Hopium will build its hydrogen car in Normandy

September 23, 2022

The Hopium Māchina, the French premium hydrogen sedan, is one step closer to production. CEO Olivier Lombard has announced that his company will construct a manufacturing facility in the North of France. Hopium has chosen Vernon, in the region of Douains, to erect its first plant. Once operational, the production lines will be capable of […]

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 […]

Renault proposes its French employees €1.000 premium

September 23, 2022

French carmaker Renault is proposing its 42 000 employees in its home country a ‘purchasing power’ premium of up to 1 000 euros, after negotiating with the unions for months about a wage raise. The company declared that the bonus would apply to all working in France, including part-time workers, and won’t replace future salary […]

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, […]

Belgium’s nuclear power plant Doel 3 pulls plug after 40 years

September 22, 2022

On Friday, 23rd of September, at 9 p.m. to be precise, the nuclear power plant Doel 3 in Antwerp will be closed after a 40-year career. It’s the first of the seven nuclear plants in Belgium to close down in the context of the nuclear phase-out. Despite Flemish Minister of Energy Zuhal Demir’s call to […]

Renault morphs electric R5 into a drifting machine

September 22, 2022

Who says a birthday cake can’t be spicy? Celebrating 50 years of its R5 icon, Renault pulls the veils of the R5 Turbo 3E, a commemorative concept car following in the footsteps of the iconic Turbo series. This all-electric sports version, limping between the real and virtual world, will be showcased to the public at […]

Punch Powertrain to build hybrid gearboxes in historic Fiat plant

September 21, 2022

Punch Powertrain, the Chinese-owned Belgian manufacturer of fuel-efficient powertrains, will set up with carmaker Stellantis a new production unit for gearboxes for hybrid cars at the historic Fiat plant in Mirafiori near Turin. That production should start in the second half of 2024. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed, but, according to Reuters, […]

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 […]

Selling its gas stock and burning coal Volkswagen could earn €400 million

September 20, 2022

If Volkswagen offloads its natural gas stock, bought two years ago in a favorable trade, the company could be in for a multi-million euro deal. Or how the gas crisis has spawned an unforeseeable windfall for the financial balance of Europe’s biggest carmaker. In 2020, Volkswagen bought a massive gas supply, intended to prepare a […]

‘BMW plans electric 1 and 2 Series on New Class platform’

September 20, 2022

BMW has yet to officially confirm which models it will build on the all-electric New Class architecture, but a blogger in close contact with in-house sources leaked on an internet site that a 1 Series and 2 Series are in the making, together with an iX4. However, the enthusiast’s channel also says that the current […]

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, […]

Driving the VW ID.Buzz: patience is rewarded

September 19, 2022

For two decades, enthusiasts of the kind have been waiting for it. The neo-retro concept (Microbus released in 2001) that was initially presented with a strong gasoline engine has finally reached its production stage, and even in 2022, the flag more than ever covers the load because neo stands for a 100% electric drive, while […]

Tesla’s ‘special code’ for crash testing raises eyebrows

September 16, 2022

An American Tesla-hacker called Green has unveiled that Tesla embeds special codes in its software related to the official crash tests conducted by safety organizations. It is not precisely confirmed what this special code accomplishes, but reportedly, it is related to the automatic driving functions, not the barrier tests themselves. The news broke when Green […]

Toyota ranks last in Greenpeace’s global green car report

September 16, 2022

A recent Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA) report ranking global car manufacturers on their environmental credentials has placed Toyota at the bottom of the list. According to the study, the Auto Environmental Guide 2022 discovered that fossil fuels still power 499 out of every 500 Toyota models sold worldwide. General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen performed best […]

Opel launches GSe as electric performance sub-brand

September 15, 2022

In March, Opel showed the ElektroMOD study based on the classic Manta. From then on, there was much speculation about whether a derivative production model would follow. Today, the brand announces with the Blitz that GSe will become a sub-brand for the more dynamic electric models. Opel wants to push electrification in all segments so […]

Detroit Motor Show’s comeback: business as usual?

September 15, 2022

“American manufacturing is back. Detroit is back. America’s back.” US president Joe Biden opened the floor of the Detroit Motor show during the press day with strong vigor. To promote his electrification strategy and support the manufacturing workers as part of his re-election program, Biden attended to get Detroit back on the map as one […]

Honda plans to launch 10 electric two-wheelers by 2025

September 14, 2022

Honda has planned to thoroughly decarbonize its Motorcycle Business to the point that it should be carbon-neutral from 2040. Ten electrically powered two-wheelers will be launched worldwide in the next three years. Despite this electrification, the development of thermal engines will also go on. The Japanese manufacturer is serious about the electrification of its motorbikes, […]

Volvo starts series production of heavy electric 44-ton trucks

September 14, 2022

Volvo Trucks is starting series production of the fully electric range of its popular heavy trucks, the Volvo FH, Volvo FM, and Volvo FMX, able to handle a total weight of 44 tons Gross Combination Weight (GCW). The production will start in the Tuve factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, and next year at the factory in […]

Renault to sell EVs in Latin America

September 13, 2022

Renault is getting ready to sell electric vehicles in Latin America starting next year. The list comprises Megane E-Tech Electric, Kangoo E-Tech Electric, and Master E-Tech Electric coming to Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico. More countries will follow shortly. Meanwhile, it has already introduced the Kwid E-Tech Electric, the rest of the world’s version of […]

Williams unveils new electric platform for hypercars

September 12, 2022

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) has unveiled a new electric vehicle platform specifically for hypercars called EVR. It is designed for a peak power of 1 650 kW and enables acceleration from 0 to 100 km/hour in less than two seconds. Williams Advanced Engineering unveiled the architecture at the Cenex LCV (Low Carbon Vehicle Show) in […]

With Equinox GM launches a $30 000 EV

September 12, 2022

Thanks to the Bolt, Chevrolet has positioned itself as a pioneer in e-mobility. Now joining the line-up is the Equinox EV, a crossover debuting in the compact category with a price point that blushes the competition. With the Bolt, Silverado EV, and Blazer EV, Chevrolet already has several all-electric cars in its range. The Equinox […]

Detroit Auto Show: new formula, new epoch?

September 12, 2022

The motor show in Detroit, officially known as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), will now take place in September and is following a new concept. The media day is next Wednesday, on the 14th of September, and after some professional days, the show opens to the public from 17 to 25 September. Being […]

Mercedes and Rivian to jointly build e-vans in Europe

September 09, 2022

By the middle of this decade, Mercedes-Benz Vans stated that all newly introduced vans would be electric only. And looking beyond that date, it will build large electric vans in Europe together with American startup Rivian. For this, both companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and will set up a 50/50 joint venture for […]

BMW Group to use innovative round battery cells from 2025

September 09, 2022

The BMW Group is set to launch a new era of e-mobility from models of its ‘Neumodels e Klasse’ using newly-developed round battery cells optimized for the new architecture. “The newly-developed sixth generation of our lithium-ion cells will bring a huge leap in technology that will increase energy density by more than 20%, improve charging […]

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 […]

Nissan acquires Japanese battery manufacturer Vehicle Energy Japan

September 08, 2022

Nissan acquires an essential stake in battery manufacturer Vehicle Energy Japan. Following the transaction, the company will become a subsidiary of Nissan, in which existing shareholders like Maxell and Hitachi Astemo will also have a stake. After selling its majority stake in battery producer AESC in 2018, Nissan is returning to its own battery production. […]

Dutch government participates in Lightyear investment round

September 07, 2022

The Dutch government participates in Lightyear. This is done through a consortium, Invest-NL, founded by the Dutch government. Lightyear raises capital of €81 million; it is not known precisely how significant the Invest-NL share is. Lightyear is a Dutch start-up established in 2016 and wants to build electric cars that can be charged through the […]

Belgian axial flux e-motor developer Magnax raises €20 million

September 07, 2022

The Flemish axial flux electric motor developer Magnax has closed a new financing round of  € 20 million. The money will be used to accelerate product development, enlarge the engineering team and expand support for customers and partners. “In the EV space, e-Motor technology is evolving rapidly,” says co-founder Daan Moreels. OEMsrecognizeg the very interesting […]

Organizer Febiac has high hopes for the Brussels Motor Show

September 06, 2022

The 100th-anniversary edition of the Brussels Motor Show (BMS) will be held from 14 to 22 January 2023. Organizer Febiac proudly announces that already 18 of the 20 most important brands on the Belgian market have confirmed their participation. Others can still jump in… The Brussels Motor Show has always been one of the major […]

Green light for Porsche IPO

September 06, 2022

The board of the VW Group approved Porsche AG’s IPO when the capital market’s evolution is not disturbed too much. The Board of Surveillance of the Group has also agreed. The actual Initial Public Offering is scheduled for the end of the year; from the end of September on will be given by the intention […]

Ariels all-electric Hipercar has a turbine as range extender

September 06, 2022

British niche builder Ariel has jumped on the electric bandwagon. But, as can be expected from the brand that previously stupefied the automotive business with the mind-blowing Atom, it chooses an entirely different path once again. As a result, the Hipercar looks spectacularly awkward, and a gas turbine assists its battery pack as a range […]

Free fall of new car sales coming to an end? (Update)

September 06, 2022

On August, 28 917 cars have been sold in Belgium and Luxembourg, a 7% increase after 14 months of regress. Of course, this can’t compensate for the lesser figures in the cumulated first eight months of the year (-12,7%), but it’s a sparkle of hope for the sector. We can observe the same tendency in […]

Jato: EV sales in EU26 made up 10,4% while PHEVs lost ground

September 05, 2022

According to Jato Dynamic’s latest figures for car registrations in Europe, July 2022 was marked by new vehicle registrations continued to fall by 10 percent to 866 038 units. BEVs accounted for 10,4% of total registrations while PHEVs further lost ground, ‘no longer qualifying for a number of incentives across Europe.’ Year-to-date sales of new […]

New VW boss Oliver Blume already sets his marks

September 02, 2022

As of Thursday, September 1st, Oliver Blume acts as CEO of both Porsche and the Volkswagen Group. He succeeds Herbert Diess as announced and sets the course right from the start. German media has learned that Blume will reduce the Board of Management to take decisions more quickly. Specifically, this concerns Hildegard Wortmann (Sales) and […]

All-electric Luxgen N7 is Foxconn’s first car

September 02, 2022

Taiwanese electronics producer Foxconn, well-known for its collaboration with Apple, has unwrapped its first car. The Luxgen N7 is a seven-seater, all-electric crossover debuting on Asian markets in October. However, technical details remain sparse. Foxconn’s automotive branch is called Foxtron and showcased three concepts a year ago, featuring a crossover (Model C), a sedan (Model […]

Polestar ‘sells out’ LA Concept edition and settles fight with DS

September 02, 2022

There were few doubts Polestar’s electric roadster would appeal to many: the 500 limited edition versions of the Polestar 6 LA Concept are ‘sold out’ in less than a week. Later this year, reservations for the regular version will open. Finally, hostilities broke off after three years, and the way is cleared for Polestar in […]

‘Ampère to become Renault’s new electric car business’

September 01, 2022

Further details have emerged on Renault’s revision of its business operations in the wake of the electric transition. According to press agency Reuters, Ampère will be the new entity overseeing the all-electric range, while matters concerning combustion engines will reside under a branch called Horse. Moreover, Renault intends to keep only a stake of 40% […]

New CEO for Renault Belux is Martin Domise

September 01, 2022

As of today, the new CEO of Renault Brand Belux and Renault Belgium Luxembourg is Martin Domise. He is the successor to Jérôme Pannaud, who has been in charge of the region for four years. Martin Domise was born in Amiens (northwest of France) in 1989 and studied at the famous commercial school HEC in […]

Toyota to invest heavily in battery production and BEVs

September 01, 2022

Toyota, the world’s number one car manufacturer, has announced that it will invest 5,3 billion euros in launching its own battery production. The plants will be built in Japan and the US, and production will start between 2024 and 2026. The investment is partially included in the big investment envelope that Toyota decided on last […]

Pre-orders for Hyundai Ioniq 6 in South-Korea are highest ever

August 31, 2022

Hyundai recorded 37 446 pre-orders for its new Ioniq 6 on the first day of the reservations in South Korea. This is significantly more than was the case with the Ioniq 5 on the first day of its pre-sales launch  (23 760) and more than ever before in the manufacturer’s history. Hyundai presented the Ioniq […]

France persevering in €100/month EVs for low-income households

August 31, 2022

The French government seems to be persevering in its plans to subsidize electric vehicle leasing. Thanks to government support, all-electric vehicles could become available for as little as €100 per month. The news came up after a television appearance by Budget Minister Gabriel Attal. Such an EV leasing scheme would also follow an election promise […]

Greenpeace: ‘Japanese carmakers at highest climate change risk’

August 30, 2022

A Greenpeace East Asia research report shows that 93% of Toyota’s manufacturing facilities are at high risk from the consequences of climate change. Honda and Nissan also occupy positions high up in the ranking; Volkswagen and Renault are in the lower parts of the operations risk comparison. This conclusion is based on an analysis of […]

Munro readies its all-electric Defender rival

August 30, 2022

Scottish EV start-up Munro Vehicles has developed an electric all-terrain challenger for the Land Rover Defender and Mercedes G-Class. The company has started taking pre-orders for its first offroader but is predominantly betting on the North-American market for its business model, where it has found a partner for deliveries as of next year. Scotland’s first […]

Brabus turns the Smart #1 into a rooster (Update)

August 30, 2022

Smart having become half Chinese doesn’t put Brabus off getting its hands on the recently launched #1. The tuning company, which is traditionally affiliated with Mercedes and its sub-brands, has used some of its mojos to lift the compact cross-over to a new and sportier level. The upgrades on the outside are overtly visible, but […]

Tata Steel to run blast furnaces on hydrogen in the Netherlands

August 30, 2022

The multinational steel-making company Tata Steel, with key operations in India, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, is investing 65 million euros in designing a new plant where the blast furnaces will no longer run on coal but on ‘green’ hydrogen by 2030. The new plant will be built in IJmuiden, the Netherlands, and should […]

Honda and LG Energy to invest $4,4 billion in US battery plant

August 30, 2022

Japanese carmaker Honda is joining forces with South Korean LG Energy Systems (LGES) to build a new lithium-ion battery cell factory in the US for supplying exclusively Honda and Acura branded EVs. The plant, in which both parties are investing $4,4 billion, will have an annual production capacity of approximately 40 GWh by the end […]

Ford reopens orders in the US for (higher priced) Mustang Mach-E MY 2023

August 29, 2022

Ford is reopening US order banks on Tuesday for the Mustang Mach-E with updated prices and features. Ford had put an order freeze on all variants of the current model year of its all-electric Mustang Mach-E in the United States. Problems with the supply chain, the overwhelming demand, and the possible overheating of battery connections […]

Getting behind the wheel of BYD’s first EVs for Europe

August 29, 2022

BYD (Build Your Dreams) is launching three models on the European market this year, including in Belgium. NMN was allowed to drive them on a closed test track, so we can get a first impression of what these models have to offer. BYD is no unknown player in the automotive world. A few days ago, […]

Kia EV9, scheduled for 2023, in its final testing phase

August 29, 2022

Kia has started the final test program of the EV9. It has announced its world premiere for the first quarter of 2023. Test drives with camouflaged prototypes are currently taking place in Namyang, South Korea. Last year, at the LA motor show, Kia showed the first concept of the EV9; now, the production version is […]

Opel Crosscamp Flex is new EV camper

August 26, 2022

Opel has announced that a van-sized camper based on the battery-electric Zafira-e Life will be launched next year. The ‘Crosscamp Flex’ presented at the Caravan Salon from 27 August to 4 September is still a prototype. The camper was built based on an Opel Zafira-e Life with a 75 kWh battery pack. Opel does not […]

For BMW Belux helping schools is a moral duty but also a win-win

August 26, 2022

Under the slogan ‘Premium meets Responsibility’, the Belgian car importer BMW Belux has donated once again seven new cars (BMW and Mini models) to technical schools all over the country. For 2021 and 2022, this brings the score to 30, as 23 were already given last year, totaling a value of almost €1,5 million. Furthermore,  […]

Chinese Haval announces ICE-only stop

August 25, 2022

After rival BYD announced that it had stopped manufacturing pure combustion-engined cars, Haval decided to go the same length. With one important footnote: its deadline is set at 2030. By the end of the decade, Great Wall Motors’ popular subbrand Haval will stop making ICE-only powered SUVs. The company stated that it would only manufacture […]

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 […]

Mexico to have state monopoly on lithium exploitation

August 25, 2022

The Mexican government has founded a state-owned company to extract and market lithium. According to a decree by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the raw material is to be produced and distributed exclusively by Litio para México (lithium for Mexico). The company aims to start operations in six months at the latest. According to the […]

Germany goes shopping for raw materials and energy in Canada

August 24, 2022

During a three-day visit to Canada, the German chancellor Olaf Scholz has tried to realize as many deals as possible in the domains of raw materials and energy production with the North American country. In his wake, Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz signed agreements with the Canadian government to secure access to crucial battery raw materials […]

Ford to cut jobs to pay for electric transition (update)

August 24, 2022

Ford Motor Co. is preparing to cut as many as 8 000 jobs in the coming months to boost profits and help to fund its push into the electrified vehicle market. That’s what news agency Bloomberg has heard; other sources (like the Wall Street Journal) talk of at least 4 000 job cuts. On Monday, […]

BYD to launch three EV models in Europe in 2022

August 24, 2022

Chinese BYD (Build Your Dreams) has big ambitions for Europe. It plans to launch three fully electric models (Han, Tang, and Atto3) in the European and Belgian markets before the end of the year. And BYD will be able to bring these models to consumers quickly because it builds not only cars but also batteries, […]

Every second Geely will be electric by 2023

August 22, 2022

During a presentation of its financial results, Chinese auto group Geely said it would raise its electrification ambitions. The company wants 50% of its sales to be electric next year. Geely, the parent company to Volvo, Polestar, Lynk & Co, and Lotus saw sales sliding back by 9% during the opening half of 2022. Covid-19 […]

Lynk & Co ‘forced’ to raise subscription prices by 10%

August 22, 2022

Since July, Swedish-Chinese Lynk & Co has raised its monthly subscription price for the the 01 SUV PHEV from €500 to €550 (VAT incl.) or a full 10% for all new contracts. For existing subscribers, the raise will be effective only from September 1st, 2022, as a kind of ‘gesture’. In an email to all […]