All-new electric Jeep Renegade will cost less than $25,000

June 18, 2024

Like several of its Stellantis counterparts, Jeep is also working on an affordable battery-electric model to target younger people and private customers in North America and Europe. This new model will be the next-generation Renegade, expected by 2027, with a sub-$25,000 price tag for the electric version. Like Fiat and Citroën, which recently unveiled their […]

First Mercedes eCitaro bus rolls of the line in France

June 18, 2024

The first French-built Mercedes eCitaro electric city bus rolled off the Ligny-en-Barrois production line in France after the model was initially only built in Mannheim, Germany. Daimler Truck has confirmed its dedication to the French plant with a €50 million investment between now and 2030. Until now, the Ligny-en-Barrois production facility in Lorraine, France, exclusively […]

Scania sets up new depot and destination charging company

June 12, 2024

As well as being a part of Milence, the joint venture between the major truck manufacturers for public charging solutions, Scania has established Erinion, a charging solutions company for depot and destination charging. It aims to install 40,000 new charging points at customer locations by 2030. According to Scania, depot charging will be the primary […]

Hyundai teases affordable small EV called Inster

June 12, 2024

The electric counterpart of the subcompact Hyundai Casper gets its own name in Europe: Inster. This competitor to the Dacia Spring and Citroën ë-C3 will debut later this month and have a range of 355 km. The rumors are true: Hyundai is preparing an all-electric version of its A-segment crossover Casper, which has been on […]

Peugeot builds its last ICE-only car in historic Sochaux factory

June 10, 2024

As the curtain falls on the second-generation Peugeot 3008, a massive hit for the French manufacturer so does the production of ICE-only models at its historic Sochaux production site. Only electric and (mild) hybrid models will be built from now on. To say the 3008 II was a success for Peugeot would be an understatement. […]

BMW expands plug-in hybrid electric range of 3 Series and 5 Series

June 04, 2024

The BMW 3 Series has received a model-year update, while the 5 Series (Touring) range has been expanded with more powertrain options. In both cases, a large(r) high-voltage battery of 19.4/19.5 kWh makes the plug-in hybrid 330e and 530e more attractive, offering up to 101 kilometers of all-electric range. Following the facelifted 4 Series and […]

Cadillac unveils Optiq, mid-size electric SUV bound for Europe

May 31, 2024

Almost a year after the Chinese government first showed pictures of the upcoming Cadillac Optiq, the American manufacturer unveiled the mid-size electric SUV. The Optiq slots in below the Lyriq in Cadillac’s electric line-up and is also coming to Europe, likely in 2025. The Cadillac Optiq is a mid-size SUV with a length of 4.83 […]

Daimler Truck North America recycles up to 95% of battery materials

May 27, 2024

Daimler Truck North America (Freightliner, Detroit Diesel) has detailed its end-of-life strategy for used electric truck batteries. The strategy uses a waterfall process in three stages: remanufacture, repurpose, and recycle. The company aims to achieve carbon neutrality for its entire operations by 2039. When debating the environmental benefit of electric drivetrains compared to traditional combustion […]

Volvo Trucks to use hydrogen combustion engines in 2026

May 23, 2024

Volvo Trucks wants to give combustion engines another chance at existence beyond the next decade by introducing hydrogen combustion-powered trucks. The first road tests with this technology will begin in 2026, and commercialization is planned by the decade’s end. Hydrogen combustion is considered a carbon-neutral way to keep combustion engines alive without the massive costs […]

Honda shows Class 8 fuel cell truck concept in Vegas

May 22, 2024

Honda has unveiled its Class 8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Concept at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Las Vegas. The concept truck is based on a Peterbilt chassis and offers up to 400 miles (644 km) of range, but Honda has no plans to produce the truck by itself. Along with Toyota and […]

Hino and Hexagon Purus launch Tern electric truck brand for US

May 22, 2024

Japanese truck manufacturer Hino Trucks (Toyota) and Norwegian zero-emission powertrain and storage specialist Hexagon Purus have joined forces to create Tern, a new zero-emission truck brand aimed at the US market. Their first RC8 model was unveiled at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Las Vegas. The Tern RC8 is a short-haul battery-electric truck that […]

Volvo and Daimler join forces for software-defined truck

May 21, 2024

Daimler Truck and Volvo Group, the parent company of Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks, have signed a preliminary agreement to form a joint venture to develop a software-defined vehicle platform in the heavy-duty sector. The new company hopes to get started in 2025. The software-defined vehicle (SDV) is a term also used by Hyundai, Renault, […]

Opel Frontera Electric gets a sub-€30,000 price tag

May 15, 2024

Opel’s latest compact electric SUV was first unveiled last month and now shares some more details from under the hood. Two electric versions and two mild hybrid gasoline engines will become available, both with enticing price tags. There’s space on board for seven people. If you’re in the market for an affordable electric SUV from […]

China’s Avatr 07 extended-range EV to rival Tesla’s Model Y

May 14, 2024

Avatr, the joint venture between the Chinese state-owned manufacturer Changan and CATL, with Huawei as a major supplier, has unveiled its third model: the 07, a mid-size extended-range electric SUV. It follows the larger Avatr 11 SUV and Avatr 12 sedan and should rival the Tesla Model Y with a low price tag. With a […]

Volkswagen California is back with plug-in hybrid drive

May 09, 2024

Volkswagen has introduced the new T7 generation of its California campervan, based on the latest Multivan. It has grown in size and features several firsts for the model, including dual sliding doors and a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Last year, Volkswagen presented a concept version of the new California at the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, teasing the […]

Nissan introduces electric long-wheelbase Townstar Evalia

May 08, 2024

The Nissan Townstar is the first of the Kangoo-Citan-Townstar trio to get a long-wheelbase version with up to 7 seats. The Townstar Evalia is available with either a gasoline engine or a fully electric drivetrain, which remains the same as in the short-wheelbase variant. Both the Renault Kangoo and the Mercedes Citan/T-Class/EQT announced a long […]

Porsche starts electrifying its transport logistics

May 07, 2024

The German sports car manufacturer has recently adopted six Scania electric box trucks to transport production materials around its Zuffenhausen, Weissach, and Leipzich plants. In contrast, an electric heavy truck from Designwerk delivers vehicles to Switzerland. HVO100 synthetic diesel is also being trialed to lower the CO2 emissions of existing diesel trucks. In addition to […]

Mercedes-Benz Trucks takes eActros 600 on 13,000-km test tour

May 07, 2024

This summer, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is taking its electric long-hauler eActros 600 on the manufacturer’s longest test run yet. The battery-electric truck will travel over 13,000 km through more than 20 European countries to gather real-world data and to send a message that electric long-haul transport is possible today. As Mercedes-Benz Trucks gears up for series […]

Tesla Model 3 Performance makes a comeback

April 29, 2024

After a brief absence since the launch of the updated Tesla Model 3 Highland, the sporty Performance model is now back and better than ever, thanks to a new motor, improved aerodynamics, and better suspension. And the price is quite reasonable, too. The facelifted Tesla Model 3 range is now complete. After initially launching the […]

Mercedes-Benz Trucks achieves 1,000 kW charging with eActros 600

April 23, 2024

During testing at its development center in Wörth am Thein, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has achieved a charging speed of 1,000 kilowatts (kW) or 1 megawatt (MW) with the new eActros 600, which launches later this year. This means Mercedes one-ups MAN, which reached a charging speed of 700 kW, albeit at a public charging station in […]

New Opel Grandland unveiled as BEV, PHEV and MHEV

April 23, 2024

Opel has presented its new flagship SUV: the next-generation Grandland. It shares its STLA Medium platform with the Peugeot E-3008, with the choice between fully electric, plug-in hybrid, and mild hybrid drivetrains, but it gets a more traditional shape and fancy lighting. The new Opel Grandland has been expected for some time, as it is […]

Ionity snaps up Tesla Supercharger Europe boss as new CEO

April 18, 2024

Jeroen van Tilburg, Tesla’s former Head of Charging in the EMEA region, will replace Michael Hajesch as CEO of Ionity on May 13th, 2024. He will have to use his experience growing the American manufacturer’s charging network to do the same for the European joint venture as electric mobility becomes commonplace and charging infrastructure becomes […]

Maserati GranCabrio Folgore takes open-top EVs to the next level

April 17, 2024

Whereas most electric convertibles on the market today are compact city cars with modest performance, the Maserati GranCabrio turns up the dial to 11 thanks to its three-motor drivetrain with over 800 horsepower on tap. And there’s still space for four people, too. The arrival of the all-electric Maserati GranCabrio Folgore is not a surprise. […]

Cupra Raval to kick off VW’s small EV production in Spain in late 2025

April 12, 2024

As an aside in a press release about the king of Spain visiting the Martorell production facility, Seat has announced that the Cupra Raval will become the first of the VW Group’s small EVs to be produced at the renewed factory. Production will kick off in late 2025 and will be supplied directly by the […]

DS introduces regular hybrid versions of DS 3 and DS 4

April 09, 2024

DS Automobiles has introduced two non-plug-in hybrids to its model range: the DS 3 and DS 4 Hybrid, which make use of Stellantis’ new mild hybrid 1.2 three-cylinder engine, offering a nearly 20% reduction in fuel consumption. But more electric news is coming later this year. The new 1.2 PureTech Hybrid engine was introduced last […]

Opel Frontera returns as compact, fully-electric SUV

April 09, 2024

Opel has resurrected the Frontera nameplate for the successor of the Crossland. The new compact SUV focuses on practicality, clever technology and a high degree of electrification thanks to the choice between a (mild) hybrid or a fully electric drivetrain – although not every detail is yet known. The first Opel Frontera was a fully-fledged […]

Flanders offers €3 million for e-truck chargers and ‘innovative solutons’

April 04, 2024

Flemish minister for Mobility Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) has launched a new project call to improve the charging infrastructure for heavy electric commercial vehicles. Not only chargers but also innovative solutions like battery swap stations are eligible for the €3 million subsidy allocation. This isn’t the first time the Flemish government has offered to subsidize […]

Nissan and Mitsubishi to jointly work on pickups and hybrids for America

April 02, 2024

Alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi have been collaborating since 2016 in their home market of Japan. Still, a plan has been formed to extend this pooling of resources to North America. A Mexico-built 1-ton pickup truck and a plug-in hybrid vehicle for Nissan are first on the agenda to strengthen both brands in the US. […]

End of line for Renault Zoé

March 29, 2024

After twelve years and over 420,000 units produced, the pioneering Renault Zoé electric subcompact hatchback will end its production run on Friday, March 30th, in the Flins factory. It will be replaced by the new, cheaper, and prettier Renault 5 E-Tech. The Zoé was Renault’s first production electric car. Based on the Clio platform, it […]

Ford partners with Allego for fast-charging points at dealerships

March 29, 2024

Ford has signed an agreement with Dutch charging infrastructure specialist Allego to equip its European dealerships with fast-charging points, providing up to 400 kW of power and offering lower prices for FordPass Charging customers. The rollout of these chargers will begin this year. The way to get customers back into dealerships? Why not offer a […]

Volvo has built its last diesel car

March 28, 2024

A Denim Blue XC90 was bestowed with the honor of being Volvo’s last diesel car. After promising to end production of diesel-powered passenger cars back in September 2023 at the NYC Climate Week, the Swedish manufacturer has put its money where its mouth is, ending on a V60 in Ghent and an XC90 in Torslanda. […]

Nissan’s ‘The Arc’: 30 new models and boosted profit to tackle Chinese

March 26, 2024

Nissan has presented its new business plan, The Arc. The aim is to sell an additional 1 million cars per year by the end of 2026 while boosting the profit margin to 6% to prepare for an accelerated EV transition by 2030. To achieve this, 30 new models will be released globally in the next […]

ABB and MAN demonstrate ‘Megawatt’ charging with new eTruck

March 25, 2024

The new eTruck range from MAN is compatible with the Megawatt Charging System (MCS), making quick charging stops during mandatory breaks much more helpful. To demonstrate this, an eTruck was equipped with a prototype MCS charger from infrastructure expert ABB, which reached a charging speed of 700 kW. ABB and MAN still consider this a […]

Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV now available in Europe

March 25, 2024

Almost a year after the model was unveiled, Mercedes-Maybach’s first electric model is now available to order in Europe after its debut in the US. But of course, the privilege doesn’t come cheap… The Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 SUV tries to combine Maybach’s experience in extreme luxury with some sustainable touches to match the model’s all-electric […]

Volvo launches electric intercity bus on modular BZR platform

March 22, 2024

Volvo Buses, the sister brand of Volvo Trucks, launched the new Volvo 8900 Electric intercity bus, the successor to the 8900, in 2010. This electric-only bus is built on the brand-new modular BZR platform, allowing more shared parts to be used, which cuts costs and increases spare parts availability. Volvo Buses’ new BZR Electric platform […]

Ford working on sub $25,000 electric models to counter China

March 19, 2024

The Holy Grail of the EV market is currently the sub-25,000 dollar or euro model, a goal that every prominent manufacturer envisions. Ford’s CEO Jim Farley has announced that the company is working on a new, low-cost EV platform to bring a sub-$25,000 electric SUV and pickup truck to market, but the question remains: when? […]

Renault Trucks delivers strong 2023 electric sales up 153%

March 19, 2024

Renault Trucks closed 2023 with 69,859 trucks delivered, the best result in recent years and an 18% year-on-year growth. The French manufacturer also delivered 1,636 electric trucks, an increase of 153% compared to 2022, giving it a market share of 22.4% in Europe. There are positive figures all around at Renault Trucks, as the 2023 […]

European Parliament votes for heavier trucks across borders

March 18, 2024

The European Parliament voted last week for the revision of the European Weights and Dimensions Directive, which would allow 44-ton combinations to cross the borders of member states more easily. This would increase efficiency and lower emissions per cargo unit, but it might also give diesel trucks a more significant advantage. The door has also […]

Porsche Taycan Turbo GT: your move, Tesla

March 12, 2024

Porsche has unveiled the nec plus ultra of its facelifted Taycan range: the Turbo GT. It is the fastest four-door EV on the Nürburgring and Laguna Seca and the most powerful series production model from Porsche ever. It is enough to comfortably beat the Tesla Model S Plaid, but it also comes at a price. […]

Van Hool: wrong horse or simply Murphy’s Law?

March 12, 2024

Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool decided to cut almost half of its jobs at its headquarters in Koningshooikt after a series of cascading troubles eviscerated its competitiveness. Some point to Van Hool’s hydrogen strategy, others to the lack of support from public transport company De Lijn, but neither explanation offers a complete picture. It has […]

Euro NCAP to punish manufacturers for excessive touchscreen controls

March 08, 2024

European vehicle safety non-profit Euro NCAP has unveiled plans for a new safety score 2026 that will include an assessment of the ease of use of essential controls. Cars that force drivers to use touch controls for features like wipers and indicators will be punished and risk the all-important five-star safety rating. The auto industry […]

‘Resuscitated’ Volta Trucks set to resume production at Magna Steyr

March 07, 2024

E-truck start-up Volta Trucks has signed a preliminary agreement with Austrian production specialist Steyr Automotive to continue producing its trucks. The Swedish start-up filed for bankruptcy in October last year but was bought out by Luxor Capital Group, one of its creditors, in December. It seems that the Volta Trucks story will continue after all. […]

Ford E-Transit gets up to 32% more range

March 07, 2024

Ford has updated the full-size E-Transit in the US, boosting the range by 26 to 32 percent thanks to a new 89 kWh battery. The electric van also gets 49 percent faster charging while the price only increases slightly for the American market. A European launch has not yet been announced. The 2022 E-Transit was […]

Hyundai Ioniq 5 facelifted: bigger battery, better interior

March 05, 2024

Three years after its launch, Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 EV gets an extensive update, which adds a bigger battery, improved aerodynamics, ergonomic changes to the interior, better safety tech, and a new N Line model, adding some sportiness to the ‘regular’ model range. Strictly speaking, this is the Ioniq 5’s mid-life facelift, but not much has […]

Leapmotor launches cheap electric family SUV C10 in China

March 05, 2024

Leapmotor, the Chinese start-up with backing from Stellantis, has launched its first ‘global’ model: the C10, an electric or range-extended family SUV with a very aggressive price point. The model is now available in China for around €16,500, with an international launch following later this year. Leapmotor first presented the C10 at the IAA in […]

Dacia CEO confirms Sandero to get fully electric successor

March 04, 2024

After this exact point was speculated last summer, Dacia CEO Denis Le Vot confirmed to Automotive News Europe at the Geneva Motor Show that the Sandero, the current best-seller of the brand, will get an electric successor by 2027 or 2028. Dacia currently only has the heavily updated Spring in terms of electric offerings, but […]

Honda launches CR-V e:FCEV plug-in hybrid on hydrogen

March 01, 2024

Honda has unveiled the CR-V e:FCEV, a plug-in hybrid SUV variant that combines a rechargeable battery with a hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain. It will be launched in the US and aims to combine the flexibility of a PHEV with a permanent zero-emissions drivetrain. Honda is one of the few car manufacturers still working on hydrogen […]

EU agrees on heavier 4.25 ton e-vans with regular B license

March 01, 2024

The European Parliament has agreed on a new set of regulations concerning driver’s licenses. One of the plans is to increase the weight limit of electric light commercial vehicles to 4.25 tons to compensate for the loss of payload due to heavy battery packs. But new exam rules, digital licenses, and stricter rules for young […]

2025 Tesla Roadster featuring sub-1 sec zero to 60 mph time?

February 29, 2024

Elon Musk has stated on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the new Tesla Roadster is coming in 2025 with a sub-1 second 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time thanks to rocket propulsion technology developed by SpaceX. Is the American electric supercar finally coming after seven years of waiting? With Cybertruck finally launched and Model Y […]

Ineos Fusilier: smaller and electric or range extended off-roader

February 27, 2024

Ineos Automotive, the car manufacturing subsidiary of the petrochemical giant, has unveiled its third model after the Grenadier 4×4 and Quartermaster pick-up: the Fusilier. It is co-developed and will be produced by Magna Steyr, with a fully electric or a range-extended electric drivetrain, with a projected launch date 2026. Ineos does not seem set on […]

SAIC to bring IM Motors’ L6 electric saloon to Europe

February 23, 2024

IM Motors, the joint venture between e-commerce giant Alibaba and Chinese car manufacturer SAIC (MG, Maxus), is coming to Europe with the L6 electric saloon. It will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show with a promised range of up to 800 km thanks to a solid-state battery. IM Motors (Intelligent in Motion) was […]

Cupra Born gains sporty VZ version

February 22, 2024

Cupra has adorned its electric Born with the VZ label, turning the compact EV into a sporty hot hatch with 325 hp on tap. The Born VZ also gains a new suspension setup, a slightly improved battery, special bucket seats, and an update for the infotainment system. Cupra, Seat’s younger brother set to take over […]

Rust-free Tesla Cybertruck gives owners corrosion worries

February 19, 2024

Tesla’s Cybertruck community has been up in arms recently about two issues: possible rust or corrosion of the electric pickup truck’s stainless steel panels and the ability to skip the waiting line for delivery in exchange for referral credits. Let’s take a look. To recall: Tesla finally started delivering the Cybertruck to US customers at […]

Scout Motors breaks ground on South Carolina factory

February 16, 2024

Scout Motors, Volkswagen’s rugged American EV brand, has broken ground on its brand-new production facility in South Carolina. Production of the off-road capable pickup truck and SUV is targeted to begin by the end of 2026, with a market launch soon after. But the models will already be revealed this summer. Scout Motors is the […]

SV Rover: 1,000 hp electric Trophy Truck for the road

February 15, 2024

Scarbo Vintage, a California-based manufacturer who likes to revive classic designs, has unveiled the Rover. It takes inspiration from the classic Land Rover Defender but takes pretty much everything else to the extreme, including its 1,000 hp electric drivetrain… and its price tag. While Scarbo Vintage may not ring a bell for most, it has […]

BMW Motorrad Motorsport starts using ‘sustainable’ fuel

February 13, 2024

BMW Motorrad will use a more sustainable fuel from German expert Nordoel in the World Superbike championship. With a claimed 40% reduction of CO2 emissions during the production phase, the methanol-based fuel aims to reduce the carbon impact without compromising performance. BMW is not voluntarily starting to use a more sustainable type of fuel: the […]

First Ford F-150 Lightning lands in Europe

February 13, 2024

Ford has handed over the first F-150 Lightning outside of the US. The electric version of the best-selling pickup truck has arrived in Norway and will be sold in a limited run. Meanwhile, demand has slowed down in the US after the first rush by early adopters. In April last year, Ford announced it would […]

Shell shuts down all hydrogen stations for passenger cars in California

February 12, 2024

While support for hydrogen trucks is still building, the market for hydrogen passenger vehicles simply doesn’t seem to be there. Shell has decided to close all of its seven California-based hydrogen stations for light-duty vehicles due to “supply complications and other external market factors”. The support for hydrogen-powered passenger cars seems to be dropping. Even […]

EU agrees on 90% CO2 reduction for heavy-duty transport (update)

February 12, 2024

The European Council confirmed on Friday an agreement with the EU Parliament on a 90% CO2 emission reduction by 2040 for heavy-duty vehicles and a 100% reduction for buses by 2035. It came after a last-minute debate within Germany’s coalition over the proposal, with the liberal Free Democrats (FDP), the smallest party in the three-party […]

Norway uses Designwerk e-truck as a snow plow

February 12, 2024

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has used an electric heavy truck from Swiss boutique manufacturer Designwerk to clear snow for the first time. Thanks to the 1,000 kWh battery capacity, the truck was able to complete a full day’s plowing work with ease. Designwerk is a small, Swiss-based manufacturer of custom electric trucks. It’s partially […]