Broadly speaking, buyers of electric cars in Singapore at this point in time can be lumped into three main camps—namely, the early adopters, the Elon Musk ‘give me electric or give me death’ zealots and the criminally insane.
Of course, it could also be argued that all the above groups are one and the same, but that’s another discussion for another time.
And with that demographic firmly in mind, electric car manufacturers have tried to pander to them, with some form of gimmickry put into their cars. The BMW i3 with its controversial sci-fi egg silhouette, the Jaguar I-Pace with its near-vertical tail and the Tesla Model X with its articulated ‘falcon-wing’ doors.
And... in rolls the Audi e-tron, which is conspicuously shorn of gimmicks, design or otherwise (save perhaps for those optional insect-eye wing mirror cameras that sadly aren’t available here yet), a clear sign it’s trying to preach to people other than the figurative choir. It looks about as inoffensive as inoffensive gets, virtually identical to the carmaker’s other full-sized SUV, the Q7. The only real clues to its electric nature are some safety-orange accents, a blanked-out grille and its lack of tailpipes.
You see, the purpose of the e-tron, the carmaker’s first mass-produced electric car isn’t to shock (pun intended, obviously) but to appeal to as many people as possible by looking and driving as close to a ‘regular’ car as possible.
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Shen disappeared around about the time when the surveyor from the Jabatan Pertanian (Agriculture Department) was killed. The surveyor’s body bore all the marks of a tiger attack—neck torn, head twisted, body covered in gashes—but for anyone who cared to look a little closer, it was clear that the perpetrator was no ordinary tiger. Five distinct claw marks were discernible in the prints left behind.
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There was a time when I knew more than I do now. Then, I knew for certain that the passage of time was tied undoubtedly to the progress of knowledge. That the tick of the clock was the sound of synapses linking together in our brain, or, in today’s age, that of bits and bytes being recorded. It was a law, with its requisite graph, where the Xs were linked inseparably to the Ys, and as time sped forward, so did knowledge. Breathless, possibly, but it would have kept up.
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He was the poster boy of the Average Singaporean Man, our Foong, ‘average’ being the keyword. Furred with little vices as even the best of us are, like a tendency to stare at cleavage despite his hardest efforts not to, and a finger that often strayed up nostrils (his) when he thought others weren’t looking (they almost always were). But surely Nothing to be Alarmed With. For he was also nice, our Foong, good—if a little milquetoast. He was a blood donor (especially when he was trying to lose weight). He had a creed: work hard; no drugs; be kind to humans and animals. No cargo pants on weekdays, especially white ones. Or skintight bike shorts on public transportation.
Thank you all for being here tonight. I am honoured to be introducing our keynote speaker, a man some call an ambassador of our species, a man we now all know as this century’s ultimate pioneer, responsible for taking the human race into a better future.
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