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  1. Can China produce a car to take on Tesla? Last year saw two models account for 20 per cent of sales for plug-in electric cars, or what China calls new energy vehicles (NEV). The made-in-China Tesla Model 3 went on sale right at the beginning of 2020, and went on to claim 11 per cent over the year. The ultra-compact Wuling Hongguang Mini EV, released in the middle of the year, took second place, with retail prices starting as low as 28,800 yuan (YS$4,400) helping it eclipse Tesla sales in…
  2. Horacio Pagani has done it again. The Italian supercar maestro presented perhaps the most extreme hypercar the world has seen – made exclusively for the track – at San Cesario sul Panaro on March 18.Loyal to the company’s renowned craftsmanship, the sleek new motor embodies purity, passion and intensity, combining the highest level of automotive engineering and aerodynamic know-how with unprecedented aesthetic sensitivity, in an exercise of style that represents the full expression of Pagani…
  3. If you could pick the next big must-have for high-end home shoppers, would an electric vehicle (EV) charging point make the list?In London, a city intent on becoming carbon neutral by 2050, developers are banking on just that. According to industry body The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), electric vehicle take-up accelerated faster than any other sector last year, with sales up 185.9 per cent from 2019, despite new car sales overall falling by 29.4 per cent.Lucian Cook, head…
  4. Gas-powered cars have ruled the roads for more than a century, but electric vehicles are about to get their moment in the sun – big time.Today, climate-conscious shoppers can choose from dozens of partially or fully electric models, but the number of EVs on the market is set to skyrocket in the next few years as start-ups mature and as traditional carmakers double down on the growing space. General Motors alone plans to have 30 electric models in showrooms by 2025. And several other carmakers…
  5. What: Golden Rock Sony PlayStation 5How much: Estimated HK$11.63-15.5 million (US$1.5-2 million)Why: For any bitter gamer out there who didn’t get the Sony PlayStation 5 for Christmas, perhaps a little patience pays off. For the Lunar New Year, the Russian luxury brand Caviar debuted an all-bells-and-whistles gold-clad version of Sony’s latest and greatest games console. At a minimum expected price of HK$11.63 million, the new PS5 can be transformed into a geometric gold objet d’art that…
  6. Singapore Airlines has become the world’s first airline to use the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Travel Pass, a mobile application designed to show if passengers have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or tested negative for the coronavirus. The pilot programme is being tested on passengers travelling from Singapore to London from March 15 to 28. This marks the second phase of the airline’s digital health verification process trials based on IATA’s Travel Pass framework…
  7. Non-fungible tokens or NFTs – products that operate as non-exchangeable digital assets – have grown to comprise a US$250 million market, according to a 2020 report from tech-tracking company L’Atelier BNP Paribas and nonfungible.com.Investments in NFTs rose 299 per cent in 2020, gaining popularity as cryptocurrencies like bitcoin continued to boom, according to the report. Cosmetics and cryptocurrency: Who is Malaysian millionairess Vida?NFT creators and resellers have made millions. In…
  8. Residents of a small Indonesian island have said that a new SpaceX launch pad on their land would devastate the environment and threaten their livelihoods, The Guardian has reported.In December 2020, the Indonesian government offered SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, known for his bold and unconventional thinking, a rocket launch site on the island of Biak, in Papua province in the far east of the country.Musk and the Indonesian president Joko Widodo discussed plans over the phone in December and Musk was…
  9. Today, the world knows Daft Punk as a pair of sharply dressed, shiny-helmeted robots – and as purveyors of chart-dominating modern-day disco music. But the recently defunct duo, who suddenly announced their split after 28 years, hasn’t always presented such a (literally) polished appearance. When this writer first saw Daft Punk perform, DJing in 1998 at an outdoor festival in the bush near Sydney, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo were still very recognisably human: average guys…
  10. Tony Xu found life tough as a Chinese immigrant in the United States. His family had to rely on a federal assistance programme, they juggled multiple jobs to survive, and even considered visiting McDonalds a “luxury”. Now, as the co-founder and CEO of food delivery platform DoorDash, Xu’s net worth sits at over US$3 billion, according to Forbes – testament to the fact that hard work and persistence pays off.Before founding DoorDash in 2013, Xu washed dishes in a restaurant, earned money through…