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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

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. 


TATA, Welcome To Europe — #CleanTechnica @ Geneva Motor Show 2019

April 1st, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

One of the great things about visiting new places as a journalist is you get to look differently at what you see. The Geneva Motor Show is different because I don't just look at what triggers my fancy. I look for what is there to write about for CleanTechnica readers. Without that purpose, I probably would not have visited the show at all


Honda — Is It For Real? — #CleanTechnica @ Geneva Motor Show 2019

March 29th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Honda is making moves as if it is really serious to enter the electric arena. In Frankfurt 2017, Honda did have a long line of reporters for its concept mini car. That was something that mystified me, until I found that they also offered a trinket for the journalists (a popular drinking mug for the road). The mug paid in press attention


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



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