Citroën plans more affordable electric cars

March 22, 2023

Are affordable electric cars finally making their way into the market? A few days ago, we reported the wish of VW CEO Thomas Schäfer to have a sub € 20 000 BEV, the ID.1. In an interview with the British car magazine Autocar, car manufacturer Citroën’s chief designer Pierre Leclercq claims to be readying a […]

Turkish-Cypriotic EV brand Günsel ready to start producing B9

March 22, 2023

They have been working silently since 2016 in the Turkish part of Cyprus on their own electric car, named after the professor whose dream was to become a car manufacturer: the Günsel brand. On February 20, 2020, the first prototypes of the fully electric Günsel B9, a two-door hatchback, were launched. Now the company says […]

Kia Concept EV5: China First

March 22, 2023

Kia has unveiled a new concept car, the Concept EV5, which resembles the recently introduced electric SUV EV9. This more compact model previews a production model later this year, initially destined for the Chinese market. Kia seems to have found some confidence in its bold styling, first introduced with the EV6 and most recently with […]

Is retro-looking Morris JE van finally becoming reality?

March 22, 2023

Morris Commercial, the UK-based automotive engineering and manufacturing start-up, has completed a funding round, securing new investment for producing the Morris J-Type, a small van initially produced in the 1950s. The tiny ID. Buzz’s rival was to hit the road in 2021 but has yet to make it to production. The new launch date is […]

SsangYong Motor Company changes into KG Mobility

March 22, 2023

The Korean car manufacturer SsangYong Motor Company was saved from bankruptcy last year (September) by the Korean chemical-to-steel group KG. So today, the name of the new automotive KG daughter has changed to KG Mobility. The KG Group counts 19 companies, from a chemical business over steel, environment, and IT to media and training. KG […]

New Explorer is Ford’s take on the Volkswagen ID.4

March 21, 2023

Forget the Explorer as you know it, Ford is replacing it with a new zero-emission version. Its first volume all-electric passenger vehicle to be built in Cologne, Germany, spawns from an agreement with Volkswagen. Bottom line? The medium crossover is the technical twin to the Volkswagen ID.4. So, the new Explorer is fully electric and […]

Polestar 3 launched €30.000 cheaper in China

March 21, 2023

Polestar has unveiled the Chinese version of its Polestar 3 SUV, which also gets a significantly lower price than what was first announced during the global model reveal. Meanwhile, the brand is launching a new sporty BST version of the Polestar 2. When the Polestar 3 was first revealed to the world, the Swedish-Chinese brand […]

VW has plans for an ID.1 at less than €20.000

March 21, 2023

Volkswagen has just given the details of its ID. 2 with a base price of € 25 000; now it seems that it is planning an even smaller and, more importantly, cheaper car, the ID.1, starting at under € 20 000 and coming in 2027. The German specialized car magazine Automobilwoche spoke to VW brand […]

Mazda designates new top executives Masahiro Moro and Jeffrey Guyton

March 20, 2023

The Mazda Motor Corporation announced last Friday that its Board of Directors has proposed that Masahiro Moro will become President and CEO. He succeeds Akira Marumoto, who has led the global Mazda business since 2018. Jeffrey Guyton will be the new CFO. Moro (62) joined the company in 1983. Before he took over his current […]

Harley-Davidson launches LiveWire One in Europe for €25.000

March 20, 2023

Harley-Davidson has finally opened reservations for the One electric motorcycle from its LiveWire sub-brand. It will cost around €25 000 and will initially be available in Europe, with deliveries starting in April. The LiveWire One is initially launching in just four European countries: Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the UK. No Belgian pricing or launch […]

DHL Belgium kickstarts electric transition with 100 Ford e-Transits

March 17, 2023

In its Antwerp hub, DHL Belgium took delivery of its first batch of electric vans. It’s the first step in the company’s goal to deploy an entire zero-emission fleet by 2030. The choice for the Ford e-Transit is no coincidence. DHL was a partner during the product development phase. The hundred zero-emission e-Transit models won’t […]

Audi pairs good financial results with impressive product initiative

March 17, 2023

At Audi AG’s annual media conference, CEO Markus Duesmann and CFO Jürgen Rittersberger addressed the key financials for the 2022 fiscal year and focused on strategic decision-making, holistic sustainability, and the upcoming model initiative. Markus Duesmann: “Even here in Germany, we are feeling the impact of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine quite directly […]

BMW’s ‘New Class’ will generate six BEVs in the first two years

March 16, 2023

BMW plans at least six model launches within 24 months for the ‘New Class’ electric cars from 2025 onward. To this end, additional plants are to be converted for the production of these electric cars. More concrete information on the platform and the first models will be available in September. Electric cars based on the […]

VW’s ID.2 will be a sub €25k car, further electrification accelerated

March 16, 2023

Volkswagen has just presented the ID.2all concept. The long-expected low-cost ID.2 also previews VW’s new design language. The series ID.2. scheduled for 2025 will be “as spacious as a Golf, as inexpensive as a Polo”. The target price lies below €25 000. At the same time, VW announces it will further accelerate its electrification strategy. […]

BMW Panoramic Vision is HUD for the ‘Neue Klasse’

March 15, 2023

The new BMW head-up display is called BMW Panoramic Vision and represents the reinterpretation of the BMW driver orientation “eyes on the road, hands on the wheel” in the ‘Neue Klasse’. BMW is developing an entirely new technological platform for the ‘Neue Klasse’, whose name refers to the company’s pioneering models of the 1960s. This […]

This is Kia’s all-electric super-SUV EV9

March 15, 2023

Kia is joining the category of luxurious seven-seater SUVs with the EV9, set to debut later this month. In the wake of the full release, the Korean carmaker shared the first model pictures and some info. Though Kia already has a few battery-powered models, like the Niro EV and the Soul EV, the EV9 is […]

BMW confirms all-electric i5 in both estate and M guise

March 15, 2023

With still a few months before its official launch, BMW has released more details on the all-new 5 Series. As a segment first, the all-electric i5 will be available as an estate. And the brand’s performance department will also have its take on the battery-powered version. In an official statement on its website, BMW has […]

NIO’s ET5 shooting brake for Europe due for July

March 13, 2023

NIO is planning to launch the shooting brake model of its ET5 sedan, developed for Europe, where estate cars are still popular, in June or July of this year. It appeared in a regulatory directory in China announcing the latest batch of models that will be allowed to be sold. Qin Lihong, co-founder and president […]

Tidbits leaked of BMW’s beefed-up MINI Cooper Electric

March 10, 2023

Although nowhere to find in the official PR communication, some tech tidbits are leaking from BMW via British car magazine Autocar about a beefed-up MINI Cooper Electric, due in 2024. The MINI hatch, rebaptized Cooper, will get bigger batteries than the current 32.6 kWh to stretch the range beyond the somewhat limited 234 km (WLTP) […]

Almost 70% of Germans don’t want to ban combustion engine

March 09, 2023

A survey from RTL/N-TV is throwing more oil on the fire in Germany, as the country is currently obstructing the final vote on the de facto ban for combustion engines as of 2035. With only 14% in favor, national enthusiasm for the European deal is low. The probe unveiled that 68% of the German population […]

Sales of speed pedelecs in Belgium continue to rise

March 08, 2023

In January and February, 1 004 more new speed pedelecs have already been registered than in the same period of 2022. Sales are also on the rise in the second-hand market. So reports mobility federation TRAXIO. According to TRAXIO, speed pedelecs are selling well thanks to companies and leasing companies. Private individuals are also expected […]

Vinfast parent steps into rental and taxi services

March 08, 2023

VinGroup, the owner of the Vietnamese EV brand Vinfast, has kickstarted a new subsidiary focusing on renting electric cars and e-scooters and offering taxi services. Giving its own twist to the hype of mobility users, the holding claims it will be the first multi-platform green transport rental and taxi service. VinGroup Chairman Pham Nhat Vuong […]

XPeng shows facelift version of P7 electric sedan

March 08, 2023

Chinese car manufacturer Xiaopeng has unveiled the facelift of the P7, its Tesla Model 3 competitor. The new version of the electric sedan will be called P7i in China, although the European name will remain unchanged. A LiDAR system, better performance, and faster charging are new for the facelift. The XPeng P7 was released in […]

Egyptian MCV provides electric bus for German market

March 08, 2023

The Egyptian manufacturer, Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles (MCV), is entering the continental European market. The OEM has developed a bus specifically for clients in Germany and has already founded a subsidiary, MCV Deutschland GmbH, for sales, after-sales, and services. The official presentation of the integral, fully electric twelve-meter low-floor bus will take place in March at […]

Onsemi supplier of semiconductors for BMW Group

March 08, 2023

Automotive supplier Onsemi will also use its silicon carbide technology in BMW electric cars in the future. The US semiconductor manufacturer has signed a long-term supply agreement (LTSA) with BMW to use its EliteSiC silicon carbide power module in the manufacturer’s future electric cars. The US semiconductor specialist did not specify the exact number of […]

All-new Hyundai Kona introduced

March 07, 2023

On Monday, Hyundai Motor Company held a digital world premiere to unveil the all-new Kona, an upscaled multiplayer in the B-SUV segment, led by an all-electric variant (EV) that offers advanced safety and convenience features and class-leading range, according to the manufacturer. Potential customers can choose from EV (standard or long range), hybrid, internal combustion […]

Rapper Wyclef Jean launches the ‘lightest electric supercar’… again

March 07, 2023

Wyclef Jean, of Fugees fame, has launched the Attucks Apex AP-0 at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida. The AP-0 is touted as the world’s lightest electric supercar, although it’s not the first time the car has been launched. Back in 2020, a new car company called Apex revealed the AP-0 concept EV sports […]

Ford increases EV production

March 07, 2023

The Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, and E-Transit all enjoy high customer demand in the US. That’s why manufacturer Ford is now stepping on the… stream pedal to boost production of its electric (and in some cases non-electric) models. Ford will also offer its Mustang Mach-E electric model in Europe with LFP battery cells before the […]

Fisker releases more info on $29 900 Pear

March 06, 2023

Fisker has announced its 2022 fiscal year results, reflecting on a productive year and offering a taste of what’s to come with additional images and info about the upcoming Pear, a sub-$30 000 electric crossover. Meanwhile, prospective Ocean customers can now configure their car, pricing included. Fisker closed its fiscal year 2022 with a lower-than-anticipated […]

Volkswagen launches revised ID.3 (Update)

March 06, 2023

Volkswagen has now officially unveiled the revised ID.3, in which the quality of the interior, in particular, is to be significantly improved. The powertrains remain unchanged (for the time being). Already in December, VW changed the configurator of its compact electric car and added a note that the delivery deadline had already been extended into […]

Tesla teases but fails to excite at Investor Day

March 03, 2023

“Tesla to show 25 000 dollar car.” “Musk will ready a hydrogen model as of this year.” Before this year’s Investor Day, rumors were plenty of what the famous EV maker would unveil. But news hunters came back with not much more than some souvenir photos for their social media, as Elon Musk kept himself […]

Polestar is confirming its success as an EV manufacturer

March 03, 2023

A growing number of companies is producing EVs, but not all are comparably successful. You have the start-ups, and you have the more traditional car companies trying to catch up. Among the start-ups, Geely-daughter Polestar seems to be heading for success. Others, like Nio, are accumulating sales but also losses. Polestar strengthened its financial position […]

BMW prepares production of the all-electric Mini Countryman in Leipzig

March 01, 2023

In 2023, the new Mini Countryman production will begin at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig. The crossover model will be offered with pure electric drive and combustion engines. Preparations for the start of production of the first Mini ‘Made in Germany’ are already in full swing. According to BMW, Leipzig is one of the […]

A breakthrough for solid-state lithium-air battery in the US?

February 28, 2023

US researchers have developed a lithium-air battery with a solid electrolyte, of which the energy density could be increased fourfold compared to today’s lithium-ion batteries. The team said it achieved 1 000 charge and discharge cycles in test cells. Researchers drive the project at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and the US Department of […]

More sustainable materials for Volkswagen ID family

February 28, 2023

Volkswagen’s ID. Family is becoming more circular as the German car maker transfers some of its ecological materials used in the ID. Buzz. The latter was the most sustainable of the electric family and will now serve as a technology donor. The additional recycling materials will be introduced on ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, and ID.7, but […]

Tesla pulls back on full self-driving, gears up for Investor Day

February 28, 2023

Some buzz ahead of Investor Day, a keynote held by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the 1st of March 2023, has American media reporting on a cheap electric model and maybe even a hydrogen version. That’s quite a U-turn for Musk, who depicted fuel cells in the past as ‘fool cells’ because of their lack […]

Nissan aims for 27 new electrified vehicles by 2030, 19 fully electric

February 28, 2023

Nissan is accelerating its electrification strategy again. The Japanese automaker will launch 27 new electrified models by fiscal 2030, including 19 purely electric ones. That is four more pure electric vehicles than announced with the last strategic plan in November 2021. Nissan’s electrification mix worldwide is expected to increase to more than 55% by 2030, […]

VW: no new factories in Europe, but at least one in the US for Scout

February 28, 2023

There will be no new VW plant in Europe in the foreseeable future. VW CFO Arno Antlitz confirmed in an internal interview that the Trinity production version would be built in Wolfsburg. In the US, however, VW will build a new factory for its new EV brand Scout. The carmaker had considered a new factory […]

Geely launches Galaxy, another premium PHEV and EV sub-brand

February 27, 2023

Over the next two years, Chinese car manufacturer Geely wants to launch seven new premium electric cars under its new sub-brand Galaxy. That includes four long-range hybrids and three battery-electric vehicles. The first three models will hit the road this year. The new Geely Galaxy series will have two model lines – L for plug-in […]

Delorean halves production slots for Alpha 5

February 27, 2023

In a mail to potential customers, Delorean Motor Company urges to secure reservations as its production slots have been slashed in half. Supply chain bottlenecks have affected the original output of 9 351 units, reducing them to no more than 4 000. With much fewer building slots available, the resurgence of the sports car, made famous […]

BMW plans battery assembly in Bavaria (Update)

February 27, 2023

BMW plans to build a large assembly plant for high-voltage batteries in Bavaria. The carmaker confirmed the plan but has not yet signed all the contracts. If all goes as planned, they can start building in 2024. An exact location for it has now finally been found. “All Bavarian plants, i.e., Munich, Regensburg, and Dingolfing, […]

Ford tests improved electric efficiency with surface heaters in EVs

February 23, 2023

As part of the EU project CEVOLVER (Connected Electric Vehicle Optimized for Life, Value, Efficiency, and Range), Ford engineers have shown that heating surfaces can reduce energy consumption in the interior of an electric vehicle by 13%. This can improve the range of that vehicle by 5%. The test was conducted in an electric delivery […]

Stellantis scores record profit in 2022

February 23, 2023

For the second year in a row, Stellantis has registered a record benefit. The net profit for 2022 reached € 16,8 billion, 26% more than last year. The operating margin reached 13% of turnover in 2022, a figure almost as high as noticeable money-makers under the car manufacturers in 2022, like Mercedes-Benz and Tesla. In […]

Airspeeder Mk4: first manned ‘flying electric race car’

February 22, 2023

Alauda Aeronautics has unveiled its latest iteration of the Airspeeder. This Mk4 version is the first to be designed for manned operation, with previous Airspeeders being remote-controlled. A racing series is scheduled for 2024, but Alauda is still looking for support from OEMs and racing teams. The Airspeeder was first announced in 2019 with a […]

Electric Porsche Cayenne confirmed to come in 2026

February 22, 2023

Porsche is set to release an electric variant of the Cayenne in 2026, two years after the launch of the Macan EV. The current combustion-based model is to receive significant updates to extend its lifespan until after the launch of its electric counterpart. But software issues may still spoil the party. The arrival of the […]

BMW Group to source aluminum from sustainable production

February 22, 2023

The BMW Group intends to source aluminum with significantly reduced CO2 emissions from Rio Tinto’s hydro-powered operations in Canada starting in 2024. It has signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect. Aluminum accounts for a quarter of the CO2 emissions in the supply chain of a medium-sized electrified car, and a manufacturer like BMW […]

RAM 1500 REV reservations already closed due to high demand

February 21, 2023

Less than a week after opening reservations for the electric 1500 REV pickup truck, RAM has closed the books again, citing high demand. No reservation numbers are given, however, and many of the REV’s specifications remain unclear. RAM presented the production version of the 1500 REV in a Superbowl ad, which shows a pickup truck […]

Ford to stuff Mustang Mach-E with cheaper LFP-batteries

February 21, 2023

Ford is adding cheaper, more sustainable, and more durable LFP batteries to its EV line-up, starting with the Mustang Mach-E this year and expanding to the F-150 Lightning in 2024. The Blue Oval is also building a $3,5 billion LFP battery factory in Michigan by 2026 to reduce its dependence on external suppliers. Lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, […]

Mercedes scores strong in 2022, this year will be more difficult

February 20, 2023

Mercedes-Benz sold some 2 million vehicles last year, a 5% increase compared to 2021. Turnover increased by 12% and reached € 150 billion, while the benefice was more than a third higher, landing at almost € 15 billion. For 2023, anticipations are a bit subdued, due to delivery shortages, higher costs  and an unsure overall […]

Renault saved by price hikes and Dacia

February 17, 2023

Yesterday, Renault published its financial results for last year. The French car manufacturer revived in 2022, compensating for serious sales regress and the costly Russian retreat with significant price hikes and a very profitable Dacia. The turnover of Renault Group has progressed by 11,4% to € 46,4 billion, and the operating margin has doubled to […]

VW will also build a new electric SUV in Wolfsburg

February 17, 2023

VW’s main plant in Wolfsburg has been awarded the contract for an additional electric model from 2026. The vehicle is to be an electric SUV model the size of a Tiguan. The new electric model will bridge the gap until the future core model Trinity is ready for launch. The planning of the Trinity was […]

British Tevva hydrogen truck manages 560 km driving range

February 16, 2023

British zero-emission truck manufacturer Tevva has completed a range test with its hydrogen-electric medium-heavy truck. Driving in wintery conditions between London and the northernmost tip of England, the Tevva truck reached a range of 563 km, proving its usefulness in medium-range cargo transport. Tevva Motors was founded in 2013 by the Israeli-American Asher Bennett, who […]

Will new Volkswagen ID.2 be rebadged as ID. Golf?

February 16, 2023

New Volkswagen management has never been very pleased with the concept version of the ID 2. The study, announcing the most affordable and smallest member in the ID. family, was sent back to the drawing board. Insiders have revealed that the overhaul might imply that the car will be badged as Golf when it appears […]

Mini offers EV convertible in limited numbers

February 15, 2023

Following the positive feedback on the unique specimen presented in the summer of 2022, Mini is now going ahead with a small series of the all-electric Cooper SE Convertible. From April 2023, the car will be available to open-air lovers in Europe in a limited number of 999 vehicles. “Three years ago, we launched the […]

Ford to cut another 3 800 jobs in Europe (Update)

February 15, 2023

It is now officially confirmed that Ford Motor Company is again planning to cut thousands of jobs. Some 3 800 across Europe before 2025, but the biggest part of it will be in Germany (2 300) and the UK (1 300). The proving grounds in Belgian Lommel also seem to be threatened. The American number […]

New Toyota CEO more EV-minded

February 14, 2023

The future Toyota CEO (as of April 1st), Koji Sato, declared on Monday that he wanted to accelerate the group’s development of electrification. However, he also pointed out that the number one car manufacturer in the world had a “communication problem” over its electrification strategy until now. At the end of January, Toyota’s heir and […]

Wuling raises battle for Chinese top spot with Bingo EV

February 13, 2023

Wuling can parade itself for building China’s best-sold EV, the Hongguang Mini EV, which was joined in December last year by the marginally larger but just as boxy Air EV. As the Chinese carmaker wants to cement its leading position in Chinese sales charts, it is adding another small EV to its range: the Bingo […]

Mercedes-Maybach also to develop its EV potential

February 13, 2023

Mercedes-Maybach is introducing its first model with a plug-in hybrid drive. This is essentially the Maybach variant of the plug-in hybrid of the Mercedes S-Class. The first fully electric model from Maybach will also be presented before the end of 2023. The plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Maybach S 580 e, now presented, offers a purely electric WLTP […]

Hyundai starts monthly subscription offer in the US

February 13, 2023

Korean carmaker Hyundai has announced at the Chicago Auto Show that it will start offering the Kona Electric and Ioniq 5 on a monthly subscription basis called Evolve+. By lowering the threshold, the company hopes to attract first-time EV customers and persuade them about the benefits of electric driving. Apart from subscription services being the […]