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Author Archives: Maarten Vinkhuyzen

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


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



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