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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 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


Tesla Disrupts — BMW Boss Throws In The Towel

July 7th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

BMW CEO Harald Krüger has resigned his post, citing "enormous changes, which have brought about more transformation than in the previous 30 years." He is referring to the rapid rise of Tesla's compelling electric vehicles, which are crushing BMW's car offerings in the US market and are now threatening to disrupt sales in key Europe and Chinese markets as well


Initial Testing Suggests New 62 kWh Nissan LEAF Suffers From #Rapidgate On Longer Trips

July 2nd, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

A recent road test by German EV rental specialist Nextmove has found that the new 62 kWh Nissan LEAF still suffers from similar DC fast charging throttling (#Rapidgate) issues at elevated temperature as the 40 kWh LEAF. On highway journeys requiring more than one DC charge (i.e., journeys over 310 miles or 500 km), onwards progress in the new 62 kWh LEAF may become frustratingly slow. Let's take a look


Hot! First Good Look At The Aston Martin Rapide E — Fully Charged Video

June 30th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Fully Charged has released a video featuring the upcoming Aston Martin Rapide E, which will go into low-volume production from Q4 of this year. Starting from £250,000, the Rapide E is clearly not an affordable EV by any means, but nevertheless is notable in signaling a clear move towards electrification from one of the auto industry's best known historic luxury sports car brands


BMW Lets Slip That Its Electric Vehicles Can’t Compete With Tesla’s

June 28th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Poor BMW. Director of development Klaus Fröhlich has had yet another EV meltdown, brought on by the pressure of not being able to compete with Tesla in the battery electric vehicle (BEV) market. His excuse for BMW's failure to compete? "Nobody wants them." Is Frölich really this out of touch? Or is he just playing politics


Bob Lutz: Improved Tesla Panel Gaps Are Now “World Class”

June 16th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Renowned Tesla bear Bob Lutz has recently sung praises of the build quality of Tesla's vehicles, saying of a Model 3 that he inspected, "not only was the paint without any discernible flaw, but the various panels formed a body of precision that was beyond reproach."



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