Mercedes warns fellow-drivers for potholes and crosswinds

August 12, 2021

Mercedes is adding a new feature to its extensive list of Car-to-X-warnings. While its drivers are already alarmed when there’s a broken-down vehicle, a skiddy section, accidents, or heavy weather conditions along the route, the newest functions include potholes and crosswinds. The chassis control can pick up these potentially dangerous road events on the latest […]

Pininfarina Battista to be heard during Californian maiden trip

August 12, 2021

Monterey Car Week is waking up the automotive industry during lazy summertime. On Wednesday, Audi opened up eyes around the globe with its grand tourer Skysphere; today, Pininfarina takes over with some nice shots of their Battista hypercar trashing along some coastal routes of California heading toward the stage of Monterey Car Week. Apart from […]

Audi Skysphere wants to be best of both worlds

August 11, 2021

Audi is bringing somewhat of a peculiarity to Monterey car week. Their concept car Skysphere, a modern interpretation of the swooping grand tourer lines of the old but infamed Horch 853, is several cars in one. Take that literally. Actuated by electric motors and a telescopic nose structure, this sports car can actually be redimensioned. […]

Surprise revision? BMW already renews the iX3

August 11, 2021

One year after the official launch, BMW will be unveiling a new and upgraded version of the all-electric iX3 at the IAA Mobility in Münich next month. This must be one of the fastest facelifts in automotive history. It seems like a sign as if something was wrong with the original model produced by BMW […]

Russia to pump $1 million subsidy into EV catch-up race

August 06, 2021

Sources quoted by the Reuters news agency said Russia intends to implement a subsidy program for electric cars as soon as next year. EV customers would be refunded 25% of the purchase price with a ceiling of 7 210 euros (or 625 000 roubles), but only if the car is produced in Russia. With the […]

Bridgestone makes sustainable tire for Fisker Ocean

August 05, 2021

Recycled materials, faux-suède, solar panels on the roof… The Fisker Ocean is an electric SUV that likes to show its ecological devotion in every detail. No surprise then that the company based in Los Angeles also had some demands for the specific tires it wanted to use. Fisker has found such a sustainable partner in […]

Thriving Stellantis announces Alfa, Lancia, and DS to go all-electric

August 04, 2021

The US-European marriage between PSA and FCA seems to be a fruitful one. Posting the company results of Stellantis on Tuesday, chief executive Carlos Tavares announced a big net profit for the first half of the year, despite the concerns of chip shortage and the worldwide pandemic. With that blooming outlook, it was announced that […]

More range and more traction for the Audi Q4 e-tron

July 30, 2021

Audi is expanding the range of the Q4 e-tron with two interesting versions. The 40 e-tron, which has the longest range in the series, and the 45 quattro, which adds the advantage of a more affordable all-wheel drive. In Belgium, both versions can be ordered in the two available body types: a classical SUV and […]

BMW kicks off pilot project with bidirectional charging i3s

July 16, 2021

To study the advantages of the technology, BMW has launched a pilot project on bidirectional charging, also called V2G or Vehicle-to-Grid technology. ‘Change direction’ says the writing on the bodywork of the here pictured BMW i3, the compact electric car from Münich of which its maker proclaimed that they “will continue to build it as […]

All-new Astra is for the first time electrified

July 14, 2021

Two plug-in hybrid versions are driving the launch of Opel’s Astra. A field player in the popular compact class, which is one of Europe’s best-selling segments. In its sixth generation, the Astra adopts the EMP2 underpinnings from its sister models in the Stellantis group, the Peugeot 308 and the DS4. Specific details on an all-electric […]

Volvo transfers all powertrain operations to Aurobay

July 09, 2021

Together with parent company Geely Holding, Volvo Cars has now officially created its joint venture for future powertrain operations, as was announced earlier. The new company is called Aurobay and aims to be a global supplier of complete powertrains, including next-generation internal combustion engines, transmissions, and hybrid solutions. Volvo Cars, which will focus exclusively on […]

Renault releases three vans on hydrogen by end of the year

July 07, 2021

Renault has released more details about its hydrogen collaboration with Plug Power, baptized HYVIA. Already by the end of this year, the joint venture, which serves as an appendix to Renault’s electric branch, will be offering three vans in different sizes, equipped with a zero-emission fuel cell. The biggest van Renault offers is the Master […]

Audi switches to agency model for sale of electric models

July 02, 2021

The agency model for sales of electric cars is becoming a rising star. Audi has confirmed that it will follow to adopt the model for its e-trons as of 2023, following in the footsteps of sister company Volkswagen that already went through this struggle with its dealers for the cars in its ID range. The […]

EEA: passenger car fleet CO2 emissions 12% lower in EU

June 30, 2021

The increasing demand for SUVs and the rebound of gasoline engines pushed CO2 emissions of new cars upward only three years ago. But that tide is changing. Research by the European Environmental Agency (EEA), the European watchdog for environmental affairs, concludes that CO2 emissions of new passenger cars have been pushed back by 12% in […]

Bosch parts with CEO and several key figures

June 25, 2021

The digital revolution in the automotive business is also showing side-effects at the world’s largest supplier for the industry: Robert Bosch Gmbh. The German company announced a major management shake-up at the top and is parting with several key figures. Among them is Dr. Volkmar Denner (64), CEO. The contract of Denner has been terminated […]

Daimler first German carmaker to produce its own battery cells?

June 23, 2021

The electric fever keeps rising at a steep curve. CEO of Daimler, Ola Källenius, is pressing his board room. According to several sources, he wants to make a stronger mark on the transition toward an electric fleet. Previous plans for turning the company all-electric by 2039 need to be outpaced, presumably by five to six […]

Nissan busts range anxiety myth in new EV-drivers’ survey

June 11, 2021

Is range anxiety a myth? It seems so, according to a new survey conducted by Nissan. EV-drivers tend to drive even more kilometers a year than drivers with an ICE car. The Japanese carmaker interviewed more than 7 000 European EV drivers from the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, […]

New Volkswagen Multivan PHEV is nothing like before

June 11, 2021

It has bolder looks, is partly electric, and with the designation, ‘new’ Volkswagen means its Multivan is radically new. The people’s van no longer sits on the underpinnings of the utilitarian Transporter, which will in the future be based on the Ford Transit. Still, it uses an extended version of the mechanical architecture of the […]

Elon Musk’s veteran lieutenant Jerome Guillen has left Tesla

June 09, 2021

“As of June 3, 2021, Jerome Guillen, President, Tesla Heavy Trucking, of Tesla, Inc. (“Tesla”), departed Tesla. We thank him for his many contributions and wish him well in his future career.” Nope, that’s not a tweet by Elon Musk. Instead, via a filing for the American Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Tesla announced officially […]

ABB pledges that its car fleet will be all-electric by 2030

June 04, 2021

“At ABB, we want to lead by example across our own operations”, announced Theodor Swedjemark, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer of the Swedish-Swiss power and automation technology group. He’s hereby referring to their commitment to electrify their entire car fleet, of more than 10,000 vehicles, by 2030. That ambition might be in line with expectations, […]

ING survey: 8 in 10 transport companies want to be emission free

June 04, 2021

The transportation and logistics sector is moving towards a zero-emission scenario just as rapidly as the car sector. But since fuel cost has a severe impact on their business models, the switch is much more significant. The willingness from the sector is already in place. According to a survey conducted by the bank ING (jointly […]

After a rough run-up De Lijn settles on an order of 350 electric buses

June 02, 2021

On Monday, the board of directors of De Lijn approved an order for 350 electric buses, including charging infrastructure, an investment that will cost the company between 190 and 230 million euros. Quiz question: how many electric buses are currently being operated by Belgian public transportation company De Lijn? As it appears, not many. Out […]

BMW and Daimler sell their joint venture Park Now to Swedish EasyPark

June 02, 2021

The deal, which was already announced on the 9th of March, has now come to a full close and approved by relevant antitrust authorities. The exact amount of money involved in the transaction remains a matter of discretion, but BMW and Daimler have sold their joint venture Park Now to the Swedish EasyPark Group. Park […]

Electrification at Ford: an extra $ 8 billion globally, a few Mach-E’s locally

May 28, 2021

As reported before, Ford planned to double its investment in e-mobility (and autonomous drive). At an investors’ meeting this week, the company from Dearborn has announced, amongst showing future products, that it will raise that investment by an additional 8 billion dollars. This adds up to a total investment of 30 billion dollars, threefold […]

Iconic Jeep Wrangler joins the plug-in hybrid crew

May 28, 2021

Its name is 4xe, pronounced as ‘four-by-e’ as a variation on ‘four-by-four’. This is a clear indication that this type of Jeep Wrangler combines its legendary offroad capability with electric drive. The plug-in hybrid version of the iconic offroader uses a battery and two electric motors to complement the four-cylinder gasoline engine. The system packs […]

Sijsele gets first water permeable road in Belgium

May 26, 2021

Many municipalities are undertaking work on a new sewer system that separates wastewater and rainwater. But in Sijsels, near Damme, the administration is going a step further and constructing Belgium’s first permeable road. Such a road allows for the rainwater to seep into the soil, which keeps the street from flooding (good for road safety) […]

Night train is back: nostalgia or a new mobility concept?

May 26, 2021

After some delay due to the pandemic, the Nightjet finally arrived in Brussels and Amsterdam this week, rolling in from Vienna overnight. This night train is an initiative of the public Austrian railroad company ÖBB that has an agreement with several European countries. The comeback of the night train has a lot to do with […]

Mazda wants to rise from pandemic with fresh European management team

May 14, 2021

The headquarters of Mazda Japan is calling back home its European President and CEO Yasuhiro Aoyama, a move which has set in motion a carousel in the management structure. This also led to a new Managing Director, Tim Bosmans (pictured), for the local operations in Belgium and Luxemburg. Aoyama’s top position will be filled by […]

E-commerce is booming, so here is the Citroën Ami Cargo

May 07, 2021

City dwellers might soon welcome a different but very cuddly kind of delivery vehicle at their front door, dropping off their food, packages, and other knick-knacks bought over the Internet. For Citroën is launching a cargo version of its cute little cube on wheels: the Ami. E-commerce and home delivery are booming, and Citroën wants […]

Nissan dumps Daimler shares to bounce back from losses

May 05, 2021

Nissan has followed its sister company Renault and dumped its shareowner status in Daimler. It sold its stake of 16,4 million shares for a total value of 1,15 billion euros. Renault made the same move in March. The sale was made to institutional investors. Since the forced resignation of CEO Carlos Ghosn, one of the […]

Volkswagen accelerates commitment to become CO2 neutral

April 30, 2021

“We are well aware that our size means we have a particular responsibility,” said Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter during the first Way to Zero convention the car manufacturer held on Thursday. For Volkswagen, this convention serves as a roadmap for effective climate protection. “So that is why we have set ourselves a new, ambitious intermediate […]

TA: ‘Electric cars are soon winning the budget race’

April 28, 2021

The Belgian consumer organization Test-Aankoop/Test-Achats (TA), which recently hit a social media storm concerning a badly prepared road trip with a fully electric Polestar 2, has calculated that all-electric cars will be cheaper to run as of 2025. For some models, the pivotal point is already reached in 2023. For third-hand cars, it’s already now. […]

Lyriq means Cadillac has had its last drop of gasoline

April 23, 2021

Cadillac has come to terms with an earlier forecast it made, stating that it would “enter this decade as an ICE brand and leave this decade as an EV brand.” The luxury car manufacturer is already meeting that deadline today. The launch of its SUV Lyriq means it’s over and out for internal combustion Cadillacs, […]

BYD upgrades its e-platform to 800 volt

April 21, 2021

Alongside some new models, Chinese vehicle and battery manufacturer BYD unveiled a new version of its electric platform, called 3.0, at the Shanghai Auto Show. This architecture is developed for its next generation of EVs and promises more safety, better charging, impressive autonomy, and aerodynamic design. Moreover, the platform will use 800-volt technology. With this […]

Stellantis promises 800 km EV range in a bid to pass Volkswagen

April 16, 2021

“We are accelerating this electric move,” said CEO Carlos Tavares on Thursday at the virtually held shareholder’s meeting. There he laid out some ambitious plans concerning the electric future of the group, among which a range of up to 800 kilometers for some of its upcoming EVs and a big investment in several battery factories. […]

Will EU soon dump backing for PHEVs?

April 16, 2021

According to documents looked into by press agency Reuters, upcoming EU plans want to cease support for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV). Nowadays, these models count as super credits for the automotive industry, making it easier to attain their CO2 goals and avoiding fines. The weight of these super credits is already set to be diminishing […]

Webfleet: ‘57% of Belgian company cars and LCVs can be all-electric’

April 14, 2021

Already more than half (57%) of the Belgian company cars and commercial vans could be all-electric, according to research by Webfleet Solutions, one of Europe’s leading telematics solution providers. The company analyzed some 100 000 connected vehicles all over Europe, operated by 5 000 of its fleet customers. Pivotal point If a vehicle drove less […]

Engie: ‘EV drivers can save 15% with dynamic electricity contract’

April 09, 2021

Early this year, Belgian energy regulator VREG announced that energy suppliers would start offering dynamic electricity contracts. The first to jump on the bandwagon was Yosu, which offers the formula for small businesses. Engie is now following suit. Their Dynamic contract is also available for private individuals, but only in Flanders. Engie says the new […]

Hyundai’s Californian dream: Genesis Concept X

April 02, 2021

Covid-19 can slow down the car industry, but it can’t stop the show cars. At the rooftop of a private building in Los Angeles – and, of course, not a motor show – Hyundai pulled out the spotlights for its Genesis Concept X. A stunning GT with electric drive and some of the most gracious […]

LFZ concept foreshadows Lexus’ electric future

March 31, 2021

Lexus shifts one gear higher in its strategy for electric cars. With the UX300e, the  Japanese luxury brand already has one electric model up its sleeves, but the concept LFZ is a whole different animal. It’s a 4,88-meter-long cross-over, with a far-reaching styling that discerns itself from the UX since it has been built around […]

Renault overhauls commercial vehicle range

March 26, 2021

In the wake of the Renaulution plan, CEO Luca de Meo’s sweeping stratagem for a turnaround at the brand, Renault is also uplifting and reviewing its commercial vehicle branch. As part of its energy transition, it is expanding and will focus more on greener technology, even including hydrogen propulsion. Mark Sutcliffe, Senior Vice President LCV […]

Audi starts production of Q4 e-tron in Zwickau

March 24, 2021

Audi’s electric offensive is picking up steam. Just shortly after the launch of the GT e-tron, the company announces the production start in Zwickau of their compact electric SUV, the Q4 e-tron. With assembly now up and running, the company is on a full schedule for the mid-April global unveiling set. The car will be […]

New markets and a surprising bin bike arise for Polestar

March 12, 2021

Building up a new car brand from scratch usually is a path full of hurdles. Polestar is no exception to the rule. But the company tries to compensate for setbacks by expanding business and collaboration possibilities. At the same time, Polestar unveiled a three-wheeled ‘sled’ built for zero-emission last-mile delivery in urban areas. A visionary […]

Audi Q4 e-tron features interior with augmented reality

March 10, 2021

Still wrapped in camouflage, awaiting its full unveiling in April, Audi has released detailed info about the interior of its brand-new Q4 e-tron. It will offer an augmented reality head-up display, a choice of sustainable materials, and a cargo space nearly as large as that of the Q5. Welcome aboard in Audi’s newest addition to […]

Cross Turismo adds rugged flavor to all-electric Porsche Taycan

March 05, 2021

German sports car manufacturer Porsche is extending the Taycan line-up with a new body style: the Cross Turismo. Based on the same architecture and technology, it represents a more rugged, lifted, and practical version of the sedan. Four-wheel drive is always a given, unlike the sedan, and also available as a base model, which is […]

BEV loses lead in Norwegian February sales

March 03, 2021

The Norwegian car market, closely looked at because of its overwhelming electric car share, is still growing against the general trends, but showing a shift. The best-selling car in that market was no longer a battery-electric vehicle (BEV), for the second time this year. There is no shortage of remarkable patterns when looking at the […]

Volkswagen ramps up production of EVs in Zwickau

February 26, 2021

Volkswagen’s factory for electric vehicles in Zwickau is undergoing significant changes. As from mid-April, a third shift will be introduced, which in the end will almost double the daily output. The assembly lines will only move away from Volkswagen models and broaden their stretch across some of the subbrands, such as Audi and Cupra. A […]

Hyundai unveils ‘ID.3 killer’ Ioniq 5

February 23, 2021

Electric cars are no novelty to Hyundai, but the Ioniq 5, unveiled as a world premiere today, marks a bold step for the Korean car manufacturer. Ioniq represents a new subbrand, and it is solely dedicated to the development and sales of all-electric cars. The 5 is their first fledgling. It’s built around an all-new, […]

Car keeps throne as most popular means of commuting

February 22, 2021

According to a survey by HR services company Acerta, employees still prefer company cars for their daily commute. Alongside, more and more people are discovering the advantages of cycling, which made a significant leap forward. Public transport loses ground and has seen a slight decline compared to the year before. Eight in ten of our […]

VW teams with Microsoft on software for self-driving car

February 12, 2021

Volkswagen has announced that it is expanding its collaboration with technology company Microsoft. The deal allows the German car manufacturer to integrate Microsoft’s cloud technology. Both firms’ software branches will join forces to create a common platform called Automated Driving Platform (ADP). In the end, this should severely speed up and facilitate the development of […]

Where no car has gone before: Hyundai Tiger X1

February 10, 2021

It’s outlandish. It can boldly go where no car has ever gone before. It’s a redefinition of mobility. Meet the Tiger X1, Hyundai’s concept vehicle that shows us the future today. Plans to start building prototypes could start as soon as 2023. Like most car brands, Korean car manufacturer Hyundai is reinventing itself as a […]

Ford doubles investment in EVs and autonomous drive

February 05, 2021

Ford wants to surpass General Motors as the bigger investor in electric cars and autonomous drive. Dearborn’s carmaker has announced that it will invest $22 billion by 2025 on electrifying the vehicle line-up. That’s double the investment compared to the previous one, which was set at $11,5 billion. Ford’s new CEO, Jim Farley, called it […]

Electrified cars reach more than 80% of sales in Norway

February 03, 2021

Norway is considered a Walhalla for EV sales. The latest registration numbers for the first month of 2021 confirm the turnaround in the high North, with electrified cars reaching 80% of new registrations. This year in January, 5 461 electric passenger cars were registered across the country. That accounts for a 53 percent market share. […]