MW Motors overhauls its Luka EV

November 29, 2022

In an update on its Luke EV project, Czech start-up MW Motors says it has extensively overhauled its Luka EV. New on the all-electric retro-styled car is a water-cooled motor, a bigger battery pack, better brakes, and a faster charger. And to provide more space and comfort, the interior has been redesigned completely. Chances are […]

Wide expansion of ULEZ zone across Greater London (update)

November 28, 2022

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed the decision to expand the Ultra-Low-Emission Zone (ULEZ) to all of Greater London. After the conclusion of a consultation round, Khan has now put a date on the expansion. As of the 29th of August 2023, older polluting cars will have to pay a fee to enter […]

T&E: ‘No way trucks on e-diesel can compete with electric trucks’

November 16, 2022

Within a few weeks, the European Commission will review the truck’s CO2 standards, and lobbying groups of the industry and the environmental NGOs are bringing the heavy cannons to bear for the last influencers’ battle. So does Transport & Environment, publishing a study proving e-fuels can’t compete with battery electric trucks even in the most […]

EU’s Euro 7 proposal to include pollution from brakes and tires

November 14, 2022

Last week, the Commission proposed reducing air pollution from new motor vehicles sold in the EU. The aim is to meet the European Green Deal’s zero-pollution ambition while keeping vehicles affordable for consumers and promoting Europe’s competitiveness. The proposal tackles emissions from tailpipes as well as from brakes and tires. The latter will also apply […]

Facelift turns Audi e-tron into long-range Q8 E-Tron

November 09, 2022

A new name and considerably more range. Those two novelties sum up the facelift for the Audi e-tron and its more dynamic coupé-like version, the Sportback. The updated model is easily recognizable by its new nose, featuring a more prominent grille and a led strip between the headlights. At the back, the badge has been […]

French politicians keep backing combustion engine

November 07, 2022

The French Minister of Transportation, Clément Beaune, pleads for a review clause in 2026 to readdress the end of the combustion engine in Europe by 2035. Beaune joins his compatriot Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs, who told European carmakers to keep investing in and assembling the internal combustion engine. In an interview with […]

WMO: ‘Europe warms up twice as fast as rest of world’

November 03, 2022

Europe is warming up twice as fast as the rest of the world. Between 1991 and 2021, temperatures in Europe increased by 0,5°C per decade. These figures are reported by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The ‘State of the Climate in Europe’ report was drawn up together with Copernicus, the EU’s climate research service, and […]

GM confirms ‘non-traditional’ return to Europe

November 03, 2022

General Motors has confirmed its return to Europe with electric cars. This can be deduced from the announcement that Jaclyn McQuaid has been appointed President and CEO of GM Europe. So far, the carmaker has revealed little about its new plans except that they involve a non-traditional approach to mobility centered around electric vehicles. McQuaid […]

EU takes next step to have ICE car ban by 2035 written in stone

October 28, 2022

Thursday evening, the negotiators of the European Parliament and the Member States have reached an agreement to have all new cars and vans sold beyond 2035 to be zero-emission. It’s the ultimate step to have the ban on gasoline and diesel cars, including (plugin-) hybrids, written in stone before final ratification. “This extremely far-reaching decision […]

VW brand boss Thomas Schäfer: ‘Only electric as of 2033’

October 28, 2022

After 100 days in charge of the VW brand, Thomas Schäfer has shed some light on future plans. He announced that the deadline for an all-electric line-up in Europe has been advanced to 2033 and that a 25 000 euros electric car is in the making. However, the brand must also rationalize its production strategy. […]

Half of Spain’s EV PERTE subsidy program goes to Seat

October 27, 2022

The Spanish government has released details on its funding program PERTE, which must support the transition of its old automotive manufacturing ecosystem into a modern hub for electric vehicle production and battery manufacturing. Volkswagen’s branch, Seat, will receive half of the reserved subsidies, worth almost 900 million euros. This turns Seat into the top recipient […]

Is Europe’s biggest lithium mine in France?

October 25, 2022

Allier, in the center of France, awaits one of the most promising mining fields for lithium in Europe. Primarily because of its strategic position and size. The industrial minerals group Imerys announced Monday that it will start mining this lithium deposit by 2027. The site in Allier will be “one of the largest” in Europe […]

Euro 7 to leave carmakers some slack?

October 24, 2022

The new Euro 7 ruling for tailpipe emissions is reportedly not going to be as drastic as feared. It seems that the European Commission is giving some leeway to carmakers who strongly lobbied against stringent measures. The new ruling will most likely eclipse the current standards for gasoline-powered vehicles under Euro 6. According to the […]

Only zero-emission city buses to be sold in EU by 2027?

October 24, 2022

Several major European cities and NGOs have urged the EU Commission in a letter to push through sales of zero-emission city buses only no later than 2027. They fear without action from the EU, there will not be enough incentive for the bus industry to ramp up production and supply to keep pace with demand. […]

EU parliament approves binding targets for charging infrastructure

October 21, 2022

On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted the new ‘Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation’, abbreviated as AFIR, which set forth minimum requirements for charging infrastructure and hydrogen refueling all over Europe. In the new AFIR regulations, every member state is required to build charging stations for EVs at least every 60 kilometers on highways. For hydrogen stations, […]

BYD finally attacks European market

October 21, 2022

The Chinese manufacturer BYD has finally launched its attack on the European market. After starting in Norway two years ago, BYD now wants to deliver its vehicles to Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The markets in Austria, France, and Great Britain are still to follow in 2022. To do so, it will […]

Nearly a third of French are thinking of buying an electric car

October 21, 2022

Despite the remaining obstacles, 30% of French people are considering buying an electric car and 54% a hybrid. Only 12% of French people say they are “attached” to the internal combustion vehicle. This is evident from an online survey of about 1 300 people conducted by Odoxa, a French polling company. In 2035, when it […]

Tavares: ‘EU should favor local EV production’

October 18, 2022

At the press day of the Paris Motor Show on Monday, CEO of Stellantis Carlos Tavares lashed out at European policy concerning electrification. He stated that a ‘made in Europe’ label should receive preferential subsidies. He also repeated his warning on the social implications of abolishing the combustion engine, claiming electrification is too expensive for […]

T&E: ‘Chinese car brands getting foothold in Europe’

October 17, 2022

According to Transport and Environment (T&E), sales of European electric vehicles are cooling because current CO2 rules are not compelling enough. The organization also warns that this could erode the competitiveness of European car brands, with Chinese newcomers absorbing an important piece of the market. In the first half of 2022, sales of electric cars […]

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) […]

EU again hands out 35.000 free round-trip train tickets to the young

October 12, 2022

For the second time this year, 35 000 young Europeans have a chance to win a free train ticket to travel around Europe. The so-called autumn call is open until 25 October at noon to applicants from Erasmus+ countries. To win a ticket, young people are invited to apply on the European Youth website and […]

Amazon pumps €1 billion into greening its European car fleet

October 10, 2022

US giant Amazon plans to more than double its fleet of electric vehicles making deliveries in Europe. The multinational technology company that focuses on e-commerce, among others, is planning an investment of more than 1 billion euros over five years, it announced on Monday, to work on decarbonizing its transport network in Europe. Amazon, the world’s largest […]

Brussels Motor Show hosts COTY Award Ceremony

October 03, 2022

The 100th-anniversary edition of the Brussels Motor Show (BMS, 14-22 January 2023) will host the Award Ceremony for the election of the Car of the Year (COTY) for 2023. In past years, the ceremony took place at the beginning of March at the Geneva Motor Show. The Swiss Motor Show didn’t take place in the […]

Mazda and fuel makers urge EU to keep ICE alive after 2035

September 26, 2022

In a joint letter to EU policymakers, Mazda, a coalition of fuel makers, and CLEPA, the European association of automotive parts suppliers, ask to safeguard an additional route to defossilize transport next to electrification. According to the alliance, the high cost of raw materials, geopolitical uncertainty, and a complex roll-out of sufficient charging infrastructure across […]

XPeng seeks new breath with record-charging G9

September 23, 2022

With the launch of the G9, Chinese EV maker XPeng is trying to make up for a difficult year. The detailed specifications unveil a high-end SUV with a charging capability that dethrones the Porsche Taycan as the fastest in the world. In August, XPeng Motors showcased a new 480 kW ultra-fast supercharger so that, in […]

EU approves another €5,2 billion state funding for hydrogen projects

September 22, 2022

The European Commission has given 13 member states the green light to boost hydrogen projects with up to €5,2 billion in state funding, an exception to the standard policy because considered an ‘Important Project of Common European Interest’ (IPCEI). The Hy2Use state funding project was jointly prepared and notified by thirteen Member States: Austria, Belgium, […]

Umicore opens Europe’s first battery materials ‘gigafactory’ in Poland

September 21, 2022

Wednesday, 21st of September, Belgian circular materials technology company Umicore inaugurated its carbon-neutral production facility for cathode-active materials for electric vehicles in Nysa, in the south of Poland. It will be Europe’s first ‘gigafactory’ with a complete circular and sustainable battery materials value chain. The gigafactory will supply battery materials to Umicore’s car and battery […]

Gentlemen, start your tradings: Porsche IPO over ten days

September 19, 2022

Despite the stormy climate at the stock exchange, with a recession looming and profit warnings ringing alarm bells, Volkswagen is launching an IPO of its goldcrest Porsche on the 29th of September. Referring to its most iconic sports model, 911 million shares will be made publicly available, representing a quarter of the company. On Sunday, […]

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 […]

AdBlue shortage threatens German freight sector

September 08, 2022

The sky-rocketing gas prices are making another victim. As a raw material for the production of AdBlue, Germany’s biggest manufacturer of the additive SKW, Piesteritz warns of a shortage. The projected bottleneck could severely impact the logistics sector. The urea-based fluid AdBlue became a prerequisite for trucks and passenger vehicles with the Euro 6 norms […]

EU wants its own ores for electric motor production

August 25, 2022

While Europe is in a catch-up race for battery cell production, it holds a top position worldwide for producing electric motors used in electric cars and wind turbines. However, because of the sector’s strong dependence on imports for its rare earth materials, Europe has kickstarted the REEsilience project. This must investigate local sourcing while setting […]

European EV market: 1 in 20 sold here is Chinese

August 19, 2022

The Chinese carmakers aren’t taking Europe by storm. Only 5,4% of the electric cars on the continent come from a Chinese manufacturer, and the significant majority is attributed to only two brands. Covid-19 restrictions in the homeland are also clipping their commercial span width. Figures from German data company Matthias Schmidt shed light on the […]

Belgium goes wild on the VW ID.Buzz

August 19, 2022

The new VW ID.Buzz has popularity written all over its nose. Having opened the car configurator in May 2022, the German car manufacturer has already sold most of this year’s planned output. With already 1 000 orders, Belgium is growing a solid and dedicated fan base for the electric flower power van. It shouldn’t be […]

VW boss says Euro 7 puts next-generation Golf at risk

August 05, 2022

Has the famous VW Golf reached a dead-end? In an interview with German newspaper Welt Volkswagen brand CEO Thomas Schäfer admitted that the future existence of its core model no longer is to be considered a certainty, unlike in the past. The German automaker’s new CEO, Thomas Schäfer, expressed strong caution about the Golf’s future, […]

BMW scales up battery production in Leipzig

August 01, 2022

BMW has scaled up battery production at its Leipzig plant. The additional battery production line will enable the Leipzig plant to assemble battery units for the i4, after it had previously mainly produced batteries for the iX. The second production line for battery modules has just started up at the Leipzig production site, which began […]

France buries plan for technical inspection of motorbikes

July 27, 2022

The French government has abolished the decree imposing technical control for motorbikes over 125 cc from 2023. President Emmanuel Macron is thus fulfilling his promise, even though the measure should be compulsory from this year according to a European directive. According to the French Minister for Transport, Clément Beaune, “other methods can effectively achieve the […]

Number of LEZ in Europe up 40%

July 22, 2022

The number of low-emission zones (LEZs) in Europe has increased by 40% over the past three years. The statement comes from the European Clean Cities Campaign, a coalition of NGOs whose goal is to achieve emission-free mobility in major European cities by 2030. In Belgium, only Brussels has announced a complete phase-out of fossil fuels […]

Bosch invests €3 billion in semiconductors

July 14, 2022

The world’s largest car industry supplier, the German Bosch Group, has announced it will invest €3 billion in semiconductors between now and 2026. It is encouraged by the recently emitted European ambitions to secure Europe’s autonomy in the field. “We are preparing ourselves for an ever-increasing demand for chips,” said Bosch CEO Stefan Hartung on […]

Volkswagen breaks ground for its SalzGiga battery factory

July 08, 2022

Six years after Tesla completed its first Gigafactory, Volkswagen has begun building its own in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony. The construction start marks the roll-out of no less than six battery cell factories for Europe under Volkswagen’s PowerCo umbrella. “Today is a good day for the automotive industry and Europe.” Those were the words of German […]

EU Parliament sets roadmap to fly on sustainable aviation fuel

July 08, 2022

On Thursday, the European Parliament agreed to set a roadmap for the sector to fly on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from food waste, animal fat, or hydrogen, and CO2 instead of pure fossil kerosine. The MEPs went further than the EU Commission, setting the bar to 85% added SAF by 2050 instead of the […]

MEPs no longer obstruct green label for natural gas and nuclear

July 07, 2022

The Members of the European Parliament (MEP) no longer object to the controversial proposition of the European Commission to give some investments in nuclear energy and natural gas a green and sustainable label. From now on, they will get a green label in the classification system for investors. According to the European Commission, gas and […]

ACEA: ‘Almost one in five cars sold in EU in 2021 has a plug’

July 07, 2022

With a market share of 18% or 1 744 520 newly registered cars in Europe, the ‘electrically chargeable’ car uptake has multiplied tenfold in the last five years. That means almost one in five cars sold has a plug (BEVs and PHEVs), compared to one in ten (10,5%) the year before. It’s one of the […]

EU toughens emission ratings for PHEVs by 2025

July 06, 2022

On Tueday, the EU agreed on the Commission’s updated proposal to toughen emission ratings for plug-in hybrids (PHEV) by 2025 to mimic better the actual amount of CO2 they emit on the road, being sometimes three times higher than assumed. The so-called ‘utility factor’, used to calculate the share of electric driving in estimating CO2 […]

EU member states stick to ‘zero-emission’ cars only from 2035

June 29, 2022

Early in the morning on Wednesday, the 27 member states of the European Council approved the ‘Fit for 55’ climate plan of the Commission, reducing CO2 emissions for cars by 55% by 2030 and 100% by 2035. Despite the last-minute maneuvers of car-producing countries like Italy to postpone the date, the 27 stick to 2035 […]

Dark clouds form above 2035 EU ban on ICE cars

June 27, 2022

All eyes are set on the European council, where the member states search to agree on a joint position after the European Parliament has voted in favor of a ban on the sales of combustion-engined cars as of 2035. However, the deadline could still be jeopardized. Major countries like Italy, France, and Germany support more […]

EU launches Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation

June 27, 2022

The European Commission calls on all partners in the aviation sector to join forces in an alliance on zero-emission aviation. Over the next two decades, the Commission says, more than 44,000 new aircraft are expected to be on the market. It estimates the potential market volume for zero-emission aircraft at 26 000 by 2050, with […]

ACEA: Netherlands and Germany provide half of EU’s charging stations

June 22, 2022

Some 50% of all charging points in the European Union are concentrated in only two countries: The Netherlands and Germany. These findings were published in a study by the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association ACEA, unveiling a substantial disparity among the member states. At the same time, signals are appearing that the further rollout of the […]

Will GM return ‘electrically’ to Europe?

June 17, 2022

Since the US number one car manufacturer sold Opel/Vauxhall to Stellantis five years ago, its presence on the old continent has been minimal. However, that could change in the (electric) future. GM CEO Mary Barra has recently declared that she thought her company was ready to return to Europe. If so, that will be with […]

Ten more Hyundai Nexos on hydrogen for European Parliament

June 16, 2022

On Tuesday, Hyundai Belux officially delivered ten units of its hydrogen-driven Nexo to the European Parliament’s professional drivers. Within the framework of the EU Research and Technology Development Project, there is already a fleet of ten Nexos operational since May last year. That fleet is now doubled. MP’s can use the hydrogen cars when they […]

Disgruntled Stellantis steps out of ACEA

June 14, 2022

Car manufacturing group Stellantis (a fusion between FCA and  PSA) has announced that it will withdraw from the European manufacturers association (ACEA) before the end of the year. The group and its relentless boss Carlos Tavares are not happy with the way ACEA has failed to influence the EU decision on banning all ICE cars […]

Die is cast: EU Parliament votes end of ICE car in 2035

June 09, 2022

Europe has taken a historic step on Wednesday with the Parliament voting a ban on sales of new cars or vans with an internal combustion engine (ICE), including plug-in hybrids, from 2035 on. Only manufacturers selling less than 10 000 – mostly exclusive sports cars like Ferrari – can apply for a derogation for a […]

Mobilize drops 40 ride-hailing cars in the streets of Madrid

June 07, 2022

Renault’s mobility branch Mobilize has delivered 40 units of the Limo model to its first customer, the Spanish ride-hailing brand Cabify. The cars will be operated in Madrid by Vecttor, a subsidiary of Cabify. In autumn, Mobilize will expand its Vehicle-as-a-Service (VaaS) model to Paris, with more European cities to follow in the coming months. […]

Mate Rimac raises fresh money, Porsche follows

June 02, 2022

EV start-up Rimac has raised 500 million euros in a funding round, attracting investment from new players from the financial sector. As not to dilute its share in the Croatian company Porsche stepped in as well, with an undiclosed but double-digit million cash injection. Everybody knows Rimac from its zero-emission supercars, flirting with 2.000 hp […]

Germany’s tax break causes Dutch fuel rush

June 02, 2022

German villages adjacent to the Dutch border are experiencing a flood of Dutch fuel tourists after the government having lowered the pump prices. With differences of some 25 euros per tank herds of drivers from the Netherlands are crossing the border for a cheaper fill. The German police is patrolling to keep the local traffic […]

All-new Lexus RX gets a plug, but don’t think BEV

June 01, 2022

Lexus took the wraps from its completely redesigned RX, the fifth generation successor of one of the very first SUVs in Europe. The car finally offers a plug-in hybrid version, puts dynamism at the forefront, and introduces a turbo version. Some sacred shrines are scattered to pieces by Lexus. While the Japanese, living in strongly […]

DATS24 opens second hydrogen fuel station in Wilrijk

May 31, 2022

As part of a complete network of five hydrogen filling stations, DATS24 opened a second unit in Wilrijk yesterday. The forecourt lies along the busy lanes of the A12 and not far from the city of Antwerp, where garbage trucks drive on the emission-free fuel carrier. The plan for DATS24 to roll out several hydrogen […]

Tesla wants to expand the Gigafactory in Berlin

May 30, 2022

Arne Christiani, mayor of Grünheide, has confirmed that Tesla has applied for an expansion of the Gigafactory. The newly developed area must provide the factory with logistics space, parking and a goods station. The expansion covers 100 hectares, but the mayor assumes that the permission will be granted. Tesla’s expansion plans are not new. In […]

Two bidders on ITA Airways

May 25, 2022

The Italian government has received two offers to acquire a majority stake in the Italian airline ITA Airways, the successor of Alitalia. One offer comes from Lufthansa, joining hands with the Swiss maritime group MSC. The other comes from an American investment group, Certares Management. This offer is backed by Air France/KLM and the American […]

North Sea to become largest green power plant in EU

May 19, 2022

Together with Denmark, Germany, and The Netherlands, Belgium will increase the capacity of wind turbines in the North Sea tenfold by 2050, to a total capacity of 150 gigawatts. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) signed an agreement on this on Wednesday in Esbjerg, Denmark. The sky-high energy prices and the ongoing military conflict […]

Volvo Trucks opens its first battery plant in Ghent

May 18, 2022

Volvo Trucks has inaugurated a factory for battery assembly in Ghent, aside from its plant for truck assembly to support its electrification program. The site will not complete cells but put together packs supplied by Samsung SDI. Volvo Trucks already has several all-electric heavy-duty vehicles in its portfolio with the FH, FM, FMX, FE, and […]