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Author Archives: Dr. Maximilian Holland

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


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



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