More carmakers caught in headlights of VW engine-rigging scandal

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Volkswagen emissions scandal

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Analsyts say it is irresponsible to link the crash of a Ukraine International Airline Boeing 737-800 to the 737 MAX accidents (AFP Photo/INA FASSBENDER)

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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 commercial jet.

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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Charging remains major challenge for Tesla in China

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2015-01-18

A Tesla car being charged in a station in Hangzhou's Dragon Hotel, Aug. 28,
2014. There are 12 power chargers at the hotel. (File photo/ CNS)

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk revealed on Jan. 13 weak sales in the fourth quarter in China due to concerns over charging its electric vehicles. As a result, the auto maker's share price dropped US$14 in a 6.85% fall at the close of trading on the same day.

Tesla attributed to the slowed sales to Chinese potential consumers' "misperceptions about the ease of charging" and that the company is working on clearing up the misconceptions by explaining "the ease and convenience of charging," reported US's Business Insider.

Tesla China told Tencent's tech news portal that sales in the fourth quarter were "not bad" but not as good as expected.

Not enough charging locations and the fact that the car maker's charging portal is incompatible with the new government-built charging network are holding Chinese buyers back, said Tencent.

Tesla continues to expand the charging network in China, said Tesla communications chief Ricardo Reyes. Over the last year, Tesla has expanded the number of service centers and charging stations in major Chinese cities. More than 800 charging stations in over 70 cities' malls and office buildings, and 52 supercharger stations in over 20 cities have been built.

The electric car maker additionally provides options for home chargers that could fill the battery overnight. Charging at a supercharger station takes 30 minutes to fill a car to run about 250 km, and a general charging location could charge at a speed between the previous two.

But this is far from enough, said Tencent. China does not yet have the long-distance charging networks seen on US highways. For a Chinese driver who wishes to go hundreds of kilometers from Beijing to Guangzhou, it would be rather time- and effort-consuming.

To make matters worse, the Tesla charging portal is incompatible with the specifics applied in the nationally-owned charging networks, which work for local electronic car brands. In January, a new charging network built by the government was launched in Beijing and Shanghai.

Tesla said as authorities revise the nation's standard specifics for charger portals, the car maker will make adjustments to their designs accordingly once the new regulations are announced.

Despite falling sales and customer anxiety about charging issues, Tencent said that Tesla still holds great hope for the Chinese market as the car maker looks to adjust the car based on feedback from the Chinese customers. For example, the height of seats has been slightly adjusted, and the cushions are stuffed with softer material to improve rider comfort.

Tesla sold more than 22 million cars in China in 2013, which accounted for over 25% of its global sales. The company's shares had gained 48% in 2014 but is down 13% this year.

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