‘Maserati first luxury brand to complete EV line-up by 2025’

March 18, 2022

By 2025, there will be an electric Maserati across the entire range, and by 2030, the last car with a combustion engine will have left the factory. That was the CEO of Maserati Davide Grasso’s message in a nutshell on Thursday’s media briefing on the financial results of the carmaker for 2021. Grasso also released […]

EU agrees on ‘battery passport’ for more sustainability

March 18, 2022

The Ministers for the Environment of the European Union have reached an agreement in Brussels on the rules for using and reusing industrial batteries and batteries for domestic use. Future batteries should be more sustainable, reusable, and have a longer life-span. This implies that the production, use, and processing of used batteries has to become […]

Avant e-tron concept shows Audi stays faithful to station wagons

March 17, 2022

Audi took the wraps from the A6 Avant e-tron concept as a prelude to its annual media conference. The station wagon is the second concept hinting at Audi’s electric future in the mid-size executive class, sharing most of its technology with the A6 Sportback e-tron unveiled in Shanghai last year. The message? Audi is not […]

Ukrainian war could cut car production by 700 000 units

March 16, 2022

According to an analysis by Wells Fargo, global car production could shrink with up to 700 000 units during the first half of the year or 15% of Europe’s output. With 17 factories, Ukraine is one of the top producers of wire harnesses, which is in particularly high demand for building EVs. Due to the […]

EU envisioning total export ban on premium cars to Russia

March 15, 2022

The European Union is envisioning a total ban on exporting to Russia premium and luxury cars from brands like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche, among others, as part of its fourth package of sanctions. According to Bloomberg news agency, it would apply to all models above €50 000. It also would include […]

One third of new buses in EU alternatively-powered

March 15, 2022

According to the statistics of the European manufacturers’ organization, ACEA, almost one-third (31,2%) of the newly registered buses in the EU are already powered by alternative fuels. The other two-thirds are still diesel-powered. Overall in 2021, 68,8% of all new buses registered in the European Union ran on diesel. However, electrically-chargeable buses posted strong growth, […]

Ford to sell more than 600 000 EVs in Europe by 2026

March 14, 2022

Today, Ford announced significant strides toward an all-electric future in Europe, which will see the company transform and offer a new generation of seven all-electric, fully-connected passenger vehicles and vans by 2024. “I am delighted to see the pace of change in Europe – challenging our entire industry to build better, cleaner, and more digital […]

Wide expansion of ULEZ zone across Greater London

March 08, 2022

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced his decision to expand the Ultra-Low-Emission Zone (ULEZ) to all of Greater London. As for now, the zone covers the areas within the North and South Circular Roads, but under the expansion, the whole territory within the M25 will be monitored for polluting cars. The rules remain […]

EV registrations soar in Norway and plummet in Europe

March 03, 2022

In February, more than three-quarters of the Norwegian registrations were EVs. Moreover, the Ioniq 5 was the best-selling model in the Scandinavian country. The result stands in deep contrast to the European picture, where EVs entering the market have plummeted to half their share at the end of 2021. Though the Norwegian registration figures from […]

Impact of Ukraine war on automotive industry deepens

March 03, 2022

On both sides of the frontline, the automotive industry has to take measures to cope with the consequences of the hostilities in Ukraine. While local production in Russia is mostly suspended until further notice, international car export to the country is grinding to a halt. Meanwhile, the sanctions lead to the temporary closure of assembly […]

Toyota Logistics bets on trains to reduce carbon footprint

March 02, 2022

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has sent its first batch of Yaris cars across the channel by train freight. This stepping stone will lead to a broader logistics network that ultimately connects the European plants of the car manufacturer by rail. As a result, it targets a significant CO2 reduction. In France, Toyota’s Valenciennes Vehicle Logistics […]

Belgian rail gets 445 million euros extra to invest

February 28, 2022

Belgian rail network manager, Infrabel, and rail company NMBS/SNCB will be able to invest an additional 445 million euros in the coming years thanks to European and federal money. The money comes on top of the investments via the traditional allocations they receive. For Infrabel, it is 357 million euros, for NMBS/SNCB 88 million euros. […]

EU grants €10 million to Battery Alliance Academy

February 28, 2022

The EU Commission has granted 10 million euros to the European Battery Alliance (EBA) Academy to come up to speed. The latter, part of the renewable energy agency EIT InnoEnergy, intends to supply support for the industry to train, upskill and reskill some 800 000 workers needed by 2025 to meet demand in the battery […]

Is VW bringing Porsche finally to the stock market?

February 23, 2022

A decision has not yet been taken, but Volkswagen has admitted that it is preparing a framework to get the Porsche brand publicly listed. The German group has to reach an agreement with its largest shareholder, Porsche SE, a separate legal entity that despite its name has nothing to do with the sports car business […]

Chinese EV brand Voyah debutes in Europe this summer

February 21, 2022

Voyah is the latest Chinese car manufacturer to hit the European market. The premium EV brand is opening a flagship store in Oslo. With the first batch of its SUV Free to arrive in June, customers should get their deliveries in Q4. Following the example of BYD, XPeng, and Nio, the company intends to expand […]

New Kia Sportage PHEV reaches almost 80 kilometers emission-free

February 18, 2022

Already unveiled at the IAA Mobility in September last year, Kia has finally released full specs on the plug-in hybrid version of the all-new Sportage. The Korean car brand doesn’t miss out on its first PHEV version in the Sportage range, claiming that the compact SUV can reach a maximum of 78 kilometers of emission-free […]

Canalys: ‘EV adoption level is highest in the world in Europe ‘

February 18, 2022

Sales of electric vehicles, including battery-electric and plug-in hybrids, rose by 109% last year, according to research by analyst company Canalys. Demand for electric cars is gaining strong momentum globally, but the growth of more than 109% shows a very different face from one region to the other. Where electric vehicles represent 15% of the […]

Tesla 3, Audi e-Tron, and BMW iX3 best-selling EVs in Belgium

February 17, 2022

As in the rest of Europe, the Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling EV in Belgium last year. It accounted for 2 466 registrations and comfortably took the lead. The podium is completed by the Brussels-made Audi e-Tron (1 887) and the BMW iX3 (1 413).  The latter receiving a bronze medal doesn’t come as […]

Hedin acquires four additional Belgian Mercedes dealerships

February 16, 2022

The Swedish automotive group Hedin reinforces its position as the biggest Mercedes dealer in Belgium. It has acquired four additional retail points with workshops in and around Antwerp from Mercedes Group. Hedin already owns fifteen dealerships of the German brand, including three Truck Centers. While it is a multi-brand player offering 32 different makes, it […]

EU parliament wants carbon footprint label for batteries

February 11, 2022

The European Parliament wants to make batteries more sustainable by reducing their environmental and social impact. Therefore, the Environment Committee has adopted a new proposal to strengthen the EU rules for the design, production, and disposal of batteries. The parliamentary committee wants batteries to carry a label that reflects their carbon footprint, an upper limit […]

Here’s the Tonale poised to save Alfa Romeo

February 09, 2022

Alfa Romeo has finally lifted the curtain on its compact SUV, Tonale. In many ways, this is the little brother to the Stelvio, but despite being smaller, it carries a lot more weight on its shoulders. As the first electrified Alfa, it must compensate for the poor sales performance of the Stelvio and its saloon […]

EU plans to inject 42 billion euros in its chip industry

February 07, 2022

On Tuesday, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton will present the European Chips Act. It embodies the ambitious plan of the European Union to leverage the research in and production of its chip industry. Though not yet approved, the Union wants to invest 42 billion euros in the sector, doubling its presence on the global market […]

EU’s green label for nuclear and gas under fire

February 03, 2022

The decision of the European Commission on Wednesday to give gas and nuclear energy a ‘green’ label provokes criticism. For environmental organization Greenpeace, it’s an act of ‘greenwashing’. But getting that label for gas won’t come without a considerable cost. To get a green label for gas, power plants have to keep their CO2 emissions […]

French Verkor to build low-carbon battery gigafactory in Dunkirk

February 02, 2022

Grenoble-based industrial start-up, Verkor, has announced it will build the third battery Gigafactory of France in Dunkirk. The foundation stone for the plant should be laid in 2023, and the first high-performance, low-carbon battery should be delivered by 2025. Production capacity is planned to rise from 16 to 50 GWh by 2030. This €2,5 billion […]

ECA: ‘Fossil fuel subsidies undermine EU climate policy’

February 01, 2022

The 55 billion euros of fossil fuel subsidies handed out annually by EU governments threaten to derail the union’s ambitious climate plans, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said on Monday. “Taxing energy can support efforts to combat climate change. But current tax levels do not reflect the extent to which different energy sources pollute,” […]

UK car production plummets to 1956 level

January 28, 2022

The output of the British car industry sunk to a significant low in 2021. With 859 575 vehicles assembled, it reached the same level as in 1956. The fall in production was at 6,7% compared to the pandemic year 2020, and down by more than a third compared to the last ‘normal’ year, 2019. “Last […]

Tesla’s record profit beats all expectations

January 27, 2022

“2021 was a breakthrough year for Tesla and electric vehicles in general,” announced Tesla CEO Elon Musk while commenting on the earnings results of his company. It was indeed a record year. It’s the second consecutive year that Tesla is in the black, but the rise in income is nothing less than spectacular. Compared to […]

Bosch and VW to accelerate autonomous driving

January 26, 2022

Practice makes perfect. Only a week after Bosch and Volkswagen announced a collaboration for equipment solutions in battery factories, the two German giants are teaming up for another technology roll-out. This time the supplier and car-maker will join forces to scale up autonomous driving. Basically, they want to accelerate the market launch, for which both […]

EU doubts Belgium will meet 5G roll-out target by 2025

January 25, 2022

The European Court of Auditors fears Belgium won’t meet the requirements of the Union for the roll-out of the 5G ultra-fast telecom network in all major cities and along the major transport routes by 2025. Belgium is at the bottom of the class, together with Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Croatia. A former Belgian minister, Annemie […]

European car sales take a historical deep dive, but why?

January 19, 2022

Since the beginning of the registrations, dating from 1990, the European market never performed so weakly. According to the federation of European car manufacturers (ACEA), sales fell back in 2021 to 9,7 million units across the EU, a further decline of -2,4 percent compared to the year before. And 2020, heavily affected by Covid-19, was […]

T&E survey: ‘76% support stricter EU car emission rules’

January 18, 2022

According to a YouGov survey, a large majority of people support stricter EU car emission rules for manufacturers to make cars as clean as possible. YouGov, commissioned by Transport & Environment (T&E), questioned more than 8 000 people from seven European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Roumania, and the Czech Republic. More than three-quarters […]

EU Court of Justice dismisses ruling on Euro 6 diesel

January 14, 2022

This Thursday, the European Court of Justice overturned the partial annulment of a European regulation relaxing Euro 6 emission standards. It had been requested and obtained back in 2018 by the cities of Brussels, Paris, and Madrid, which saw the relaxing as a ‘license to pollute’. After the dieselgate scandal was brought to light, the […]

Soaring lithium prices: Europe to open its own mines?

January 14, 2022

Lithium, cobalt, and nickel, the metals essential to the manufacture of the batteries for electric cars, are so sought after that Europe is preparing to open mines and refineries to reduce its dependence on imports. After all, Europe is far too dependent on external powers, particularly China, for its energy transition. With soaring prices – […]

D’Ieteren Belgian importer for Rimac electric supercar

January 14, 2022

Already the most established player in the field of performance cars, with Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Bugatti, the Belgian car importer D’Ieteren is adding one more name to its portfolio of exclusive brands: Rimac Automobili. David Favest, General Manager of Bentley, Lamborghini, and Bugatti at D’Ieteren, explains: “We are very proud of becoming one of […]

In 2022 Volvo will triple BEV production in Ghent

January 12, 2022

The chip shortage put a dent in the production of Volvo Car Gent last year. But for 2022, the company is looking forward. The plant plans to triple its output of all-electric models and take its final steps to become a climate-neutral site. 2021 wasn’t the best of years for Volvo Car Gent. While output […]

ACI: ‘No reason to fly planes empty to keep airport slots’

January 07, 2022

Airlines have no reason to fly planes empty in Europe to keep their airport slots. That is what ACI Europe, the association representing Europe’s airports, says, expressing dismay at the controversy that arose after Lufthansa said carrying out some 18 000 unnecessary flights just to keep its time slots. About 3 000 of these are […]

France no longer allows 44 ton international trucks

January 03, 2022

From 1 January this year, France restricts international freight transport by trucks over 44 tons. More than 40 tons will only be permitted for intermodal transport by French trucks. France has ended all ambiguity surrounding the maximum weight for cross-border transport with the new legislation. The UPTR, the Professional Union of Transport and Logistics in […]

Northvolt commissions Europe’s first battery gigafactory

December 30, 2021

Swedish battery-startup Northvolt has commissioned its Skellefteå factory in the north of the country by producing the first prismatic battery cell on site. Production will fully start in 2022, ramping up to a capacity of 16 GWh annually. That’s enough to power about 300 000 electric cars. Ultimately, the factory will output 60 GWh per […]

Green light to turn Brussels Schuman Square into esplanade

December 27, 2021

Urban.brussels has delivered the building permit to start converting the Brussels Schuman Square in the European quarters of the Belgian capital, merely a three-lane roundabout today, into a green pedestrian esplanade. Brussels building agency Beliris is to start works by the end of 2022. The latter was confirmed on Friday by Minister-President Rudy Vervoort (PS) […]

Lightyear wants an affordable solar car by 2025

December 17, 2021

Is it driving on sunshine for less than € 30 000 within a few years? That’s the new target for Dutch start-up Lightyear, a specialist in solar cars. The news breaks shortly after the company secured the necessary fundings for its pioneering car, the One (pictured above), which will be offered for a retail price […]

EU plan: faster trains, EV chargers, and H2-stations along TEN-T network

December 15, 2021

The EU Commission has presented a four-pillar Action Plan for a cleaner, greener, and smarter mobility on the cross-border transport network through Europe and its nine major corridors. That means shifting more passengers and freight to rail and inland waterways, the roll-out of charging points every 60 km along highways, hydrogen filling stations at 150 […]

Italy aligns itself with EU on ICE ban in 2035

December 14, 2021

The Italian Interministerial Committee for the Ecological Transition (CITE) has aligned itself with the EU Commission’s proposal to ban the sales of new cars with an internal combustion engine from 2035. For light commercial vehicles, this would be extended to 2040. A note from the Ministery for Ecological Transition specified it would apply to cars […]

Germany extends subsidies for electric cars

December 14, 2021

The German government is extending subsidies for electrified cars by one year. In 2022, the purchase of an e-car will continue to be subsidized up to a maximum of 9 000 euros and 6 750 euros for plug-in hybrids. These subsidies, introduced in July 2020, have played a vital role in the record increase in […]

Three Chinese carmakers to join VW’s CO2 Pool

December 13, 2021

Three additional Chinese carmakers, NIO, Xpeng, and Lynk & Co, have joined Volkswagen’s open CO2 Pool to help achieve the EU goals for 2021-2022. Those are set at a maximum of 95 g/km average CO2 output over the entire fleet of newly sold cars. The latter was published by Berlin-based EU industry market analyst Schmidt […]

At least 8 bicycle places for every new Belgian train

December 13, 2021

All new trains of Belgian railway company NMBS/SNCB will have at least eight places for bicycles starting in 2025. This is stated in a preliminary draft law by Minister of Mobility, Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo), the Council of Ministers approved on Friday. The obligation will apply to new trains that are put into service. Existing trains […]

Toyota’s product show is not an all battery-electric future

December 03, 2021

Toyota’s idea of our electric future is not just about battery-electric cars. That was the bottom line of the Kenshiki (translated as ‘Insight’) forum held in Brussels on Thursday. The brand showcased the new production model Corolla Cross Hybrid, some European premieres, and further outlined its path toward carbon-neutrality in Europe by 2035. Alongside the […]

Danish-Belgian undersea high-tension cable confirmed by signature

November 24, 2021

The Flemish Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen) has signed a political agreement in Copenhagen for the construction of an undersea high-tension cable between Belgium and Denmark. The 600-km-long cable connection, called Triton Link, will be used to transport the surplus of energy of the numerous Danish wind farms to our country. Triton […]

ACEA: weakest October car sales ever (update)

November 19, 2021

The chip crisis isn’t going anywhere soon, and it shows in the latest registration figures. In Belgium, 25 045 cars were registered for October, 35,3 percent less than last year’s comparable month. According to the European manufacturers association ACEA, October was the worst month in European car sales since recording sales figures. Overall the year […]

Northvolt produces breakthrough battery cell from 100% recycled materials

November 16, 2021

The latest battery cell from Northvolt answers to one of the most important criticisms against battery production: the unethical and ecologically questionable mining process. The Swedish battery manufacturer has successfully produced its first lithium-ion battery cell made entirely from precious recycled metals. The nickel, cobalt, and manganese used in this cell came from the waste […]

Greece joins leading EU group to ban ICE cars by 2030

November 09, 2021

The Greek government has finally thought its climate plans through and is joining the leading group of European countries to ban the sales of new ICE cars already in 2030, five years ahead of what is currently on the EU Commission’s table. Second-hand cars are not affected. In 2025 Greece wants all new taxis in […]

Mini pinpoints the end of its combustion engine

November 04, 2021

More details have emerged on Mini’s plans to become a fully electric brand by 2030. As of next year, BMW’s sub-company will launch a new generation of an all-electric platform, and in the year 2025, its showrooms will see the last model equipped with a combustion engine. The target is that by 2027 half of […]

Renault reinvents 4L and pleads for innovative French car industry

October 28, 2021

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Renault 4, the brand decided to team up with designer Mathieu Lehanneur to reinvent the vehicle. At the same time, CEO Luca de Meo pleads for less complaining and more innovation throughout the French car industry. The iconic Renault 4L has turned 60. It was a small and […]

New Nissan Leaf will be a crossover

October 20, 2021

The replacement of the Nissan Leaf will be a crossover model based on the Alliance platform CMF-EV. It will be built at the plant in Sunderland, England, starting in 2025. This was confirmed by Nissan’s European boss Guillaume Cartier to the British magazine Autocar. The Nissan Leaf hatchback was one of the first EVs to […]

New Volvo battery plant in Ghent?

October 19, 2021

There’s a chance that Volvo Cars chose Ghent as the site to build an entirely new (giga)factory for batteries. The plant should produce 300 000 to 400 000 battery packs per year and provide jobs for 3 000 people. Like many other car manufacturers, Volvo wants to be more independent of the (primarily Asian) battery […]

Macron’s France 2030 plan: €1,5 billion for nuclear and hydrogen

October 13, 2021

Months away from the French elections, President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled his ‘France 2030’ plan. Grounds are laid to invest 30 billion euros in hydrogen, nuclear, electric cars, green airplanes, renewable energies, and even aerospace. The president wants France to “become a great innovation nation again.” To the energy sector, Macron has allocated a total […]

Europe’s first lithium converter plant in Germany by 2024

October 12, 2021

Canadian group Rock Tech Lithium has invested 470 million euros in constructing the first lithium hydroxide converter in Europe. The plant that is to be built in Brandenburg (Germany) should produce around 24 000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide per year, starting in 2024. This would be enough to equip around 500 000 EVs. “Our […]

EU demands zero tolerance for alcohol and drugs in traffic

October 07, 2021

The European Parliament demands a zero-tolerance for alcohol and drugs on the road throughout the European Union. There should also be a 30 km/hour speed limit in every residential area. Since the current European recommendations are 20 years old, the Parliament considers the time to open the debate on new road safety measures. Moreover, things […]

GB stickers no longer valid for driving abroad

October 01, 2021

British motorists driving outside the UK are no longer allowed to use the old-style ‘GB’ indication on their cars. Instead, they have to display a ‘UK’ sticker, or they need the UK identifier on their license plate. The new UK governance guidance has been in place since Tuesday, September 28th, and is said to be […]

ACEA rings alarm bell on charging infrastructure

September 30, 2021

Eric-Mark Huitema, Director General at the European car manufacturers association ACEA, rings the alarm bell. He warns that the ambitious ‘Fit for 55’ emission reduction program of the European Commission is doomed to fail. The lack of charging infrastructure necessary to implement the energy transition will be a stumbling stone. “A badly managed transition will […]