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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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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


New Kia Soul Gets Official EPA Range Of 243 Miles (391 km) — Charts!

February 15th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

The upcoming Kia Soul EV 64 kWh has just received its official EPA rating of 243 miles (391 km) of range (combined cycle). This is a huge improvement over its previous 111 mile (179 km) range. It has a decent showing on the highway cycle too — 211 miles (340 km). The Soul now joins its Korean siblings as a great all-round capable vehicle


All Your Cell Are Belong To Us? Any High Energy Density 2170 Will Do For Tesla

February 3rd, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

One of Elon Musk's most interesting comments on the recent Tesla Q4 earnings call was his statement that Tesla's battery modules and packs "can essentially use any high energy density 2170 chemistry." As the world's biggest user of battery cells by a significant margin, this may have other international automakers worried that Tesla will suck up a big portion of independent battery supply in China over the next few years


Hyundai Kona EV Pricing = $36,450 to $44,650 — Best CUV Available?

January 29th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Hyundai has announced details on US pricing for the Kona Electric, which we only previously slid into our 2019 CleanTechnica Car of the Year competition. At the bottom end, $36,450 (before incentives) will get you into the base "SEL" trim (64 kWh version). That's a great EV with 258 miles (EPA) range that you can get for under $30,000 after the US EV tax credit (up to $7,500 depending on tax liability). Arguably, this is the best CUV available at this price point. If you want one, join the queue as soon as you can!


New 38 kWh Hyundai Ioniq — Compared To Tesla Model 3 Standard & LEAF E+

January 20th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

A Hyundai marketing slide has leaked onto the internet, showing a planned refresh of the Ioniq EV coming in September 2019 with a new 38.3 kWh battery pack and the range increased by 35%, giving it a likely EPA range rating of around 167 miles. Will this modest refresh keep the Ioniq competitive


Elon Says Tesla Roadster Will Do ¼ Mile In Under 8 Seconds — #Plaid

January 13th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

In a recent Twitter conversation, Elon Musk confirmed that the upcoming Tesla Roadster will be able to complete the quarter-mile dash in under 8 seconds, thanks to the help of its cold gas thruster system. That's around 2 seconds quicker than the best million-dollar-plus hypercars from Porsche, Ferrari, and the rest


Nissan LEAF #Rapidgate Mostly Solved By Software Update?

January 5th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

In what may be great news for 40 kWh Nissan LEAF owners, a software update evident in newer LEAFs has alleviated much of the #rapidgate DC charge throttling issue, allowing reasonably fast DC charge rates even if the battery is already hot


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



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