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About Dr. Maximilian Holland

Dr. Maximilian Holland Max is an anthropologist, social theorist and international political economist, trying to ask questions and encourage critical thinking about social and environmental justice, sustainability and the human condition. He has lived and worked in Europe and Asia, and is currently based in Barcelona. Follow Max on twitter @Dr_Maximilian and at MaximilianHolland.com, or contact him via LinkedIn.



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Tesla Model S Has Almost Twice The EPA Range Of Porsche Taycan — 373 Miles vs 201 Miles

December 12th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

The Porsche Taycan Turbo has received its official EPA range rating, achieving a very disappointing 201 miles. This is a significantly lower range than EVs costing a quarter of the price, and just over half the range of the base Tesla Model S. It's yet more proof that engineering prowess in the era of gas vehicles is no guarantee of success in the age of EVs


Powering The EV Revolution — Battery Packs Now At $156/kWh, 13% Lower Than 2018, Finds BNEF

December 4th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has released the results of its 2019 Battery Price Survey, finding that industry-weighted average battery pack prices have already fallen to $156 per kWh. This is over 13% lower than the 2018 average ($180/kWh, when adjusted for inflation), and BNEF foresees cost reductions continuing, with $100/kWh potentially being reached by 2023. Let's dive in


Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus Now Supercharges At Up To 170 kW — Charts!

November 5th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

The latest Tesla software update (2019.36.1) has unlocked the full DC charging potential of the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (SR+). The Model 3 SR+, with this update, has a 170 kW charging peak, up from the previous 100–105 kW peak. This means that the SR+ battery charge rate (C-rate) is now approximately in line with that of the Model 3 Long Range variants, albeit scaled for the different battery size


Tesla Model S Plaid Prototype Laps the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:13

November 5th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Respected German publication Auto Motor und Sport is reporting that the Tesla Model S Plaid prototype has been hand-timed lapping the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 13 seconds, according to the outlet's local source. Adjusting for race-compound tires, this puts the Tesla around 19 seconds ahead of the Taycan Turbo's 7:42 lap time reported by Porsche in August. It's also faster than every gas-powered 4-door series production car 'round the 'ring


Thanks, Tesla — Porsche Taycan EV Outperforms Fossil Panamera Sibling

October 20th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

The Porsche Taycan offers much higher performance "bang for the buck" compared to its gas-powered Panamera sedan sibling. This applies across the board — the new Taycan 4s variant provides faster acceleration than the Panamera GTS whilst being 20% less expensive, and the Turbo and Turbo S variants significantly outperform their more expensive Panamera siblings. Surely some mistake by Porsche


Tesla vs Porsche EV Rivalry Accelerates the Death of Fossil Vehicles

September 22nd, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Whilst seemingly irrelevant to everyday driving, the ongoing competition between Tesla and Porsche over EV performance supremacy is quickly demonstrating that fossil sports cars are becoming obsolete — an important symbolic milestone for the EV revolution which will have repercussions in higher volume segments. If Porsche wants its Taycan to keep pace with the Tesla Model S Plaid, Porsche will have to allow it to outperform the company's current flagship Panamera combustion sedan. And that will only highlight the inferiority of fossil vehicles


Tesla Model S Laps The Nürburgring In 7:23 — Crushing The Porsche Taycan

September 17th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

A Tesla Model S prototype currently testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife has been informally timed lapping the circuit in 7:23. The stopwatch timing was made by a correspondent of the German publication Auto Motor und Sport. The Tesla did have have the advantage of using race compound tires, but that doesn't account for the almost 20 second advantage over the Porsche Taycan's publicized lap time (7:42). The Tesla also looks to have the potential to surpass the track performance of every gasoline saloon, save limited production specials from Jaguar and


Prototype Tesla Model S “Plaid” (Available 2020) Breaks 4-Door Sedan Lap Record At Laguna Seca (Video)

September 12th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Proving the superior performance of electric vehicles, a prototype Tesla Model S with "Plaid powertrain and chassis" has broken the outright 4-door sedan lap record at the famous Laguna Seca Raceway, in a time of 1:36.555. Elon Musk has confirmed that this version of the Model S will go into series production around a year from now, and the same powertrain option will also be made available for the Tesla Model


Porsche Taycan Highway Range 241 Miles (WLTP), City 280 Miles, Price = $151,000 & Up!

September 4th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Porsche just held the launch event for the all-electric Taycan, sharing useful new information on WLTP range (up to 241 miles on the highway) and 0–62 mph acceleration time (as low as 2.8 seconds), thanks in part to great aerodynamics. We'll have more coverage from the event itself in the coming days, but here's a quick piece on the key information


Porsche Taycan Already Faster Than Panamera Sibling & Other Combustion Peers Around Twisty Race Tracks

September 1st, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Despite not surpassing some of its combustion peers over the full lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit, a recently released onboard lap video shows that the Porsche Taycan has effectively outperformed its Panamera sibling (and the BMW M5 and M5 Competition) over the twisty first half of the course. This indicates that on the vast majority of the world's race circuits, where mid-speed corners dominate over high speed straightaways, the Taycan will be able to lap faster than the Panamera and similar 4-door saloons, such as the BMW


Sorry, Porsche — Tesla Model 3 Already Has Repeatable Acceleration. Can We Troll Fossils Instead?

August 14th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Porsche's recent attempt to troll Tesla by emphasizing the Taycan's repeated acceleration ability ended up being quickly rebuffed. A Tesla Model 3 Performance owner demonstrated consistent acceleration launches 31 times back to back over a 28 minute period (albeit, within legal speed limits). Instead of EVs trolling other EVs, why don't we just highlight EV powertrains' advantages over fossils instead


Fully Charged Tests Porsche Taycan’s Performance

August 9th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Fully Charged's Jonny Smith was given a unique opportunity to test the Porsche Taycan's performance consistency, and was able to confirm its ability to handle repeated acceleration runs without running into thermal limits. The Taycan looks to be similar to the Tesla Model 3 Performance in this respect, but will come in at around twice the price of the Tesla


Tesla Model 3 Set To Grab Global #1 Premium Vehicle Spot In 2020, Crushing Mercedes C-Class & BMW 3 Series

July 27th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Tesla aims to produce 600,000 to 650,000 vehicles in 2020, with around 500,000 of those being the Tesla Model 3. The current premium segment leader, the Mercedes C-Class, sold 478,000 in 2018, but — being a fossil burner — is now in terminal decline. The BMW 3 Series only managed 366,000 sales in 2018 and won't grow significantly. The result? The Model 3 will almost certainly take the global #1 spot in 2020. Let's break down the numbers



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