Mercedes Vision EQXX beats own record: 1 202 km range

June 24, 2022

On a trip from Stuttgart to Silverstone, the ‘most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever’ breaks its own efficiency record and drives 1 202 km on a single battery charge. Thanks to its innovative thermal management system, the Vision EQXX prototype car achieved an amazing average electricity consumption of 8,3 kWh/100 km. Following its record-breaking maiden trip from […]

Final vote ‘Fit for 55’: ACEA welcomes ETS2 for transport sector

June 23, 2022

In a second vote on the climate ambitions of the European Commission, assembled under the ‘Fit for 55‘ umbrella, the European Parliament has agreed with the remaining issues and measures to reduce greenhouse gases by 55% in 2030. A central issue is the reform and the enlargement of the Emission Trade System. The European car […]

Ford chooses Valencia to manufacture next-gen EVs

June 23, 2022

Ford Europe has chosen its Valencia plant in Spain as the preferred location for vehicle assembly, based on a next-generation electric vehicle architecture. Valencia has been preferred over the Saarlouis plant in Germany. “Pending product approval, the Valencia plant could produce breakthrough electric and connected vehicles beginning later this decade, says a Ford press release. […]

Russian Lada restarts production with ‘naked’ Granta Classic

June 22, 2022

The Russian car manufacturer, Avtovaz, entirely in Russian hands since Renault has left, has started production again and launched a (very) basic version of its Granta, the cheapest car on the Russian market, also due to its lack of essential safety devices. Although the Granta Classic has been spent a little facelift and is equipped […]

Greenpeace: earlier ICE phase-out by EU would save €635 billion

June 22, 2022

An earlier EU phase-out date for cars and vans with internal combustion engines would net significant savings for European drivers and hugely reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to new calculations by Greenpeace Germany. “An end to sales of new gasoline, diesel, and hybrid cars in 2028 would reduce oil use enough to save drivers €635 […]

ACEA wants EU building directive to be more ambitious

June 21, 2022

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) commented on the latest EU plans, part of the ‘Fit for 55’ climate package. Regarding the regulations for private/non-public charging infrastructure, the Commission has to be more ambitious. Of course, ACEA welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to review the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) as part of the […]

BMW to build new e-drives in Austria

June 21, 2022

BMW Group has announced that it will also develop and produce the next generation of electric drives at its main engine plant in Steyr, Upper Austria, from 2025. The plant will be converted to produce 600 000 of the new generation e-drives per year. In Steyr, BMW wants to manufacture the rotor, stator, gearbox, inverter, […]

Faraday FF 91 finally on the road this year?

June 20, 2022

California-based electric start-up Faraday Future will be able to launch its debut FF 91 model without additional funding during the third quarter of 2022, CEO Carsten Breitfeld told Reuters news agency. However, he said the company would need additional capital later this year. Faraday Future expects to produce between 6 000 and 8 000 units […]

Joint venture between Honda and Sony is progressing

June 20, 2022

The joint venture between Sony and Honda for electric cars and mobility services announced in March is becoming more concrete. It will be called Sony Honda Mobility, based in Tokyo, and will be owned equally by both companies with an initial investment of 10 billion yen (about 7o million euros). The official establishment of the […]

Polestar continues growth

June 17, 2022

The premium full-electric Geely daughter Polestar is continuing to grow. Over 32 000 customer orders have been registered globally for Polestar 2 since 2022. That’s an increase of 290% versus the same period in 2021. The brand is also expanding its market coverage and preparing to launch three other models. Meanwhile, the manufacturer has started […]

Will GM return ‘electrically’ to Europe?

June 17, 2022

Since the US number one car manufacturer sold Opel/Vauxhall to Stellantis five years ago, its presence on the old continent has been minimal. However, that could change in the (electric) future. GM CEO Mary Barra has recently declared that she thought her company was ready to return to Europe. If so, that will be with […]

Government expert committee advises 100 kph speed limit to save energy

June 16, 2022

In April, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo installed an expert committee to battle inflation and study ‘buying power and competitiveness’. Yesterday, Pierre Wunsch, chair of the committee and Governor of the National Bank, presented its intermediate conclusions. Among them, clear recommendations were to gradually reduce the highway speed limit to 100 kph and reduce […]

Ford US recalls over 50 000 Mustang Mach-E EVs (Update)

June 16, 2022

In the US, Ford will recall some 49 000 Mustang Mach-E EVs for a possible battery problem. As a result, the manufacturer has asked its dealers to temporarily stop the delivery of new orders. The measure will also apply to the cars delivered in Europe. Meanwhile, Ford is facing a more significant problem: due to […]

BMW iX with 1.000 km range coming?

June 15, 2022

Michigan (US) based battery start-up Our Next Energy (ONE) has signed an agreement with BMW Group to integrate its Gemini battery technology into a BMW iX. A prototype is to be completed by the end of this year and can then drive 600 miles or 965 kilometers on one charge. BMW Group is one of […]

Disgruntled Stellantis steps out of ACEA

June 14, 2022

Car manufacturing group Stellantis (a fusion between FCA and  PSA) has announced that it will withdraw from the European manufacturers association (ACEA) before the end of the year. The group and its relentless boss Carlos Tavares are not happy with the way ACEA has failed to influence the EU decision on banning all ICE cars […]

Belgian solar car beats world record: 1 051 km in 12 hours

June 13, 2022

The Belgian Agoria Solar Team has beaten the world record of driving 12 hours continuously in trying to cover the longest distance ever for solar-driven cars. The University of Louvain student team developed their newest car, the BluePoint Atlas, to cover 1 051 km in 12 hours, at an average speed of 87,58 kph. The […]

Lightyear 0 (zero) ready for launch

June 10, 2022

Is solar power coming into the automotive business too? The Dutch manufacturer Lightyear has rebaptized its One into 0 (zero) and is ready for launch. Meanwhile, at the Ford proving grounds in Lommel, the Belgian Agoria Solar team is prepared to attack the world record (most km in 12 hours) with their BluePoint Atlas. During […]

Porsche takes over German e-bike start-up Fazua

June 09, 2022

Porsche has taken over Fazua, a light and compact drive systems manufacturer for e-bikes. The take-over follows Porsche earlier taking a 20-per cent stake in the German start-up. It is also part of a drive at Porsche to expand the e-bike business. Fazua, based in Ottobrunn, near Munich, is considered by Porsche a ‘pioneer in […]

Dr. Alexander W. Wehr to be new CEO of BMW Group Belux

June 09, 2022

Dr. Alexander W. Wehr is moving to Belgium to become President and CEO of BMW Group Belux. He will succeed Eddy Haesendonck, who decided to leave the BMW Group. Stefan Reiff succeeds Wehr as Vice President of Customer, Brand, and Sales at BMW Motorrad. “Due to his extensive international sales expertise, Alexander Wehr is ideally […]

Seat sends Cupra ahead on electrification path

June 09, 2022

At the ‘Unstoppable Impulse Event’ in Sitges near Barcelona, Cupra previewed three electrified models to be launched before 2025. Mother company Seat unveils that way that its sporty/luxury sub-brand will lead the electrification path for the Spanish division of the VW Group. “For now, electrification is still a little bit expensive. So we think we […]

Hyundai’s original Ioniq bows out in July

June 08, 2022

Hyundai will soon cease production of the first Ioniq, the model that received a name that became the electric sub-brand afterward. According to the South Korean carmaker, the model’s production, which is available as a BEV, PHEV, and HEV, will end at the Ulsan plant in July. The Ioniq was launched in 2016, and since […]

Polestar 3: first pic now, revealed in October

June 08, 2022

Geely’s daughter and Volvo’s sister Polestar has revealed the first entire picture of its Polestar 3, its first SUV. There’s also a date announced for the car’s world debut. It will be October 2022, the month when orders can also be taken. Production will start in early 2023. Other information on the new Polestar is […]

ACEA gets new Director-General and criticizes EU’s AFIR regulations

June 07, 2022

As of 1 September 2022, Sigrid de Vries will assume the position as the European car and truck manufacturers association’s new Director-General, following a decision by the ACEA Board of Directors. She will manage the association that unites Europe’s 16 major car, truck, van, and bus makers at the EU level. Concerning the Alternative Fuels […]

Fisker Pear can be ordered from now in the US (update)

June 07, 2022

Next week, the Fisker Ocean debuts in Europe. From now on, American customers can reserve Fisker’s second model, the Pear (for Personal Electric Automotive Revolution). The Californian carmaker works with the Chinese contract manufacturer Foxconn to produce the all-electric city car. The first models are scheduled for delivery in 2024. Customers could pre-order the Fisker […]

Car market remains weak (Update)

June 07, 2022

May hasn’t brought relief for the car market in Belgium and Luxembourg. Compared to the same month last year, car sales declined by 16,7%, for the first five months of this year, the cumulated regress attains 16%. We see the same tendency in other countries. Norway remains an (electric) exception but sees hybrid car sales […]

BMW’s ‘New Class’ EV plant will be in Debrecen, Hungary

June 07, 2022

The BMW Group has laid the foundation stone for its new electric car plant in Debrecen, Hungary. The company invests more than one billion euros in the site, where series production for the first all-electric New Class vehicle will start in 2025. It will be a complete vehicle plant with a press shop, body shop, […]

Martin Sander to head Ford’s Model e business unit

June 02, 2022

Ford is taking the next significant step in its transformation in Europe. Martin Sander becomes General Manager, Ford Model e, for Ford in Europe. Ford Model e is Ford’s new global business unit. It was introduced earlier this year as the company accelerated the transformation of its global automotive business. In his role as General […]

Mercedes’ new GLC PHEV has 100 km+ range

June 02, 2022

Mercedes-Benz has presented the new generation of its popular SUV model GLC. Only electrified drives are used, which means at least a 48-volt mild hybrid. Three plug-in hybrids offer a battery range of more than 100 kilometers each. According to the press release, the core of all three plug-in hybrids is the new battery, an […]

‘Back to the future’: DeLorean Alpha5

May 31, 2022

The all-new model from DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) was set for a digital launch today following several teasers. Still, the automaker released the first pictures and information earlier than expected through the official website for anyone signing up for news and updates. The DeLorean Alpha5 is designed by Italdesign, just like its predecessor. It is […]

Daimler Truck shows eActros LongHaul prototype

May 31, 2022

Daimler Truck has built the first prototypes of the battery-electric long-distance truck eActros LongHaul and plans to test them on public roads this year. In addition, the truck manufacturer has announced further variants of the eActros for distribution transport. The eActros is an electric truck for distribution transport, delivered since the end of February 2022. […]

Vaeridion’s electric plane seats eleven

May 30, 2022

The startup Vaeridion from Munich wants to build small electric airplanes with space for two pilots and nine passengers. In contrast to the numerous electric vertical take-off concepts, Vaeridion’s electric aircraft is designed to take off and land like an ordinary airplane. The plans are in the very early stages. Still, the ambitions are high: […]

BMW’s ‘New Class’ with cylindrical battery cells from CATL

May 30, 2022

The Chinese battery giant CATL will be supplying BMW with cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells for electric vehicles starting from 2025. The cells will be used in BMW’s next generation of EVs, the so-called ‘New Class’. This news was announced by CATL (via Reuters), which has confirmed the signing of an agreement with BMW, but without […]

There will be four versions of the soon to come Microlino

May 30, 2022

The Swiss manufacturer Micro Mobility has revealed more details on the individual variants of the Microlino light electric vehicle (LEV) in a virtual presentation. Micro plans to offer a total of four versions of the model. Deliveries of the ‘Pioneers Series ‘that had already been presented are to start in the summer of 2022, first […]

Renault, threatened by ‘Motorgate’, goes ahead with the company scission

May 28, 2022

While the Renault management is trying to get everybody on the same line regarding the possible division of the company into two separate entities (EV and ICE products), a class action is threatening. A growing number of the 1.2 TCE engine users are complaining and threatening to sue the company for negligence. Some thousand owners […]

Volkswagen settles Dieselgate in the UK

May 27, 2022

The German car manufacturing group Volkswagen pays £ 193 million  (€ 226 million) to 91 000 British car owners as a settlement in the so-called Dieselgate case. The car owners had set up a class action against the manufacturer. The settlement is private and didn’t pass jurisdictional channels, so there is no confession of guilt, […]

BMW goes for closed-loop recycling

May 27, 2022

BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA), the joint venture between BMW Group and the Chinese manufacturer Brilliance has for the first time established a closed cycle in China for the reuse of the raw materials nickel, lithium, and cobalt from high-voltage batteries. As a result, compared to the use of newly mined material, CO2 emissions are to […]

Two bidders on ITA Airways

May 25, 2022

The Italian government has received two offers to acquire a majority stake in the Italian airline ITA Airways, the successor of Alitalia. One offer comes from Lufthansa, joining hands with the Swiss maritime group MSC. The other comes from an American investment group, Certares Management. This offer is backed by Air France/KLM and the American […]

Polestar invests in StoreDot

May 25, 2022

Swedish electric car manufacturer and Geely daughter Polestar has become a shareholder in Israeli battery developer StoreDot. In addition to the financial investment, both companies want to explore the use of StoreDot’s fast-charging silicon-dominated batteries for future Polestar vehicles. Volvo Cars had already invested in StoreDot in April. StoreDot’s other strategic partners include Mercedes-Benz,  BP, […]

Local bike shops unite in national sales chain Raida

May 25, 2022

D’Ieterens ‘Lucien’  bike business has a new, important competitor: Raida. The new group consists of three local chains: Cool Electro Cycles (West-Flanders), Velodome (Antwerp), and Bicyclic (Wallonia). Altogether, they represent 22 shops with 120 employees and a € 40 million turnover. Another big chain is the Colruyd daughter Bike Republic (formerly called Fiets!), which counts […]

Congo and Zambia go for their own battery supply chain

May 24, 2022

As the world’s largest producer of cobalt, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) no longer wants to settle for the role of a raw material supplier. Instead, it wants to build its own battery supply chain in the country. A battery factory is also being considered, together with country neighbor Zambia. As the German Handelsblatt […]

BMW starts battery competence center in Autumn

May 24, 2022

The BMW Group plans to open its planned Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre (CMCC) in Parsdorf near Munich in the autumn of this year. According to the car manufacturer, the pilot line in the center of excellence will enable it to fully analyze and understand the value-added processes of the cell. Now that the immission control […]

BYD’s Seal is ready to take off

May 24, 2022

The Chinese car and battery manufacturer BYD has started offering its Seal electric sedan in China. This means that the prices and some technical data of the eagerly awaited electric car, which is intended to compete with the Tesla Model 3, have been released. The BYD Seal is available in four versions with ranges between […]

Lancia starts renaissance with three new models

May 23, 2022

Lancia is resurrecting. It starts its ‘ten-year plan’, which will begin in 2024 with the new Lancia Ypsilon. In 2026, the new flagship is supposed to arrive, 4,6 meters long, which will allow the brand to enter the largest segment in Europe. 2028 will be the year of the new 4,4 meters long ‘Delta’, a […]

Renault’s hydrogen proposition: the Scenic Vision concept

May 23, 2022

Renault has presented the Scenic Vision, a compact class show car that has both a large battery and fuel cell on board. The car gets its energy in two ways: it can use electricity from the battery and it can recharge from hydrogen while driving (via electrolysis). The French company describes the concept as a […]

Vattenfall to build a hydrogen producing wind turbine

May 20, 2022

The Swedish energy company Vattenfall is building a wind turbine that produces hydrogen in front of Scotland’s coastline. According to the company, this is a world’s first. An electrolyzer placed on an existing wind turbine produces the hydrogen. To realize the project, Vattenfall has been awarded  £ 9,3 million (approximately € 11 million) in innovation […]

REPowerEU wants to accelerate EU’s energy independence

May 20, 2022

The European Commission wants the EU to faster accelerate its endeavor to gain energetical independence. Energy use must be more efficient, the energy supply must be diversified, and the energy sources must become sustainable. The whole plan has been presented this week under the REPowerEU name. The war in Ukraine has once again emphasized the […]

BMW invests in lithium producer Mangrove Lithium

May 19, 2022

BMW Group has become the most important investor in Mangrove Lithium through its venture capital arm, BMW i Ventures. The Canadian company has developed a process to transform virgin and recycled raw lithium into battery-grade material. “Mangrove’s modular, feedstock-flexible technology has attracted serious investors who see that our technology gets global refining capacity much closer […]

Allego and G&V partner up for 250 fast-charging stations in Belgium

May 19, 2022

The Dutch charging infrastructure provider Allego, already well introduced and proliferating in Belgium, has entered into a cooperation to install ultra-fast charging stations at 100 rest stops operated by G&V Energy Group by 2024. The partners want to realize twelve locations before the end of 2022 and see the longer-term potential for another 150 sites. […]

Renault CEO de Meo: ‘Nissan can jump on the train whenever they want’

May 18, 2022

For months now, Renault has been thinking of separating its activities into electric and thermic ones. The Renault bosses met with their Alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi in Japan yesterday. The message was clear: Both Japanese partners could decide whether and when to join the electric pole. They can jump on the running train whenever […]

ABB and Shell plan fast-charger network in Germany

May 18, 2022

ABB E-Mobility and Shell plan to set up the first Germany-wide charging network with ABB’s Terra 360 fast-charging station. More than 200 charging stations, each with a capacity of up to 360 kW, are to be put into operation over the next twelve months. Later, other countries are to follow. In September 2021, ABB introduced […]

Ford and Volvo join industry coalition for zero emissions in 2035

May 17, 2022

A broad cross-industry coalition is now including Ford of Europe and Volvo Cars. They are appealing to the EU to ensure that all new cars and vans in Europe are zero-emission from 2035 and establish mandatory charging infrastructure targets. The coalition says the deadline for new fossil fuel engines is needed to ensure the last […]

Squad Mobility presents final version of solar two-seater

May 17, 2022

The Dutch start-up Squad Mobility presents the final version of its solar two-seater, which was first shown three years ago and is scheduled to go into production in 2023. The Squad  (or Solar Quad) can be bought starting from € 6 250 net and can be reserved now via fully-refundable, non-binding pre-orders for the Netherlands, […]

Audi A3 successor will only be fully electric

May 17, 2022

According to media reports, Audi will only offer its compact A3 model in pure electric form for the next generation due in 2027 as part of its accelerated electric vehicle course. As the company has decided to move away from really small cars, this A3 e-tron will probably be the smallest Audi in the range. […]

ABB: ‘Industry is accelerating investment in energy efficiency’

May 16, 2022

The global industry is accelerating its investment in energy efficiency in the next five years as the crucial race towards Net-Zero intensifies, a new survey commissioned by ABB finds out. 90% will increase spending over the next five years, while 52 percent plan to achieve Net Zero within the same period. This Energy Efficiency Investment […]

NamX shows hydrogen SUV with interchangeable tanks

May 16, 2022

The Afro-European startup NamX has presented a fuel cell SUV designed by Pininfarina set for market launch in 2025. The highlight of this Hydrogen Utility Vehicle (HUV) lies in its hydrogen storage. NamX’s patented technology combines a fixed hydrogen tank and six removable capsules as secondary tanks.  These tanks were of primary concern also to […]

Renault thinks of spinning off e-business and sells Russian interests

May 16, 2022

Renault has confirmed the launch of a strategic review into a spin-off of its electric car business. – and provided more details. At the same time, Renault Group signs agreements to sell Renault Russia and its controlling interests in Avtovaz. Specifically, a separate company in France could be dedicated to developing, producing, and distributing electric […]

Brussels museum Autoworld has a new president

May 13, 2022

Wednesday, a new president for the board was elected at the Autoworld museum in Brussels. Ex-Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, now still a member of the European Parliament, has accepted to succeed to another well-known Open-Vld politician, Herman De Croo, who has been heading the museum for 36 years. The entire Autoworld team is very grateful […]

GM CEO Mary Barra: ‘We can re-enter Europe as an all-EV player’

May 13, 2022

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is ready to return to Europe. The most obvious reason is that electric vehicle sales are booming in the EU. The old continent could be an integral part again of GM’s accelerated switch to electrification. Europe is the second-largest electric vehicle market globally, next to China. On Monday, Barra confirmed […]

Is BMW realigning its ‘New Class’ platform strategy? (Update)

May 13, 2022

During the announcement of the latest quarterly figures, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse confirmed that ‘die Neuse Klasse’, the new New Class platform planned for 2025, will first be used in the 3 Series segment. Zipse did, however, also somewhat limit the future use of the platform. Shortly after Zipse’s statement, the next strategic shift is […]

Reshuffle at management top of Stellantis

May 12, 2022

Some 15 months after creating the Stellantis Group, Group CEO Carlos Tavares makes several new management appointments. Opel boss Uwe Hochgeschurtz, who only took up his post last year, is leaving the brand to replace Maxime Picat at parent company Stellantis. The latter takes over as the group’s head of purchasing and supply chain. “The […]