Lucid starts European deliveries and powers Gen3 Formula E

January 30, 2023

Lucid Motors has launched the non-limited Air Grand Touring, with an all-electric range of over 800 km, in Germany and the Netherlands. At the same time, the American manufacturer unveils a very compact drive unit to be used in 2023’s Formula E cars. Lucid tentatively launched the Air, its luxury electric sedan, in Germany and […]

De Lijn orders 500 e-buses from Iveco, VDL misses out

January 26, 2023

Flemish public transport company De Lijn has placed a large order of up to 500 electric buses with Iveco, of which 65 articulated e-buses, a first for De Lijn. It’s a tough blow for the Dutch VDL group, which has a new e-bus factory in Roeselare (Belgium) but only gets an order of 75 e-buses […]

European commercial vehicle market drops by 14,6% in 2022

January 25, 2023

Last year was a (or another) tough year for both the passenger vehicle market and commercial vehicle registrations. As a result, the European numbers dropped by 14,6% in 2022, with Belgium being one of the countries that was hit the hardest by supply chain issues. Overall, the number of new commercial vehicles registered in Europe […]

Kia offers glimpse into EV9 specs and pricing

January 24, 2023

Kia may have just revealed some of the EV9’s specs and pricing in a customer survey. The family SUV could be offered in five different trim levels, starting from 56 000 US dollars (51 500 euros) and with a range of up to 290 miles (464 km). The launch of the EV9 is scheduled for […]

Extremely efficient Aptera solar car promises 1.000-mile range

January 23, 2023

Californian start-up Aptera Motors has revealed the Launch Edition of its highly efficient solar car. Thanks to its solar array, it can recover up to 40 miles (64 km) of range per day. Production is set to start in late 2023, but Aptera still needs funding to build its vehicles. Aptera’s quest for ultimate efficiency […]

DAF opens new assembly line for electric trucks in Eindhoven

January 19, 2023

DAF has finished its Eindhoven compound’s new assembly line for electric trucks. The DAF XD and XF Electric presented at IAA 2022 will start rolling off the line this spring. Eventually, DAF hopes to produce several thousand electric trucks annually at the facility. DAF started building the Electric Truck Assembly back in the summer of […]

VDL gets mega-order of 193 Citea e-buses from Dutch EBS

January 19, 2023

VDL Bus & Coach has received an order of 193 electric buses from Dutch public transport company EBS, which will use these new-gen Citea buses in the region Zaanstreek-Waterland (the Netherlands). These buses will be built in Valkenswaard and in the new Belgian e-bus factory in Roeselare, which is opening soon. EBS was founded in […]

Volvo reveals electric MPV with Zeekr DNA for China

January 18, 2023

Volvo has presented its Chinese roadmap for 2023 during a press conference, revealing three new electric models coming this year. Next to a more luxurious version of the EX90 and the compact EX30 SUV, a yet-to-be-announced MPV is shown in a slideshow. And it should have some Zeekr DNA. Last year, Zeekr launched its luxury […]

BYD set to introduce new A-segment Seagull EV

January 17, 2023

With EV and battery technology gradually lowering in cost, more manufacturers are introducing cheap electric city cars. For example, the Chinese manufacturer BYD, the fourth largest EV company in the world, is set to introduce the Seagull, a new electric city car, as shown by Chinese regulatory filings. The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information […]

Seres 5 for Europe unveiled at Brussels Motor Show

January 16, 2023

The American-Chinese manufacturer Seres, from the same group as DFSK, has launched its second model for Europe at the Brussels Motor Show. The Seres 5 is a midsize electric SUV with up to 585 hp and a driving range of around 500 km. Seres was first introduced to Belgium and other European markets with the […]

CATP: ‘Hydrogen buses cost and pollute more than BEVs’

January 12, 2023

The French public transport purchasing bureau (CATP) has updated its comparative study of bus drivetrains concerning pollution and costs during a 15-year lifespan. The increased energy prices and new hydrogen offers on the market gave the incentive to publish the latest figures unfavorable to hydrogen. The CATP was founded in 2011 and published its initial […]

Andretti-Cadillac’s intention to enter F1 not welcomed by existing teams

January 09, 2023

Andretti Global, a spin-off of the American racing squad competing in IndyCar and Formula E, has clinched Cadillac as a partner in its bid to enter the Formula 1 World Championship. Andretti-Cadillac hopes to enter F1 as new engine regulations boost sustainability in the series, but the existing teams don’t seem to want to share […]

Mercedes looks at Wolfspeed’s silicon carbide for more EV efficiency

January 05, 2023

Mercedes-Benz has struck a deal with American silicon carbide (SiC) specialist Wolfspeed, the first company to introduce the more efficient SiC technology in semiconductors. These more efficient drivetrain parts will play a relatively important role as Mercedes gears up to introduce its new-gen electric architectures in 2025. Wolfspeed was a pioneer in silicon carbide technology […]

Updated Zeekr 001 gets +1.000-km range Qilin battery

January 05, 2023

Zeekr, part of the Geely group, has given its shooting brake 001 an update for 2023. Along with the usual color and trim changes, the fully-electric Zeekr 001 also gains a new Qilin battery from CATL, promising a range of over 1 000 km. But there are a few caveats… The Zeekr 001 was launched […]

Tesla fined €2,1 million in Korea for exaggerated range figures

January 04, 2023

The Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has fined Tesla 2,85 billion won (around 2,1 million euros) for exaggerating its range figures by not disclosing range drops in cold weather. The KFTC also wasn’t pleased with the promised charging speeds and fuel savings that Tesla advertised on its website. Tesla has received a slap on the […]

Tesla Semi gives a sneak peek of its 1.000 Volts battery

January 03, 2023

About a month after the first delivery event of the Tesla Semi, where it proved its 500-mile range, technical images have emerged of the long-haul electric truck revealing its battery location and more details about its weight. Tesla data miner @greentheonly on Twitter has shared a series of technical images of the Semi, revealing its […]

Alibaba’s second EV model offers its passengers ‘weightlessness’

December 22, 2022

IM Motors, the joint venture between e-commerce giant Alibaba and car manufacturer SAIC, has released a second model: the LS7, a large electric SUV. The Zhiji LS7, as it’s called in China, offers a high-tech driving experience and even a ‘Zero Gravity Buoyancy Mode’ thanks to its flat-folding passenger seat. The LS7 follows the L7, […]

Dott chooses Maxus for its service vans in Belgium

December 22, 2022

Micromobility operator Dott, which has shared e-scooters and e-bikes in several Belgian cities, has acquired 15 electric vans from Maxus to use as service vehicles. The vehicles were delivered by the leasing company Athlon. The blue-and-red shared e-scooters from Dott are becoming common in Belgian cities like Brussels, Ghent, and Liège. Those bikes and scooters […]

Nissan Sunderland’s 250.000th Leaf to power Christmas lights

December 21, 2022

Nissan Sunderland has produced its 250 000th Leaf, which has been in production in the British plant since the first generation in 2011. To celebrate, the Leaf is used to power the plant’s Christmas display using ‘Vehicle-to-X-Mas Tree’ (V2X) technology. The Nissan Leaf has been in production for over a decade. Still, it’s the second […]

Porsche fills up 911 with first synthetic fuel from Chilean plant

December 21, 2022

The Chilean eFuels pilot plant from Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF), in which Porsche has invested over $100 million, has produced its first batch of renewable combustion engine fuel. It was ceremoniously used to fill up a Porsche 911 as a clear sign the German carmaker wants to keep the classic combustion engine alive in its […]

Bravoauto: new second-hand car business by Belgian Toyota importer

December 20, 2022

Inchcape, the British car distributor that also imports Toyota, Lexus, and BYD in Belgium, has opened a second-hand car business to try to take a piece of the growing used car market. The company is called Bravoauto and has already opened a delivery center in Machelen, near Brussels Airport. The Belgian used car market has […]

Dutch Ebusco reveals lightweight electric articulated bus with 700 km range

December 20, 2022

The Dutch electric bus manufacturer Ebusco has revealed a new model for its zero-emissions line-up: the Ebusco 3.0 18-meter, an articulated bus made from composite materials. That keeps the weight very low and gives the bus an electric range of up to 700 km, with a passenger capacity of 150 people. The main advantage of […]

Tesla Model S & X Plaid finally arrive in Zeebrugge

December 15, 2022

One and a half years after they launched in the US, the Tesla Model S and X Plaid have finally arrived in Europe through the Belgian Port of Zeebrugge, with the first cars being handed over to German customers. It seems that Tesla is trying to deliver as much as possible before the end of […]

Opel Mokka Electric gets new name and more efficient drivetrain

December 15, 2022

The Opel Mokka-e is the next Stellantis model to receive its more efficient motor and battery combination. We also can’t call it the Mokka-e anymore because Opel has changed its naming scheme and is now giving its EV models the ‘Electric’ suffix. Like the Peugeot e-208, e-308, and the Opel Astra Electric, the Mokka Electric […]

Rivian calls off Mercedes deal to focus on delivering existing products

December 13, 2022

Rivian has pressed pause on the partnership with Mercedes, which sought to jointly build a factory in Eastern Europe to build two large electric vans. Instead, Rivian wants to focus its resources on delivering its consumer products, the R1T and R1S electric vehicles, and its commercial business, building delivery vans for Amazon. In September, Mercedes […]

Volvo Trucks adds heavy box truck options to electric range

December 13, 2022

Volvo Trucks has expanded its electric range to include ‘rigid’ versions of the FH, FM, and FMX Electric: long-wheelbase versions for heavy box trucks, construction vehicles, or heavy distribution vehicles. These new trucks are primarily meant for urban use, but several battery and cab options are available. Volvo Trucks already produces lighter electric box trucks […]

Chinese BYD intends to build one or two European car factories

December 08, 2022

The Chinese car and bus manufacturer BYD (Build Your Dreams) has expressed an interest in building its own car factories in Europe. This move would support its European expansion and overcome issues with getting the cars shipped to our shores in the long term. For now, China’s biggest EV maker will start by buying up […]

Volvo confirms China-built EX30 for 2023

December 08, 2022

Volvo CEO Jim Rowan has confirmed that its new ‘baby EX90’ will be called the EX30 and is set to launch in 2023. To keep costs low, it will be built in China on Geely’s SEA platform, which is also used for the recently-launched Smart models. At the launch of the EX90, the new electric […]

VinFast opens its first European stores, but no cars yet

December 07, 2022

As promised, the Vietnamese car manufacturer VinFast has opened its first two stores in Cologne (Germany) and Paris (France). However, the cars have been delayed to 2023 due to chip shortages affecting the launch. VinFast has officially kicked off its European endeavor with the first stores in Cologne and Paris, located in “high-visibility corners” in […]

Stellantis partners with Qinomic to retrofit vans with EV power

December 05, 2022

Stellantis has signed an agreement with French retrofitting specialist Qinomic to investigate the business case of retrofitting EV powertrains to light commercial vehicles (LCVs) to ensure their continued usability within low-emission zones. This could also be interesting for Belgium. No big plans have yet been announced by Stellantis: the partnership with Qinomic merely seeks to […]

Mercedes unveils EQT and Concept Marco Polo camper van

December 05, 2022

The Mercedes EQT is the electric version of the T-Class compact family van, with the same powertrain as the Renault Kangoo E-Tech Electric. Mercedes has given two examples of how the EQT can be used as a leisure vehicle with the Concept Marco Polo and the Marco Polo module. No surprises under the hood of […]

Tesla Semi achieves 500-mile test drive days before delivery

November 30, 2022

With the first delivery of the Semi scheduled for this Thursday, December 1st, Elon Musk has announced on Twitter that Tesla’s long-haul truck has achieved a 500-mile (800 km) drive with a loaded trailer earlier this week. That would match the initial promises made by Musk back in 2017. As ever, Tesla CEO Elon Musk […]

Opel Astra Electric unwrapped: orders open spring 2023

November 30, 2022

Opel has unveiled the Electric version of the latest Astra, with similar specs to its closely related cousin, the Peugeot e-308. The Opel Astra Electric is available as a hatchback and an estate version, with WLTP ranges of up to 416 km. After launching the PHEV versions of the Astra first, including a sporty Astra […]

Continental Green Caliper: EV-specific brakes improve efficiency

November 29, 2022

Automotive supplier Continental has introduced its ‘Green Caliper’, a brake caliper and disc designed specifically for EVs. It saves up to five kg of unsprung weight per wheel and further improves efficiency by reducing residual brake force after releasing the pedal. The Green Caliper is designed with EVs in mind and optimizes weight and efficiency […]

Liux Animal: Spanish EV from recycled and plant-based materials

November 29, 2022

Yes, that’s quite a few buzzwords in one title. Spanish start-up Liux wants to make the Animal, an electric crossover SUV with a range of up to 600 km. More importantly, though, is the goal of producing it out of 90% recycled and plant-based materials, with a simplified assembly that facilitates production and repairs. The […]

Abarth 500e gives Fiat’s electric city car sporty boost

November 24, 2022

Abarth has launched its first electric car with the Abarth 500e, which follows the recipe of its combustion brothers by giving the Fiat 500e more power and a sporty look. The brand has also solicited its community to develop some features, with members getting priority in the pre-order process in return for their efforts. Abarth […]

Ford launches E-Tourneo Custom electric passenger van

November 23, 2022

Ford has unveiled the passenger version of its E-Transit Custom, which gets the E-Tourneo Custom nameplate. The electric people carrier has up to eight seats, an electric range of 370 km, and offers more comfort and technology than before. PHEV and diesel versions are also available. Like the E-Transit Custom, the E-Tourneo Custom gets a […]

Smart #3 revealed in Chinese regulatory filings

November 21, 2022

Smart’s second new-gen model has been revealed as the #3, another compact electric SUV, but a larger one than the #1, which was launched earlier this year. The model was spotted in a new batch of regulatory filings from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which also revealed a few key specifications. The […]

Opel Grandland Hybrid4 gets sporty GSe label

October 27, 2022

Opel has renamed the most powerful Grandland Hybrid4, giving it the new GSe label, following the recently-announced Astra GSe. Power stays the same at 300 hp, but the looks of the Grandland GSe do evolve to suit its sporty badge. No changes to the drivetrain on this Opel Grandland GSe: it keeps its 300 hp […]

Skoda Enyaq RS iV now also in SUV form

October 26, 2022

After releasing the Enyaq RS Coupé iV with a 220 kW (299 hp) dual-motor drivetrain, Skoda has given the non-Coupé version of its electric SUV the same sporty treatment. In addition, the RS model also gets visual changes to enhance its sporty appearance. Up to now, the most powerful Skoda Enyaq iV was the 80x […]

Lotus reveals pricing and specs of its Eletre SUV

October 26, 2022

Lotus has revealed the final pricing and specifications of its Eletre electric ‘Hyper-SUV’, which will be delivered to customers in the first half of 2023. Lotus offers a choice of two powertrains with up to 918 hp and three equipment levels, with Belgian prices starting from €97 690. The Lotus Eletre will have three variants: […]

Nidec launches its second-generation E-Axle electric motor

October 25, 2022

The Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec has launched its second-generation E-Axle electric drive system for EVs. Compared to the previous generation, it gains efficiency, uses less rare materials, and is quieter. Nidec supplies electric motors for several Chinese EV manufacturers, including Guangzhou Automobile Group Co (GAC) and Geely. Its first-generation E-Axle, which integrates the motor, […]

Foxconn shows two new EV prototypes and Model C production version

October 20, 2022

Hon Hai Technology Group, better known as Foxconn, held its third annual tech day, unveiling two new EV prototypes (Model B and Model V) and the production version of the Model C, a battery-electric SUV with a range of nearly 700 km. Foxconn is progressing rapidly in the electric car market. After showing three BEV […]

GM Defense to develop batteries for US military

October 20, 2022

GM Defense, General Motors’ military vehicle subsidiary, has been selected by the US military’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to develop a battery pack prototype based on the Ultium platform suitable for military use. GM Defense already had several hydrogen-based projects in development for the military. For this contract, GM Defense has to develop an Ultium-based […]

Vinfast announces first European locations for November 2022

October 19, 2022

The Vietnamese car manufacturer Vinfast has announced its first European store locations, with the Cologne (Germany) store to kick off its European debut in November 2022. In addition, stores in France and the Netherlands are also announced to be coming soon, with those three countries also housing the three European headquarters for Vinfast. In September, […]

Renault shows 4Ever Trophy in Paris, promises production version

October 18, 2022

Renault is one of the few car manufacturers present at the Paris Motor Show 2022, and has used the occasion to present its 4Ever Trophy, a tribute to the classic Renault 4 and a preview for a production version coming soon. Last year, Renault celebrated the 60th anniversary of one of its most iconic models: […]

ACEA urges EU once again to increase number of charging points for EVs

October 13, 2022

According to data from the European constructors’ federation ACEA, 6 of 27 EU countries have less than one EV charging point per 100 km of road, with fast charging availability also below the level needed to support the growing electric vehicle market share. It’s not the first time that the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) […]

Lexus UX 300e gets new battery and 40% larger range

October 13, 2022

Lexus’ first battery-electric car, the UX 300e, gets a new battery that increases its range from 314 km to 450 km while also gaining a revamped interior and more body rigidity. However, no improvements to the previously lacking charging capabilities are mentioned. The UX 300e was launched in 2020 as Lexus’s first fully electric model. […]

Stuttgart University GreenTeam breaks 0-100 km/h record for EVs

October 12, 2022

The student-run GreenTeam of the University of Stuttgart has again broken the acceleration record for electric vehicles, with a lightning-fast time of 1,461 seconds from 0-100 km/hour, beating the previous record of 1,513 seconds set by a Swiss student team. Neither the Porsche Taycan nor the Tesla Model S Plaid comes close to the GreenTeam […]

Lordstown starts production electric Endurance pickup

October 04, 2022

American start-up Lordstown Motors and Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn have finally started production of the Endurance electric pickup truck. The vehicles are produced by the now Foxconn-owned former GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The manufacturer stresses that production will ramp up slowly due to supply chain constraints. The slow production start of the Lordstown Endurance […]

Audi Brussels will get Q4 e-tron production after all

October 03, 2022

The Audi factory in Forest (Brussels) will get a second model, next to the current e-tron. After initially denying the Belgian production plant’s request, Audi decided to let Audi Brussels build the Q4 e-tron to meet the high demand and shorten delivery times. In December 2021, the news broke that Audi Brussels had applied to […]

Daimler Truck sells 50 Mercedes eActros LongHaul to Hegelmann Group

September 29, 2022

Daimler Truck has already received an order of 50 electric Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul from the German transport group Hegelmann, only a few days after revealing the near-production version of the long-distance electric truck at IAA Transportation in Hannover. It has been a productive show for Daimler Truck at IAA Transportation. After showing the near-production ‘concept […]

BMW’s fall updates expand hybrid and electric portfolio

September 28, 2022

BMW has given a significant portion of its model range a refresh with the fall 2022 model updates. It includes the sales launch of the hybrid X1 and electric iX1 models, a new entry-level powertrain for the i4, new hybrid versions of the 7 Series, and more. The new BMW X1 features two hybrid models, […]

BMW M’s first electrified model is a 750 horsepower SUV

September 28, 2022

BMW has unveiled its XM (not to be confused with the Citroën XM), its first standalone M model since the M1, and also the first electrified full-fat M model from the brand. The large SUV combines a V8 engine with a 197 hp electric motor to generate 653 hp of total power, although a 748 […]

ElectricBrands presents three business-oriented vehicles

September 22, 2022

ElectricBrands, best known for their funky XBUS, brought three new vehicles to IAA Transportation in Hannover. The XBUS S, Evetta Cargo, and NITO C+S are all compact electric vehicles designed for business use but with a friendly touch. The German start-up ElectricBrands first came into the spotlight with two compact electric vehicles based on iconic […]

Maxus expands EU portfolio with electric pickup and minivan

September 21, 2022

Maxus has expanded its European model range with three new electric models: the T90 pickup truck, the MIFA 9 minivan, and the 7,5-ton Electric Light Truck. With this expansion, the Chinese manufacturer enters both passenger and heavier commercial vehicle markets. Maxus, part of the Chinese conglomerate SAIC and imported by Astara Western Europe in Belgium, […]

Quantron presents hydrogen truck with up to 1.500 km range

September 21, 2022

Quantron has presented its QHM FCEV Heavy Truck at the IAA Transportation in Hannover, a MAN TGX-based hydrogen truck that boasts driving ranges of up to 1 500 km. That would make it the longest-range hydrogen truck on the market, with delivery expected in 2023. The Quantron QHM FCEV Heavy Truck uses two 120 kW […]

Iveco presents (FC)EV vans and trucks partnering with Hyundai and Nikola

September 20, 2022

Iveco shows off its hydrogen and electric future for vans and trucks at the IAA Transportation in Hannover, thanks to partnerships with Hyundai and Nikola. Both the Daily light commercial vehicle and the Nikola Tre zero-emission truck will be available with either batteries or a hydrogen fuel cell. Back in March, Hyundai and Iveco announced […]

IAA: Daimler Truck presents eActros LongHaul with 800 km range

September 19, 2022

Daimler Truck has unveiled a ‘concept prototype version of the Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul at the IAA Transportation in Hannover. It previews the design of the long-haul electric truck, which will enter production in 2024 and boasts ranges of up to 800 km. The truck won the “2023 Truck Innovation Award” at the show, a prize […]

ICCT: ‘Subsidies needed to make hydrogen trucks viable by 2030’

September 15, 2022

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has conducted a study on the viability of decarbonizing European road transport with hydrogen trucks by 2030. It appears that, even with dropping (green) hydrogen prices and more stringent CO2 reduction measures, subsidies will still be needed to bridge the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) gap between renewable […]