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Ground troops. I was fired because “there are ethical, moral and legal norms that I do not overstep” – observer.



Ground troops.  I was fired because “there are ethical, moral and legal norms that I do not overstep” - observer.

Groundforce is having its worst months in its history since 2020. The pandemic brought the business to a near standstill, followed by layoffs and pay cuts, as well as a war between majority shareholder Alfredo Casimiro and another shareholder, TAP, who is also a customer (representing 70% of the company’s business) and a supplier. A soap opera with even more bizarre episodes, such as the exchange of accusations between Casimiro and the Minister of Guardianship, Pedro Nuno Santos, who even circulated tapes of the meetings between them.

Ground troops. Pedro Nuno Santos opens criminal case against Alfredo Casimiro for illegal recording

Paulo Neto Leite went through all of this and witnessed the hardships of a Portuguese service company (which handles the ground handling of commercial aircraft) – a case of success (followed by years of positive results) until a pandemic broke out. In the first big interview after (and after) his stepping down as CEO, the manager tells the Observer what actually led to his departure, ideas for the future of the company, and why he believes Groundforce is not only viable as essential.


Groundforce has already crossed the limit of viability?
Groundforce is a company that has not crossed the limit of viability, because the company’s own business is a business that will last for a long time. We are talking about concession activities and have been hit hard by the pandemic, it cannot be hidden, but this is a company that has a future, it has qualified people. This is not the same as deciding to increase the packaging of yoghurt in a hypermarket, we hire several storekeepers and do it overnight. [Na Groundforce] We are talking about people who have a lot of training, who have a huge set of informational constraints due to security, and therefore this is not a business that can end overnight. This is a business that will flourish again. The country will always need support from tourism – tourism is an important activity of our GDP.

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[Vídeo. Essencial da entrevista a Pedro Neto Leite:]

None of the shareholders have the ability to capitalize the company; equipment sold by TAP; there are currently no cases. Most likely, you need help from Portuguese taxpayers or not?
Capital injection into the company has never been considered. What was on the table was the result of the moment we lived, the economy and lack of liquidity. All banks were very reluctant to help the aviation sector because it was not known how long the pandemic would last. In April 2020, we said: “Will this last until summer or will we have a difficult summer?” We never imagined that in March 2021 our airspace would be closed. Banks were not available for assistance in the aviation sector. And what was requested was approval, because with the restoration of operations, the company will be able to maintain its operations and support its business.

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Everything has been delivered. 10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners



Everything has been delivered.  10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

OAll Bugatti Centodieci have been delivered, the Molsheim-based brand said on Monday. Cristiano Ronaldo received the number 07 in October this year. and Bugatti has now revealed that the latest unit – #10 – is already in the possession of its owner.

“The Centodieci combines all the values ​​of the Bugatti brand in an extraordinary package: rarity, innovation, heritage, craftsmanship and unrivaled performance. The production batch of 10 units was so in demand by our customers that it was sold before the Centodieci. was even officially presented,” said Christophe Piochon, president of Bugatti.

This latest example is finished in Quartz White with carbon fiber trim on the bottom and matte grilles. The brake calipers are painted in Light Blue Sport, as is the logo on the rear that refers to the EB110, the iconic Bugatti model that inspired this Centodieci. Inside, the predominant color is also blue, as you can see in the images above.

This block is powered by the same block as the other nine instances. The 8.0-liter W16 with four turbines is capable of developing 1600 hp. In terms of performance, this allows the Centodieci to hit 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 380 km/h.

Recall that each unit costs the owners eight million euros before taxes.

Read also: We already know when the Bugatti Centodieci fell into the hands of Ronaldo.

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The first Dacia hybrid. “The cheapest hybrid family on the market”



The first Dacia hybrid.  "The cheapest hybrid family on the market"

BUT Dacia revealed this Monday that the hybrid engine has been available since March on the Jogger, the Romanian brand’s model known to be available with a seven-seat variant.

The Jogger Hybrid 140, Dacia’s first hybrid, will hit dealerships in March, but customers can expect and order it as early as January.

The price has been revealed by Dacia and since it’s only available in the seven-seater SL Extreme, it starts at €28,800. The brand claims it is “the most affordable hybrid family car on the market.”

Available in six existing colors to celebrate the launch of this hybrid, there will be a slate gray version, as you can see in the images above.

Equipped with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 90 hp, the Jogger is also powered by two electric motors (a 50 hp engine and a high-voltage starter-generator). The total power is 140 horsepower. The electric transmission is automatic, four-speed, connected to an internal combustion engine, and two speeds are connected to an electric motor. This combined technology was possible, according to Dacia, only due to the lack of clutch.

Combined with the energy recovery levels of the 1.2kWh (230V) battery pack and the efficiency of the automatic transmission, regenerative braking delivers all-electric traction on 80% of urban journeys and saves up to 40% of fuel compared to a combustion engine vehicle.

Read also: Dual-fuel Dacia Jogger Eco-G. We tried 5 seater and LPG…

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See how Tesla tests its electric Semi truck in the worst-case scenarios



Tesla Semi camião elétrico testes

Tesla has finally been able to bring its long-awaited Semi to market. This electric truck promises to revolutionize transportation and bring all the unique characteristics of this type of electric vehicle to this class of vehicles.

Now that the first units have been delivered, there is hope that they will finally be mass-produced and reach more transport companies. With so many promises to be kept, a new video is now emerging showing Tesla testing its Semi truck under worst-case scenarios.

Tesla Semi is already on the market

Like all Tesla electric vehicles, Semi follows the same line of creating a unique design associated with a platform with the most modern technology available. The proof is in what was presented to the public and surprised most people.

To prove the quality of this new proposal, Tesla published in your LinkedIn account new video. In it, he reveals some of the testing he's done to determine the strength and quality of the Semi's design and its (potential) durability.

Tests to prove its durability

It has been revealed that the Tesla electric truck is subjected to numerous tests and its application in the worst scenarios that drivers may face. It doesn't stop at the ruggedness of the Semi's designs, but goes further and focuses on the motors and batteries themselves.

This is the proof that many have been waiting for to ensure that this new proposal is not limited to a lot of autonomy. Its resistance is great and will provide greater durability, further enhancing the Semi's value and performance.

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high quality electric truck

Tesla has already showcased the Semi's quality with a video showing its truck driving roughly 500 miles on just one charge. The big news here is that he managed to make this long journey with a maximum load of about 37 tons.

Now Tesla remains to widely place the Semi on the market. At the moment, only a few companies have access to this new product, with a very long list of pending deliveries, who want to start mass-using this electric truck offering.

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