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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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Reuters Spreads Electric Vehicle FUD On Behalf Of Laggard Japanese Auto

April 18th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

In a classic FUD piece penned by a long-term cheerleader of Japanese OEMs, Reuters — either in ignorance or in deceit — is spreading falsehoods and negativity about EVs. The piece directly quotes from engineers and managers on the payroll of Honda and Toyota, Japanese automakers both known to be unwilling to offer electric vehicles


With Full Self Driving Evolution, Elon Musk Believes Your Tesla’s Value Will Appreciate — Interview Video

April 12th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

In a must-watch interview with MIT artificial intelligence researcher, Lex Fridman, Elon Musk has revealed that he believes the move towards Full Self Driving functionality will cause the asset value of current Tesla vehicles to appreciate, rather than depreciate. This is a game-changing contrast with traditional vehicles, which typically lose around half of their value over the initial 3 years of ownership


Stuttgart, Home Of Porsche & Mercedes, Has Banned Older Diesels — #CleanTechnica Report

April 5th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Every diesel vehicle over 10 years old is now effectively banned from operating in any part of the entire city area of Stuttgart, home to Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and 630,000 residents. The move signals the first serious diesel ban in any German city. A mid-year review of the resulting pollution rates will decide if many of the remaining diesels, older than 5 years, will also be banned from


Tesla Model Y Crushes “Premium” Fossil SUV Coupes

March 24th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

The Tesla Model Y's shape is not that of the boxy SUVs of yesteryear (and a few retro holdouts), but that of the increasingly popular SUV coupe. Let's compare the Model Y's interior space, safety, performance, and value compared to other premium offerings in the SUV coupe category, the Mercedes GLC Coupe and Porsche Cayenne Coupe


Tesla Model 3 On Supercharger V3 — Road Trip Performance Compared To Peers (Charts!)

March 11th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

With the release of the new Supercharger version 3 (V3) technology, Tesla is significantly boosting the charging speeds of the Model 3, and getting further ahead of the competition. In this article, we run numbers on the Model 3's new capabilities on road trips and long journeys, and reveal how it compares with its peers


Supercharger V3 — Shocking Power & Smart Strategy By Tesla (Charts!)

March 8th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

On Wednesday night, the eagerly anticipated Tesla Supercharger Version 3 (V3) technology was unveiled, allowing the Model 3 Long Range to receive peak charging power of 250 kW! That's well beyond the power levels expected by seasoned Tesla tech analysts (myself included). What does this all mean? Let's dive in and discuss this new Supercharger technology


Tesla Gigafactory 3 Targets September Completion Of Stamping, Bodywork, Paint, & Assembly Workshops

February 28th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

According to documents released by the local ecology and environment authority, Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai is targeting completion of stamping, bodywork, painting, and assembly workshops by September 2019, making it ready to produce much of the Tesla Model 3 onsite by sometime in Q4. Motor and powertrain workshops, and seat production, are targeted for completion by March 2020, increasing further the degree of localization


Peugeot e-208 Electric: 30 Minute DC Charging, 211 Mile WLTP Range

February 25th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Early this morning, Peugeot announced the upcoming e-208 electric vehicle, with 30 minute DC charging and a WLTP-rated range of 211 miles (340 km). Order books will open in "late summer" 2019 for deliveries likely starting in early 2020. It's a great looking car, and the 30 minute DC charging makes it practical for occasional longer trips in regions with good charging infrastructure


China EV Forecast: 50% EV Market Share by 2025 — Part 3, Ramping Production

February 24th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

China is charging full speed ahead into electric vehicles, on track to sell over 2 million electric vehicles this year, from 1.1 million in 2018. The rapid growth has been driven partly by policy, but increasingly by consumer demand. In the 3rd and final part of this series (check out part one and part two, if you missed them), we look at the ramp up in EV production and battery supply. Will production capacity be able to keep pace with the rapid growth in EV demand


China EV Forecast: 50% EV Market Share by 2025 — Part 2, Consumer Demand

February 24th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

China is charging full speed ahead into electric vehicles, on track to sell over 2 million EVs this year, up from 1.1 million in 2018. The rapid growth has been driven partly by policy, but increasingly by consumer demand. In part two of this three-part series (check out part one if you missed it), we're going to look at the demand side of the EV transition in China. Why are Chinese consumers queuing up for EVs


China EV Forecast: 50% EV Market Share by 2025 — Part 1

February 24th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

China is charging full speed ahead into electric vehicles, on track to sell over 2 million EVs this year, from 1.1 million in 2018. The rapid growth has been driven partly by policy, but increasingly by consumer demand. A rising proportion of Chinese consumers simply prefer electric vehicles to traditional combustion vehicles, viewing them as a new and superior technology, and better value. With EVs continuously improving and getting more affordable, there's a clear path to EVs taking 50% of market share in China by


Tesla Model X Over 22% More Efficient On Winter Highway Than Audi e-tron Or Jaguar I-PACE

February 22nd, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Just in case anyone needs yet more proof that the much vaunted "Tesla killers" are really all bark and no bite, here's more real-world proof from EV rental specialists nextmove. They show the Tesla Model X is vastly more efficient than the alleged "competition" in highway driving conditions. It seems Audi and Jaguar still have more homework to do to get to passing grade on the basics of EV engineering, but let's give them some points for showing up


China’s Passenger Electric Vehicle Sales Jumped To 91,000 In January, Suggesting 2 Million Total Sales In 2019 — CleanTechnica Report

February 19th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

The China EV sales count for January 2019 is in. China recorded 91,175 passenger electric vehicle sales in the month, and around 96,000 when adding on commercial vehicles sales. Meanwhile, with total vehicle sales dropping in China almost 16% year over year this January, gasmobiles continue their inevitable fall whilst EVs inexorably rise



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