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About Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Maarten Vinkhuyzen Grumpy old man. The best thing I did with my life was raising two kids. Only finished primary education, but when you don’t go to school, you have lots of time to read. I switched from accounting to software development and ended my career as system integrator and architect. My 2007 boss got two electric Lotus Elise cars to show policymakers the future direction of energy and transportation. And I have been looking to replace my diesel cars with electric vehicles ever since. And putting my money where my mouth is, I have bought Tesla shares. Intend to keep them until I can trade them for a Tesla car.



Author Archives: Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Renault Will Introduce The Twingo Z.E. This Year

January 21st, 2020 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

In last week’s press release about Renault's 2019 sales success, there was a stealth announcement about the introduction of the Twingo Z.E. “For the group, 2020 will mark a new stage in its electric offensive with the launch of Twingo Z.E. and the deployment of its new E-Tech hybrid and plug-in hybrid offers.” Only a few obsessive followers realized that this was news


MG Is Back From The Grave In Full Frontal Attack On European Car Market

January 15th, 2020 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

After the bankruptcy of the iconic British carmaker MG/Rover, the MG brand name was sold to a Chinese company. A few years ago, it was bought by SAIC Motor Corp. (formerly Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation). This is about the brand name, the logo, the goodwill, claims to its history, the models, and intellectual property. The production facility was used for a few years, but ultimately all production was relocated to China


Mercedes Vans Needs To Reach 50% BEV In 2020 To Escape EU Fines

January 11th, 2020 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

For the new EU Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) regulations, passenger cars and light vans are in two different classes. Manufacturers can't compensate the surplus in one class to balance the deficit in the other. Mercedes does not have a smaller, more efficient model


Tesla Pickup — Cybertruck or Cybercar?

November 28th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The recent excellent article by my colleague Jennifer Sensiba about the advantages of a body-on-frame architecture for trucks created a heated discussion. The versatility of a body-, or better, structure-on-frame architecture for the hundreds of different special purpose applications of professional vehicles is beyond dispute. The cost advantage of building one-off structures on such a platform are huge


Tesla Cybertruck — Pure Logic On Wheels

November 23rd, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

"Yes, that is the way to do it. Pure logic. Form follows function. The only way to solve the aerodynamics problem of a pickup." Those were my thoughts when the Tesla Cybertruck rolled onto the stage


Tesla Full Self Driving: Feature Complete ≠ Experienced Driver

October 29th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

There is much confusion about "feature complete" Full Self Driving, a Tesla-only product. Many think that is when Full Self Driving is available and you can take a nap while the car is driving. When you think about the features that have been released up until now, you will understand better


Tesla Full Self Driving — When in Rome …

October 28th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Tesla Full Self Driving (FSD) might be feature complete by the end of this year. That means a Tesla will be able to drive itself in normal traffic from one location to another, using highways when needed, but in a rudimentary way. As a human driver with a learner's permit, who is allowed to drive but only with an experienced driver beside him or her who can intervene when needed, these Tesla vehicles have to be monitored by a normal human driver


Renault Loses Its Marbles, Dissolved In Hydrogen

October 22nd, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

I am probably the biggest Renault fanboy among the contributors to this site. That I feel compelled to write a scathing comment on the latest Renault plans for zero-emission vehicles is something I did not see coming. Renault is going with a hybrid strategy of both hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and 100% battery electric vehicles. I have tried to come up with a rational explanation to do this



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