Volvo Cars to build EV factory in Slovakia

July 01, 2022

Volvo Cars announced today it will establish a third manufacturing plant in Europe. The new state-of-the-art plant in Kosice, Slovakia, will be climate neutral and build only electric cars, underpinning the company’s ambition to become fully electric by 2030 and climate-neutral by 2040. By picking Slovakia as the location for its new plant, Volvo Cars […]

Bank of America: GM and Ford will dominate Tesla in US by 2025

July 01, 2022

Tesla’s share of the EV market is projected to collapse from 70% today to 11% in 2025. Bank of America analyst John Murphy announced the number one EV maker’s shrinking market share in his annual Car Wars forecast. Does losing dominance in its home country mean Tesla is going to march backwards? According to Murphy, […]

Mercedes injects €2 billion extra in European EV plants

July 01, 2022

Mercedes-Benz is injecting an extra two billion euros to prepare its network of European production plants for the brand to go all-electric by the end of the decade – ‘wherever market conditions allow.’ The German carmaker reshuffles production of the future product portfolio focusing on three categories: Top End Luxury, Core Luxury, and Entry Luxury. […]

Bankrupt SsangYong saved by Korean steel consortium

July 01, 2022

The tumultuous take-over saga at SsangYong has resulted in chemical-to-steel group KG becoming the new owner. The company outbid underclothing giant Ssangbangwool (SSB) and paid 950 billion won ($740 million) for the financially troubled Korean SUV specialist. The deal was conducted by biddings that needed the approval of the Seoul Bankruptcy court. Based on pricing, […]

France: TotalEnergies gives consumer ‘little present’ to avoid surtaxes

July 01, 2022

Not everyone is suffering from the supply shortage and the effects of the war in Ukraine. Big energy companies like TotalEnergies or maritime transport companies like CMA CGM register astronomic benefits. To avoid surtaxes, they propose ‘gifts’ to the average consumers. Total Energies will lower its gas prices along motorways by 12 euro cents per […]

A BMW ‘i’con comes to an end: i3 production has stopped

July 01, 2022

The ‘i’conic BMW i3 ends its production with just over 250 000 units produced in the eight and a half years of its existence. It has never been as popular as now, but BMW has other plans with its Leipzig factory, and, more importantly, the model didn’t make money. The small i3, BMW’s first fully […]

Fluxys and Equinox study undersea CO2 pipeline to Norway

June 30, 2022

The Belgian gas net manager Fluxys and the Norwegian energy company Equinox are analyzing the feasibility of an undersea pipeline for the transport and storage of CO2 in the Norwegian gas fields. The pipeline would connect Zeebrugge and Norway and cover a distance of 1 000 km. Industrial CO2, captured in Zeebrugge, could then be […]

Audi starts building new EV plant in China

June 30, 2022

Audi has started building its first plant dedicated to EVs in the Chinese metropolis Changchun, one of the largest automotive regions in the country. The site partners with state-owned carmaker FAW and will manufacture models based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) for the local market. The new factory is built on 150 hectares and […]

Citroën Ë-C4 X, variation on a single design theme

June 30, 2022

Citroën is developing an additional model to be positioned between the existing C4 and the C5 X. The new model will be baptised C4 X and will feature a 100% electric drive. Depending on the market, versions with combustion engines will also be offered for sale. In practice, the C4 X is an evolution based […]

Freyr ups the scale of its first Gigafactory in Norway

June 30, 2022

Norwegian battery-maker Freyr has received approval from its board to expand its plans for a Gigafactory in the country’s north. Called Arctic Giga, the plant is projected to raise its annual capacity to 29 GWh. The clearance for the larger-than-planned scale was announced simultaneously with Norway’s first official battery strategy. Giga Arctic is Freyr’s – […]

Humoristic Citroën My Ami poster campaign teases Tesla’s Elon Musk

June 30, 2022

Citroën has recently communicated that their My Ami Beach Buggy, a limited edition of 50 units, sold out in just 17 minutes and 28 seconds. A minimal, limited edition, so it was obvious from the beginning that the offer couldn’t match the nearly 1 800 signs of interest the French brand received. Still, such instant […]

Stellantis wants to master fully its energy consumption and electric production

June 30, 2022

Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, says being worried about the soaring energy tariffs. Add to that the steeply rising prices for raw materials, and you have a perfect storm that the car boss wants to counter with a 360° vision of mastering its total energy consumption and production. We have had the coronavirus, we still […]

Lineas gives rail freight a boost with silent brake blocks

June 29, 2022

Rail freight company Lineas will fit more than 5 000 wagons with silent brake blocks with the support of the Belgian federal government. The investment of 2,18 million euros is part of the ‘Retrofit Project’ and should give rail freight a much-needed boost. The government’s ambition is to double the freight transported by rail by […]

‘100th anniversary edition of Brussels Motor Show will be special’

June 29, 2022

The organizer of the Brussels Motor Show, Febiac, has announced that the anniversary edition (100) will be memorable. From 13 to 22 January 2023, the 100th edition will take place at the Brussels expo premises, and Febiac promises some ‘specific experiences’ next to the ‘normal’ show to put the anniversary into perspective. “Many brands already […]

Huawei, CATL, and Avatr to build four EVs together

June 28, 2022

Further details have emerged on the EV cars jointly developed by electronics giant Huawei, battery-maker CATL, and car manufacturer Avatr. Based on a new platform using cell-to-pack (CTP) batteries, four EV models are on the agenda by 2025. In addition, the architecture enables different body types and drivelines. The collaboration between these big Chinese industrial […]

Brussels-built Audi e-tron temporarily sold out

June 28, 2022

Only a week after Audi proudly announced that it is the market leader in Belgium in terms of pure electric vehicles, the e-tron assembled in Vorst (Brussels) appears to be completely sold out on the Belgian market. Audi is experiencing an excellent year in terms of electrically powered models. During the first months of 2022, […]

New car taxation scheme in Wallonia is coming

June 28, 2022

The Walloon government has reached an agreement on the new car taxation scheme that was already due for a certain time. Normally, the whole scheme should come into effect from 1 September 2023 onward and totally implemented by 2026. As well road tax and registration tax will be revised, the global ‘tax pressure’ should stay […]

Stellantis invests further in Vulcan Energy

June 27, 2022

Stellantis has invested €50 million in Vulcan Energy Resources. As such, it becomes the second-largest shareholder of the German-Australian lithium producer with an 8% stake. Vulcan and Stellantis have also extended their binding offtake agreement for lithium hydroxide by five to ten years, up to 2035. It has been known that Stellantis is betting on […]

Recall Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra because of possible wheel loss

June 27, 2022

More than 5 000 units of Toyota’s first fully electric model, the bZ4X, and Subaru’s sister model Solterra are being recalled because of a serious safety problem. In sharp turns with sudden braking, the wheel hub bolts can loosen to the point where the wheel can detach from the vehicle. Some 2 700 Toyota bZ4X […]

Musk calls Gigafactories in Texas and Germany ‘money furnaces’

June 24, 2022

Tesla’s most recent Gigafactories in Austin and Berlin are heavy cash burners because they don’t manufacture enough models. CEO of the electric carmaker, Elon Musk, said that the losses piled up to billions in a video interview with the Tesla Owners of Silicon Valley fan club. “Money furnaces”, was the exact phrasing from Musk. Cost […]

Alcopa leaves car importing business

June 24, 2022

The Belgian investment company Alcopa (owned by the Moorkens family) sells the remaining 40% of its shares in Astara Western Europe (formerly Alcomotive). Alcopa was active in the car importing and distributing business since its founding by Albert Moorkens and his wife Constance in 1937 but sold already 60% of its automotive division to Spanish […]

Mercedes Vision EQXX beats own record: 1 202 km range

June 24, 2022

On a trip from Stuttgart to Silverstone, the ‘most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever’ breaks its own efficiency record and drives 1 202 km on a single battery charge. Thanks to its innovative thermal management system, the Vision EQXX prototype car achieved an amazing average electricity consumption of 8,3 kWh/100 km. Following its record-breaking maiden trip from […]

BMW inaugurates state-of-the-art EV plant in China

June 24, 2022

BMW has inaugurated its state-of-the-art new EV plant in Shenyang, China. Plant Lydia, as it is called, produces for BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd an extended, fully electric version of the classic 3-Series we know, but exclusively for China. Plant Lydia is the first BMW Group plant fully planned and simulated in the virtual world from […]

Umicore to build world’s biggest EV battery recycling plant

June 23, 2022

Belgian Umicore will invest half a billion euros in a new EV battery recycling plant in Europe, the biggest in the world. The location is yet to be decided, defined by good logistics and the availability of schooled personnel. It should be operational by 2026 and recycle 150 000 tons per year. The investment is […]

Final vote ‘Fit for 55’: ACEA welcomes ETS2 for transport sector

June 23, 2022

In a second vote on the climate ambitions of the European Commission, assembled under the ‘Fit for 55‘ umbrella, the European Parliament has agreed with the remaining issues and measures to reduce greenhouse gases by 55% in 2030. A central issue is the reform and the enlargement of the Emission Trade System. The European car […]

Ford chooses Valencia to manufacture next-gen EVs

June 23, 2022

Ford Europe has chosen its Valencia plant in Spain as the preferred location for vehicle assembly, based on a next-generation electric vehicle architecture. Valencia has been preferred over the Saarlouis plant in Germany. “Pending product approval, the Valencia plant could produce breakthrough electric and connected vehicles beginning later this decade, says a Ford press release. […]

Russian Lada restarts production with ‘naked’ Granta Classic

June 22, 2022

The Russian car manufacturer, Avtovaz, entirely in Russian hands since Renault has left, has started production again and launched a (very) basic version of its Granta, the cheapest car on the Russian market, also due to its lack of essential safety devices. Although the Granta Classic has been spent a little facelift and is equipped […]

Tesla Berlin’s workers grumble at higher wages for hard-to-find newcomers

June 21, 2022

Germany’s biggest union in the automotive industry, IG Metall, warns of social tensions and disquiet at Tesla’s only European factory in Berlin. The American company tries to lure in new workers with higher paychecks than those of the 5 000 people already on the payroll and who earn not enough. According to the union, discontent […]

Volvo starts testing its first fuel cell electric truck

June 21, 2022

Swedish truck builder Volvo Trucks has unveiled its first heavy-weight fuel cell electric truck with a range of more than 1 000 km and two 300 kW generating fuel cells on board to handle up to 65 tons of weight. Refueling takes only 15 minutes as a regular diesel truck. Cellcentric will provide the fuel […]

ACEA wants EU building directive to be more ambitious

June 21, 2022

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) commented on the latest EU plans, part of the ‘Fit for 55’ climate package. Regarding the regulations for private/non-public charging infrastructure, the Commission has to be more ambitious. Of course, ACEA welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to review the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) as part of the […]

BMW to build new e-drives in Austria

June 21, 2022

BMW Group has announced that it will also develop and produce the next generation of electric drives at its main engine plant in Steyr, Upper Austria, from 2025. The plant will be converted to produce 600 000 of the new generation e-drives per year. In Steyr, BMW wants to manufacture the rotor, stator, gearbox, inverter, […]

Faraday FF 91 finally on the road this year?

June 20, 2022

California-based electric start-up Faraday Future will be able to launch its debut FF 91 model without additional funding during the third quarter of 2022, CEO Carsten Breitfeld told Reuters news agency. However, he said the company would need additional capital later this year. Faraday Future expects to produce between 6 000 and 8 000 units […]

Joint venture between Honda and Sony is progressing

June 20, 2022

The joint venture between Sony and Honda for electric cars and mobility services announced in March is becoming more concrete. It will be called Sony Honda Mobility, based in Tokyo, and will be owned equally by both companies with an initial investment of 10 billion yen (about 7o million euros). The official establishment of the […]

Eight out of ten Ferraris will be electrified by 2030

June 17, 2022

Last year, appointed CEO of Ferrari, Benedetto Vigna, unveiled his strategic plan for the world’s most profitable carmaker at a shareholders’ meeting yesterday. By 2026, the sportscar manufacturer wants to boost revenue to 6,7 billion euros, from the 4,8 billion expected this year, driven by the launch of 15 new products and electrification of 60%. […]

Hydrogen pipeline to connect Belgium and France

June 17, 2022

Belgian gas grid operator Fluxys and the French company GRTgaz are joining forces to develop an open-access low-carbon hydrogen transmission system between the two countries. In this context, they have launched a call for building a pipeline network of some 70 km between the industrial zones of Valenciennes in France and Mons in Belgium. Fluxys […]

Polestar continues growth

June 17, 2022

The premium full-electric Geely daughter Polestar is continuing to grow. Over 32 000 customer orders have been registered globally for Polestar 2 since 2022. That’s an increase of 290% versus the same period in 2021. The brand is also expanding its market coverage and preparing to launch three other models. Meanwhile, the manufacturer has started […]

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 […]

Ford US recalls over 50 000 Mustang Mach-E EVs (Update)

June 16, 2022

In the US, Ford will recall some 49 000 Mustang Mach-E EVs for a possible battery problem. As a result, the manufacturer has asked its dealers to temporarily stop the delivery of new orders. The measure will also apply to the cars delivered in Europe. Meanwhile, Ford is facing a more significant problem: due to […]

Hope in dire times: SsangYong Torres

June 15, 2022

Despite an ownership battle in the background, SsangYong doesn’t refrain from looking ahead. The South-Korean niche player presents the Torres, a rugged and bold-looking SUV slotting between the Korando and Rexton that will also feature a fully electric version. Technical details are sparse, but it is clear that struggling SsangYong isn’t throwing in the towel. […]

Schaeffler to develop four-in-one drive unit for EVs

June 15, 2022

Schaeffler presented an innovative drive unit for electric vehicles at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Oslo. Schaeffler says that the ‘four in one electric axle’ system is compact and up to 14% more economical than a “conventionally” built electric vehicle. Schaeffler is a major supplier of automotive components. The group with Scandinavian roots began with […]

BMW iX with 1.000 km range coming?

June 15, 2022

Michigan (US) based battery start-up Our Next Energy (ONE) has signed an agreement with BMW Group to integrate its Gemini battery technology into a BMW iX. A prototype is to be completed by the end of this year and can then drive 600 miles or 965 kilometers on one charge. BMW Group is one of […]

‘Fine particle pollution from tires 1.850 times higher than exhaust’

June 14, 2022

As emissions from internal combustion engines (ICE) are reduced due to stricter standards and electrification, other sources of pollution such as brake and tire dust are taking the lead. For example, rubber tires emitting while wearing fine particles into the air are thousands of times more polluting than tailpipe emissions from (recent) cars. New research […]

BMW plans to export its Chinese Mini EVs to the US

June 14, 2022

According to the German newspaper Handelsblatt, the board of directors of BMW is discussing whether it should export its Chinese-made Mini EVs to the United States. The strategic U-turn follows after a road show where BMW gave a sneak preview of the zero-emission Mini to American dealers. Officially, the Bavarian carmaker denies the plan, but […]

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 […]

Audi’s pioneering charging lounge goes international

June 13, 2022

Following a pilot phase in Nuremberg and “overwhelmingly” positive feedback from customers, Audi has decided to expand its concept of charging hubs and take it beyond the German borders. Swiss Zurich is the next place where a mobile charging lounge of this type will be constructed, with Berlin and Salzburg shortly after. Remember Audi’s charging […]

Vitesco develops potential game-changing electric motor

June 13, 2022

At the 35th (EVS) Electric Vehicle Symposium in Oslo, German Vitesco Technologies, a spin-off from Continental, presented a new generation of electric motors. These no longer use a permanent magnet, but a second (controlled) electromagnetic field to bring the motor in motion. With this technology, far fewer rare earth metals are required for their manufacture. […]

Lightyear 0 (zero) ready for launch

June 10, 2022

Is solar power coming into the automotive business too? The Dutch manufacturer Lightyear has rebaptized its One into 0 (zero) and is ready for launch. Meanwhile, at the Ford proving grounds in Lommel, the Belgian Agoria Solar team is prepared to attack the world record (most km in 12 hours) with their BluePoint Atlas. During […]

Plug Power invests €300 million in Antwerp green hydrogen plant

June 09, 2022

The Albany, New York-based company Plug Power will build a factory in the port of Antwerp on the former Opel site, NextGen District, to produce green hydrogen, zero-carbon fuel created using renewable energy and electrolysis. The investment will amount to almost 300 million euros. The Port of Antwerp wants to convert the gigantic 11-hectare site […]

Porsche takes over German e-bike start-up Fazua

June 09, 2022

Porsche has taken over Fazua, a light and compact drive systems manufacturer for e-bikes. The take-over follows Porsche earlier taking a 20-per cent stake in the German start-up. It is also part of a drive at Porsche to expand the e-bike business. Fazua, based in Ottobrunn, near Munich, is considered by Porsche a ‘pioneer in […]

Van Hool launches new zero-emission bus line-up

June 09, 2022

Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool has just launched a new model range of zero-emission public transport buses and coaches for local transport at the Paris European Mobility Expo. Bus manufacturer VanHool is a family business from Belgian Koningshooikt (near the city of Lier), 75 years old in 2022, and primarily builds vehicles for Europe and […]

Dr. Alexander W. Wehr to be new CEO of BMW Group Belux

June 09, 2022

Dr. Alexander W. Wehr is moving to Belgium to become President and CEO of BMW Group Belux. He will succeed Eddy Haesendonck, who decided to leave the BMW Group. Stefan Reiff succeeds Wehr as Vice President of Customer, Brand, and Sales at BMW Motorrad. “Due to his extensive international sales expertise, Alexander Wehr is ideally […]

Seat sends Cupra ahead on electrification path

June 09, 2022

At the ‘Unstoppable Impulse Event’ in Sitges near Barcelona, Cupra previewed three electrified models to be launched before 2025. Mother company Seat unveils that way that its sporty/luxury sub-brand will lead the electrification path for the Spanish division of the VW Group. “For now, electrification is still a little bit expensive. So we think we […]

Hyundai’s original Ioniq bows out in July

June 08, 2022

Hyundai will soon cease production of the first Ioniq, the model that received a name that became the electric sub-brand afterward. According to the South Korean carmaker, the model’s production, which is available as a BEV, PHEV, and HEV, will end at the Ulsan plant in July. The Ioniq was launched in 2016, and since […]

New Fiat Doblò goes electric

June 08, 2022

Fiat has announced in a press release that a new Doblò will soon be available on the Belgian market. This third generation of the famous van will also be offered with an electric drivetrain. The renewal of the Doblò fits in the rationalization of the product range within the Stellantis group. Following Fiat’s integration into […]

Ford’s EVs to be sold directly from factory in North America

June 08, 2022

As for the North American market, Ford joins the growing list of car makers that sells electric models from the factory at fixed prices. Jim Farley announced at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference but didn’t specify when the Model e branch responsible for all zero-emission Fords would start with the new distribution model nor when […]

Polestar 3: first pic now, revealed in October

June 08, 2022

Geely’s daughter and Volvo’s sister Polestar has revealed the first entire picture of its Polestar 3, its first SUV. There’s also a date announced for the car’s world debut. It will be October 2022, the month when orders can also be taken. Production will start in early 2023. Other information on the new Polestar is […]

ACEA gets new Director-General and criticizes EU’s AFIR regulations

June 07, 2022

As of 1 September 2022, Sigrid de Vries will assume the position as the European car and truck manufacturers association’s new Director-General, following a decision by the ACEA Board of Directors. She will manage the association that unites Europe’s 16 major car, truck, van, and bus makers at the EU level. Concerning the Alternative Fuels […]

Solid Power starts pilot production of solid-state battery

June 07, 2022

The Denver-based start-up Solid Power, backed by Ford and BMW, announced it would be starting production of the first solid-state batteries for automotive testing on an EV cell pilot line. Solid-state batteries promise more energy density at a lower cost, hence longer ranges for electric vehicles soon. The pilot line is designed to produce large-format […]

Fisker Pear can be ordered from now in the US (update)

June 07, 2022

Next week, the Fisker Ocean debuts in Europe. From now on, American customers can reserve Fisker’s second model, the Pear (for Personal Electric Automotive Revolution). The Californian carmaker works with the Chinese contract manufacturer Foxconn to produce the all-electric city car. The first models are scheduled for delivery in 2024. Customers could pre-order the Fisker […]

Car market remains weak (Update)

June 07, 2022

May hasn’t brought relief for the car market in Belgium and Luxembourg. Compared to the same month last year, car sales declined by 16,7%, for the first five months of this year, the cumulated regress attains 16%. We see the same tendency in other countries. Norway remains an (electric) exception but sees hybrid car sales […]