certainty to mix species and flavors. It is clear that his new restaurant will gather customers that enjoy with the same passion the mixed, local food.
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Hublot to present new Ferrari watch in Basel

Hublot, part of the French LVMH (LVMH) Group,  presented several exceptional new timepieces at Baselworld 2019, including the new Ferrari watch.

– Continuing its long collaboration with Ferrari, Hublot also unveiled the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, a watch, whose innovative design integrates the new Unico manufacture movement and the dynamic lines of Gran Turismo very high-performance luxury cars, the company says.

According to Hublot this collaboration has also for the first time enabled Hublot teams to fuse their skills with those of the “Centro Stilé Ferrari” design center. This was one fo the new moments with creating new bridges between watchmaking motorization and automotive design.

 

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The car of the year: Jaguar i-pace

The car of the year, Jaquar i-pace, is an exciting new friendship. This electric SUV car is full of innovations and design. According to the company, it is the culmination of years of engineering and arts. And so it is.

My first testdrive ever with Jaguar was exciting. The batteries of the Jaguar i-pace are high energy density lithium-ion cells, which are located within the floor, between the axles. They offer low centre gravity which is a perfect touch for winter roads.

And yes, electric car is silent also inside the car. Jaguar will give you a comprehensive 8 year warranty or 160.000 kilometres for the batteries (90 kWh). In some cases, the warranties might be shorter ones, like 5 year or 100 000 kilometres, so this is a plus for Jaguar.

According to the company, the driving range for a single full charge, is about 480 km on the WLTP standards (worldwide light vehicle test procedure). This new process, which has been in force from 2017, measures closer the real-world driving behaviour. It is about more demanding test procedure than before. It is about emissions, range, fuel and energy consumption in passanger vehicles in Europe.

Jaguar sport electric car shows the very best craftmanship of the British car industry. This sporty, modern and stylish interior will balance the new and old, like the pre-cool or pre-heat functions in the cabin via the Jaguar application.

This all-wheel-drive, two electric motors SUV is good to steer and park. The dimensions inside the car are within reach and the design allows you to optimize the steering.jipaceva04profile120918-resize-1221x814-crop-1140x814

Jaguar is also committed to reduce the dependency of fossil fuels, using fewer natural resources and creating less waste as part of the company approach to responsible and sustainable business development.

 

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GIMS2019:World premiers for luxury cars

The International Geneva Motor Show had plenty of world premier luxury cars in this years event. According to the press information, the event had over 150 world premiers and about 660.000 visitors. This year was also the year with more hybrid and electric cars in the show.

New premier models were for example from Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley Motors, Automobil Pininfarina, BMW and Bugatti.

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Tesla: Model Y starting 39 000 dollars

Teslamotors (TSLA) has published more info related to its new mid-size , all-electric SUV, called Model Y.  According to the company information, it has been designed for maximun versatility and safety.  The Standard Range version will start at 39.000 dollars and it will have batteries to 230 miles of range while Model Y Long Range will be able to travel up to 300 miles on a single charge.

Tesla says the Model Y is the designed to be the safest mid-size SUV. It includes for example low center of gravity and rigid body structure. According to the company information, the car can achieve better driving range with less energy than other EVs on the market because of the high-efficiency in the energy usage.

Delieveries are expexted to begin in fall 2020 for Model Y Performance, Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive variants. And spring 2021 for the  Model Y Standard Range.

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Tesla: Focus on standard-range Model 3

Tesla has today published a blog and according to it, the company will cut workforce by 7 % in order to meet the targets regarding the Model 3 production and focusing also more in mid-range models.

-Starting around May, we will need to deliver at least the mid-range Model 3 variant in all markets, as we need to reach more customers who can afford our vehicles. Moreover, we need to continue making progress towards lower priced variants of Model 3.
Right now, our most affordable offering is the mid-range (264 mile) Model 3 with premium sound and interior at $44k. The need for a lower priced variants of Model 3 becomes even greater on July 1, when the US tax credit again drops in half, making our car $1,875 more expensive, and again at the end of the year when it goes away entirely, the CEO Elon Musk writes.

-Sorry for all these numbers, but I want to make sure that you know all the facts and figures and understand that the road ahead is very difficult. This is not new for us – we have always faced significant challenges – but it is the reality we face, he continues.

– As a result of the above, we unfortunately have no choice but to reduce full-time employee headcount by approximately 7% (we grew by 30% last year, which is more than we can support) and retain only the most critical temps and contractors. Tesla will need to make these cuts while increasing the Model 3 production rate and making many manufacturing engineering improvements in the coming months. Higher volume and manufacturing design improvements are crucial for Tesla to achieve the economies of scale required to manufacture the standard range (220 mile), standard interior Model 3 at $35k and still be a viable company. There isn’t any other way, he says.

Tesla shares were trading down, -9,9 % to 312,79 dollars, after the blogging in Wall Street on Friday. Company also reminded that it made 4 % profit during the Q3. The last quarter figures of the year 2018 are not yet published.

– In Q4, preliminary, unaudited results indicate that we again made a GAAP profit, but less than Q3. This quarter, as with Q3, shipment of higher priced Model 3 variants (this time to Europe and Asia) will hopefully allow us, with great difficulty, effort and
some luck, to target a tiny profit, he estimated.

 

 

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Tesla´s year deliveries 245.240 electric cars in 2018

The US electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) announced that it has delivered totally 245.240 electric cars during last year. According to the company info, Tesla produced almost as many cars in 2018 as they did in all years together. The company published  its fourth quater production info on Wednesday.

– In Q4, we produced and delivered at the rate of nearly 1,000 vehicles per day, setting new company records for both production and deliveries.
Production in Q4 grew to 86,555 vehicles, 8% more than our prior all-time high in Q3. This included 61,394 Model 3 vehicles (in line with our guidance and 15% more than Q3) and 25,161 Model S and X vehicles, consistent with our long-term run rate of approximately 100,000 per year, the company said.

Tesla delivered the new Model 3 only in the North America, while the international deliveries in Europe and in China are expected to start in February this year.

-Our inventory levels remain the smallest in the automotive industry, and we were able to reduce vehicles in transit to customers by significantly improving our logistics system in North America, Tesla continued.

Tesla also announced that it will cut the car prises by 2000 dollars in the US markets.

– Moving beyond the success of Q4, we are taking steps to partially absorb the reduction of the federal EV tax credit (which, as of January 1st, dropped from $7,500 to $3,750). Starting today, we are reducing the price of Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles in
the U.S. by $2,000. Customers can apply to receive the $3,750 federal tax credit for new deliveries starting on January 1, 2019, and may also be eligible for several state and local electric vehicle and utility incentives, which range up to $4,000, the company wrote.

– Tesla’s achievements in 2018 likely represent the biggest single-year growth in the history of the automotive industry. We started the year with a delivery run rate of about 120,000 vehicles per year and ended it at more than 350,000 vehicles per year – an increase of almost 3X. As a result, we’re starting to make a tangible impact on accelerating the world to sustainable energy.

– Additionally, 2018 was the first time in decades that an American car – the Model 3 – was the best-selling premium vehicle in the U.S. for the full year, with
U.S. sales of Model 3 roughly double those of the runner up, the company said.

Tesla´s shares fell sharply during the first trading hours after the announcement, but gained slightly during the day and ended down 6,81 % to 308,88 dollars in Wall Street. The profit and sales figures for the last quarter of 2018 will be published later on, the day is not confirmed yet.

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