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 […]

Zeekr starts delivery of 001 with +1.000-km range Qilin battery (update)

May 22, 2023

In January, Zeekr, part of the Geely Group, has given its shooting brake 001 an update for 2023. Now it starts delivering the single-motor WE version with a 140-kWh battery pack as an option for around €13 000 extra. This new Qilin battery from CATL, promises a range of over 1 000 km, according to […]

Honda expands European range with hybrid ZR-V and electric e:Ny1

May 15, 2023

Honda is accelerating its electrified assault on the European market with the hybrid ZR-V, a compact SUV between the HR-V and the CR-V, and the e:Ny1, an electric SUV that looks strikingly similar to the current HR-V. While Honda has fallen a bit behind in terms of electrification, with currently only a few hybrids and […]

Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3 delayed due to software issues

May 15, 2023

Volvo and Polestar’s new electric flagships are coming later than expected. Delays in the software development of the shared electric platform mean that both the Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3 are not expected before 2024, rather than the second half of 2023. The Volkswagen Group is not the only car manufacturer struggling with the software […]

Ford pilots hydrogen-fueled E-Transit in the UK

May 11, 2023

Ford is trialing the viability of a hydrogen-powered E-Transit thanks to funding from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Center (APC). The pilot program will investigate the total cost of ownership, real-world range, and uptime, but we will have to wait until after 2025 for the results. Ford has dabbled in hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles several times, […]

ABB tests Megawatt Charging System (MCS) with some help from Scania

May 11, 2023

The Swiss charging infrastructure specialist ABB is testing its upcoming Megawatt Charging System (MCS) for fast-charging heavy electric vehicles. A pilot charger has successfully been used on a next-gen electric truck from Scania, bringing MCS chargers closer to reality. Where CCS (Combined Charging System) has been the standard for AC and DC charging of electric […]

Colruyt starts testing with electric 44-ton and refrigerated trucks

May 10, 2023

Colruyt is working toward its goal of having all of its transport operations zero-emission by 2035. The retail group has taken delivery of a 44-ton Volvo FM Electric and five smaller electric refrigerated trucks from Volvo and Scania. The heavy truck will distribute goods to the Colruyt Group supermarkets and stores, while the refrigerated trucks […]

Abarth 500e full model range and pricing announced

May 08, 2023

After selling out the Scorpionissima launch edition, Abarth has now announced the full model range of its first electric model, the 500e. There are two equipment levels, both available as a hatchback or a convertible model, with European pricing starting from around €39 000. The 500e is Abarth’s first foray into electric mobility, following the […]

Volvo starts testing 1.000 km range hydrogen truck on public roads

May 08, 2023

After unveiling the prototype in 2022, Volvo Trucks has started testing its hydrogen fuel cell electric truck on public roads. It promises a range of 1 000 km, with refueling times of less than 15 minutes. But series production is still a few years away. In June 2022, Volvo Trucks presented its hydrogen-electric heavy truck, […]

California to phase out ICE trucks sales by 2036 to 2042

May 04, 2023

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has voted unanimously to start phasing out trucks with internal combustion engines (ICE) by mandating zero-emission vehicles in fleets with the so-called Advanced Clean Fleets regulation. The first phase is set to start in 2025 in harbor environments, followed by a sales stop for combustion box trucks, vans, buses, […]

Daimler’s Fuso returns to US as Rizon with medium-duty electric trucks

May 03, 2023

Three years after Daimler Truck pulled Fuso from the US market, the Japanese brand is making a comeback as Rizon, which brings rebadged eCanter medium-duty electric trucks to the States to offer a wider gamut of EV options to transporters. Daimler Truck is not saying as much, but the newly-announced Rizon brand for the US […]

‘Cupra Tavascan to launch in China under a new VW sub-brand’

May 03, 2023

Until now, Cupra has been absent in China because of the cost and the risk involved. But with the Tavascan being made in China, the VW Group is looking into launching a new EV sub-brand for its Chinese-built models, according to Automobilwoche. The Spanish SUV coupé would lead the charge for this unnamed sub-brand. The […]

‘New’ Mercedes E-Class goes heavy on tech

April 27, 2023

Mercedes-Benz has launched the new generation of the E-Class W214, with a familiar shape but a revamped interior filled with displays and other tech features. However, under the hood, only 2-liter 4-cylinder engines are present at launch, with or without hybrid assistance. The new Mercedes E-Class does not represent a revolution in terms of design. […]

Maxus launches eDeliver7 one-ton electric van

April 26, 2023

Maxus has filled the gap in its range between the compact eDeliver3 and the large (e)Deliver9 with the eDeliver 7, an electric 1-ton van set to compete with the likes of the Ford E-Transit Custom, Peugeot e-Expert, and the Mercedes eVito. Maxus, part of the SAIC group along with the new MG, is further expanding […]

DAF Eindhoven inaugurates new electric truck assembly (update)

April 26, 2023

Already in January, DAF Trucks finished its Eindhoven compound’s new assembly line for electric trucks. Now, the Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate, has officially cut the ribbon for the inauguration of the 5 000 square meter DAF Electric Truck Assembly. The DAF XD and XF Electric presented at IAA 2022 will start rolling […]

Canada offers VW €8,8 billion to reel in giga-battery factory

April 24, 2023

VW Group’s battery subsidiary PowerCo has announced its plans to build its largest battery cell factory in Canada, investing up to €4,8 billion in its creation. It’s quite a safe investment as the Canadian government is offering up to €8,8 billion of subsidies in return. The PowerCo gigafactory in St. Thomas, Ontario, will have a […]

Ford F-150 Lightning to land in Europe via Norway

April 24, 2023

Ford has started the international career of its electric pickup F-150 Lightning, as the American manufacturer is preparing for a market launch in Norway. According to Ford, the customer demand for the product and the country’s advanced EV adoption were just too hard to resist. Although production of Ford’s first electric pickup truck is still […]

HEFT: EU research project for cheaper, sustainable electric motors

April 21, 2023

Eight European partners, of which five research facilities and three industrial partners, have joined forces to create a next-gen electric drive unit for mass-produced EVs. The goal is to create a synchronous motor that is more efficient, cheaper to produce, and, importantly, less dependent on rare earth materials from China. The Mondragon University in Spain […]

Eindhoven deploys 14 electric garbage trucks from DAF

April 21, 2023

Waste management collective Cure Afvalbeheer has ordered 14 DAF CF Electric garbage trucks. The first seven have been deployed to collect household waste in the Dutch municipalities of Eindhoven, Valkenswaard, and Geldrop-Mierlo. These new trucks are not only more pleasant for the environment, but they also make life easier for garbage collectors with their fully […]

Iveco opens new electric bus factory in Foggia Italy

April 20, 2023

Iveco Bus has inaugurated its new electric bus production facility in Foggia, Italy, near the Iveco Group FPT Industrial plant for industrial engines. This new Foggia factory should also produce the 500 ordered electric buses for the Flemish public transport company De Lijn. Iveco Bus was already present in Italy with its Suzarra plant, which […]

Scania’s long haul Northvolt battery to last 1,5 million km

April 20, 2023

Scania is starting production of its regional long-haul electric heavy-duty trucks later this year, with a range of about 350 km. Powering these trucks is a new battery from Northvolt, with prismatic cells, a 1,5 million km lifespan, and a much smaller carbon footprint compared to the industry average. Scania and Northvolt started the development […]

Porsche Cayenne: more power, more tech, more EV range

April 18, 2023

Porsche has heavily revised its flagship SUV Cayenne to extend its lifespan beyond 2026 when its electric counterpart is set to be released. The facelift model gets a slightly modified look, more powerful engines, more tech on board, and a bigger battery for the E-Hybrid version, allowing for a much more usable EV range. Although […]

Mercedes-Maybach goes electric with the EQS SUV

April 18, 2023

Opulence with an environmental conscience in the automotive world is now possible thanks to the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV. It’s not only Maybach’s first electric model, but it also features some sustainable innovations for interior materials. The luxury car segment has never been healthier, which means Mercedes-Maybach can afford to expand its model range a bit […]

Lancia Pu+Ra HPE brings Italian design into electric era

April 17, 2023

After more than ten years, Lancia has come out with a newly-designed car. The Pu+Ra HPE is not meant for production, but it shows the way for the next decade as Lancia embarks on its renaissance in the electric era. And it’s very much a designer’s car, with countless new materials, classic inspirations, and a […]

Ford invests €1,2 billion in Canadian EV production plant

April 13, 2023

Ford is investing heavily in its Oakville, Ontario assembly plant to transform it into an EV production hub, including a battery pack assembly factory. The Canadian plant, which currently produces the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus, will become an important keystone in EV production for North America. The investment of 1,8 billion Canadian dollars (ca. […]