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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.



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The Volkswagen Triplets Are Going 100% Electric

August 16th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Sometimes it is frustrating that nearly all of the EV news sites are situated in the USA. With the result that news from the rest of the world (RotW) is not always getting the attention it deserves


Tesla Sales Tank In Europe Again (NOT)

August 15th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

We have the Tesla registration numbers for the first month of Q3, and again the rumor mill that Tesla sales tanked in Europe is in full gear. The narrative is that the delivery numbers (wrongly called sales) in July are just a fraction of the numbers in June


Renault Zoe 50 — Finally Ready To Deliver On Its Promise

June 17th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Two years ago I thought the long wait for the Renault-Nissan Alliance was over. There was a new Zoe40 launched just before the Chevy Bolt came to market, and a new Leaf coming that summer. Accompanied by a few other releases, I thought it was time to announce the Renault-Nissan Alliance was coming out of stealth mode. That was the meme of those days — EV makers coming out of stealth mode


FCA Finds No Love (From Renault, PSA, Or Daimler)

June 7th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

After a long history of falling down, struggling, and getting up again, followed by a failed merger with Daimler AG, there was nobody willing to help rescue Chrysler after the 2008 crises. That is, until the nearly broke and also struggling Italian FIAT Group dressed in its best white knight suit and showed willingness to try it


Is Wall Street Clueless On Tesla [TSLA]?

June 3rd, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The most material tweet of 2018 was not the supposedly infamous "funding secured tweet." It was the April 13, 2018, tweet that Tesla would be profitable in Q3 and Q4, that Tesla would not need to raise any money in


The Chinese Tesla Model 3 “Super Margin” (Forecast)

June 3rd, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Price policy for a product is a cross between fairness and what the market can bear. If you are too nice to your customers, your shareholders will not be happy. If you squeeze every last penny out of your customers, they will start to resent doing business with you. Beside these matters, there is the issue of competitive pricing. What is the price of competing products? Established products can charge a premium, new products often have to show a price incentive


The Tesla Models Europe Needs

May 31st, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

In a previous article, I wrote about the disappointing competition for Tesla vehicles — namely, the Jaguar I-PACE, the Audi e-tron, and the Mercedes EQC. These are all great electric cars, but especially considering German Autobahn standards, they are city cars. Not the go-anywhere, do-anything cars that were expected from these traditional automakers. I still have high hopes for the Porsche Taycan and the Polestar 2. The Porsche might be in a different price class, but who is counting? The conclusion I came to is that the competition is no real threat to Model 3's demand, yet


Elon Does Not Listen To Me Regarding Europe — But Should He?

May 31st, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

This title is of course pure click bait. Elon should not have to listen to me. This should be the competence of some executives at Tesla Europe HQ in Amsterdam. But Tesla California HQ could indeed ask why this writer is yammering about the European sales infrastructure (or lack thereof)


Jaguar I-PACE, Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC — Electric Autobahn Range Disasters

May 30th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The entrance of the Model S in Germany was considered a failure about 5 years ago. Autos of this class were expected to be "Autobahn capable," which in Germany translates to driving for 3 hours at 130 mph. Of course, nobody ever does it, beside car magazine journalists testing their (and the cars') endurance while driving in the middle of the night. In day time there is far too much traffic to do stupid things like that


Tesla Successful In Buying Maxwell Technologies

May 16th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The news of the day is that Tesla bought around 79% of Maxwell's shares on May the 15th, 2019, after the acquisition offer was extended twice. The original proposal was from February 4th, 2019, and was discussed well by our authors in "Tesla Inks Deal To Acquire Maxwell Technologies In Stock Deal" and "The Ultracapacitors, Electrodes, & Battery Manufacturing Tech Tesla Gets With Maxwell Technologies."


Tesla Thanks VW

May 8th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Today was another exciting day for the electric drive aficionados. Volkswagen presented its ID. sub-brand to the world, with the first model, the ID.3, ready for reservation. The times that VW was short for VaporWare are over.


My Tesla Q1 Forecast Was FUBAR

April 4th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

I have to eat crow. That is the civilized way to say it. What I wrote was completely off. It was logical, believable, and wrong. After submitting it, I thought I should have included that famous line about complex problems having simple answers that are completely wrong — a point I did prove. Another way of saying it, it was


Tesla Q1 Production & Delivery Forecast

April 2nd, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

It's time for quarterly Tesla production and delivery numbers — or almost time for them. But don't mistake either of these for sales. 



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