Eramet and Suez battery recycling plant coming to Dunkirk

September 25, 2023

The French mining company Eramet and waste management specialist Suez have decided on Dunkirk, near the Belgian border, for the location of their EV battery recycling plant. The first part of the plant is scheduled to be operational by 2025, with a capacity of up to 50 000 tons of battery packs per year. Eramet […]

Kawasaki enters electric motorcycle market with Ninja e-1 and Z e-1

September 25, 2023

Kawasaki has unveiled its first two production electric motorcycles: the Ninja e-1 and the Z e-1. Both models are meant for city use with a 9 kW motor, which makes them equivalent to the 125 cc class and around 72 km of range. Electric motorcycles are slowly gaining traction, with models like the Harley-Davidson LiveWire […]

Updated Audi Q4 e-tron: more power, range, and better handling

September 22, 2023

Audi has updated its most compact all-electric model, the Q4 e-tron, with a new electric motor, an improved battery, and a tweaked suspension for better handling. The standard equipment has been improved, too. From the end of the year, Audi Brussels will also build the updated Q4 e-tron to meet demand. The updates to the […]

Ford presents Ranger PHEV, coming in 2025

September 20, 2023

Ford has unveiled a plug-in hybrid version of its Ranger pickup truck. Although not all of the information has been made public, the Ranger PHEV should remain just as practical with some added benefits from the battery, including a 45 km EV driving range. Although it’s not the rumored all-electric Ranger, Ford has shared images […]

Volkswagen unveils third-gen Tiguan PHEV with 100 km EV range

September 20, 2023

Volkswagen has unleashed the third generation of the Tiguan, its midsize crossover, with an all-new design, heavily upgraded tech, and two new plug-in hybrid drivetrains with up to 100 km of fully-electric driving range. The commercial launch is scheduled for Q1 2024. The Tiguan is VW’s most popular modal globally, so launching an all-new generation […]

Toyota lays out roadmap for next-gen and solid state batteries

September 15, 2023

Toyota has revealed more details about its next-gen battery tech for electric vehicles, including three new liquid battery technologies and the start of mass production of solid-state batteries. The aim is to offer 1 200 km or more range, faster charging times, and a lower height for better aerodynamics. In June, Toyota announced it would […]

Solaris secures up to 378 orders for hydrogen buses in Italy

September 13, 2023

Polish zero-emission bus manufacturer Solaris has secured the most significant order for hydrogen buses in Europe, with 130 units for Bologna’s public transport company TPER and an option for 140 more FCEV buses. A day later, Venice’s Azienda Veneziana della Mobilita ordered 90 more hydrogen buses, expandable up to 108 units in total. It’s a […]

Toyota Motor Europe gets first DAF hydrogen fuel cell truck from VDL

September 13, 2023

VDL Special Vehicles has produced the first of five hydrogen fuel cell trucks for Toyota Motor Europe, which will be used in an extensive five-year test by Toyota’s European logistics providers. The hydrogen truck uses Toyota’s fuel cell technology. Earlier this year, in May, the Dutch VDL group and Toyota Motor Europe announced a partnership […]

Volkswagen ID.X Performance: two motors and +550 hp

September 12, 2023

Volkswagen has unveiled its sporty interpretation of the ID.7 sedan: the ID.X Performance. It features a two-motor electric drivetrain with 558 hp and numerous carbon enhancements for the bodywork. Does this show car hint at what the MEB platform is capable of? Remember the Wörthersee GTI Treffen, the year’s highlight for fans of powerful and […]

Fiat kicks off 600e production in Poland

September 12, 2023

Fiat has kicked off production of its new 600e electric crossover in Stellantis’ Tychy plant in Poland, alongside the technically similar Jeep Avenger. The first test drives of the Fiat 500e’s bigger brother are soon to follow. The new Fiat 600e debuted in July and was presented alongside the Topolino quadricycle, which shares its underpinnings […]

Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally: electric off-road fun

September 11, 2023

Ford unveiled the Mustang Mach-E Rally after showing a camouflaged version at Goodwood in July. The electric crossover is based on the sporty Mach-E GT but takes its sportiness off-road thanks to a modified suspension, underbody protection, and a special RallySport drive mode. No, this is not a one-off show model: You can order the […]

Lotus unveils ‘Hyper GT’ Emeya, a Taycan rival with Eletre DNA

September 08, 2023

British car manufacturer Lotus has unveiled its third electric model, a sleek four-door sedan named Emeya. This so-called ‘hyper GT’ shares much of its technical side with the Eletre SUV and is set to compete with the Porsche Taycan and the upcoming Polestar 5. After Evija, Emira, and Eletre comes Emeya, the fourth model of […]

BMW iX1 becomes less expensive thanks to entry-level eDrive20

September 06, 2023

BMW has unveiled a cheaper variant of its entry-level EV: the iX1 eDrive20, which sacrifices four-wheel-drive for a lower starting price. However, the battery pack remains the same as in the more expensive xDrive30, which means the cheaper car also goes further on a charge. Last year, BMW launched the iX1, the electric counterpart of […]

Cologne expands hydrogen bus fleet with 18 more Solaris Urbino 18s

September 05, 2023

Regionalverkehr Köln (RVK), Cologne’s regional public transport company, has ordered 18 more hydrogen e-buses from Solaris, expanding the fleet, which already consists of 35 hydrogen buses from Solaris. The new buses are the articulated Urbino 18 model, which was revealed in 2022. Cologne ordered its first hydrogen bus from Polish manufacturer Solaris in 2020 and […]

Renault Scénic is now an electric crossover with +600 km range

September 05, 2023

The Renault Scénic is a traditional MPV no more, with the new generation Scénic E-Tech Electric transitioning to a crossover body style and an electric drivetrain. The model is still family-oriented, though, with some handy features and lots of space inside. The new model was revealed at the IAA Mobility in Munich. Some traditions are […]

Tesla Model 3 gets revamped look and longer range (2023)

September 01, 2023

Tesla has thoroughly updated its entry-level Model 3 with a new exterior look, an upgraded interior in terms of quality and equipment, and a more extended EV range thanks to improved aerodynamics. The new Model 3 will be delivered to the first European customers in the Fall of 2023. Tesla has previously said that it […]

Alfa Romeo’s first EV for the happy few: 33 Stradale revived

August 31, 2023

Alfa Romeo kills two birds with one stone by presenting its long-awaited ‘6C’ supercar and its first fully-electric model: the 33 Stradale, which harks back to the Tipo 33 from the Sixties. But this hyper-exclusive supercar has a trick up its sleeve, as the electric drivetrain is not the only option on offer… You could […]

Boutique e-truck builder Designwerk enters the Benelux

August 30, 2023

Designwerk, a Swiss company specializing in building custom electric trucks for specific use cases, entered the Benelux market after expanding to Germany. The company is mainly owned by Volvo Trucks and converts diesel-powered trucks into e-trucks with up to 1 000 kWh battery capacities. Designwerk (DW)’s origins trace back to 2008 when converting small vehicles […]

Flanders offers €6,3 million subsidy for e-truck charging points

August 30, 2023

Several Flemish companies are getting 6,3 million euros in subsidies to install charging points for their light and heavy commercial vehicles. This should add 1 200 new charging points in Flanders for e-trucks and e-vans. Earlier in the year, the Flemish government opened a call for subsidies for commercial vehicle charging points as part of […]

Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid is the most powerful ever

August 29, 2023

With over 700 hp of hybrid power on tap, the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid slots in firmly at the top of the range. It also offers a consolation prize for the EU markets that missed out on the ICE-only Cayenne Turbo GT. The recently facelifted Porsche Cayenne gets a new hybrid top-of-the-range variant: the […]

New DAF XB replaces LF, electric version gains power and range

August 24, 2023

DAF has unveiled the new generation of their smallest distribution truck, which takes on a new name: XB, fitting in with the rest of the range. It gets new engines and an improved electric version – or rather, improved electric versions – with multiple options available. The DAF XB replaces the LF as the most […]

Second-gen Hyundai Kona Electric starts production in Czech Republic

August 24, 2023

The all-new Hyundai Kona Electric has entered production. The second-gen model is aimed at the European market and produced in the Czech Republic, which should account for 15% of the plant’s total output. The new Hyundai Kona was first announced at the end of 2022 before its full reveal in March this year. The compact […]

Volkswagen ID.7: flagship EV enters production

August 23, 2023

VW’s sizeable electric sedan, the ID.7, has entered production in the Emden plant, where the ID.4 is also produced. The ID.7 brings the MEB platform to the next level with a new, more efficient powertrain and a range of up to 700 km. The first deliveries are expected before the end of the year. It’s […]

Volvo CE brings electric machine production to US

August 22, 2023

Volvo CE (Construction Equipment) has launched the DD25 Electric compactor production in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, bringing electric machine production to the US. By 2030, 35% of its product line should be electric. Like its Cars and Trucks counterparts, Volvo Construction Equipment has also started its electric transformation. The company already offers several electric machines in the […]

Faraday Future finally delivers its first FF 91 (update)

August 21, 2023

California-based Faraday Future, a start-up with Chinese roots and describing itself as ‘a global shared intelligent electric mobility ecosystem company’ has finally delivered its first car, the ‘FF 91 2.0 Futurist Alliance’ to a luxury car dealership based in Costa Mesa, California, called PCM (Private Collection Motors). The first group of ‘distinguished users’ and Developer […]

Pininfarina reveals B95 speedster, world’s most expensive EV to date

August 18, 2023

Automobili Pininfarina has unveiled its third car model at the Monterey Car Week in California: the B95, an electric speedster with nearly 2 000 horsepower and no windshield to protect you. Production will be limited to just ten examples, and it isn’t cheap. With a price tag of 4.4 million euros, it will be the […]

Indian Mahindra shows ‘Jeep look-alike’ Thar.e electric 4×4

August 17, 2023

Indian manufacturer Mahindra has revealed a new concept electric SUV during an event in Cape Town. The Thar.e blends classic Jeep-style rugged looks with futuristic elements. The company has also teased a European launch of previously-revealed electric SUVs based on VW tech. Mahindra & Mahindra, or just Mahindra in short, is one of the largest […]

E-vans over 3,5 tons to get tachograph exception in Belgium?

August 17, 2023

In an effort to further stimulate the adoption of electric vans for goods transport, Belgian Federal Minister for Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) has proposed to exempt e-vans with a maximum authorized mass of more than 3,5 tons of their tachograph obligation, the newspaper De Tijd writes. It means that their driving and rest times would […]

Nikola recalls all battery-electric Tre trucks and stops sales

August 16, 2023

After two separate fire incidents, US-based e-truck manufacturer Nikola has issued a recall for all 209 of its currently produced Tre BEV trucks due to a faulty component in the battery pack of the trucks. The company has also decided to pause sales of its battery-electric trucks until the issue is resolved. Two “thermal incidents”, […]

European van and truck sales pick up again in 2023

July 27, 2023

The first half of 2023 saw an increase in registrations for new vans (LCVs) and trucks compared to 2022, although the pre-corona figures are still out of reach. The market share of electrified commercial vehicles is also growing relatively quickly. The worst of the supply chain issues seems to have passed, as new EU van […]

Porsche opens first Charging Lounge near Frankfurt

July 26, 2023

Porsche has followed its sister brand Audi in opening its Charging Lounge, allowing Porsche EV owners to replenish their batteries while enjoying snacks, drinks, and a comfortable lounge. The Charging Lounge also offers quick charging at a reasonable price. Porsche wants to lower the barrier to entry for electric mobility, although this does not mean […]

BMW kicks off i5 production in Dingolfing factory

July 25, 2023

Two months after it was introduced to the world, the newest generation of the BMW 5 Series started production in BMW’s Dingolfing factory. The combustion-powered model is produced alongside the all-electric i5 thanks to a flexible production process. With the i5, the Dingolfing plant is now producing three electric models, including the iX and i7. […]

Ford’s BlueCruise first to allow full speed hands-free driving in UK

July 24, 2023

Ford has managed to become the first car manufacturer to launch hands-free semi-autonomous highway driving at full speed in Europe, with the introduction of BlueCruise on the UK Mustang Mach-E. 95% of British highways are covered in the so-called ‘Blue Zones’, but the functionality doesn’t come for free. UK owners of a MY23 Ford Mustang […]

Seat adds €300 million battery assembly to its Martorell plant

July 19, 2023

Seat has reconfirmed its wish to keep producing cars in the electric age in its Martorell production facility by announcing a €300 million investment in a new battery plant. This will provide the battery packs for the VW Group’s compact electric models, which Seat will produce in Martorell. Seat is committed to its Martorell production […]

Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally goes off the beaten path

July 18, 2023

Ford’s electric cross-over Mustang Mach-E is about to get a rally-inspired version unveiled in a camo suit at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Ford promises the freedom and fun of the regular model, with the possibility of venturing off-road, although no specifications have yet been revealed. The Goodwood Festival of Speed has seen its fair […]

First Belgian-built electric Volvo Truck rolls off the assembly line

July 13, 2023

The first electric truck built in the Volvo Trucks Ghent plant in Belgium rolled off the assembly line on Wednesday. Katoen Natie is the first Belgian client to use this Volvo FH Electric, while the assembly line will get up to speed after the summer break. Volvo has been building electric trucks in its Tuve […]

EU launches proposal to increase e-truck weight limit by two tons

July 12, 2023

The European Commission has proposed increasing the total allowed weight of electric trucks by 2 tons after a similar proposal was approved in 2019. This higher weight limit of 44 tons aims to counteract the weight penalty of battery-electric drivetrains, thus allowing for similar payload figures. The EU wants to cut heavy truck emissions by […]

BMW Smartglasses: a head-up display for motorcycles

July 11, 2023

BMW Motorrad is bringing the head-up display to the motorcycle world with the ConnectedRide Smartglasses. This clever pair of glasses connect to your smartphone to display all relevant riding data, including navigation and traffic information. BMW is not the first to introduce a head-up display (HUD) for bikers. Other third-party manufacturers have had these systems […]

Iveco eDaily tows 153 tons setting new Guinness World Record

July 06, 2023

Iveco has shown off the strength of its electric Daily with a bit of towing exercise. The eDaily managed to tow a heavy truck carrying a digger, a construction truck filled with rocks, and a fire truck along a short section of runway, setting a new Guinness World Record for ‘Heaviest weight towed by an […]

Rivian starts deliveries of Amazon’s European e-vans

July 05, 2023

The good news for Rivian is that the American EV start-up has ended its Q2 with good production figures, putting it on track for its 2023 target. Meanwhile, the first European Amazon EDV vans have landed in Germany. Back in April, things were not looking up for Rivian. It had fallen behind on its production […]

Electreon wirelessly charges GINAF 50-ton e-truck

July 03, 2023

Israeli wireless EV charging solution company Electreon has managed to wirelessly charge a 50-ton electric truck on a stationary pad and a ‘Wireless Electric Road’ segment in Sweden. The truck in question was a converted DAF XF from Dutch specialist GINAF, but Electreon says other e-trucks can also be equipped. GINAF specializes in converting DAF […]

Lotus finally launches its Eletre SUV (Update)

June 30, 2023

Lotus has already revealed the final pricing and specifications of its Eletre electric ‘Hyper-SUV’, and the first all-electric Lotus is now available for configuration in Europe. Lotus is launching sales of the Eletre in parallel in Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. In the UK, the electric SUV is […]

Next-gen Skoda Kodiaq PHEV gets +100 km electric range

June 27, 2023

Skoda has unveiled some technical details of its next-generation Kodiaq family SUV, which will get a plug-in hybrid drivetrain for the first time. The model is launching before the end of 2023 and should share its technical basis with the future Superb. The second-generation Skoda Kodiaq will build on the practical strengths of its predecessor, […]

Toyota’s all-new C-HR inherits Prius’ plug-in hybrid drivetrain

June 26, 2023

Toyota has revealed the production version of its second-generation C-HR, which shares the striking design and plug-in hybrid drivetrain of the recently launched Prius. The development work of this hybrid crossover was done by Toyota’s R&D Center in Zaventem, Belgium, while the production of the model will come from Europe. De design of this new […]

Driving the Opel Astra Electric: is it really that efficient?

June 22, 2023

After a long wait, Opel has finally finished the development of its Astra Electric, which means we got to drive it. Thanks to its new Nidec electric motor, the compact hatchback promises, quite frankly, astonishing efficiency figures. Or is it too good to be true? In the battle between the technically similar e-308 and Astra […]

Volvo Trucks pumps up range of FL and FE Electric to 450 km

June 22, 2023

The Volvo FL and FE Electric distribution trucks have received a significant battery upgrade, offering 42% more capacity and increasing the range to 450 km. According to Volvo Trucks, this significantly increases the usability of these electric trucks, making them suitable to “replace our customers’ entire fleet of diesel city trucks”. The FL and FE […]

Mercedes builds 1.000th eCitaro bus and starts H2-version production

June 21, 2023

Daimler Truck has celebrated the build of its 1 000th eCitaro electric low-floor bus for city use, available in fixed and articulated variants. Now, the Mannheim plant is gearing up for the hydrogen variant of the eCitaro, which uses a fuel cell as a range extender. The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro has been in production since 2018, […]

BYD Dolphin crosses the ocean to Europe (update)

June 20, 2023

After launching the Han, Tang, and Atto 3 in Europe late last year, the Chinese EV leader BYD (Build Your Dreams) is expanding its European portfolio with two more models previously launched in China: the Dolphin hatchback and the Seal sedan. The Dolphin, the first to be deliverable from the fourth quarter of 2023, is […]

Mercedes eActros 600 LongHaul to enter production in 2024

June 14, 2023

Daimler Truck has revealed the series production name of its eActros LongHaul battery-electric long-distance heavy truck. It will enter production in 2024 as the eActros 600, referring to its battery capacity and putting it above the eActros 300/400 electric distribution trucks. Daimler Truck unveiled its long-distance electric hauler’s ‘concept prototype’ in September 2022 at the […]

Audi Brussels has built its 200.000th (Q8) e-tron

June 13, 2023

After about 3,5 years, the Audi plant in Forest (Brussels) has built its 200 000th electric vehicle: a Soneira Red Q8 Sportback e-tron, the updated version of the original e-tron, which has been in production since late 2018. Later this year, the plant will also start building the smaller Q4 e-tron to meet global demand. […]

Ford inaugurates transformed Cologne plant for EV production

June 13, 2023

Ford has completed the $2 billion transformation of its Cologne (Germany) production facility, which will focus on EV production. The Ford Cologne Electric Vehicle Center will start production with the new Explorer, with another electric crossover soon to follow. Ford’s Cologne plant in Germany, which has been operating since 1930, building the Model A, has […]

Zeekr X production has started (Update)

June 12, 2023

The Zeekr X is the first model from Geely’s young premium brand to journey to the European market soon. In China, the series production has started. The car will be ready for delivery at the end of this week. Later this year, Zeekr’s smallest will be launched in Europe, starting in Sweden and the Netherlands. […]

Great Wall Motor looking to build or buy EV plant in Europe

June 01, 2023

Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall Motor is looking into acquiring a European EV plant in order to support its international expansion. Building a new plant in Germany, Hungary or the Czech Republic would be an option, but the company is also looking to buy an existing plant. Great Wall Motor, known in Europe for the […]

Antwerp University Hospital (UZA) inaugurates first electric MUG in Belgium

May 31, 2023

The Antwerp University Hospital (UZA) is the first in Belgium to use a fully-electric ‘mobile urgency group’ (MUG) in the shape of a Mercedes EQV, which has been fully equipped to be as efficient as possible to work with and to save lives. The UZA was the first hospital to use a MUG service, where […]

BYD accused of breaking Chinese emissions standards by Great Wall Motors

May 31, 2023

Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall Motors has accused rival BYD of not complying with Chinese environmental standards with two of its hybrid models. According to Great Wall, the fuel tanks of these models were leaking noxious fumes. BYD has responded by denying these accusations, citing independent national certifications. The accusations come from testing performed by […]

Japanese motorcycle manufacturers unite for hydrogen engines

May 31, 2023

Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha have agreed to develop hydrogen combustion engines to decarbonize two-wheelers and other compact vehicles. This consortium will focus mainly on the research for the viability of this type of powertrain, with no production plans quite yet. Japan’s four largest motorcycle manufacturers are looking into the viability of hydrogen combustion engines […]

New look VW Touareg retains PHEV options

May 26, 2023

Volkswagen has given its flagship SUV a minor facelift, which brings it stylistically up-to-date with the newer models of the range. The technical improvements remain quite modest, but the model is still available with two plug-in hybrid drivetrains, including the powerful Touareg R. While the big SUV is no longer as popular as it once […]

BMW launches all-electric 5 Series: the i5

May 25, 2023

BMW has unveiled the all-new G60 generation of the 5 Series, which gets a radical new look and, for the first time, a fully-electric version in the shape of the i5. Gasoline, diesel, and plug-in hybrid versions are still on the table, however. While its main rival, the Mercedes E-Class, went for a traditional look […]

Caterham shows electric Seven but won’t build it yet

May 24, 2023

Caterham has unveiled an electric version of the Seven, which shows the direction the neo-classic model might take in an electrified future. It boasts quick charging speeds, good on-track performance, and barely any weight penalty compared to its gas-powered counterparts. But don’t count on being able to order one just yet. With small-scale sports car […]

New top-spec Skoda Enyaq adds more range

May 24, 2023

The Skoda Enyaq is the next EV on VW’s MEB platform to receive the new-gen APP550 electric motor, which delivers more power while consuming less. Its battery pack is also slightly bigger, but until further notice, Skoda offers it exclusively on the new top-spec Laurin & Klement version That’ the Enyaq in its most luxurious […]