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Me with the famous Rafael De Mestre

I just met the famous Rafael De Mestre - of course at a Tesla Supercharger. He is known for demonstrating the capabilities of electric vehicles - and Tesla - by driving around the world twice...

Is Trump's energy policy running on empty?

Today I would like to float a provocative question: Is Trump's energy policy running on empty? Maybe you will say: “It was wrong right from the start, it can’t fail any more than it already did!” However maybe you are thinking the way his lobbyists think: “America doesn’t have any problems with the climate. America has an energy cost problem. That’s why Trump...

Different day – same situation: 20 Tesla Superchargers just for me

A few weeks ago, I was at the Supercharger in Bregenz, Austria. 1.8 Megawatt, hydropower, 20 Superchargers and a few “normal” EV chargers. I was the only user.

Many comments were like “Is this normal...

A Chinese Lamborghini - how good can that possibly be?

Last Friday I had to fulfill my fatherly duty after finishing time and repair my son’s Lamborghini. It didn’t move at all anymore....

The sun, the oil of the 21st century

Speaking of sunlight: A few weeks ago, a new record was set in the USA. A new solar power plant is going to generate electricity for a guaranteed price of 23.76 US-Dollar per megawatt hour for the next 25 years there...

Another Telsa charging failure

I have just experienced my first "real" Tesla charging failure. The charger was completely down....

My first Tesla charging FAILURE

I have just experienced my first Tesla charging failure. We were in town, and I was lucky enough to find a parking lot just in front of "our" pizzeria with a 50kW charger. I thought...

20 Superchargers available

Yesterday, I had to charge my Tesla in Bregenz, Austria. I had a fantastic choice of 20 Superchargers – all of them available. There would have been some more chargers for other vehicles, too. 1.7 Megawatt just for...

Idiots at the EV charger

I am certainly not saying that all Opel drivers are idiots. But there is at least one who behaved like an idiot once in his lifetime (to be precise: today).
I haven‘t seen the statistics, but I am sure that this EV charger...

Is Hydrogen Dead? / Review Hannover Fair 2018

Recently, the famous German newspaper “Sueddeutsche” had a headline saying “Fuel cells are a waste of billions for automakers”. I don’t know if that is the perfect translation, but...

Why I personally would NEVER EVER buy an Audi e-tron

I saw a commercial for the Audi e-tron. Would I ever buy one? Never ever in this lifetime. Am I against Audi? Is it a bad car? No, neither nor. Audi is a great company and we even have a company A3 g-tron. But an e-tron? Never...

Is TESLA a PONZI SCHEME?

I hope I haven’t shocked you too much with my headline. However, I really asked myself that question. Not because I want to blame somebody, rather because for me, being a “normal” entrepreneur, some things look a little bit odd at the manufacturer of my car...

Fake News on Air Quality in Germany

Air quality is a big issue in German cities, especially Stuttgart, home town of Mercedes and Porsche. One certain point of measurement is typically critical...

Tesla - Consumption in Winter

It’s cold outside. Some people like it, some don’t. Drivers of electric vehicles typically don’t like it, because consumption is higher and range is lower. Just in case you never thought about it...

Five Teslas waiting in line at the Supercharger

Today I was in Switzerland for a customer meeting. They produce decentralized methanol power plants. Very interesting technology. But that’s not my point today. On my way back I had a break to recharge my #Tesla. Actually: I had to have a break...

Why I like the Mercedes-Benz GLC Fuel Cell

Here are five good reasons to like the Mercedes-Benz GLC Fuel Cell (and two reasons not to buy it)...

10 Year Anniversary - How it all started 🙂

I can’t believe it: Wenger Engineering is 10 years old. 🙂
I am very happy we made it so far...

"The wall will NOT be built!"

...the Mexicans who visited Wenger Engineering today say. I was very honored to host a group of Mexican entrepreneurs and managers today. They were invited by the German Department of Commerce to get to know excellent German companies they could collaborate with...

Parenting in Times of Electric Vehicles

My 3 year old son has built a „car“ in the living room. Since we don’t have a pressing plant or welding robots at home, he had to use chairs, tables and pillows. Just like every kid in his age. Here’s an interesting fact...

Do I have a right to charge my Tesla?

Do I have a right to charge my #Tesla? Good question, isn’t it? If you are an owner of an EV (like me), you are absolutely dependent on chargers. You plan your trips, you plan your charging stops, and you even plan when you charge it overnight...

Why I still like my Diesel powered car.

It has become unsexy to say “I still like my Diesel powered car.” People look at you as if you had just said: “I have robbed a bank.” I have no idea if the emissions of my car meet the legal requirements. However, I believe it until someone proves the opposite. And I have no idea...

How Hydrogen Refueling Stations could become faster and more reliable

Many of you know that Honda R&D USA and Japan have been working with Wenger Engineering for a long time to make hydrogen refueling faster and more efficient. The approach is called “MC Method” or “MC Formula...

Silicon Valley VC Mukul Agarwal's "5 P-Rule for Entrepreneurs"

I have with the famous Silicon Valley venture capitalist Mukul Agarwal, founder of BootUp Ventures. Impressive man and entrepreneur. He shared his „5-P-Rule for Entrepreneurs“ with me. It is not only a rule for success in business, but also in life. Here it is...

Clean, beautiful coal??? What the...?!?

I just read an irritating article. A press release by US President Donald Trump. If you are like me, your LinkedIn friends are mainly from the Renewable Energy sector, and the posts you see make you think that hydrogen, battery electric vehicles, solar and wind power etc. are the only topics the world is interested in. I often think...

Fuel Cell Vehicle Driver's Experience (mine...)

Based on a presentation I gave some time ago, Green Car Reports has published an interesting article about my experience as a hydrogen customer...