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 […]

Ineos joins Fluxys project for Antwerp hydrogen network

June 07, 2022

British chemical company Ineos wants to build an open hydrogen network in Antwerp together with gas distributor Fluxys. The hydrogen network must serve as an alternative to fossil fuels. The Ineos factories may later become one of the largest customers of this hydrogen network. Climate-neutral Ineos is the first industrial player to sign an agreement […]

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. […]

BMW’s ‘New Class’ EV plant will be in Debrecen, Hungary

June 07, 2022

The BMW Group has laid the foundation stone for its new electric car plant in Debrecen, Hungary. The company invests more than one billion euros in the site, where series production for the first all-electric New Class vehicle will start in 2025. It will be a complete vehicle plant with a press shop, body shop, […]

Electrically powered Renault Kangoo of the second generation

June 02, 2022

Renault is extending its range of electrically powered vans with an EV version of the latest Kangoo, the Rapid E-Tech Electric. The arrival of an electric version of the newest generation Kangoo is a logical step. After all, the manufacturer also has a Master E-Tech Electric on offer in the larger van segment. This Kangoo […]

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 […]

Martin Sander to head Ford’s Model e business unit

June 02, 2022

Ford is taking the next significant step in its transformation in Europe. Martin Sander becomes General Manager, Ford Model e, for Ford in Europe. Ford Model e is Ford’s new global business unit. It was introduced earlier this year as the company accelerated the transformation of its global automotive business. In his role as General […]

TomTom cuts 10% of jobs through automation

June 02, 2022

Dutch navigation service provider TomTom will be cutting about 500 jobs in the coming period, 10% of the total. The job losses will occur in more than 20 countries. The sites where the maps are made will bear the job losses. TomTom has recently invested a lot of money in a new way of making […]

Mercedes’ new GLC PHEV has 100 km+ range

June 02, 2022

Mercedes-Benz has presented the new generation of its popular SUV model GLC. Only electrified drives are used, which means at least a 48-volt mild hybrid. Three plug-in hybrids offer a battery range of more than 100 kilometers each. According to the press release, the core of all three plug-in hybrids is the new battery, an […]

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 […]

New BMW iX1 replaces the infamous i3

June 01, 2022

BMW has unveiled the third generation of its most compact crossover, the X1. For the first time, the model will come in an all-electric variant, the iX1, which basically replaces the i3 as the entry-level BEV from Bavaria since production of the latter is ceasing this month. The new X1 sits on flexible underpinnings, accommodating […]

‘Back to the future’: DeLorean Alpha5

May 31, 2022

The all-new model from DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) was set for a digital launch today following several teasers. Still, the automaker released the first pictures and information earlier than expected through the official website for anyone signing up for news and updates. The DeLorean Alpha5 is designed by Italdesign, just like its predecessor. It is […]

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 […]

Daimler Truck shows eActros LongHaul prototype

May 31, 2022

Daimler Truck has built the first prototypes of the battery-electric long-distance truck eActros LongHaul and plans to test them on public roads this year. In addition, the truck manufacturer has announced further variants of the eActros for distribution transport. The eActros is an electric truck for distribution transport, delivered since the end of February 2022. […]

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 […]

BMW’s ‘New Class’ with cylindrical battery cells from CATL

May 30, 2022

The Chinese battery giant CATL will be supplying BMW with cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells for electric vehicles starting from 2025. The cells will be used in BMW’s next generation of EVs, the so-called ‘New Class’. This news was announced by CATL (via Reuters), which has confirmed the signing of an agreement with BMW, but without […]

G7 countries agree on decarbonizing electricity sectors by 2035

May 30, 2022

The G7, the international group of the seven largest advanced economies, have agreed on their energy meeting to “predominantly decarbonized electricity sectors by 2035”. The group concluded that “to this end, we will rapidly scale up the necessary technologies and policies for the clean energy transition.” The G7 consists of the United States, Canada, France, […]

There will be four versions of the soon to come Microlino

May 30, 2022

The Swiss manufacturer Micro Mobility has revealed more details on the individual variants of the Microlino light electric vehicle (LEV) in a virtual presentation. Micro plans to offer a total of four versions of the model. Deliveries of the ‘Pioneers Series ‘that had already been presented are to start in the summer of 2022, first […]

Volkswagen has a worry of two human rights cases

May 30, 2022

For the first time, the German government has refused to back investment in China on the grounds of human rights, with Volkswagen as the applicant. And in Brazil, the car company is facing a trial for slavery during the dictatorship period. It seems like old ghosts are reappearing in Wolfsburg. “A company with activities in […]

Renault, threatened by ‘Motorgate’, goes ahead with the company scission

May 28, 2022

While the Renault management is trying to get everybody on the same line regarding the possible division of the company into two separate entities (EV and ICE products), a class action is threatening. A growing number of the 1.2 TCE engine users are complaining and threatening to sue the company for negligence. Some thousand owners […]

Mercedes-Benz ditches the manual gearbox

May 28, 2022

German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will slowly fade out the manual gearbox from its entire range, mainly due to the increasing electrification of powertrains. The transition to fully automatic transmissions should begin next year. Stuttgart isn’t alone, as many carmakers have already switched to auto boxes and reserved manual transmissions for entry-level […]

France: EV’s for €100/month for the poorest citizens

May 27, 2022

The French government is working on a project to provide the poorest inhabitants with an electric car at a cost of 100 euros per month. The proposal, first proposed by the Socialist candidate and mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and promised by newly elected president Emmanuel Macron during his first campaign speech on 17 March, […]

Volkswagen settles Dieselgate in the UK

May 27, 2022

The German car manufacturing group Volkswagen pays £ 193 million  (€ 226 million) to 91 000 British car owners as a settlement in the so-called Dieselgate case. The car owners had set up a class action against the manufacturer. The settlement is private and didn’t pass jurisdictional channels, so there is no confession of guilt, […]

BMW goes for closed-loop recycling

May 27, 2022

BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA), the joint venture between BMW Group and the Chinese manufacturer Brilliance has for the first time established a closed cycle in China for the reuse of the raw materials nickel, lithium, and cobalt from high-voltage batteries. As a result, compared to the use of newly mined material, CO2 emissions are to […]

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 […]

Shareholders back Shell climate plan after eventful annual meeting

May 25, 2022

The majority of Shell shareholders support the oil and gas company’s plans to reduce its emissions and become climate-neutral by 2050. However, a resolution by activist shareholder Follow This to force Shell to set even stronger climate targets did not get the majority of votes and received less support than last year. The annual meeting […]

Polestar invests in StoreDot

May 25, 2022

Swedish electric car manufacturer and Geely daughter Polestar has become a shareholder in Israeli battery developer StoreDot. In addition to the financial investment, both companies want to explore the use of StoreDot’s fast-charging silicon-dominated batteries for future Polestar vehicles. Volvo Cars had already invested in StoreDot in April. StoreDot’s other strategic partners include Mercedes-Benz,  BP, […]

Local bike shops unite in national sales chain Raida

May 25, 2022

D’Ieterens ‘Lucien’  bike business has a new, important competitor: Raida. The new group consists of three local chains: Cool Electro Cycles (West-Flanders), Velodome (Antwerp), and Bicyclic (Wallonia). Altogether, they represent 22 shops with 120 employees and a € 40 million turnover. Another big chain is the Colruyd daughter Bike Republic (formerly called Fiets!), which counts […]

Hyundai to build an EV and battery manufacturing plant in Georgia (US)

May 24, 2022

Somewhere in the first half of 2025, Hyundai will start the production of electric models and batteries in a new factory in Georgia, US. The plant must reach an annual output of 300,000 cars. In addition, the South-Korean carmaker is joining forces with another yet unnamed partner for battery manufacturing. The budget of 5.5 billion […]

Congo and Zambia go for their own battery supply chain

May 24, 2022

As the world’s largest producer of cobalt, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) no longer wants to settle for the role of a raw material supplier. Instead, it wants to build its own battery supply chain in the country. A battery factory is also being considered, together with country neighbor Zambia. As the German Handelsblatt […]

Global sales of EVs have tripled

May 24, 2022

In the first quarter of 2022, three times more EVs were sold worldwide than last year. With two million battery-powered vehicles registered already this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) sees a substantial increase in EV adoption, especially in China and the EU. Of all new car sales, EVs now represent 10%. According to the […]

BMW starts battery competence center in Autumn

May 24, 2022

The BMW Group plans to open its planned Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre (CMCC) in Parsdorf near Munich in the autumn of this year. According to the car manufacturer, the pilot line in the center of excellence will enable it to fully analyze and understand the value-added processes of the cell. Now that the immission control […]

BYD’s Seal is ready to take off

May 24, 2022

The Chinese car and battery manufacturer BYD has started offering its Seal electric sedan in China. This means that the prices and some technical data of the eagerly awaited electric car, which is intended to compete with the Tesla Model 3, have been released. The BYD Seal is available in four versions with ranges between […]

Lancia starts renaissance with three new models

May 23, 2022

Lancia is resurrecting. It starts its ‘ten-year plan’, which will begin in 2024 with the new Lancia Ypsilon. In 2026, the new flagship is supposed to arrive, 4,6 meters long, which will allow the brand to enter the largest segment in Europe. 2028 will be the year of the new 4,4 meters long ‘Delta’, a […]

Mercedes moves away from cheaper models and shows an all-electric AMG

May 23, 2022

Mercedes has unveiled a design study guiding the electrification strategy for its performance brand AMG. CEO of Mercedes-Benz Ola Källenius also announced that the brand would move away from lower-margin models and reap more profitability from luxury models. With sleek lines and a long profile, the Vision AMG takes several cues from the Mercedes EQXX, […]

Renault’s hydrogen proposition: the Scenic Vision concept

May 23, 2022

Renault has presented the Scenic Vision, a compact class show car that has both a large battery and fuel cell on board. The car gets its energy in two ways: it can use electricity from the battery and it can recharge from hydrogen while driving (via electrolysis). The French company describes the concept as a […]

German farmer brings Volkswagen to court over climate change

May 23, 2022

The district court of Detmold started a historic court trial against Volkswagen on Friday. The accusor is Ulf Allhoff-Cramer, a German organic farmer who claims that the German car giant is responsible for the demise of his farm, with his crops and animals suffering from global warming. Greenpeace supports the court case. Allhoff-Cramer is a […]

Vattenfall to build a hydrogen producing wind turbine

May 20, 2022

The Swedish energy company Vattenfall is building a wind turbine that produces hydrogen in front of Scotland’s coastline. According to the company, this is a world’s first. An electrolyzer placed on an existing wind turbine produces the hydrogen. To realize the project, Vattenfall has been awarded  £ 9,3 million (approximately € 11 million) in innovation […]

Musk angry over Tesla thrown out of sustainability index

May 20, 2022

“ESG is a fraud.” With these exact words, Elon Musk tweeted his disapproval over Tesla being removed from the S&P 500 ESG. The stock index for sustainable trading doesn’t regard Tesla as an exemplar anymore. Despite Tesla’s mission to accelerate the net-zero transition on a global scale, the index sees too many objections for the […]

REPowerEU wants to accelerate EU’s energy independence

May 20, 2022

The European Commission wants the EU to faster accelerate its endeavor to gain energetical independence. Energy use must be more efficient, the energy supply must be diversified, and the energy sources must become sustainable. The whole plan has been presented this week under the REPowerEU name. The war in Ukraine has once again emphasized the […]

‘Airless tire could be on the market soon’

May 19, 2022

Under development for many years, the airless tire for cars is still at a prototype stage, but some heavy-duty equipment already makes good use of it. Advantages include the complete resistance to puncture, lower maintenance, and easier recycling. However, this do-it-all tire is still facing issues with road noise and suspension. Goodyear is currently developing […]

Tesla makes Belgian superchargers accessible for non-Tesla vehicles

May 19, 2022

In a press release, the American EV manufacturer announced that also in Belgium, certain Tesla superchargers would be made available to electric vehicles of other brands. This means that 141 additional fast-charging points will now be available in Belgium. Tesla drivers are not complaining Tesla announced last year that it would open up its charging […]

BMW invests in lithium producer Mangrove Lithium

May 19, 2022

BMW Group has become the most important investor in Mangrove Lithium through its venture capital arm, BMW i Ventures. The Canadian company has developed a process to transform virgin and recycled raw lithium into battery-grade material. “Mangrove’s modular, feedstock-flexible technology has attracted serious investors who see that our technology gets global refining capacity much closer […]

Toyota, CaetanoBus and Air Liquide partner for ‘hydrogen ecosystem’ in Europe

May 19, 2022

Giant Japanese carmaker Toyota has announced a significant partnership with the French world leader in gas and technologies Air Liquide for hydrogen mobility. Together with Portuguese bus manufacturer CaetanoBus, they will act on developing infrastructure and vehicle fleets to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen for both light and heavy vehicles. “We are uniting our forces […]

Renault CEO de Meo: ‘Nissan can jump on the train whenever they want’

May 18, 2022

For months now, Renault has been thinking of separating its activities into electric and thermic ones. The Renault bosses met with their Alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi in Japan yesterday. The message was clear: Both Japanese partners could decide whether and when to join the electric pole. They can jump on the running train whenever […]

Report: ‘EV production won’t meet Paris Agreement’s climate objectives’

May 18, 2022

According to a report from InfluenceMap, a conglomerate of a UK-based non-profit and a US charity, the production of electric and hydrogen vehicles won’t be enough to meet the Paris Agreement’s climate objective of limiting temperature rise to 1,5°C. Zero-emission vehicles should represent 57,5% of sales and 20% of the whole fleet by 2030. However, […]