New Explorer is Ford’s take on the Volkswagen ID.4

March 21, 2023

Forget the Explorer as you know it, Ford is replacing it with a new zero-emission version. Its first volume all-electric passenger vehicle to be built in Cologne, Germany, spawns from an agreement with Volkswagen. Bottom line? The medium crossover is the technical twin to the Volkswagen ID.4. So, the new Explorer is fully electric and […]

Volkswagen wants to step into mining raw battery materials

March 20, 2023

According to a Reuters report, Volkswagen plan to invest in mining with its subsidiary PowerCo to ower EV battery costs. Many car makers have preferential contracts with raw material suppliers in their pockets. Still, the German carmaker wants to go one step further and go directly to the source by absorbing mining activities in its […]

Tesla applies officially to ramp up to one million cars in Berlin

March 17, 2023

Tesla is putting the bricks into place to ramp up production in its Grünheide facility, close to Berlin, to 1 million cars annually. An environmental application has been filed to double the permitted output of today. Currently, the German plant churns out 4 000 units of Model Y per week. But according to the original […]

This is Kia’s all-electric super-SUV EV9

March 15, 2023

Kia is joining the category of luxurious seven-seater SUVs with the EV9, set to debut later this month. In the wake of the full release, the Korean carmaker shared the first model pictures and some info. Though Kia already has a few battery-powered models, like the Niro EV and the Soul EV, the EV9 is […]

BMW confirms all-electric i5 in both estate and M guise

March 15, 2023

With still a few months before its official launch, BMW has released more details on the all-new 5 Series. As a segment first, the all-electric i5 will be available as an estate. And the brand’s performance department will also have its take on the battery-powered version. In an official statement on its website, BMW has […]

Porsche posts record profit and sees no signs of slowing down

March 14, 2023

Porsche’s performance grew by 13% last year. As the sports carmaker managed revenue of 37,6 billion euros, it saw figures rising to a record high thanks to increasing demand and a growing interest for more exclusive personalized models. As a result, profit came in at 6.,8 billion euros. Porsche sold 309 884 units last year. […]

Mercedes to roll out its own ‘supercharger’ network (update)

March 13, 2023

Mercedes plans the rollout of its own high-speed charging network. Called HiPower, North American customers will be served first with 20 fast charging plazas, but other major markets, like Europe and China, will follow. The first charging plazas in Europe will be built in Germany and France starting in Q4 of this year, the boss […]

Can magic of white hydrogen be game changer for FCEVs?

March 10, 2023

The energy-intensive process of producing green hydrogen (made from renewable electricity) is one obstacle hampering fuel cell vehicles’ development. But according to the German newspaper Der Spiegel, scientists are collaborating to exploit white hydrogen. Under this label, the energy carrier is sourced from underneath the earth’s crust. Naturally occurring hydrogen can be found in the […]

EU allows member states to subsidize green tech in reaction to US

March 10, 2023

The European Commission decided on Thursday that individual member states are temporarily allowed to support local industries developing green technologies. The move answers protectionist measures in the United States and China. Among other carmakers, the Volkswagen Group awaited this approval to decide on its battery plant in Poland. As Europe fears that its multinationals will […]

Almost 70% of Germans don’t want to ban combustion engine

March 09, 2023

A survey from RTL/N-TV is throwing more oil on the fire in Germany, as the country is currently obstructing the final vote on the de facto ban for combustion engines as of 2035. With only 14% in favor, national enthusiasm for the European deal is low. The probe unveiled that 68% of the German population […]

Vinfast parent steps into rental and taxi services

March 08, 2023

VinGroup, the owner of the Vietnamese EV brand Vinfast, has kickstarted a new subsidiary focusing on renting electric cars and e-scooters and offering taxi services. Giving its own twist to the hype of mobility users, the holding claims it will be the first multi-platform green transport rental and taxi service. VinGroup Chairman Pham Nhat Vuong […]

First Belgian ship load of CO2 arrives in Denmark for undersea storage

March 08, 2023

In the port of Esbjerg, the first ship with captured CO2 from Belgium arrived to store the carbons in a depleted oil field in the Danish part of the North Sea. Called the Greensand project, this is considered the first cross-border offshore CO2 storage project in the world. With the incoming CO2 from the port […]

Fendt starts testing its first fuel cell hydrogen tractor

March 07, 2023

Agricultural machine specialist Fendt has presented a prototype of a field tractor equipped with hydrogen fuel cells at the German Hydrogen Summit in Straubing. Two units will be supplied for testing in the region of Lower Saxony as of next month. Fendt participates in the H2Agrar project, which researches the potential role of hydrogen in […]

IFO: German car industry pessimistic about demand

March 07, 2023

According to a survey of IFO, the German car industry fears a slowing domestic demand. The body, questioning both suppliers and manufacturers, says that these dimmed expectations are attributed to a cautious attitude from car buyers. In its monthly indicator, the  Leibniz Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (IFO) registers a changing business situation for the German automotive […]

Audi optimistic about material recycling of steel

March 06, 2023

Audi has released some preliminary findings of its MaterialLoop project. In the end, this must lead to a closing material cycle used in its production lines. From the pilot, the German luxury brand has learned it can use steel coils to make inner door parts for its A4 model. As European companies are gearing up […]

Germany passes landmark of 1 million EVs, growing with 68%

March 06, 2023

At the end of 2022, Germany’s national car fleet counted more than one million EVs. A meaningful milestone, but it’s still a far stretch to the 15 million full-electric vehicles that Germany eyes for 2030. In one year time, the German zero-emission fleet grew by 68%, so progress is encouraging. The KBA, or Kraftfahrt Bundesambt, […]

Mercedes starts construction of first battery recycling plant

March 06, 2023

Following its plan to start recycling electric vehicle lithium-ion battery systems this year, Mercedes has laid the first brick of its dedicated plant in Kuppenheim. If the works keep to the schedule, the first packs from its electrified vehicles, so plug-ins included, will be dismantled by the end of 2023. “This foundation symbolizes the decisive […]

Tesla teases but fails to excite at Investor Day

March 03, 2023

“Tesla to show 25 000 dollar car.” “Musk will ready a hydrogen model as of this year.” Before this year’s Investor Day, rumors were plenty of what the famous EV maker would unveil. But news hunters came back with not much more than some souvenir photos for their social media, as Elon Musk kept himself […]

Norwegian EV sales crawl out of ditch

March 03, 2023

As EV registrations in Norway were historically low in the first month of the year, February shows signs of improvement. The share of battery-electric vehicles has grown fivefold. However, sales were still down 8,7% compared to February last year.  “Not at cruising speed yet, but cautiously gaining traction,” is the official statement from the Norwegian […]

More sustainable materials for Volkswagen ID family

February 28, 2023

Volkswagen’s ID. Family is becoming more circular as the German car maker transfers some of its ecological materials used in the ID. Buzz. The latter was the most sustainable of the electric family and will now serve as a technology donor. The additional recycling materials will be introduced on ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, and ID.7, but […]

Tesla pulls back on full self-driving, gears up for Investor Day

February 28, 2023

Some buzz ahead of Investor Day, a keynote held by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the 1st of March 2023, has American media reporting on a cheap electric model and maybe even a hydrogen version. That’s quite a U-turn for Musk, who depicted fuel cells in the past as ‘fool cells’ because of their lack […]

BMW iX5 Hydrogen begins world tour in Belgium

February 27, 2023

In March 2022, several demo cars of the BMW iX5 Hydrogen were traveling around Europe to gather merely political support. In the next phase of its road map for the iX5 Hydrogen, BMW now presented the prototype to the press and fleet customers, who could test and refill the car in the region of Antwerp. […]

Delorean halves production slots for Alpha 5

February 27, 2023

In a mail to potential customers, Delorean Motor Company urges to secure reservations as its production slots have been slashed in half. Supply chain bottlenecks have affected the original output of 9 351 units, reducing them to no more than 4 000. With much fewer building slots available, the resurgence of the sports car, made famous […]

Favoring US subsidies, Tesla pauses plans for German battery production

February 23, 2023

Despite having started expansion works for its Berlin factory, and already assembling battery components there, Tesla has announced it is pulling away from its initial building plans for the world’s biggest battery plant at its Grünheide factory in Berlin. Instead, it will refocus on local production in the United States because of subsidies. So the […]

Chinese battery maker CATL grants home brands a price reduction

February 20, 2023

Chinese battery manufacturer CATL, the world’s largest, will offer decisive price reductions for its battery packs. But only the domestic brands benefit. Tesla, the supplier’s biggest customer, isn’t included in the deal. So are the international trade frictions between the US and China also showing up in the automotive industry? EV carmakers Nio, Zeekr, Huawei, […]

Tesla forced to recall 360.000 cars over faulty self-driving software

February 17, 2023

After identifying malfunctions in its driver assistance software, Tesla was forced to recall 362 758 cars in the United States. Models equipped with the Level 2 software of Full Self-Driving (FSD) can act in a potentially dangerous manner at intersections. In Europe, Tesla only tests FSD in the company cars of its staff. According to […]

Will new Volkswagen ID.2 be rebadged as ID. Golf?

February 16, 2023

New Volkswagen management has never been very pleased with the concept version of the ID 2. The study, announcing the most affordable and smallest member in the ID. family, was sent back to the drawing board. Insiders have revealed that the overhaul might imply that the car will be badged as Golf when it appears […]

California’s 17% EV share now as big as Germany’s

February 14, 2023

Data from the Californian New Car Dealer Association (CNCDA) unveil that sales of electric cars have boomed by a staggering 62% last year in the county. This has led to a market share of 17% in the Sunshine State. However, the biggest winner is Tesla, which exploits a plant in Freemont locally. The growth of […]

Wuling raises battle for Chinese top spot with Bingo EV

February 13, 2023

Wuling can parade itself for building China’s best-sold EV, the Hongguang Mini EV, which was joined in December last year by the marginally larger but just as boxy Air EV. As the Chinese carmaker wants to cement its leading position in Chinese sales charts, it is adding another small EV to its range: the Bingo […]

Hyundai starts monthly subscription offer in the US

February 13, 2023

Korean carmaker Hyundai has announced at the Chicago Auto Show that it will start offering the Kona Electric and Ioniq 5 on a monthly subscription basis called Evolve+. By lowering the threshold, the company hopes to attract first-time EV customers and persuade them about the benefits of electric driving. Apart from subscription services being the […]

Russia says local EV production will ‘soar’ this year

February 10, 2023

Russia is gearing up to produce nine times more electric cars in 2023 compared to the year before. That’s what Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Andrey Belousov told reporters on Thursday. However, Belousov failed to specify which Russian models are supposed to boost the uprising. Last year, Russia produced 2 000 BEV vehicles. According […]

Volvo boosts revenue and bets on EX30 to double sales

February 10, 2023

Due to the supply chain shortage and global economic constraints, Volvo sales dwindled by 12% last year. This hasn’t affected revenue, which grew by 17%. But profit fell back, while the operational margin stuck to 3,2%. “This is not where we want to be,” commented CFO of Volvo, John Ekdahl. In 2022, Volvo sold 615 […]

This is the new Panda EV from… Geely

February 09, 2023

The car pictured above is the new Panda, but it carries the name Geely instead of the Fiat logo. The tiny, boxy EV intends to steal some of the success of the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV, China’s number one-selling electric car. That’s why it looks so similar. With its new Panda, Geely is aiming for […]

White House bows and makes more EVs eligible for incentives

February 07, 2023

The US Treasury Department has amended the criteria for clean vehicles eligible for a subsidy under Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). While some crossovers didn’t qualify, the administration has rectified the vehicle classification definitions, which raises the price limits for specific models — a clear win for opposing car makers. The IRA, launched in August […]

Arrival and Rivian cut staff to keep cost under control

February 06, 2023

More EV start-ups are confronted with growing pains, as both EV makers Arrival and Rivian have announced staff lay-offs almost simultaneously. Bracing for a price war, Rivian decided – again – to cut 6% of its workforce, while Arrival is forced to let go of half of its global employees. At Arrival in London, the […]

Court acquits Elon Musk for alleged ‘misleading’ tweets

February 06, 2023

A court in San Francisco ruled on Friday that Musk shouldn’t be held liable for investor’s losses after the CEO of Tesla tweeted in 2018 that he was “considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured”. Small recap: Five years ago, Musk pondered on taking Tesla from the stock exchange, turning it into a private […]

Is this Zeekr X the one for Europe?

February 03, 2023

Zeekr took the wraps from the prototype car that seems poised to accelerate the brand’s launch in Europe. While it was thought to be called the 003, the compact crossover is dubbed X. The launch for China is scheduled for the end of the year, after which the rival for the Volkswagen ID.3 could hit […]

Norwegian car sales in free-fall: end of EV Walhalla?

February 03, 2023

New car registrations have dropped to a historically low level in Norway, slinging the market back to the level of 1962. The slump in sales of all-electric cars is also mind-boggling, dropping to 66,5 percent, where it usually sits above 80 percent. Has the Scandinavian Walhalla for zero-emission cars reset its compass? In Norway, no […]

Is the Max-Out an all-electric MX-5 by Nissan?

February 02, 2023

In November 2021, Nissan showed four virtual renderings depicting future products. The Japanese carmaker has now materialized one of them, the Max-Out. After the more sensible Leaf and Ariya, this two-seater convertible must add more spice to Nissan’s electrification plans, though details remain scarce. The Max-Out was unveiled as part of the Nissan Futures event, […]

Revamped Mercedes GLE gets an extra shot of electrification

February 02, 2023

Though Mercedes has already launched an all-electric version in the guise of the EQE SUV, the brand is still supporting the combustion-engined versions of its large SUV GLE for which it has announced a facelift. Asides from some mild tweaking on the outside, Mercedes has added a new batch of diesel models with mild hybrid […]

GMC fixes production delay of popular Hummer EV

January 31, 2023

The patience of 90 000 customers with reservations has come to an end. On Monday, GMC started assembling its zero-emission behemoth Hummer EV SUV after production woos have been resolved. The first one leaving the factory was auctioned for $500 000. The all-electric successor to the famed Hummer was unveiled almost two years ago (April […]

Genesis X Convertible gets green light for production

January 30, 2023

The electric transition brings out the boldest at Hyundai’s design department. After the eye-catching Ioniq 6, chief creative officer Luc Donkerwolcke has declared to North American dealers that luxury brand Genesis will be putting the X Convertible on the assembly line. The X Convertible was the last in a series of three concepts, which were […]

Every Peugeot nameplate will have a BEV as of 2025

January 27, 2023

French carmaker Peugeot is accelerating its electrification strategy. At the e-Lion event on Thursday, it announced that every Peugeot in the range will offer a battery-powered version as of 2025. The company also said it was looking into making cars last a lifetime by updating and refurbishing the car along the way. It predicts that […]

Troubled Dutch Lightyear cancels solar car production (update)

January 27, 2023

The court in Dutch Oost-Brabant has declared the start-up of solar electric vehicles, Lightyear, bankrupt. The company announced the abrupt stop of assembling its first car, the 0, a few days ago, and filed for suspension of payments. Of the 650 people employed by Lightyear, 620 are without a job. The holding company, Atlas Technology […]

Audi ActiveSphere Concept takes autonomous driving offroad

January 27, 2023

Is this future of its Sportback models? Audi has unveiled the fourth iteration of its concept series Sphere. The ActiveSphere is the most adventurous of all, taking the previously featured functions of lounging whilst driving… offroad. “This is a new type of crossover”, says Chief Designer Gael Buzyn. After the roadster Skysphere, the sedan Grandsphere […]

Tesla’s record profit beats expectations, but margins crumble

January 26, 2023

Tesla’s profit growth is continuing at cruising speed. Publishing its final quarter results from 2022 after the bell, the EV maker reaped an annual profit of 12,6 billion dollars (11,5 million euros). This new record represents a rise of 128% compared to the year before. Margins, however, are gradually falling. So, while the company more […]

Tesla invests $3,6 billion in Nevada for Semi and cell manufacturing

January 25, 2023

On Tuesday, Tesla announced in a statement an investment of “more than 3,6 billion dollars”, to expand its factory in Nevada for manufacturing its Semi-truck and the new 4680 batteries. The continuing growth of Tesla’s mother of all factories is demanding more infrastructure and more financial provisions. The new battery cell factory will have a […]

Toyota enters e-cargo bike business with French Douze

January 25, 2023

In France, Toyota will offer an e-cargo bike for the last-mile delivery sector and privateers. It has struck a deal with French e-bike brand Douze to jointly market a new e-cargo bike with “the potential of replacing a car”. The initiative is regional, as it was realized and managed by Toyota’s French subsidiary. With the […]

E-Ray: the cleanest Corvette is also the fastest

January 24, 2023

The current generation of the Corvette stirs up the heritage bloodline in many ways. After moving the engine from front to rear, General Motors has now also pulled the covers from the first hybrid ever in the series: the E-Ray. Meet the cleanest, fastest, and most expensive Corvette of them all. It’s the Stealth mode […]

Shortages force Volkswagen to make EVs without heat pump

January 20, 2023

The supply shortage crisis keeps troubling carmakers, also in the new year. The all-electric ID. models from Volkswagen currently leave the factory without the option of a heat pump. It is unknown whether sister models from Seat and Skoda, using the same architecture, are affected. But it seems likely, as the Audi Q4 e-tron suffers […]

Xpeng will open four delivery centers in Europe this year

January 18, 2023

Xpeng is steadfastly forging its road into the European market. The Chinese EV maker has announced that it will open four service and delivery centers across Europe in 2023 as part of its expansion plans. The centers will be opened during the first half of the year in the four markets where the brand operates. […]

Suzuki’s first all-electric SUV isn’t a Toyota

January 18, 2023

At the Delhi Auto Show 2023, Suzuki unveiled the EVx, a concept car announcing the brand’s first all-electric SUV. The first specs seem to point to in-house development. Though the unveiling took place in India, the brand intends to sell it worldwide. “Strong 4×4 DNA with the advanced features of the latest BEVs.” Those words […]

Energyville: ‘average car weight has risen 10% in Belgium’

January 17, 2023

Electrification and the swing toward SUVs are making their mark on the scales of the Belgian car fleet. On average, cars now weigh 10% more than three years ago, according to research by Energyville. According to the organization, the weight penalty of both trends is terrible news for safety and CO2 goals. Energyville spots two […]

Fierce competition forces Tesla into price war (update)

January 16, 2023

Facing stiff opposition from customers and criticism in its home country after lowering its prices in China twice in three months, Tesla has decided to make the price cut global. Depending on the model and the region a discount of up to 20% is now on the table in a bid to keep output at […]

ACEA: ‘Euro 7 has almost no environmental impact’

January 16, 2023

The Euro 7 ruling keeps throwing oil on the fire. According to the Association of European Auto manufacturers (ACEA), the proposed norm demands a considerable investment for a small ecological trade-off. With practically no impact on the NOx emissions of road transport, the organization pleads that it better should be skipped. However, the Commission put […]

AG: ‘One in two Belgians wants to drive electric’

January 13, 2023

According to a survey by insurance company AG, half of the Belgians are willing to switch to driving an electrified vehicle. Those who remain reluctant don’t blame range anxiety but the recent spike in electricity prices. This confirms the assumption that EV adoption could be hampered in light of the energy crisis. The data from […]

Dutch fast-charging operator Fastned almost tripled revenue  

January 12, 2023

During the last quarter of 2022, the Dutch fast-charging operator witnessed a growth of almost factor three compared to the year before. Apart from a significant expansion of its network, this is attributed to the rise in BEVs on the roads. As well as price hikes due to the energy crisis. In the last quarter […]

Porsche Macan EV favors performance over range

January 12, 2023

Accompanied by some pictures of prototypes and a video, Porsche has released further details on the upcoming Macan EV. The sports carmaker confirms that its first all-electric SUV will feature a battery pack of 100 kWh, ‘bank charging’, and a clever rear axle. A fast charge from 5 to 80% shouldn’t take more than 25 […]

Canadian Project Arrow unveils first ‘running’ protoype

January 09, 2023

The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) has kept its word and unveiled its first running prototype, including the interior, at the Consumers Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. However, there’s a but. No mass production is on the agenda. The rather brick-like looking Arrow is a showcase which demonstrates what the Canadian suppliers in the automotive […]

Inception Concept: this is your electric Peugeot in 2025

January 06, 2023

The Peugeot Inception Concept looks like a wild idea on wheels, born to grab attention, but underneath its razor-edged surface sits a guideline for the future EVs of the French brand. Peugeot’s planned entry into the US was ditched a few years ago. With no current models on offer over the Atlantic Ocean, it came […]