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Author Archives: Maarten Vinkhuyzen

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


Tesla Smart Summon Is Deemed Safe Enough & Came Just In Time

October 17th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Some argue that Tesla Smart Summon should not be released because it is "beta" software. That is not a strong argument. According to Lifewire.com: Beta refers to the phase in software development between the alpha phase and the release candidate phase. Beta software is generally considered "complete" by the developer but still not ready for general use due to a lack of testing "in the wild."


Tesla Reached 7,000 Cars Per Week In 3rd Quarter & Nobody Noticed

October 8th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

From the start of Tesla Model 3 production until about a year ago, the most important, nearly daily, Tesla news was about the weekly production numbers. We visited the Bloomberg tracker regularly to stay abreast of the news, and the FUD. And then Tesla started producing over 4,000 vehicles per week regularly and the interest disappeared. Tesla finished the marathon many doubted it could endure for more than a mile, two at the most. Those were fun times


European Car Leasing System Will Blow Up Tesla & Other EV Sales

October 8th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Our recent article about the consequences of depreciation and resale value on the financial health and calculations of leasing companies begs for a European leasing sequel. In Europe, leasing is a bit different from the thing with the same name in the


Tesla’s End-of-Quarter Rush — Avoidable or Unavoidable?

October 5th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Tesla end-of-quarter rush is unavoidable, inevitable, inescapable, necessary, unescapable, needed. We all hate Tesla's end-of-quarter delivery hell. It is the price Tesla pays for its direct sales model. Other companies also try to score some extra sales at the end of a period, but no one gets into a frenzy like Tesla


Tesla Model 3 Takes #1 Spot In Dutch Auto Market

September 21st, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

At the end of August, Tesla reached the #3 spot in terms of 2019 Dutch auto sales, as Zach wrote yesterday. That was a memorable achievement for a model that started deliveries only halfway through February in earnest. But we also have September sales data for the top 3 automobiles, and September is a last-month-of-quarter month. All Tesla watchers know what that entails — the end-of-quarter delivery rush that Tesla still hasn't gotten rid of


Tesla Dealer Loophole Ideas

September 14th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Tesla is not allowed to sell its cars in some states of the USA. That is, it can't open "dealerships." Sometimes, even service centers are prohibited. That is unfortunate for Tesla and its (prospective) customers. But as many people are aware, all laws have loopholes


Tesla China Fairy Tale For Bulls — How To Achieve Happily Ever After

September 13th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

All my talk this week about fairy tales started with the Tesla [TSLA] bear assumption that the Tesla factory in Shanghai was a huge mistake. Lack of demand in China following all of that investment would bring inescapable bankwuptcy soon. Really soon now. Any day. Really


Tesla China Fairy Tales For Bears & Bulls

September 8th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

What would a Tesla fairy tale in China look like? Well, that depends on whether you're a Tesla bear or Tesla bull. Let's have a look at two scenarios


472 Vehicle-To-Grid Smart Chargers Coming To The Netherlands

September 2nd, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The Dutch government states that a more stable electric grid, better use of renewable energy, and making money with your battery electric car (BEV) are the reasons it is promoting the use of smart chargers, which are able to invert the flow of the current to go from the car battery back into the grid


Tesla Full Self Driving & The Infamous 80–20 Rule

August 25th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

For people working in software development, like I used to do, the 80–20 rule is infamous. It states that about 80% of the job is done in the first 20% of the time. The last 20% of the development will take about 80% of the time


Tesla — Champion In Crisis Management

August 22nd, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Years ago I switched from a small (7 person) software development team to a larger (70 persion) software development team. The products both teams maintained were nearly identical, in function, size, number, and type of users. The planning of the small team was: "It is ready when it is ready." The large team was ISO certified and their software development was always within budget and time


Tesla’s European Demand Rumors Get Blown Out Of The Water

August 21st, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

There is a certain predictive quality in looking at the ships Tesla's has charted to ferry cars to Europe. In the past two quarters, the Europe/China ratio was 50/50, with the European vessels carrying some more cars than the ships bound for China


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



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