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 […]

Hyundai plans two electric pickup trucks with new EV platform

February 09, 2024

Hyundai’s IMA platform, detailed last year as a successor to its current E-GMP architecture, will spawn two electric pickup trucks aimed at the US market. A trademark application for the names of these two new vehicles also gives insight into their size and place in the model range. The IMA platform, first announced in 2022 […]

Nikola and Daimler Truck inaugurate new hydrogen stations

February 08, 2024

Nikola and Daimler Truck have inaugurated new hydrogen refueling stations in the US and Europe. While Nikola can start to move past its mobile fueling units, Daimler Truck is aiming to change the game with cheaper and more efficient subcooled liquid hydrogen stations. Nikola, the American zero-emission truck manufacturer, has opened its first HYLA hydrogen […]

DAF achieving record production settles with Deutsche Bahn

February 05, 2024

Dutch truck manufacturer DAF has closed 2023 with a record production of 69,800 trucks at its Eindhoven and Leyland factories. It has also settled with German train operator Deutsche Bahn over the losses incurred by the truck manufacturers’ price-fixing scandal a decade ago. DAF, part of the Paccar Group, can look back at a successful […]

Volvo Trucks launches first electric-only FM city truck

February 02, 2024

Volvo Trucks has introduced its first electric truck not directly based on a combustion model: the FM Low Entry. Designed for city use, it features a lowered cab moved forward for better visibility and easier ingress and egress. Production starts in the second quarter of 2024. The Volvo FM Low Entry is related to the […]

Stellantis starts producing hydrogen vans in-house

February 01, 2024

Stellantis has started production on its mid-size and large hydrogen fuel cell vans in its Hordain (France) and Gliwice (Poland) plants. They feature a zero-emission range of up to 500 km, with a 4-5-minute refueling time. The manufacturer now has combustion, battery-electric, and hydrogen variants of its commercial vehicles. In total, eight hydrogen fuel cell […]

Ford unveils plug-in hybrid Transit Connect van

February 01, 2024

Ford has unveiled the commercial vehicle version of its VW Caddy-based Connect van: the Transit Connect. However, it beats its donor by launching a plug-in hybrid variant first, which boasts up to 110 km of electric range with minimal compromises. The Ford Transit Connect slots in between the small Transit Courier and the larger one-ton […]

British-Chinese LEVC L380 electric minivan in pre-production

January 29, 2024

London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), a subsidiary of the Chinese Geely Group, has started prototype production of its second model, the L380. This sizeable electric minivan has a brand-new architecture designed for optimal space usage and a large battery capacity. The model will go on sale in China in 2024, with other markets following later. […]

Daimler Truck to deliver 1.000 eActros trucks to Swiss Holcim

January 26, 2024

Holcim, the Swiss-based construction materials and cement company, has placed a record order for 1 000 battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 trucks. The company wants to have 30% zero-emission trucks by 2030, and it’s not just counting on Daimler Truck to achieve this goal. This isn’t the first time Holcim has signed a letter of intent […]

MAN eTrucks nearly sold out for 2024 shortly after launch

January 25, 2024

After announcing its eTGX and eTGS long-haul electric trucks in November 2023, MAN has announced that the first model year has nearly sold out, with 700 orders placed in the first three months of sales. MAN claims a “daily range” of up to 800 km for its battery-electric models. The first examples of MAN’s long-haul […]

Mars and Einride to bring 300 ‘digital’ e-trucks to Europe by 2030

January 25, 2024

Candy and pet care company Mars has partnered up with Swedish start-up Einride to electrify its European transport fleet. The first two electric trucks have already been delivered, with 298 more on the way by 2030. Einride wants to make these trucks autonomous, starting with a pilot project in 2025. Mars, known for its candy […]

BYD considers bringing its hybrid off-road SUVs to Europe

January 22, 2024

Chinese auto manufacturing group BYD is reportedly considering expanding its European range with hybrid off-road models from its sub-brands Yangwang and Fangchengbao. The former is a 1200-hp luxury vehicle with tank turn capability, and the latter is a more affordable SUV that could rival the Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover Defender. BYD is expanding […]

Ford rejuvenates Kuga: new face, more hybrid power

January 18, 2024

Since 2021, the Ford Kuga has been Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid. The SUV has received a mid-cycle refresh, including a redesigned nose, updated technology, and a slightly more powerful plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Sales of the new model are set to kick off in January 2024. Although it was slow to launch due to battery problems […]

D’Ieteren opens first… Maserati concept store near Antwerp

January 16, 2024

Maserati gains a new showroom in Belgium with Maserati Center Antwerp, a new concept store built in collaboration with D’Ieteren. The Belgian VW importer is expanding its business into the luxury segment, including creating dealerships of brands outside the Volkswagen Group portfolio. D’Ieteren may be best known as the Belgian importer of VW Group brands […]

Nissan unveils sporty Ariya Nismo ‘on steroids’

January 15, 2024

Nissan has brought the new summit of the Ariya range to Tokyo Auto Salon. The Ariya Nismo builds on the e-4orce version and turns up its dual electric motors, while the Japanese manufacturer has used its experience in Formula E to elevate the driving experience. Two versions of the Nissan Ariya Nismo are inbound, with […]

Kia’s Platform Beyond Vehicle: Uber first to snap (update)

January 15, 2024

Kia has shown its vision of the future of mobility at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, with a modular ‘Platform Beyond Vehicle’ (PBV) that takes another stab at creating a continuously customizable vehicle. But this is no simple fantasy: the first model, the Kia PV5, will enter mass production in 2025. Kia’s Platform Beyond Vehicle […]

Mullen Five RS: another 1.000-hp ‘race-ready’ American EV

January 12, 2024

Mullen Automotive, a US-based manufacturer mostly specialized in converting Chinese EVs for its domestic market, has brought a self-developed high-performance electric crossover to CES 2024 in Las Vegas. The Mullen Five RS promises over 1 000 horsepower, 0-100 km/hour in less than two seconds, and a 2025 launch. Those figures sound promising, but Mullen Automotive’s […]

Harald Seidel (DAF) ACEA’s new commercial vehicles chairman

January 12, 2024

Harald Seidel, President of DAF Trucks, takes over from Martin Lundstedt (Volvo Group) as the new chairman of the Commercial Vehicle Board of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) for 2024. He will be in charge of defending the truckmakers’ interests in Europe. The ACEA unites the European vehicle manufacturers, including commercial vehicles. Luca de […]

Honda starts from scratch with 0-Series electric concepts

January 11, 2024

Honda has decided to start again from a blank sheet of paper for its next-generation electric vehicles. The 0-Series concept cars, the Saloon and Space-Hub, represent this new approach with a light and nimble design to bring back the joy of driving in the EV era. We should be able to discover the results in […]

Chinese Yanfeng shows EV’s Smart Seat of the future

January 09, 2024

Yanfeng, a Shanghai-based multinational automotive supplier specializing in interior components, has presented its vision of the EV interior of the future at CES 2024 in Las Vegas. The Smart Cabin Seat integrates most controls, entertainment, safety systems, and even climate control directly into the seat. Yanfeng claims this Smart Cabin Seat results from multiple studies […]

Nikola rounds off 2023 with 35 hydrogen trucks delivered to customers

January 08, 2024

Nikola Motor’s 2023 has been tumultuous, to say the least. But the American zero-emission semi-truck manufacturer has closed out the year with its first hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks being delivered to customers. The outlook for 2024 should follow soon. Nikola’s 2023 year in review was not an easy one. The troubles started (or continued, […]

NanoFlowcell: flow batteries for 2.000 km electric range?

January 05, 2024

NanoFlowcell, a Swiss flow cell battery research company founded by Nunzio La Vecchia, promises 2 000 km of all-electric range for passenger vehicles thanks to flow batteries with an exceptionally high energy density. But a finished product still hasn’t come out, even after nearly ten years… NanoFlowcell was founded in 1996 and claims to have […]

Audi Q8 e-tron gets Dakar-inspired special edition

January 04, 2024

Audi prepares again to take on the legendary Dakar rally with its electric-powered RS Q e-tron. The German brand has transformed its electric SUV Q8 e-tron into a terrain-ready vehicle with the edition Dakar to highlight this challenge. Since 2022, Audi has taken on the Dakar rally (which now takes place in Saudi Arabia) with […]

GCK and Motul convert 1976 Jeep Cherokee V8 to hydrogen

January 02, 2024

How do you make hydrogen more appealing to petrolheads? Perhaps outfitting a 1976 Jeep Cherokee Chief with a 6.2-liter V8 hydrogen combustion engine and some tasty modifications will allow you to have all the fun without any pollution. This is the French energy technology group GCK’s approach, together with motor oil specialist Motul. Consolidated in […]

Fiat E-Doblò & E-Ulysse get new face and increased range

December 20, 2023

Following the rest of the Stellantis vans, Fiat’s compact E-Doblò and mid-sized E-Ulysse passenger vans get a revamp that includes a fresh face and efficiency improvements. Both models will be available to order in early 2024. Stellantis recently unveiled a comprehensive facelift for its entire LCV range with more distinguished looks between the brands. Now, […]

VW Belgium slashes ID.3-4 prices to get piece of subsidy pie

December 19, 2023

D’Ieteren, the Belgian VW Group importer, will offer the ID.3 and the ID.4 for under €40 000 in 2024. This significant price cut means Flemish private customers are eligible for the €5 000 EV subsidy, bringing down the total cost to the consumer to under €35 000. A discount of over €10 000 compared to […]

Nissan’s Ariya EV first to drive from North to South Pole

December 18, 2023

The Nissan Ariya e-4orce has become the first-ever land vehicle to travel from the magnetic North Pole to the South Pole, taking 9+ months and around 30 000 km to complete the journey. Scottish couple Chris and Julia Ramsey from Plug in Adventures took on the challenge of improving infrastructure in remote regions and showcasing […]

Maxus eDeliver7 one-ton electric van arrives in Benelux

December 14, 2023

Maxus’ new mid-size electric van, the eDeliver 7, has arrived in the Benelux. It features a WLTP range of up to 370 km thanks to battery packs of up to 88 kWh. It has a cargo space of up to 6,7 m³ thanks to a long-wheelbase version, with a payload of up to 1 125 […]

Morgan shows electric XP-1 three-wheeler it won’t build

December 12, 2023

Morgan, the British expert in handcrafted, retro-inspired vehicles, has shown a glimpse of its electric future in the shape of the XP-1. It is based on the Super 3 model and features Morgan’s first self-developed powertrain, weighing less than 700 kg. But a production version isn’t on the cards. Morgan is usually an expert on […]

Milence opens first charging hub for heavy e-trucks in Venlo

December 11, 2023

Milence, the joint venture between Daimler Truck (Mercedes-Benz Trucks), the Traton Group (MAN, Scania), and Volvo Group (Volvo Trucks, Renault Trucks) created to tackle the charging infrastructure for long-haul electric transport, has started operations with its first charging hub in Venlo, the Netherlands. Another will follow soon in Antwerp. Milence can be described as the […]

Electric Fiat Panda to be called Pandina, produced in Serbia

December 07, 2023

Fiat’s low-cost electric model has been named: not Panda but Pandina. This cousin to the Citroën ë-C3 is set to be produced in Kragujevac, Serbia, for a starting price of around 20 000 euros. A mild hybrid version is also coming for around 15 000 euros. Meanwhile, Stellantis promises to maintain a production target of […]

Norway sets 2030 target for 100% zero-emission trucks

December 05, 2023

The initial goal for Norway was to achieve a 50 percent market share for zero-emission trucks by 2030. Still, the Norwegian parliament (Storting) has asked the government to go for the full 100 percent in the 2024 budget agreement. This makes Norway the first country to set a concrete deadline for combustion-powered trucks. Whereas the […]

Volkswagen plans its own electric van platform from 2028

December 04, 2023

Volkswagen plans to take back the reins for the electrification of its commercial vehicle fleet. Whereas the ID. Buzz and shared models with Ford are the main focus for now; from 2028, a new and entirely VW-developed electric van platform will electrify the entire range, from Caddy to Crafter. VW is falling behind slightly in […]

Flemish ADR truck drivers can finally take a digital exam from 2024

November 30, 2023

Starting on January 1st, 2024, truck drivers who want to take the ADR exam to transport dangerous goods can finally do so digitally in Flanders. Until now, they had to convene once a month at a single location, but with this digital method, exam moments can be scheduled freely at 16 exam centers. The Flemish […]

The first electric BMW M3 will be called… iM3

November 29, 2023

When the iconic sports saloon finally goes electric, it will be called BMW iM3. This model name has just been filed by BMW with the EU Intellectual Property Office, hinting at a sporty variant of the Neue Klasse electric saloon coming in 2025. We already knew BMW was working on a next-gen electric architecture for […]

Iveco gets €500m loan from EIB to develop electric drivetrains

November 29, 2023

The Iveco Group has been granted a 500 million euro loan from the European Investment Bank to allow the Italian truck and bus maker to invest in the electrification of its products and to work toward solutions for autonomous driving. Most of the investment will go to Iveco’s Turin and Foggia plants. This is not […]

Hyvia shows new hydrogen fuel cell for current Renault Master

November 28, 2023

Hyvia, the joint venture between Renault and Plug for hydrogen technology, has unveiled the new H2-Tech hydrogen fuel cell architecture for the current Renault Master van. A next-gen platform for the new Renault Master is coming in 2025. While we saw the launch of the all-new Renault Master, with a new battery-electric powertrain offering up […]

Mercedes opens first European Charging Hub in Mannheim

November 28, 2023

Mercedes-Benz opened its first European Charging Hub in Mannheim, Germany, after opening one in the US and two in China earlier this year. The hub offers 300 kW charging for up to six vehicles and is near a Mercedes dealership. Over 200 Mercedes-branded charging points are coming in Europe by the end of 2024. Earlier […]

All-new Renault Master gets up to 410 km EV range

November 22, 2023

Renault has unveiled the fourth-generation Master. The large van gets an all-new look with improved aerodynamics, a completely revamped interior with the latest tech and safety features, and a second all-electric variant with up to 410 km of range. The all-new Master is available from spring 2024. After over 13 years on the road, the […]

Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 robotaxi will hit US roads from 2024

November 21, 2023

Hyundai and the American autonomous mobility company Motional have announced that the self-driving Ioniq 5 robotaxi will enter the US market next year. A fleet of vehicles has completed its test programs, and the production vehicles are undergoing final validation before entering the market in 2024. The Ioniq 5 robotaxi is a collaboration between Hyundai […]

BYD’s Sea Lion 07 adds to Ocean tidal wave of products

November 21, 2023

BYD has expanded its Ocean line-up of vehicles even further with the Sea Lion 07, a new electric coupé-SUV that kicks off a new subcategory within the Ocean series. The mid-size SUV is set to compete with the Tesla Model Y in size but with a much more affordable price tag. The BYD Sea Lion […]

Li Mega MPV adds to influx of Chinese electric minivans

November 20, 2023

Li Auto, a Chinese car manufacturer founded in 2015, has unveiled its first battery-electric model: the Li Mega MPV. This seven-seater adds to the recent influx of electric minivans made in China. However, Li Auto promises low energy consumption and super-fast charging thanks to an 800 V CATL Qilin battery. The Li Mega is the […]

Toyota borrows e-Proace MAX from Stellantis, shows HiAce on hydrogen

November 15, 2023

Toyota has expanded its European commercial vehicle line-up with the Proace MAX, a derivative from Stellantis’ Fiat Ducato/Peugeot Boxer/Citroën Jumper/Opel Movano quartet. It features six body configurations and up to 420 all-electric range. On the other side of the world, the Japanese manufacturer has revealed a HiAce passenger van with a hydrogen combustion engine. In […]

Huawei’s Avatr 12 launched: 700-km range and no rear window

November 14, 2023

Avatr, the collaboration between Changan, CATL, and Huawei, has released its second model: the four-door coupé Avatr 12, following the SUV Avatr 11. It features a 700-km range, lots of high-end equipment, and up to 578 hp, with deliveries starting in December. 2022 saw the launch of Avatr with the Avatr 11, a large premium […]

Canoo unveils military-based American Bulldog electric pickup

November 13, 2023

EV start-up Canoo has unveiled a new model based on its Multi-Purpose platform: the American Bulldog, a rugged-looking electric pickup truck based on the Screaming Eagle built for the US Army in 2022. But the question remains whether Canoo will live long enough to produce the model. Canoo has had its fair share of uncertainty. […]

Ford revamps Turkish Yeniköy plant for e-Transit Custom production

November 08, 2023

Ford Otosan has inaugurated the renewed Yeniköy ‘plant of the future’ in Turkey after a €2 billion investment to improve efficiency and clean energy usage. The new Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom have started production, with the e-Transit Custom and E-Tourneo Custom set for launch in 2024. The €2 billion investment has gone further […]

Polestar chooses SK’s ‘ultra-long’ battery cells for its flagship

November 07, 2023

Swedish-Chinese EV manufacturer Polestar has signed an agreement with South Korean battery manufacturer SK On to supply battery packs for the upcoming Polestar 5 flagship model. The four-door GT is set to launch in 2025 with SK On’s ‘ultra-long’ nickel-based battery cells. The Polestar 5 is the upcoming Porsche Taycan rival from Geely and Volvo’s […]

Hoverboard inventor takes same two-wheel concept to cars

November 06, 2023

Shane Chen, the inventor of the Hoverboard, a two-wheeled self-balancing scooter that became popular in the mid-2010s, has devised a similar solution for cars. A two-wheeled approach would simplify steering suspension and improve efficiency, according to Chen. But how does it work? It may look a bit silly, but the Shane – named after its […]

Skoda’s fourth-gen Superb with more space and electric range

November 03, 2023

The all-new Skoda Superb has finally been revealed after months of teasers, and most of the technical data are already out in the open. The new model builds on the Superb’s strengths, with more space, practical details, and a more capable plug-in hybrid version. In terms of powertrains, customers can choose between five ICE options […]