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Elon Musk says you can now buy a Tesla with bitcoin

And it won’t be converted to fiat currency

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Tesla chief and billionaire Elon Musk said on Twitter that the electric vehicle maker has started accepting Bitcoin. To buy a brand-new electric car from Tesla, now you can use cryptocurrency. And it won’t get converted to fiat currency.

“You can now buy a Tesla with bitcoin. Tesla is using only internal and open source software and operates bitcoin nodes directly,” the CEO said in a series of tweets.

The automaker last month revealed that it had bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin and that it would soon start accepting the world’s most popular cryptocurrency as a form of payment. Tesla’s vehicles range from US$ 40,000 to US$ 125,000 before tax. Based on the market rate, you can pay via the cryptocurrency and roll-out of the showroom with a brand new Tesla.

It’s available only to US customers right now, but Tesla did say that more countries shall follow later this year. It’s to be noted that bitcoin is the only cryptocurrency Tesla accepts.

Musk has always been an ardent supporter of cryptocurrencies and envisions a day when it’ll take over the world. While a tiny portion of the money is flowing in Bitcoin right now, many predict it to be the future of payments and human economics.

Tesla embracing bitcoins is a bid-deal because many other smaller companies shall be encouraged to make a move. Acceptability has always been a strong-point for cryptocurrency critics, and this one small act of confidence-building.

Some investors, however, are convinced that Tesla and bitcoin are both in bubble territory. The value of a Tesla share and bitcoin has soared in the last year, breaking all fundamental rules of value-based investing. Investors are concerned that cryptocurrency is still an unregulated industry and that many governments, like the Indian one, shall clamp down on it. Making it a very volatile investment.

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Ford Territory: Feel at ease while traveling in style

A feature-packed SUV with driver-assist technologies

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Ford Territory

When you see a Ford badge slapped onto a car, it is safe to assume it inherently will deliver in terms of quality and capabilities. The all-new Ford Territory is the carmaker’s take on a reasonably priced compact SUV. Ford presumably partnered up with JMC (Chinese automobile manufacturer) to trim down the costs in production while still ensuring quality by staying true to Ford’s expertise in design, engineering, and manufacturing.

This five-seater SUV comes equipped with safety features and the latest driver-assist technologies that meet global standards to give you a safe, convenient and comfortable driving experience. Does it stay true to Ford’s SUV heritage? Well, let’s find out!

Ford Territory

A real eye candy

Sophistication and toughness — it’s the best of both worlds.

Ford Territory

Up front, it features Ford’s signature trapezoidal grille, put together with sleek LED headlamps. It also has a pair of fog lamps and daytime running LED lights for more on-road visibility. A silver skid plate protects the underside of the front bumper in a fashionable manner.

Ford Territory

On the side panels are evident character lines with a floating roofline design that gives the car that striking appeal. Nice chrome accents on door handles, waistline and side claddings.


Armed with power folding side mirrors with turn signal repeaters.

Not only that, the mirrors also have underside puddle lights to illuminate the ground when you’re getting in and out of the car at night. Because who wants to step on something gross and then step on their car’s matting? No one!

Ford Territory
The Ford Territory comes with two-tone 18” multi-spoke alloy wheels. With a ground clearance of 180mm, you will have no problem traversing bumpy roads.

Looking at the back from afar, it’s as striking as the front and sides. Those curves!

Ford Territory

The trendy LED taillights are complimented by a chrome bar. A high-mount brake light comes pre-installed so you don’t have to.

Two not-so-fake-looking exhaust tips attached to the rear bumper skid plate add a sporty look. The real exhaust can be seen if you look down a little further.

The presence of the bold ‘Territory’ badge is somehow stating that this is a true SUV.

Ford Territory
Lift up the trunk and you’ll get plenty of cargo space for your usual grocery trips and travel necessities. It also has functional roof rails where you can attach a roof rack if you need to haul more items.

Ford Territory

The spare tire is located underneath the cargo floor along with a jack kit. You can store more essential tools in there if you need to.

Premium touch

Entering the Territory is easy, thanks to its keyless entry feature. By a push of a button, doors get unlocked as long as the key is within proximity range.

Interior

Ford Territory

Ford Territory

I liked how refreshing the interior looks. The combination of premium materials and incorporation of modern technology blend perfectly. The wooden trims that go around the door panels and dashboard give it an earthy feel.

Blending nature to indoor spaces is quite common in contemporary homes. That’s what came to my mind upon opening the panoramic moonroof. Letting more natural light get in the cabin makes you feel more connected to your surroundings.

Digital dashboard and more tech

With its 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, you can control the audio, air conditioning, ambient lighting color and more. Connecting your smartphone is made easy through Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Some functions won’t work while the car is moving so that the driver won’t be tempted to navigate the screen while driving.

The crisp 10-inch digital instrument cluster displays your driving information as well as the tire pressure monitoring system. The display theme is also customizable to suit your mood.

Having a wireless charging port comes in handy especially for long drives. Just make sure your phone is compatible and you’re good to go.


Ambient lighting enhances the mood of travel. It’s not distracting so you can enjoy it as much as you want. The only downside is that it is only visible at night.


These perforated leather seats are very comfortable. And the front two seats are heated/cooled for added comfort.

Legroom is not a problem in this car. Five passengers can travel with comfort. There is no large hump on the middle portion of the floor at the backseat. So, those who will sit in the middle won’t have a hard time finding a comfortable spot for their feet.

For the back passengers, the two air condition vents strive to do its cooling task. On a very hot day though, its coldness is insufficient.

The steering wheel is easy on the grip, thanks to its stylish perforated leather wrap. Controls for the instrument cluster and hands-free phone calls are on the steering wheel.

Along with other features are:

Scattered USB charging ports

Elevated center armrest with cup holders (backseat)

12V socket at the trunk

And an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Behind it is a high-mount USB port intended for dashcams or GoPro (dangling cables no more).

Minimalist cockpit controls

The layout of the center console is intuitive and easy to grasp.

Placement of buttons and toggle switches are easily accessible. It’s also equipped with an electronic parking brake that replaces the traditional hand-operated parking brake.

A wheel knob controls the volume of radio/music player. It also has a cup holder, perfect for coffee lovers out there.

Beside it is a very usable, spacious gate-fold-open storage space.

Inserting keys are slowly becoming a thing of the past with these modern cars. Just push a button and it’ll bring its engine to life. We usually see this feature exclusively on higher tier cars so it is great to have this in the Territory.

What is it like behind the wheel?

Driving the Ford Territory is piece of cake. I felt confident and safe while taking it on the road.

This proves that this car was designed with convenience and safety as the top priority in mind. Steering is very light, like butter. The car is very sturdy on bumps and stable even on sharp turns.

What gives it power is a 1.5L Ecoboost engine paired with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). It delivers sufficient power at 143ps and 225Nm of torque.

In normal “Drive” mode, there’s a noticeable slight delayed response on the accelerator. However, if you put it in ‘Sport’ mode, you’ll be satisfied with the performance. It manages to reach 0-60km/hr in around 4.5-5 seconds. That’s nowhere near a Mustang. But for a 1.5L engine in a big bodied car, that’s impressive.

Having a CVT made it easy on fuel consumption, supposedly. Granted that it is an SUV, it’ll consume more fuel compared to smaller MPVs and compact sedans. It squeezes around 8-10km/liter for city driving and 15km/liter on a highway.

Engine noise and unnecessary background noise is down to a minimum while you are inside the car, offering you a relaxed ride.

Safety is always a priority

Cameras installed at the front, rear and under side mirrors add an all-around vision.

The Ford Territory has advanced driver-assist safety technologies — the Ford Co-Pilot360.


HD 360-Degree camera lets you monitor the surroundings closely when backing up. At night, the cameras capture the areas well. Which is a really big help. The 360-view displays simulated aerial view of the car that helps the driver in avoiding obstacles on-the-fly.

The Territory can also parallel park by itself, upon driver’s command, with its Enhanced Active Park Assist. It also helps in reverse perpendicular parking.


Autonomous Emergency Braking, aided by a radar on the front chin, alerts you to a potential collision.


Proximity sensors help the driver in getting in and out tight spaces.

The Territory is equipped with six all-round airbags (front, side pillars and curtains) protecting passengers from every side. It also has adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, auto brake hold function and blind spot information system.

These safety features are all convenient and helpful, but it is safer to always check your surroundings when driving.

Verdict

The Ford Territory is all-in-all, ideal for daily use. Whether going on a ride alone or with friends and family, it’ll give you superb comfort and convenience so you can own every moment. All the functional features and aesthetically pleasing ornamentation show the extensive thought process that this car went through. A good car is a good car, regardless where it was made. It is undoubtedly a true Ford SUV.

Pricing and availability

The Ford Territory Trend is available at a starting price of PhP 1,277,000. If you want to get all the safety features, the Ford Territory Titanium+ is priced at PhP 1,310,000. It comes in six different colors: Ruby Red, Diffused Silver, Panther Black, Crystal Pearl White, Moonstone Blue and Star White.

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Sharp installs air purifying tech in Singapore cabs

The Plasmacluster Car Air Purifier will be in 240 local cabs

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Singapore is back to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. In response to the situation, Sharp is rolling out a nationwide installation of its Plasmacluster Car Air Purifier in 240 local cabs by June 2021.

The move was done to help protect cab drivers who are the first to interact with international tourists as they enter Singapore. They are responsible for bringing travelers across the island and thus must be protected.

Clean air inside the enclosed space of the car is of utmost importance and that’s why Sharp stepped in. A study from Japan showed that Sharp’s Plasmacluster Technology is capable of reducing over 90 percent of SARS-CoV-2 virus within 30 seconds.

Sharp Air

Sharp has had the technology and has been improving upon it since 2004. It’s present in all of their products that have anything to do with air treatment.

This move is part of Sharp’s “Travel Safe in Comfort” campaign. It’s the company’s way of giving back so both the taxi drivers and passengers feel at ease knowing they’re safe, comfortable, and hygienic, as they travel within island.

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Nissan Ariya rolls on the iconic Circuit de Monaco for its public drive

Zero-emission goodness

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Nissan has always demonstrated their commitment to innovation. The legendary Skyline GTR, back in its motorsports heyday, earned the nickname “Godzilla” with its dominance on the track. In the dawn of a new era, Nissan ventured to the all-electric crossover SUV segment with the new Nissan Ariya.

On May 24, 2021, the Nissan Ariya set wheels in Monaco. The place has a rich history in Grand Prix. It’s perfect for the first-ever public appearance of the Nissan Ariya. After all, the Ariya is representing the pinnacle of Nissan’s technologies and design.

A stunning futuristic vehicle paired with the ever-so glamorous sceneries of Monaco is truly a wonderful sight. Making laps displayed the capabilities of the e-4ORCE technology.

“Ariya is the epitome of Nissan’s innovation in electric mobility and this event marks a defining moment in the next chapter of Nissan’s EV journey,” as said by Arnaud Charpentier (Region Vice President, Product Strategy and Pricing, Nissan AMIEO).

The Ariya will surely bring a new and exciting way to move. Towards the end of 2021, some parts of the world will be able to enjoy this ‘force of wonder’.

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