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. […]

Kia wants to sell 1,6 million EVs by 2030

April 11, 2023

Like Toyota, Kia has unveiled its electrification strategy for the near future with an updated version of its ‘Plan S’. That includes a growth strategy with a goal of 4,3 million vehicles sold yearly by 2030, with an EV market share of around 40%. In addition, the Korean manufacturer wants to make niche ‘Purpose-Built Vehicles’ […]

Mini’s new in-car digital companion has four paws and is called Spike

April 11, 2023

Man’s best friend is getting a promotion to a digital assistant. Mini debuts the English Bulldog Spike in its Concept Aceman for the Auto Shanghai show, starting next week on April 18th. It’s still a design concept for now, but Spike will make its way into Mini’s digital ecosystem in the future. Spike has been […]

Ford Pro CEO : ‘Software-based vehicle is much harder to design than EV’

April 06, 2023

Just before the presentation of the new Ford E-Transit Courier, we got a chance to sit down with the CEO of Ford’s commercial vehicle operation Ted Cannis. He offered some insight on what’s next for Ford Pro, and how he would like to see some support from the Belgian government for electric commercial vehicles. “At […]

Ford launches new E-Transit Courier compact electric van

April 06, 2023

Ford has revealed a new generation of its most compact commercial vehicle, the Transit Courier. This new model improves its practicality with a larger cargo area and will also get an electric version. In contrast to its bigger brothers, Transit Connect and Transit Custom, this model was not built in collaboration with Volkswagen. The new […]

Rivian still struggling to increase production rate, but ‘on track’ for 2023

April 06, 2023

Rivian has published its official Q1 2023 production and delivery numbers, with 9 395 and 7 946 vehicles, respectively. That is slightly less still than the numbers achieved in Q4 2022, although the American EV start-up assures its customers and investors that Rivian is on track to produce 50 000 vehicles in 2023. Life is […]

Tesla’s Giga Berlin finally ramped up to full speed

April 06, 2023

After facing numerous delays and difficulty finding – and keeping – workers, Tesla’s Brandenburg Gigafactory near Berlin has finally ramped up to full speed with three shifts. And a fourth weekend shift could also be on the cards if the production rate keeps increasing, with a cheaper and more compact Tesla on the horizon. It’s […]

D’Ieteren’s Taxis Verts reflects on 6 months of hydrogen taxi usage

April 04, 2023

D’Ieteren’s Taxis Verts and Colruyt’s Virya Energy started a pilot project in September 2022 with a Toyota Mirai as a hydrogen taxi to see if this type of drivetrain is a suitable option as the taxi sector in Brussels is forced to electrify by 2025. With half of the year-long test program completed, both companies […]

GM scraps Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to sell more subscriptions

April 03, 2023

General Motors has revealed its plan to scrap Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity from its electric vehicles. However, Google will be providing its Android Automotive infotainment system to GM. The General wants to gather more data from its users and also aims to sell them subscription services to use some apps or connectivity […]

BMW i5 finishes winter testing ahead of October debut

March 30, 2023

BMW has rounded off a year-long winter testing program with the i5, the first all-electric 5 Series. This testing validated the powertrain’s and heating system’s ability to perform at extremely low temperatures and provided valuable data for fine-tuning the torque delivery and unique stability control systems. The electric BMW 5 Series has had to prove […]

Daimler Truck secures order of 200 electric Freightliners for California

March 29, 2023

Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing has placed a large order of 200 electric Freightliner trucks, which will mainly be used in Southern California. The Freightliner eM2 medium duty and eCascadia heavy-duty e-trucks have a driving range of up to 230 miles and will be offered to Velocity’s fleet customers, including a charging service. Daimler Truck’s […]

Kia shares technical details of EV9: 541 km driving range

March 29, 2023

Kia already gave us a look at the design of its EV9, with its boxy shape and three-row seating, but now the Korean manufacturer has revealed all of the relevant technical data of the flagship SUV. And that includes the 541 km driving range of the most efficient version, thanks to a new-gen battery used […]

Audi’s new naming: even numbers for EVs, odd for ICE

March 28, 2023

With the final life cycle of internal combustion engines (ICE) in sight, Audi has decided to change its model naming structure to differentiate its fuel-powered models from its electric vehicles. As a result, new EVs will have an even number (A4, A6, A8), while ICE-powered models will be odd-numbered (A3, A5, A7). But the e-tron […]

Toyota partners with Electreon to wirelessly charge its EVs

March 28, 2023

Toyota and component supplier Denso have signed an agreement with Israeli wireless EV charging specialist Electreon to develop a wireless charging solution for the electric vehicles of the Japanese car manufacturer. This includes integrating wireless charging in new vehicles, an aftermarket solution for existing cars, and a plan to standardize the technology. Electreon specializes in […]

Schaeffler’s hub motors electrify street sweepers and snowplows

March 27, 2023

German drivetrain parts specialist Schaeffler has developed a compact electric hub motor suited for municipal utility vehicles, with manufacturers of street sweepers, snowplows, and garbage collectors already showing interest. This innovation represents a new step in eliminating air and noise pollution from cities and other densely-populated areas. Schaeffler has been innovating in the electric drivetrain […]

Ebusco to deliver 63 electric buses for Groningen

March 23, 2023

Dutch electric bus manufacturer Ebusco has secured a new deal with Dutch public transport company Qbuzz, providing up to 63 Ebusco 3.0 electric buses for the Groningen and Drenthe provinces. The new-gen buses are equipped with a large battery pack, allowing them to perform their daily duties without recharging. Qbuzz is a regional public transport […]

BMW backs up dual-rotor electric motor startup DeepDrive

March 22, 2023

BMW’s venture capital unit i Ventures has co-led a series A investment round for DeepDrive, a German start-up producing dual-rotor electric motors, which promise more range, less material use, and a lower production cost than current state-of-the-art motors. With the investment, DeepDrive wants to start a recruitment drive leading to mass production in 2026. Other […]

Kia Concept EV5: China First

March 22, 2023

Kia has unveiled a new concept car, the Concept EV5, which resembles the recently introduced electric SUV EV9. This more compact model previews a production model later this year, initially destined for the Chinese market. Kia seems to have found some confidence in its bold styling, first introduced with the EV6 and most recently with […]

Polestar 3 launched €30.000 cheaper in China

March 21, 2023

Polestar has unveiled the Chinese version of its Polestar 3 SUV, which also gets a significantly lower price than what was first announced during the global model reveal. Meanwhile, the brand is launching a new sporty BST version of the Polestar 2. When the Polestar 3 was first revealed to the world, the Swedish-Chinese brand […]

Harley-Davidson launches LiveWire One in Europe for €25.000

March 20, 2023

Harley-Davidson has finally opened reservations for the One electric motorcycle from its LiveWire sub-brand. It will cost around €25 000 and will initially be available in Europe, with deliveries starting in April. The LiveWire One is initially launching in just four European countries: Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the UK. No Belgian pricing or launch […]

World’s first Tesla Supercharger V4 launched in the Netherlands

March 16, 2023

Tesla has implemented the first batch of V4 Superchargers in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, which offers improved compatibility with a wider range of vehicles thanks to a longer charging cable and the ability to offer up to 1 000 V and a theoretical 615 kW of electricity. Tesla has been gradually improving their Supercharger fast-charging stations, […]

Hyundai’s H2 ICE truck engine ready for mass production in 2025

March 15, 2023

Hyundai Doosan Infracore (HDI), the manufacturer of heavy machinery and construction equipment, has developed a hydrogen combustion engine. Not for passenger vehicle use but for commercial vehicles, construction equipment, and power generators. The 11-liter unit will be ready for mass production by 2025. HDI has completed the design of its hydrogen combustion engine for commercial […]

Volta Zero gets European type approval and is ready for production

March 14, 2023

The 16-ton electric Volta Zero from Swedish start-up Volta Trucks has received its European Whole Vehicle Type Approval, which means it can be sold in Europe and that it’s finalized for production. Series production of the Volta Zero is expected to begin soon, with an “early Q2 2023” deadline set by the company. Volta Trucks […]