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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.



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Tesla Model 3 Mid Range! Unexpected New Option Now Available [Hot!]

October 18th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Tesla has unexpectedly dropped a "Mid Range" battery option into its Model 3 variants, officially the Tesla Model 3 Mid Range Rear-Wheel Drive, priced competitively and still offering great real-world driving range. The additional good news is that this variant has expected delivery dates of 6–10 weeks, meaning that early signups should still receive the full US federal tax credit


Tesla Is 2 Years Ahead Of Schedule On Gigafactory 1

October 1st, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Tesla's Gigafactory 1 in Nevada is solidly on track to achieve a battery production volume of 35 GWh per year (annualized run rate) by the end of 2018. This is two years ahead of the original 2020 target date for achieving these volumes


Tesla Model 3 Standard Range vs. Best of the Rest – Which Affordable EV to Choose?

September 16th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

In the coming months, with some timing and volume variations by region, you will be able to choose from many affordable, generous range, compelling, and all-around-capable EVs that are coming on to the market. Whilst the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range is arguably the most keenly anticipated of the bunch, all of these EVs are great cars, much better than any fossil fuel vehicle (FFV) equivalent


Look Out, Jaguar, Mercedes, Audi, & BMW — Kia Niro SUV Has Better Efficiency & Range, At Half The Price!

September 8th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

With the recent rush by the prestigious European marques to try to grab all of the glittering limelight for their forthcoming SUV-style EVs, a similarly sized offering coming in at half the price is quietly proving its merits with superior efficiency and range. The Kia Niro EV's early real-world tests show it will have range within 5% to 10% of it's significantly smaller "efficiency-champ" sibling, the Hyundai Kona, and far better efficiency than any of the purportedly well-engineered European marques. Only the Tesla Model 3 has better efficiency than the Koreans, but that's not an SUV or


Dirty Reality Catching Up With Fossil Fuel Vehicles

September 8th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

This week marks an important transitional step away from the obsolete technology of dirty fossil fuel vehicles and in favor of electric vehicles that can run on clean energy. The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) has come in to force in the EU from 1st of September 2018, leading to much hand-wringing by the traditional fossil fuel vehicle OEMs, whose cars have always been highly polluting, and are now running out of road


Tesla Model 3 = Most Efficient Electric Car On Highways

August 19th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

New aggregated data from the gurus over at A Better Route Planner show that Tesla Model 3 efficiency is the highest of any production car at highway speeds, with outstandingly low energy consumption. This outstanding efficiency, combined with great supercharging speeds, makes the Model 3 the best road tripping EV in production


Hyundai Kona: Great Long-Range, All-Around EV — Get One Quick!

July 23rd, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

The long anticipated Hyundai Kona EV, with a battery capacity up to 64 kWh, is now starting to arrive in the hands of customers and testers. It appears to be everything EV fans have hoped for, and more. If you want one, get your order in ASAP!


2018 Leaf vs Long Journeys — Best Driving Strategy

July 22nd, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

In the earlier part of this analysis, we saw that folks are finding that, in real world conditions on long journeys, the 2018 Nissan Leaf battery pack is getting very hot. This is due to the 2018 Leaf not having any active thermal management system


2018 Leaf vs Long Journeys — Can It Take The Heat?

July 16th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

In this article, I will summarise some key characteristics of the 2018 Nissan Leaf, and provide some exclusive data. This is part one of a couple of articles in which we will look at the 2018 Leaf’s performance both in daily driving and on occasional long journeys, and see how the Leaf fits in with its peers


Road Trippin’ In A Tesla Model 3 vs Other Electric Cars

June 10th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Road trips are the final frontier for electric cars to totally outshine combustion-engine vehicles (gas/diesel cars). Already clearly a better technology than combustion vehicles in every other respect, of all the electric cars currently on the market, only Tesla so far provides truly compelling road trip ready offerings. This is an area that other carmakers need to pay much more attention to if they have a hope of ever competing with Tesla’s stratospheric demand and world-leading EV sales volume


Timeline For Electric Vehicle Revolution (via Lower Battery Prices, Supercharging, Lower Battery Prices)

December 25th, 2017 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Everyone knows that electric vehicles (EVs) are going to replace internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs) in the long run. Many of us are excited about this key transition away from fossil fuels and hope that it comes sooner rather than later, yet are not sure exactly when the big breakthroughs in market share are going to happen. It is often stated that at battery prices of $100/kWh, EVs will successfully compete with ICEVs, but mainstream predictions about how and when this happens vary widely. In this in-depth article, we are going to look in more detail at the figures relevant to different vehicle segments, estimate the most probable timeline for feature and price parity in these segments, and offer a counterpoint to the more conservative timelines that we see from both incumbents (OPEC) and progressives (BNEF) alike. We know the EV disruption is real, since it is already well underway in the premium sedan segment



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