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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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2019 Nissan LEAF — Still No Liquid-Cooled Battery?

December 5th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

A report on the upcoming 60 kWh Nissan LEAF from respected German news site Electrive.net suggests that it will still lack liquid cooling of the battery. This is despite increased charging rates of 100 kW and increase power output of 149 kW. Notably, with higher power comes higher heat generation. Are we going to see #Rapidgate all over again


CCS Becoming Dominant DC Charging Standard In Europe — Will Nissan Drop CHAdeMO?

November 22nd, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Recent and upcoming EVs are designed for DC fast charging speeds of 100 kW and more, and are overwhelmingly favouring CCS as the standard charging architecture. Next-generation charging networks in Europe and the US are also favouring CCS. Despite its early lead, CHAdeMO now looks to be falling behind


Timelapse of Ionity Network Rollout — #CleanTechnica Video

November 18th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

The European ultrafast EV charging network Ionity has recently upped the tempo of its CCS network rollout, having gone from 6 locations in operation in mid September (and 14 more under construction) to 23 locations operating as of mid November (and 40 more under construction). They look set to meet their initial goal of having 50 locations open (averaging 6 charging stalls each) by the end of


More Background On New Tesla Chair Robyn Denholm

November 8th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

As reported earlier today, Tesla has announced the appointment of Robyn Denholm to the chair of the board at Tesla, replacing Elon Musk who has been in the role since 2004. Denholm had already been an independent director on Tesla's board since 2014 and has decades of experience in senior finance and strategy roles at auto, technology, and software companies


Is VW Lying Yet Again? (This Time About Electric Cars)

October 29th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Recognising that Tesla is stealing their lunch, VW Group's head Herbert Diess has bent the truth well beyond a breaking point in claiming that, by 2020, they will produce EVs that match Tesla's characteristics but at half the price. VW has already recently revealed the real (and fairly sensible) figures on its most affordable 2020 ID Neo EV, so why now are they grossly exaggerating its price and characteristics, or lying about Tesla's price? They must be getting desperate


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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