Charging station for electric car must be closer to home

December 21, 2021

The Federal and Flemish Governments want to accelerate the electrification of the Belgian car fleet. The phasing out of the tax deduction for company cars with combustion engines will significantly increase the number of electric vehicles in the Belgian fleet over the next few years. To charge these vehicles quickly, Flemish Minister for Mobility, Lydia […]

Mohammed Ben Sulayem FIA’s new top man

December 20, 2021

The FIA (Féderation Internationale de l’Automobile) is getting a new president, after top executive Jean Todt hands over the torch to his successor, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, after 12 years of presidency. The FIA is an international body that manages numerous motorsport and mobility organizations worldwide. Founded in 1904, the FIA has its headquarters in Geneva […]

New VSV platform for motorcyclists never too old to learn

December 16, 2021

The Flemish Foundation for Traffic Science (Vlaamse Stichting Verkeerskunde, VSV) is launching a free learning platform, called ‘MijnrijbewijsA.be’, for motorcyclists and aspiring motorcyclists. It aims to inform users of motorized two-wheelers about the safety aspects of motorcycling and the applicable traffic rules. The platform is free of charge and addressed to all interested parties. To […]

D’Ieteren acquires eight Antwerp iBike shops

December 15, 2021

Earlier this year, Belgian car importer D’Ieteren announced that – besides car import – it would also focus on bicycle distribution and maintenance. Today, the group puts its money where its mouth is with the second major acquisition of iBikes, a group of bicycle shops in the Antwerp region. D’Ieteren has already made a significant […]

Jeep Wrangler only as PHEV in Europe

December 08, 2021

Jeep has an update ready for its most legendary model, the Wrangler. As a sign of the time, the American 4×4-manufacturer also delivers a plug-in hybrid version (4xe) which got some adjustments for the model year 2022. With its 17 kWh battery, this Jeep should have a pure electric range of 50 kilometers. And on […]

VAB family car 2022: choosing between ratio and design

December 03, 2021

Mobility organization VAB has just announced the winners of the ‘VAB Gezinswagen van het jaar 2022’ family car election. The three winners were the Dacia Sandero Stepway, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5, each in their specific category. The jury, consisting of automotive journalists and families,  made a remarkably rational choice for […]

Electric Voxan Wattman sets 456 kph speed record

December 01, 2021

Italian motor racer Max Biaggi has set a new speed record at the wheel of an electric motorbike at the end of November. Venturi’s Voxan Wattman reached a top speed of no less than 456 km/hour on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US. Max Biaggi is a renowned Italian racing driver […]

Dacia Spring, the cheapest and most frugal EV. We drove it…

October 19, 2021

Dacia has just launched the Spring, the cheapest pure electric car on the market. For just over 17 000 euros, you can buy an EV with a range of 225 km. Initially intended for use in shared car platforms, the car is also available on the consumer market. The Dacia Spring is already existing and […]

TotalEnergies to install 11 000 fast-charging stations in China

September 29, 2021

TotalEnergies has launched a joint venture with China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) to roll out an electric vehicle charging network on Chinese soil. This will involve more than 11 000 fast-charging units providing 60 to 120 kW charging capacity. TotalEnergies is investing heavily in green mobility, as the group participates in all areas. Last week, […]

EXia develops active blind spot warning system

September 21, 2021

EXia, a spin-off of the Brussels University VUB, founded in 2013, has developed a sensor system for trucks that actively warns the truck driver of vulnerable road users in the blind spot zone around the vehicle. Insurer Ethias supports this technology and hopes to reduce the number of blind spot accidents causing serious injuries or […]

The MG Marvel R is arriving in Europe. We took the wheel…

September 17, 2021

MG is a Chinese brand that can launch the right product at the right time, as today the brand is bringing out a semi-premium SUV at a starting price of €40 000. MG is one of the new players in the Belgian and, by extension, European car market. The manufacturer is of Chinese origin and […]

Is an e-drive the best solution for SUV drivers?

September 16, 2021

A British study by French energy provider EDF shows that SUV drivers in the UK could save up to almost 9 million tons of CO2 a year by switching from a combustion engine SUV to an electric SUV. EDF found that the 4.2million gasoline and diesel SUVs on UK roads will emit around 8.7 million […]

Porsche’s Mission R, a next-generation electric 718?

September 09, 2021

At the IAA Mobility, Porsche presented its purely electric customer motorsport vision with the Mission R concept. The concept car is intended to be more than just a design study, and a rolling chassis is already being tested. Porsche already showed a Mission E concept in 2015, launched in 2019 as the Taycan, the first […]

Bosch develops user-friendly charging cable

September 09, 2021

Bosch developed a universal charging cable that can be used at a home power socket and a charging station. The typical ‘box’ attached to the slow home charge cable disappears. User friendly EV drivers often complain about carrying two types of charging cables in their car’s (often small) trunks. One is suitable for charging the […]

VW to show forerunner of ID.1 in Munich

September 07, 2021

At the IAA in Munich, Volkswagen is showing the ID.LIFE, a compact and electrically powered city car that will hit the market from 2025 and cost between € 20 000 and € 25 000. Compact EVs getting more significant It’s a well-known secret that VW wants to expand its EV range downmarket. Seat already showed […]

Audi shows electric limo concept Grandsphere

September 03, 2021

Audi shows its second futuristic and electrically powered sphere concept, a luxury limo called ‘Grandsphere’. After the sports-oriented Skysphere, today’s Grandsphere is a concept name that covers the flag. With 5.35 meters, it is a lot larger than the A8, Audi’s current (ICE) flagship. The Grandsphere looks particularly futuristic with its concave radiator grille and […]

CUPRA to spotlight Urban Rebel concept at IAA

September 02, 2021

Spanish Volkswagen-Seat subsidiary brand CUPRA is showing at the IAA Munich International Motor Show a concept version of a very extreme electric city car, the Urban Rebel. However, despite its extreme look, it heralds a compact electric city car that we will also see in other brands from the VW stable. The CUPRA Urban Rebel […]

Cleverpod launches smart electric micro delivery vehicle

September 02, 2021

The Italian-developed Cleverpod CP01 is a compact three-wheeler with an electric drive system and a 450-liter loading space, with a range of 330 to 390 km. Starting price is $5 500 (€4 640). Its main USP is its 5G connectivity and the batteries that can be easily detached and charged separately. According to the manufacturer, […]

Ford to sell electric crate motor

August 30, 2021

Ford Performance has announced an electric motor to convert (classic) vehicles into electric propulsion. The fact that Ford sells ‘separate’ motors is not new; what is new is that it is an electric motor. Ford Performance has announced in a teaser they will sell a crate motor that will make converting an existing internal combustion […]

After Chevrolet Bolt, Opel Ampera-e also gets replacement battery (update)

August 30, 2021

Chevrolet has been working on the Chevrolet Bolt recall for some time. However, due to possible fire risk in the battery, the carmaker will replace the battery of all impacted vehicles. Today, it appears that all European Opel Ampera-e models are also being recalled for battery replacement. The fire problems with the Chevrolet Bolt and […]

Opel launches Citroën Ami twin Rocks-e

August 26, 2021

Opel is launching a compact electric car that offers Sustainable Urban Mobility. However, because its top speed is limited to 45 km/hour, it does not meet the definition of a car. Instead, the Rocks-e is an electrically powered microcar that can be driven in Belgium from the age of 16. The Rocks-e is nothing more […]

Brussels Decarbone rows upstream converting ICE vans to EVs

August 25, 2021

The Brussels-based start-up Decarbone specializes in converting combustion engine vans to electric vehicles but faces administrative problems in Belgium to register these EVs, as the legal framework still lacks. In June, Decarbone received the Sustainable Impact Award presented by Triodosbank as part of the Greenlab initiatives for start-ups committed to sustainability. Decarbone exists since 2019 […]

Wanted: experienced technicians for classic cars

August 23, 2021

Although higher and higher prices are being paid for exclusive classic cars, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep this driving heritage operational. Will a lack of experienced professionals soon force the vintage cars into static museums? There are approximately 130 000 classic cars in Belgium, i.e., more than 30 years old vehicles. In the […]

Lease bikes gain popularity too

August 18, 2021

Bicycles are gaining in popularity, and by now, almost half of all new bicycles sold are electrically assisted. Moreover, since e-bikes are increasingly used for commuting, it is fiscally interesting for many users to lease the bicycle instead of buying it privately. In 2020, almost 600 000 new bicycles were sold in Belgium, increasing by […]

Yamaha launches real engine sound for electric motorbikes

August 17, 2021

The sound of a vehicle is a delicate issue, and with the advent of electromobility, the classic sound of the combustion engine is disappearing. So today, Yamaha is developing a high-tech sound generator that gives vehicles and two-wheelers a specific sound using a specially developed sound module. This sound module should benefit the driver’s driving […]

Ferrari’s first ‘fully electric’ is rich-man’s-child toy

August 10, 2021

At a time when many sports car manufacturers are developing electric sports cars, the Italian manufacturer waited until 2020, its 90th anniversary, to introduce its first plug-in hybrid, the SF 90 Stradale. Today, the brand is showing a 100% electric model, the ultimate rich-man’s-child toy. We’re talking about the 250 Testa Rossa J. This Testa […]

Volkswagen shows glimpse of future ID. line-up

August 09, 2021

Volkswagen is working hard to become an all-electric brand with ID. by the horizon of 2035. By 2030, already 70% of the European fleet should be electric, and to realize that goal, additional models will be developed. In the first phase, this will be the ID.5, but they are also working on a more budget-friendly […]

We drove the new Ioniq 5 (update)

August 06, 2021

Hyundai launches the Ioniq 5 on the Belgian market today. The basic version of this striking and fully electric SUV is for sale from €45 999 onward, and even this version gets a battery with a capacity of 58 kWh, which gives an autonomy of over 400 km. Moreover, with the 800 V technology, the […]

Belgian solar team heads for Morocco in new ‘Blue Point Atlas’

August 03, 2021

Twenty engineering students from the Belgian KU Leuven University have just presented the new solar car of the Agoria Solar Team, the ‘Blue Point Atlas’. It is a high-tech car with an electric drive system powered by solar energy. A remarkable new feature is that the car now has three wheels instead of four. Expectations […]

Brekr kick-starts Dutch electric moped tradition

August 02, 2021

Dutch start-up Brekr, the specialist in electric mopeds, has just received a capital injection from Bloomit Ventures that will allow the young moped manufacturer to tap into numerous European markets quickly. Brekr launched its first moped, the Model B, on the Dutch market last year, but the moped is now also available in Germany and […]

Tesla opens up superchargers and gives details about charging rates

July 28, 2021

Tesla will make its global network of superchargers accessible to non-Tesla drivers in the future. The American car and battery manufacturer has also just announced that the charging rates will be variable depending on how busy it is. At the most recent Tesla earnings call – where the results for the second quarter of 2021 […]

Mercedes launches PHEV version of the S-Class

July 27, 2021

Mercedes’ flagship car is the S-Class, and the latest model is only just hitting the market. Today, Mercedes is launching plug-in hybrid motorization, the S 580 e, which will complement the existing range of (mild-)hybrid six- and eight-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Under the hood of this plug-in hybrid powerhouse is a three-liter, six-in-line combustion […]

Hyundai plans more fuel cell vehicles

July 26, 2021

Hyundai will further expand its range of alternative propulsion systems in time. In addition to electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models, the Korean manufacturer also believes in fuel cell propulsion, and that range is also going to grow with three extra models. Hyundai today offers the Nexo (SUV model) on Belgian soil, but with a […]

Volvo takes control of Chinese production capacity

July 22, 2021

Volvo is going against the grain by taking back control of its Chinese production capacity after parent company Geely Holding helped the Swedish manufacturer through a difficult period. Volvo will acquire an additional 50% of the shares of the two Chinese sites (Daqing Volvo Car Manufacturing and Shanghai Volvo Car Research) by 2023. Win-win situation […]

Compressed air engine, does it work for vans?

July 07, 2021

The Dutch company Solution Air promises a kit by the end of 2021 to convert existing vans with a classic combustion engine to run emission-free on compressed air. The idea of running on compressed air is not new. The French company MDI has been experimenting with the principle for two decades. Tata even picked it […]

Total to pull out from palm oil

July 06, 2021

Last weekend the CEO of TotalEnergies, Patrick Pouyanné, indicated that Total is pulling the plug on palm oil. This natural oil had recently come under fire because of the way the oil is extracted. In addition, the combination of monoculture and the chopping down of rainforests to grow palm oil has long been criticized. Palm […]

Donkey Republic e-bicycle-sharing expands to Antwerp

June 30, 2021

Donkey Republic’s e-bicycle-sharing platform will be rolled out in the Antwerp municipalities in a broad region around the Oosterweel connection. By using the 1 650 electric bikes provided by the Danish, commuters can also cover larger distances. The Donkey Republic is a Danish company that already has a sharing platform for bicycles and electric bikes […]

Sono Motors’ solar Sion gets larger battery

June 25, 2021

German company Sono Motors is developing the Sion, an electric car that can partially recharge its battery via integrated solar panels. To make the compact family car more versatile and to be able to store more solar power when the car is parked, the battery capacity is being increased from 35 kWh to 54 kWh. […]

Do fast chargers bill more power than delivered?

June 23, 2021

The Dutch metrology institute NMI sounds the alarm bell on the accuracy of the energy supplied by fast chargers for electric cars. Consumers and the NMI are noticing a difference between the kWh charged when refueling and the number of kWh in the battery (and which the consumer can actually use). Such losses increase as […]

MG presents new electric flagship Marvel R

June 22, 2021

MG is increasingly positioning itself as an affordable alternative in the growing electric vehicle market. The British brand with a Chinese back office is addressing – as in the past – a broad public by offering affordable vehicles. EV only Whereas MG used to specialize in sporty roadsters, it now focuses on affordable and mainly […]

Avere and EV Belgium continue together

June 16, 2021

EV Belgium is the new name of the cooperation between AVERE and EV Belgium. It now unites users of electric vehicles and companies that provide services within this growing sector. Both organizations join forces to make electric driving more attractive. Until now, there were two organizations in Belgium. On the one hand, there was AVERE, […]

Paris launches motorbike parking charges

June 16, 2021

The Mayor of Paris has just announced new parking rates. Not only will cars pay more, but motorized two-wheelers will also have to pay (heavily) for a parking space from 2022 onward. Only electrically powered vehicles will be spared. With these measures, the Paris Mayor wants to discourage traffic further in the center of the […]

First glimp of electric Maserati GranTurismo

June 15, 2021

It has been clear for some time that Maserati is working on an electric range. Today, the Italian sports car manufacturer shows some (spy) images of an electric GranTurismo for the first time. The arrival of an electric drive at Maserati comes as no surprise, and now that the brand from Modena is under the […]

Lexus’ electric LF Z concept to hit the market by summer 2022

June 10, 2021

Lexus showed in March the electric LF Z, a purely electric concept car that combines bodywork with a coupe shape, crossover elements but especially four side doors. Now parent company Toyota announced that it would bring the concept to an actual production model within 14 months. In terms of both form and technology, this concept […]

First glimpse at the next generation electric Astra

June 09, 2021

Today, Opel unveils the first images of the next-generation Astra. As the manufacturer announced about two years ago, this Astra will also be electric. Furthermore, Opel uses the futuristic design language of the Vizor with the illuminated Opel-Blitz emblem. In this way, the manufacturer wants to emphasize its German identity with a wink to the […]

Chips shortage forces Nissan to postpone Ariya launch

June 07, 2021

Early May 2021, Nissan announced that it opened its order books in the Japanese home market for the all-electric powered SUV. However, today, it has become clear that it cannot meet the proposed deadlines due to shortages in the chip market. The Ariya will be an additional 100% electric model for Nissan, positioned above the […]

Optimile invests 8 million in extra charging points

June 03, 2021

The greening of the company car market is gaining momentum because the Belgian Federal Government wants only 100% electric vehicles to be (fully) tax-deductible from 2026 onwards. To achieve this, there will be a need for a lot of additional charging infrastructure in the short term, and today Optimile, together with its partners, is investing […]

Plans for third electric model at Porsche?

June 02, 2021

With the Taycan, Porsche has hit the mark by smoothly combining sports car performance with zero-emission mobility. Meanwhile, it is no secret that an electric version of the next-generation Macan (2023) will follow. Today, rumors are circulating that a third Porsche-made EV will follow. Sharing platform with Audi There are no concrete dates, but according […]

Clear rules for charging station users needed

June 01, 2021

Charging electric vehicles will be a major challenge in the coming years as fiscal policy measures in particular will increase the sales and thus the use of 100% electric vehicles. Intelligent use of the limited charging infrastructure, but above all a clear understanding of the costs that a charging session will generate, is imperative. Charging […]

GM to build electric models in China

May 27, 2021

In recent months, we have seen the European market flooded by relatively cheap electric vehicles made in China. Despite the tense trade relationship between the States and China, we see a reversal, as GM wants to build electric vehicles on Chinese soil with its Ultium platform. Platform strategy The Ultium base is a platform that […]

Born to be Cupra’s first EV

May 26, 2021

After Porsche, Audi, VW (ID), and Skoda, Seat is now launching its first electric car under the CUPRA brand name. Cupra is the last player among the popular brands to launch its first model based on the MEB platform. Admittedly, Seat has had an all-electric model in its portfolio before, but that was the very […]

Ford unveils F-150 Lightning EV version of iconic pick-up

May 20, 2021

Ford is coming out with an electric version of its most iconic pick-up truck, the F-150. After earlier GM announced to build an electric version of the Hummer, Ford could not stay behind with an EV version of this other American (pick-up) icon. The American manufacturer promises high-tech, exceptional performance and the possibility of powering […]

Will Caterham go electric?

May 18, 2021

It seems that British carmaker Caterham wants to secure its future with the arrival of an electric version. Not surprising in itself, because the carmaker has experience with integrating drive systems from other manufacturers. Caterham is building an evolved version of the Lotus Seven, a spartan British roadster that meets the strict definition of this […]

First steer: SKODA Enyaq iV

May 18, 2021

Today, Skoda launches its first large electric car, the Enyaq iV. It’s no surprise that Skoda delivers this important product with a spacious SUV body that is perfectly comparable in proportions to the Kodiaq, Skoda’s largest SUV model with classic internal combustion engines. The Enyaq iV is built on a completely different platform than its […]

EuroNCAP: ‘commercial van’s safety lags behind’

May 17, 2021

The European voluntary car safety performance assessment program, Euro NCAP, is sounding the alarm bell for the safety equipment of vans with an MTM of up to 3,5 tons. The organization claims that many commercial vehicles have poor safety equipment. This is reflected in the number of road deaths and injuries in accidents involving vans. […]

LiveWire is the new EV sub-brand of Harley-Davidson

May 12, 2021

Harley-Davidson is launching a sub-brand that will focus exclusively on electric motorbikes. For the manufacturer, it is an opportunity to clearly profile itself in a growing market that is completely different from its normal customer base. Harley-Davidson’s decision to reposition its electrically powered motorbikes in marketing is sensible, to say the least because Harley customers […]

Odometer fraud still exists

May 10, 2021

Last year, Car Pass received mileage readings for the first time from vehicles imported into Belgium from abroad. This revealed that fraud in an adjusted odometer was involved in 2,4% of the imported cars. This is to be compared with the 0,2% registered with non-imported cars. On average, 55 000 km less than the actual […]

Genesis comes to Europe in the summer of 2021 (update)

May 06, 2021

Since 2015, Genesis has been a separate brand within the Hyundai Group, of which Kia is also a part. On Wednesday, the brand announced that the luxury brand wants to commercialize its first product on the Old Continent this summer, starting in June in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK with classic ICE cars. End of […]

Tesla gigafactory in Berlin delayed by six months

May 04, 2021

According to the specialist German magazine ‘AutomobilWoche’, sources close to the company management have confirmed that the Tesla factory planned near Berlin will be delayed by up to six months. The planned production start of July 2021 is no longer feasible. This time, the cause of the delay is not due to the Covid-19 pandemic […]

P3 EV Charging Index: Mercedes EQS gets furthest

April 29, 2021

The Mercedes EQS is the electric car that gets furthest of them all (266 km) after a fast-charging session of 10 or 20 minutes, outpacing Tesla Model 3 Long Range (221 km), Volkswagen ID.3 (220 km), and the Porsche Taycan (217 km). That is the outcome of the 2021 P3 Charging Index published by eMobility […]