Online store Coolblue becomes green energy supplier

January 28, 2021

Coolblue, the well-known Dutch online supplier of electronics and household appliances, expands its services and now offers green electricity and gas in the Netherlands. The plan fits in with its ambitious goal to become the first energy supplier to help consumers save energy by suggesting energy-saving appliances and offering discounts. Apart from electronic appliances, Coolblue […]

Renault: Twingo will die, Mobilize is the future

January 28, 2021

French car manufacturer Renault has announced that the current (third) generation of Twingo will be the last. Small cars with combustion engines aren’t profitable anymore. The answer to the mobility problems caused has to be brought by Renault’s new Mobilize department. “Renault will leave the A-segment,” says CEO Luca de Meo. “It has become complicated […]

Study: ‘shipping wind and sun to Belgium is feasible’

January 27, 2021

A study by the Hydrogen Import Coalition (HIC) shows that shipping wind and solar energy from other sunny and windy parts of the world to Belgian ports is ‘feasible and cost-effective’. The idea is to use hydrogen carriers that are fairly easy to transport, like ammonia, methanol, and synthetic methane. There is not enough renewable […]

Stellantis and Engie create joint venture for electric mobility

January 27, 2021

Through its FCA Italy subsidiary, Stellantis has signed a full set of agreements to create a joint venture with Engie EPS, the industrial player within the Engie Group. The new entity aims at becoming champion in e-mobility, offering services ranging from residential and public charging infrastructure to charging subscription and V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technologies. Engie and […]

HysetCo to replace 600 Parisian diesel taxis by FCEVs

January 27, 2021

HysetCo, the French asset management company that runs a fleet of more than 100 hydrogen-powered taxis in Paris under the Hype brand has acquired cab operator Slota Group. Toyota Mirai FCEVs will progressively replace Slota’s current fleet of 600 diesel taxis. Two new hydrogen filling stations near Paris will open in 2021, to be extended […]

EU approves second project for ‘European Battery Innovation’

January 27, 2021

The European Commission has approved a second project under EU state aid rules to support research and innovation in the battery value chain. The project, called ‘European Battery Innovation’, counts as an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI). Participating member states are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, and […]

‘Renewables have overtaken fossil fuels in EU in 2020’

January 26, 2021

According to Agoria Energiewende and Ember’s annual study, renewables overtook fossil fuels to become the European Union’s main source of electricity for the first time in 2020. The study compiles and analyses the full-year 2020 electricity generation of every EU country, tracking Europe’s electricity transition. This report’s key topics include renewables growth, conventional power generation, […]

Shell buys German lamppost charging specialist ‘ubitricity’

January 26, 2021

Dutch oil giant Shell will buy German charging point manufacturer ubitricity if allowed to do by competition authorities. The Germans are specialists in integrating EV charging points into lampposts and bollards. In the UK, ubitricity has built in more than 2 700 chargers into ‘street furniture‘ already, being the largest provider with a market share […]

‘Tesla to produce newest generation of batteries in Berlin’

January 26, 2021

According to the German press agency DPA, citing sources in the industry, Tesla will produce its newest generation of batteries in its Berlin giga-factory. These battery cells have a much higher density, can be packed tighter together to give a car, according to DPA’s sources, a 16% greater range. It looks like the Gruenheide factory […]

Vietnamese manufacturer VinFast previews three EVs

January 26, 2021

The new Vietnamese car manufacturer VinFast has shown its first three electric models. The VF31, VF32, and VF33 are all SUVs, respectively, in the C, D, and E segments. The manufacturer gave some initial technical specifications. He wants to accept first orders in Vietnam in May and hopes to be present in Europe at the […]

Audi announces exit plan for internal combustion engines

January 25, 2021

Audi is planning an end date for the combustion engines of its A4 and A6 models. The same will apparently occur for the A8. Even in plug-in hybrids, Audi no longer wants to invest heavily. These decisions are part of the exit plan from the internal combustion engine drawn up under Audi CEO Markus Duesmann. […]

ACEA: 100-fold increase of e-trucks needed to meet EU targets

January 22, 2021

European truck makers estimate that around 200 000 zero-emission trucks will have to be in operation by 2030 to meet the CO2 targets for heavy-duty trucks. Based on new data from the European Manufacturers Association ACEA, this would require a staggering 100-fold increase in the space of under ten years. A new study by the […]

Volkswagen will have to pay EU fine on CO2 targets

January 22, 2021

In contrast with other manufacturers, the VW Group will have to pay a fine of approximately €140 million for exceeding the average CO2 emission rate established for the group in 2020 by 0,5 grams. The pandemic and problems with the ID.3 launch have caused retardation resulting in the fine. According to VW, the fine will […]

Four hydrogen stations for Picardy Wallonia

January 21, 2021

Green electricity provider Luminus and the regional development agency IDETA will set up four hydrogen filling stations and two production electrolyzers of green hydrogen in Picardy Wallonia by mid-2022. The goal is to ‘decarbonize’ heavy road transport by offering a hydrogen alternative in four industrial clusters in the region. These clusters are the industrial zones […]

Belgium wants undersea electricity link with Denmark (update)

January 21, 2021

The Flemish Minister for Energy, Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen), wants to install an underwater electricity connection between Belgium and Denmark, the Belga press agency announced on Wednesday. Energy provider Elia and environmental organization Greenpeace are in favor of the idea. According to Elia, it will provide our energy-intensive economy with a lot of renewable […]

Mercedes launches the EQA, its compact EV

January 21, 2021

On the 4th of February, the new compact EV of Mercedes-Benz, the EQA, will go on sale all over Europe. EQA is a derivative of the recently renovated GLA and will be built in Germany and China. In Belgium, the car will be sold with a €52 756 price tag (€43 800 VAT excluded). “Mercedes […]

De Lijn to redo its e-bus tender homework (update)

January 21, 2021

This week Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) urged public bus company De Lijn to redo its homework for the tender for 200 (of 970) electric city buses. The ‘small print’ of the preliminary tender conditions demanding proof for delivering 150 e-buses in the past would exclude Belgian bus builder Van Hool – the […]

StoreDot: ‘five-minute charging becoming commercial reality’

January 20, 2021

Israeli battery developer StoreDot has made its first – in China produced – ultra fast-charging batteries samples available to showcase to possible manufacturers in the electronics or EV sector. StoreDot showed in 2019 already an electric scooter with its experimental technology charging fully in only five minutes. Based in Herzeliya, Israel, the company claims that […]

Stellantis CEO Tavares: ‘We will save our brands and our jobs’

January 20, 2021

With his first press conference in a very austere setting, Carlos Tavares, the newly appointed CEO of the Stellantis PSA/FCA merger, outlined the great lines of what will be Stellantis. Stellantis will be formed by no less than 14 brands, all classified ‘iconic’ by the CEO. “Thanks to the fusion, the brands that lacked investments […]

Porsche expands Taycan range with base model

January 20, 2021

Porsche is launching an additional version of its first all-electric travel sedan, the Taycan. It is a two-wheel-drive base version that offers the greatest autonomy due to its more limited engine power. The latest rear-wheel-drive Porsche Taycan completes the existing range of the Taycan Turbo, Taycan Turbo S, and Taycan 4S and will retail starting […]

Tesla extends partnership with battery pioneer Jeff Dahn

January 20, 2021

Tesla is extending its five-year-long partnership with the Canadian Battery Research Institute of pioneer Jeff Dahn at the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to ‘at least 2026’. Dahn’s team gets help from two other authorities in the field, German Michael Metzger from Bosch and Chongyin Yang from the Maryland University. Since the start of […]

Share4Mobility: Renault dealers go for car-sharing

January 19, 2021

Ten Belgian Renault dealer groups have joined forces to promote car-sharing. Under the name Share4Mobility, they want to ensure national coverage, anticipating the trend for less car ownership and more alternative car use. Share4Mobility is the initiative of 10 Belgian Renault dealer groups, representing a yearly car volume of some 80 000 new cars. Autopartners, […]

Municipalities can participate in Luminus’ wind turbine projects

January 19, 2021

On Monday, energy provider Luminus and Zefier, a communal holding participating in environmentally friendly energy production, have created Zo-Fier, a common subsidiary that will focus on developing, constructing, and exploiting projects for renewable energy in the 168 municipalities Zefier is active in. Luminus has a 55% participation in Zo-Fier, Zefier 45%. The main goal is […]

Audi tests grid black-out prevention with e-trons

January 15, 2021

German carmaker Audi has set up a small-scale test in Germany to mimic one of the ‘horror scenarios’ skeptics of the electric car are projecting for the future: a black-out of the grid. The latter could become likely when several owners of powerful EVs want to charge locally at the same time. The solution, says […]

Groupe Renault announces strategic plan ‘Renaulution’

January 14, 2021

On Thursday, Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo announced a new strategic plan, called Renaulution. The aim is to shift the group’s strategy from volume to value. The plan is structured in three phases: resurrection (up to 2023), renovation (up to 2025), and revolution (from 2025 onward). The Group sets itself also new financial objectives. […]

Total and Engie to build 40 MW electrolyzer for hydrogen

January 14, 2021

In a joint press release, French petroleum group Total and French energy provider Engie have announced the launch of the Masshylia project for hydrogen production from renewable electricity. A new 40 MW electrolyzer will be built on Total’s biorefinery in La Mède, France. Fed by green electricity from solar panels will produce up to five […]

Stellantis: starting the real work

January 14, 2021

Stellantis, the recently approved fusion between FCA and PSA, has been welcomed positively. Now the real work starts. Is the new group going to ignore the huge Chinese market? What about synergies? What about financial welfare? Questions to ask, answers to find. The international dimension of the fusion is obvious. It’s clear why PSA (strong […]

Dutch Fastned sells more electricity despite pandemic

January 13, 2021

Dutch fast-charging network Fastned has sold 14% more electricity in Q4 (a total of 3,3 GWh) in the five countries it’s active in, despite the pandemic limiting commuter traffic with people working from home. Underlying factors are a strong growth of the number of electric vehicles sold, pushing Fastned’s active client base up by 25% […]

VDL Roeselare to deliver 102 e-buses for Oslo

January 12, 2021

VDL Group will build 102 electric Citea buses for the city of Oslo (Norway’s capital). It’s VDL’s largest order of e-buses ever. The buses will be manufactured in Roeselare and should be operational in Oslo as of January 2022. Norway’s capital has the ambition to become completely emission-free by 2028. The city already has 40 […]

Interesting Chinese EV newcomer Aiways U5: we drove it

January 11, 2021

The coming year will see a small avalanche of new Chinese brands on European markets, a lot of them producing electric vehicles. Aiways is one of them, and with a little delay due to corona, the first product, a full-electric SUV called U5, has finally landed. We give you a first impression. The U5 is […]

Elia: ‘2020 shows 31% record growth in renewable energy’

January 08, 2021

According to the annual figures from the electricity network administrator Elia, several renewable energy records were broken last year. The production of solar and wind energy increased by 31% to 15,1 TWh or 18,6% of the energy mix. Wind energy went up from 3 796 to 4 670 MW – mainly thanks to the two […]

‘Air pollution would push ten thousands of Dutch to move’

January 08, 2021

Ten thousands of Dutch citizens would like to move to seek for better air quality. Some actually do but others don’t have the possibility (or financial means) and stay where they are. That is the conclusion of the Lung Fund, which calls on municipalities to join the Clean Air Agreement. Together, they want to improve […]

Volvo triples electric production in Ghent and will build V40 successor

January 07, 2021

Volvo Cars reported the strongest second-half sales numbers in the company’s history in 2020, as fast-growing demand for its electrified cars boosted the company’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic impact. The company will triple its electric production in Ghent and introduce a second model on the ‘small’ CMA-platform, as a successor of the V40. The […]

Share Now adds 70 BMW i3s to its Amsterdam fleet

January 06, 2021

Car-sharing specialist Share Now, the European market leader in the field, has decided to add 70 new, completely electric BMW i3 models to its fleet in Amsterdam. The cars will be gradually introduced in the months to come, but today already 40 of them will be introduced. Share Now has been providing a car-sharing service […]

The car market (2): EVs booming, over 50% in Norway

January 06, 2021

All over the world, car sales have suffered from the corona pandemic. However, 2020 is also the year of the beginning breakthrough of the electric car. On Tuesday, we paid attention to our home market and close neighbors; this time, we’ll take a look all over the world. The figures of the car markets all […]

The car market suffered from corona in 2020

January 05, 2021

Last year there were 431 491 new cars registered in Belgium, 21,55% less than in 2019. In France, the sales total in 2020 is 1,65 million, a 25,5% decline. In the Netherlands the total sales figure is 356 051, also a 20% regress compared to 2019. At the same time, electrifcation is on its way. […]

Chinese-American Seres 3 electric SUV is on the market

January 04, 2021

The Belgian importer OneAutomotive brings its first electric car on the market. It’s a compact SUV called Seres 3. With a basic price of €32 690, it will compete with cars like the MG ZS EV (already on the market) and others that will be there soon. OneAutomotive is a recent venue on the Belgian […]

Germany to close coal power plants and tax CO2 in 2021

January 04, 2021

Germany will introduce two energy transition projects. On the one hand, the country will invoice every ton of CO2 emitted by transport and households; on the other hand, it will gradually close a first total energy plant. According to the Belga press release, both projects result from intense political negotiations. Greenpeace and other climate crusaders […]

Dutch have already 1 163 electric buses operational

January 04, 2021

More than 20% of buses in the Dutch public transport system have become ‘green’ in five years. Since December, 1 163 emission-free buses are driving around in the Netherlands, almost 400 more than last year. According to knowledge platform Crow-KpVV, this rapid ‘greening’ of the sector results from clear targeting and interchanging of knowledge. The […]