Elon Musk: Tesla service development is going mobile

The Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk said in the company conference call yesterday that Tesla´s service development is going mobile, more and more in the future.

-Our mobile service is part of the growing service development, while this is the best way to reach our customers, Musk said.

The company also said it has opened 25 new service locations globally and that they measure the new locations by traffic and driving time. The need for service development is essential while the Tesla fleet have doubled in a year and the growth expectations are also showing the same trend. Also service needs to be scaled.

According to Musk, the car service operations is one of the main drivers for the new car sales. For example during the Q2 period this year, the company generated orders at a high pace.

Tesla is also developing its automation within the cars and for example the automatic stopping at the stop signs and traffic lights is going to part of the new safety automations. The Model 3 has reached the highest ever safety standards in the US Safety Assist Category, the company said.

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Skoda Octavia with natural gas – efficient driving (updated)

Have you ever tried to drive a natural gas car? I can say it has nothing special in it. It feels like you are driving a normal petrol or hybrid car. The main difference is the energy source and in this case, the compressed natural gas (CNG) is to make the driving more environment friendly and efficient.

According to the company information the Skoda Octavia 1,5 TSI CNG car has two tanks, with maximum capacity of 97 litres or about 17 of the gas at the pressure of 200 bar. They are in the form of underbody tanks and one car drive about 480 km with the one gas filling. One can really say that the driving with the natural gas is efficient. The combined consumption according to new standard is 6,4 m3 and the co2 emissions (also combined) are 115 g/km. The car has also a petrol tank with 9 litres.

The co2 emissions seems to be relative high, but compared to normal petrol the emissions are about 25 % less than with the same kind of petrol car.

But how about the driving itself and the car otherwise? I would say the car is a very good family car with the new energy-efficient thinking. It has plenty of space for normal driving and for four people. One can also transfer some sporting goods for example.

The basic functions in the car are well-placed and useful. One can say this car is very easy to drive and handle. The new Octavia delivery time is about 2-3 month and for example in Finland the natural gas price is about 20 euros for one tank filling for the 480 km ride.

The car is produced in Czechoslovakia and it is part of the global Volkswagen Group (VOW3).

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Virgin´s Galactic is becoming a listed company – WSJ

Virgin Galactic, which offers human spaceflights to public, is planning to be listed to fund the growth. According to Wall Street Journal, the Social Capital Hedesophia  Holdings is planning to invest about 800 million dollars in Virgin Galactic for a 49 % stake. This would also mean that the Virgin Galactic would become publicly listed later this year.

The space travelling is become more common while Amazon´s owner Jeff Bezoz´s Blue Origin and Elon Musk´s Space Exploration Technologies (Space X) are also in the same markets.

According to WSJ, the Virgin Galactic has already raised more than 1 billion dollars since it was founded in 2004.

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Yandex Taxi to issue new shares in IPO – Reuters

Russia´s largest online taxi service Yandex Taxi is likely to sell new shares in its initial public offering. According to Reuters the company representative COO Greg Abovsky told that the company has not decided on a stock exchange, or the timing or the size of its IPO.

-We consider the Moscow Exchange an important exchange, he told Reuters and added that most likely there would be primary shares, not secondary in the IPO.

Yandex Taxi and Uber combined their resources in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Kazakstan in 2017. Uber has 36,6 % of the shares, Yandex 59,3 % and Yandex Taxi staff the rest.

The US ride-hailing company Uber´s (UBER)  IPO was in May and the company listed its shares on Nyse in New York with the market value of 82 billion dollars. The rival company Lyft  (LYFT) listed its shares in Nasdaq already in April with the market value of 24,3 billion dollars.

Uber has also expanded its service offerings from taxi to flying taxi service in New York and customers can now ride from Manhattan to JF Kennedy and Newark airports with 199 dollars. The company has also announced it will start electric-flying taxi service in Australia, Melbourne next year, while the other piloting cities are Dallas and Los Angeles in the US.

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Airbnb to offer luxury property rentals

The US property rental service & hospitality platform Airbnb said today that it has launched a luxury property service for its customers.

This new service “Airbnb Luxe” offers 2000 new listings from entire islands to castles and mansions and the prices range from 14000 dollars a week average to 1 million dollars a week for a private atoll near Tahiti with a staff of 50.

This new rental service include also VIP service. – From personal chefs to massage therapists, a local team of professionals has you covered, the company says.

According to the company the luxury rental property market has not offered security for high-profile and mega-rich clients before, Bloomberg News says.  This new service will include the total wellbeing.

The company takes a percentage of the cost of each booking and the company is valued at 31 billion dollars before the initial public offering, perhaps next year.

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Volvo V60 hybrid – nordic design

Have you thought to buy a hybrid? Here have you some thoughts to think about related electric car and the gasoline version.

I had my test drive with Volvo V60 T8 AWD with Business R-design. This design means that the car is integrated with several design elements related to interior design, materials and needed applications like CarPlay and Anrdoid Auto.
The car is with two engines, gasoline and electric. The electric range is about 50 km with good conditions, but I would say that 40 km is what is the normal with summertime and normal use.
First I have to say that this plug-in hybrid car was very easy driving due to the two power engines in it. The handling was also ok while the circle is small enough also parking in the city spaces. According to the company info the  united energy use for this model is 47 co2/km. This calculation is based on the new measuring method standard WLTP. My own expressions for the long journey driving was that the gasoline consumption was about 8-9 litres per 100 km after the electric range was used.
The car is integrated with intelligence with for example the settings for the driver seat and with the half automated pilot assist. Must say that the pilot assist is really helpful when you can rest your legs during the journey, or with driving the city limits.
The adaptive speedassistant to drive in que is a new thing and  so far we have very few experience of it. Maybe more later on when the car technology develops further.
To buy a hybrid is a good solutions for those, who can use the electric range for daily rutines like the distance between home-office or home-public transport. This Volvo is large enough for sporting goods and with small gadgets for the garden or for working. And the electric range is a positive plus for the sustainable driver.
The interior design is well-design and functional and the feeling of the Nordic design is present.
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