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RTP pays E&Y €60,000 to save on taxes

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RTP has signed a contract with Ernst & Young for the acquisition of consulting services in the field of corporate tax incentives for R&D (SIFIDE), according to the Baza portal. The contract value is 60 thousand euros.

The main goal of SIFIDE is to increase the competitiveness of companies and support their research and development by deducting a percentage of the relevant research and development expenses from the collection of corporate income tax (IRC) – to the extent that it is not reimbursed to the fund lost by the state or European funds.

In Nascer do SOL, Paula Franco, chairman of the Order of Certified Public Accountants, explains that this is “a tax credit that is essentially a tax deduction. That is, a deduction directly from the tax payable on profits. The chairman adds that the deduction occurs after the rates are calculated and that these are “the best tax breaks”. “This is the result of the investment, the existence of the Sifide project, in which the result of this investment and this approval will lead to a significant tax reduction due to this investment. In essence, these are tax incentives that exist to encourage companies to restructure and invest.”

Asked if it’s okay for companies to hire consultants for these programs, Paula Franco apparently answers yes, as “it’s also related to applications that involve the tax authorities to end up with this tax credit.” These companies, he adds, are hiring “especially when the projects are big, because that’s an issue that gets some litigation with the IRS, and so no one wants to take the risk of not having two opinions.”

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But RTP is a public company and is funded by the state.

The official source at the RTP explains that the state-owned plant has “a strong R&D component in its activities,” and that is why it decided to apply for a corporate R&D tax credit system for investments made in 2021.

“This type of application requires specialized knowledge, so a preliminary consultation on the provision of advisory services in the field of the tax incentive system for corporate R&D was launched,” the same source explains, adding that they were consulted through the Vortal platform by the four largest consultants based in Portugal, beat Ernst & Young, “the only one to submit an offer.” And he adds that “investment in consulting services can amount to a maximum of twenty thousand euros in 2022.”

If this application is approved, RTP “will receive tax incentives that will help improve its economic and financial sustainability, and will continue to invest in research and development to strengthen its competitiveness, including in the digital sphere.”



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BMW asks not to drive or charge iX and i4 trams due to fire hazard – Observer

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BMW and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the local authority responsible for road safety, have advised consumers in the United States that should urgently stop driving or recharging their electric BMW iX and i4, and the NHTSA also provides advice on the best places to park your car. As always, it is the American market that is quicker to respond to security concerns, despite the fact that all iX and i4 in circulation are currently made only in Germany, including those sold in Portugal.

Like other builders, BMW also has to deal with battery-related safety issues. In particular, with cells used to form packagewhere possible risk of short circuit in a high voltage circuit may cause a fire.

The elements in question are not produced by BMW, a manufacturer that has not yet invested in these capacities, but are purchased from two external suppliers, namely the South Koreans from Samsung and the Chinese from CATL, anything that indicates they may have a manufacturing defect. The cells are imported and then the cells are generated. packages which will be fitted to vehicles near the factories where they are produced: i4 at the Munich plant and iX at the Dingolfing plant, both in Germany.

In addition to public notices through website NHTSA which we reproduce here, BMW will contact each of the owners directly. And the fact that this is a call to the workshop marked “urgent” will certainly deserve the attention of those who are interested.

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The number of vehicles participating in this revoke very small because BMW’s electric SUV and sedan have only recently begun to be offered in the US market. The brand estimates that only 83 units (56 iX and 27 i4) are at risk. The number of units sold of these two models in Europe is much higher. even in Portugal, for which there is no information.

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California regulator accuses Tesla of misleading consumers

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California regulator accuses Tesla of misleading consumers

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said Tesla advertised its autopilot and autonomous driving technologies as more efficient than they actually are, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The company “has made or published false or misleading statements that are not based on facts,” according to a case filed July 28 with the Office of Administrative Hearings.

The Los Angeles Times writes that Tesla vehicles could never “and never can operate as autonomous vehicles,” claims DMV. The regulator did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment.

Tesla’s website describes its autopilot as having “fully autonomous driving.” “All the driver has to do is get in the car and tell them where to go,” the company says, promising that “if you don’t say anything, the car will check your schedule and take you to your intended destination.” “

The ruling in favor of the California regulator could have serious repercussions for the electric car maker, including the potential revocation of licenses that allow Tesla to make or sell its cars in the state, according to the Times.

However, a DMV spokesperson told the newspaper that what the agency really wants is for Tesla to better inform consumers about its autonomous vehicles and acknowledge the limitations of its technology.

Tesla vehicles equipped with self-driving software have been involved in 273 crashes in the United States, according to a report released in June by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is investigating the company.

In June, Tesla owner Elon Musk stressed the importance of fully autonomous driving, saying that without it, the value of his company would be “close to zero.”

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XBUS Camper, Ultra-Efficient 2 Person Electric Mini Camper

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Electric vehicles are taking over the roads and in the near future every class of vehicle will be available on electricity. From light to heavy, passing through the transport of people, to commodity, brands are hard at work preparing the transition. We say this emphatically because even the most unusual proposals are already thinking about electrical efficiency. A luxury case is the XBUS Camper motorhome.

This offer is for a super efficient electric mini caravan for 2 people. Relax in nature with maximum comfort.

XBUS: a mini caravan that does not harm the environment and your comfort

The proposal is based on some sustainability criteria. One small car with solar panels and it can accommodate two people. Thus, the camper version of the XBUS will have a length of 3.95 m, the minivan offers space for the comfort of passengers.

One retractable cab at the rear creates a 130 x 210 cm sleeper. There is also a mobile kitchen unit on board, which can be used outside the vehicle if necessary, as well as TV, refrigerator, fresh water tank and sink.

In a fully equipped version the price of the XBUS Camper with convertible roof should be around 30,170 euros.. At present, the prototype machine is still in early production at the German firm based in Rossbach. The first models are expected to reach customers in 2024.

The camping version is equipped with four electrically controlled wheel motors that together deliver up to 56 kW (76 hp) at full power for a top speed of 100 km/h.

Picture of XBUS electric mini caravan

Converting solar energy into electrical energy

The battery in the basic version has a capacity of 15 kWh and can be increased up to 45 kWh with additional battery packs. Depending on the battery configuration, range must be between 200 and 600 km. Charging takes three to five hours from a standard 220V outlet, or correspondingly faster from an 11kW charger.

Like other XBUS variants, the XBUS Camper is available in both standard and off-road chassis versions with increased ground clearance. A 5 m² photovoltaic panel is installed on the roof. Under optimal conditions, a vehicle should be able to generate an additional range of 30 to 50 km per day from solar energy on average per year.

This technology is especially relevant for camping in sunny regions. Thanks to car charging technology, campers can also use their own solar power from the car's own 220-volt socket.

With a curb weight between 500 and 800 kg, depending on equipment, the XBUS belongs to the category of light electric vehicles. In the future, XBUS customers will be able to choose from nine options. Whether it's a pickup truck, van, bus or motorhome, they all take a modular approach.

Faced with increasing traffic congestion, we need smart, versatile and sustainable concepts that enable individual mobility and adapt to personal lifestyles: sustainable, modular and affordable. That's where we come in with XBUS.

Said Ralph Haller, founder of the company.

Modular to adapt to any type of offer

The modular principle can be a big advantage of this proposal. For example, with just two modules, a van can be temporarily converted into a motorhome for the next vacation.

Approximately 270 dealers in Germany and more than 800 in Europe make this quick and easy conversion possible. It is also planned to rent modules.

Company policy regarding XBUS, ElectricityBrandsthis concept and product is based on environmentally friendly production methods and short delivery routes, as well as the use of cobalt-free batteries.

Our goal is to be able to reuse as many individual parts as possible. We achieve this by using unblended materials and components, which are generally 100% recyclable. Green from start to finish, that's what the global concept is for.

concluded Ralph Haller.

Portugal is already included in the list of countries that will be able to get this car.

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