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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.



Author Archives: Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Elon Musk To SEC — That Is Not What We Agreed To

March 12th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The SEC is trying to get the court to hold Elon Musk in contempt. The SEC maintains that Musk violated the plea bargain they made after the infamous "funding secured" tweet, a plea bargain that was accepted by the court as its final judgement and thus has the power of a court order for Elon Musk and Tesla


Tesla’s European Sales Problem — Shops Or No Shops

March 10th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Just two weeks after I wrote that Tesla needed to open a lot of shops in Europe, Tesla announced that it was closing many of its shops. How could I be so wrong? What did I miss? While torturing my feet on the floor of the Geneva Motor Show, I thought more about this problem


New Price Structure For All Tesla Model 3 Versions

February 28th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Thursday, February 28, 2019, after markets closed: After creating a lot of anticipation with some cryptic tweets, Tesla announced the base Model 3 and a new, more reasonable, pricing structure. The big question for all of us was, how did Tesla get production costs down enough to offer the $35,000 base model? Short answer: it didn't. Let us look at the new prices first


The Osborne Effect On The Auto Industry

February 25th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

A perfect storm is brewing above the automotive industry. Three hardly grasped phenomena are working together. Just like a real storm, when the conditions align in the best/worst way, we get a devastating superstorm. These phenomena (or events) are the Osborne effect of delayed demand, the technology (cost) curve of battery prices and other technology, and the S-curve that describes market acceptance of new technologies


Tesla’s European Problem — Not Enough Stores

February 18th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Tesla has been expected to do something about this for years. With the Model 3 entering production, it became urgent. Now that the Model 3 is entering Europe, it is baffling


Slow EV Growth In Europe Ending

February 5th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Slow electric vehicle growth in Europe is ending. The market, extremely stable until 2018, will be exploding in


China Flexes Its Muscle — Go BEV or Go Home

January 19th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

We have seen a lot of announcements for many new electric cars from the big carmakers. Some say it is #dieselgate that opened their eyes. Others think Tesla and Musk are threatening their sales. Occam's razor tells us to look at the easiest explanation first. China's NEV mandate might be the easiest explanation


Range & The Myth Of The “City Car”

January 18th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The myth of the modern "city car" originates from the makers of Swatch watches. They thought there should be a market for stylish, functional, small cars for city dwellers — the same kind of people who bought their watches. This "SwatchMobile" became the Daimler Smart car. It was very popular, mainly among journalists who found it was something quirky to write about it. As far as sales goes, it turned out to be a product for a very small niche


Nissan’s Resistance Is Futile — Renault Will Assimilate It

January 17th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

History is sometimes ironic. The French state saw Carlos Ghosn's refusal to merge Nissan into Renault as an obstacle to the growth of the former national car company. They attributed it to his megalomania, and not to sentiments within Nissan and Japan. He could only keep his job at Renault when he promised to make the alliance irreversible, nearly as good as a full merger. That job would be for his successor


Coming To America In 2019 — Compliance Cars Only

January 13th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

In 2019, a dozen new fully electric cars and SUVs are coming to the USA market. Well, they are not coming to all states — many will be what are called "compliance cars." What makes carmakers only offer compliance cars in the States? Let's explore


European Electric Vehicle Invasion — Winners, Big Winners, & Champions

January 13th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

For those who follow the fully electric car market, 2016 was exciting. GM introduced the Chevy Bolt a full year ahead of Tesla's Model 3. It was the first long-range affordable electric car in the United States. For many reasons, we did not really see it in most of Europe


Nissan LEAF e+ (60kWh Battery) — Was It Worth The Wait?

January 9th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

After many delays and years of waiting that would flush Tesla's cheeks in embarrassment, the 60kWh Nissan LEAF ("LEAF 2," or "LEAF 3.ZERO" in the UK) is starting production. The planning is this month for Japan, sometime in the spring for North America, and during the summer for those waiting on the old continent and in the UK and Ireland


Updated: Carlos Ghosn In Court — Japanese Justice In The Dock

January 7th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

After seven weeks in jail, Carlos Ghosn is getting a hearing in court. His lawyers can ask questions, and he can read a statement. How he should write a statement while he is denied pen and paper is beyond me. What is also beyond me is the Japanese justice system


Why Europe Beats USA Again In Electric Car Sales

January 1st, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

As the years transition, lists of EVs coming to market in 2019 are omnipresent. But there is a problem with those lists. First, they are mainly for the USA market, and second, the availability of those new models is not great — only in California or a handful of "zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) states," or some other very limited supply formula


Tesla Completely SOLD OUT (Almost)

January 1st, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Sometimes there is a reason to report on rumors. This is one of those times. There are many rumors swarming the interwebs about Tesla and its inventory. And I am going to guess what they mean


Carlos Ghosn — Greed, Stupidity, or a Coup?

November 21st, 2018 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

As reported yesterday, Carlos Ghosn has been taken in for questioning by the Japanese authorities. He is accused of "serious misconduct" and "numerous other significant acts of misconduct," according to a Nissan press release. That sounds very serious. What has he done to deserve a prison cell


Can Tesla Use EU Loophole To Export To China?

October 24th, 2018 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

As a consequence of the current trade war, Tesla faces an extra 25% on top of the standard 15% general import duty when importing into China from the USA. That is 25% more than imported German cars and more than 50% over locally produced vehicles that are eligible for EV incentives


Impressions From Mondial de Paris #MondialParis

October 16th, 2018 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The Paris Motor Show, "Mondial de Paris," started a day early with a pre-show symposium for a select public: "Tomorrow in Motion." Even a few journalists were invited, yours truly not among them. But the whole 5 hour happening was live on YouTube. Arriving early in the hotel near Paris and with pencil and paper in hand, the CleanTechnica delegation was ready for it. As a French organized mondial event, half of the presentations were in French. That means that I have no notion what they were about


4 “Tesla Killers” Ready To Be Crushed By Tesla Model Y

September 30th, 2018 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Jaguar I-Pace In the class of luxury midsize SUV/CUV, we have now or will relatively soon have 5 new fully electric vehicles that are serious all-around usable cars. Oops, in the USA, half the cars are not called cars but trucks. These vehicles are the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-Tron, Mercedes EQC, Tesla Model Y, and BMW iX3 — placed in order of expected start date of sales


Tesla Board Of Directors — Independent Candidate Ideas

September 30th, 2018 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Tesla is looking for two new independent directors. There are many very capable candidates outside the normal business circles. We want candidates that will stay true to Tesla's mission, and can even protect Musk from market pressures by keeping an eye on the future


Compliance Cars In USA — But Not In Europe

September 30th, 2018 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

How often have you heard the complaint that all the electric cars on the market aside from Teslas are only compliance cars and that the carmakers have no intention to make enough of them to sell the cars in high numbers



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