MW Motors overhauls its Luka EV

November 29, 2022

In an update on its Luke EV project, Czech start-up MW Motors says it has extensively overhauled its Luka EV. New on the all-electric retro-styled car is a water-cooled motor, a bigger battery pack, better brakes, and a faster charger. And to provide more space and comfort, the interior has been redesigned completely. Chances are […]

Liux Animal: Spanish EV from recycled and plant-based materials

November 29, 2022

Yes, that’s quite a few buzzwords in one title. Spanish start-up Liux wants to make the Animal, an electric crossover SUV with a range of up to 600 km. More importantly, though, is the goal of producing it out of 90% recycled and plant-based materials, with a simplified assembly that facilitates production and repairs. The […]

Stellantis thinks about producing small EVs in India

November 28, 2022

European car manufacturers struggle to produce affordable EVs in Europe and to make it a profitable business. That’s why Stellantis boss Carlos Tavares, during a visit to Chennai (India) declared that his company was unable at the moment to produce affordable EVs in Europe and that he was thinking of production in low(er) cost countries […]

BMW will also produce batteries in Debrecen

November 28, 2022

BMW has announced that it will build assembly lines for the high-voltage batteries next to the new vehicle plant in Debrecen, Hungary. The first construction work is already underway, and the production of the battery packs will begin in parallel with vehicle production of the New Class, ‘die Neue Klasse’. As reported, the vehicle plant […]

Mercedes USA offers power upgrade via subscription

November 25, 2022

Mercedes-Benz USA has posted a new product called ‘Acceleration Increase‘ on its online shop’s website. The new service costs $1 200 for one year (excluding tax) of the service, which can improve an EQ vehicle’s acceleration by 0,8 to 1,0 seconds. The car manufacturer’s website writes that the new service will “unleash enhanced performance for […]

100th Brussels Motor Show: less space, more information and animation

November 25, 2022

The anniversary edition of the Brussels Motor Show (BMS), taking place from 14 to January 22nd, 2023, is not to be considered the 100th edition of the ‘old school’ motor show but the first of a new kind. The aim is clear: inform the visitor/customer about the energy transition and its (electric) influence on mobility. […]

FNR-XE is Chevrolet’s Tesla Model 3 rival for China

November 25, 2022

At GM China Tech Day, Chevrolet unveiled the FNR-XE, a concept of a three-box sedan preluding a production model reserved for the Chinese market and expected for next year. After the compact Bolt, the pickup Silverado EV, and the SUV Equinox EV, this is Chevrolet’s fourth BEV. Chevrolet introducing an all-electric sedan in China shouldn’t […]

Production Polestar 2 reaches 100.000-milestone

November 24, 2022

Polestar launched the sedan 2 two-and-a-half years ago, and production numbers have already hit 100 000 units. Sales of the BEV are successfully gaining traction worldwide. The celebratory model carried the same spec as the first unit Polestar assembled and is destined for an Irish customer. Polestar builds the 2 solely in its Chinese factory […]

Abarth 500e gives Fiat’s electric city car sporty boost

November 24, 2022

Abarth has launched its first electric car with the Abarth 500e, which follows the recipe of its combustion brothers by giving the Fiat 500e more power and a sporty look. The brand has also solicited its community to develop some features, with members getting priority in the pre-order process in return for their efforts. Abarth […]

Mazda accelerates its EV plans: 40% electric by 2030

November 24, 2022

Japanese carmaker Mazda has revised its sales targets for EVs by 2030. The previously announced share of 25% has been raised to between 25% and 40%. In addition, the company is planning an investment of 10,3 billion euros in its electrification strategy, possibly including a factory for battery production. As one of the members of […]

NIO offers purchase option with battery subscription

November 23, 2022

Chinese premium electric carmaker NIO is opening up its offer in Europe with a purchase option and battery renting. It is a complement to meet European clients’ wishes to the monthly car subscription it started in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark, the first countries the brand was launched after Norway. Prices start at €51 […]

ZF presents new electric drives

November 23, 2022

The German supplier ZF presented a new generation of electric drives for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. With numerous innovations at the component and system level, these are to “set standards with outstanding power density and energy efficiency”. According to the company’s press release, these standards include the compact design of the drives, the […]

Is VW readjusting its e-strategy?

November 23, 2022

Persistent rumors exist that the VW brand is about to replan its product strategy for further electric models fundamentally. According to some reports, more electric cars based on the MEB platform will be launched on the market.  This means that MEB will have to be modernized, with an investment of billions. Last week, we mentioned […]

Mercedes EQG durability tests: ‘even more possibilities offroad’

November 23, 2022

Halfway through its development cycle, Mercedes has started durability tests with the EQG. Though this battery-powered version embodies a new chapter in the vehicle’s bloodline, its hardcore mission won’t change. If standards are already extraordinary for the regular G-Class, these will be even more demanding on the all-electric version. The battery pack must be capable […]

Ford launches E-Tourneo Custom electric passenger van

November 23, 2022

Ford has unveiled the passenger version of its E-Transit Custom, which gets the E-Tourneo Custom nameplate. The electric people carrier has up to eight seats, an electric range of 370 km, and offers more comfort and technology than before. PHEV and diesel versions are also available. Like the E-Transit Custom, the E-Tourneo Custom gets a […]

Drako Dragon: battery-powered answer to Ferrari Purosangue

November 22, 2022

The US-based brand Drako is the newest addition to a flood of new brands following in the wake of the electrification of the automotive industry. This gull-winged super-SUV counts on 2 000 hp, and subsequent performance runs outpacing the Ferrari Purosangue. Fasten your seatbelts. Faithful to the customer taste of its home market, the company […]

Zeekr and Waymo showcase their robotaxi

November 22, 2022

Geely’s luxury brand Zeekr has launched a platform for autonomous driving vehicles. Dubbed SEA-M, the carmaker presented it on a robotaxi, the M-Vision. Google’s subsidiary Waymo is the first customer. The unveiling of the car, and the architecture, follows a previous announcement from Google and Geely unveiling their collaboration on developing an all-electric ride-hailing vehicle […]

Smart #3 revealed in Chinese regulatory filings

November 21, 2022

Smart’s second new-gen model has been revealed as the #3, another compact electric SUV, but a larger one than the #1, which was launched earlier this year. The model was spotted in a new batch of regulatory filings from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which also revealed a few key specifications. The […]

GM’s EV branch to return a profit as of 2025

November 21, 2022

Over three years, the American carmaker General Motors will be as profitable on its EV portfolio as with its combustion-engined models. That’s what CEO Marry Barra told investors at a meeting. Tax incentives, the spreading of costs, and mining contracts are the main drivers. “Solidly profitable” were the words used to describe the financial outlook […]

Geely’s SEA platform to underpin new Polish electric Isera brand

November 21, 2022

ElectroMobility Poland (EMP) will use Chinese Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) for its electric car brand Isera. It’s the first company from outside the Geely group, where Zeekr and Smart #1 and #3 use it, to do so.  The first model will be a compact SUV, and EMP announced plans for two other models, a […]

VW breaks EV production record, ID. sub-brand now really on course

November 21, 2022

Volkswagen’s electric car plant in Zwickau set a production record in the week from 7 to 11 November when 7 100 electric cars were produced, more than in any previous week. This means that the plant is close to reaching its maximum capacity. Concerning the future of the VW icon Golf, the CEO has indicated […]

Lucid’s basic Air Pure going into production in December

November 18, 2022

Those who hoped to appease their appetite for more details about the Gravity SUV in this week’s Lucid’s Launch Event come home empty-handed. Besides a new teaser video for Gravity (see below), the focus was basically on the long-awaited basic version of the luxury sedan Lucid Pure, as it should. That one finally goes into […]

First Fisker Ocean rolls off the line at Magna plant in Austria

November 18, 2022

The production of the Fisker Ocean has started on schedule at the contract manufacturer Magna in Graz (Austria). However, this production of the electric SUV, for which Fisker has registered more than 63 000 reservations so far, is not expected to really pick up speed until next year. In addition, the configurator with the final […]

VW CEO Blume questions new EV factory in Wolfsburg

November 18, 2022

According to German media sources, the new Volkswagen Group boss Oliver Blume is questioning the construction of the new electric car plant initiated by his predecessor Herbert Diess in the Warmenau district of Wolfsburg. It also means that the first EV planned to be produced there, the prestigious ‘Trinity’ sedan, will also be (at least) […]

Mercedes slashes EQE and EQS prices up to 15% in China

November 17, 2022

Mercedes-Benz announced on Wednesday that it was slashing its list prices for the fully electric EQE and EQS models in China by 10 and 15%, respectively, a price drop of up to 237 600 yuan (€32 283). According to Chinese media, the Mercedes EQ range performs weakly in the world’s most active new energy vehicle […]

Toyota shows full battery-electric bZ Compact SUV Concept

November 17, 2022

Next to the new Prius, Toyota showcases the full battery-electric bZ Compact SUV Concept at the Los Angeles Motor Show, a sleeker interpretation of its first BEV, the bZ4X. This new concept might become the second BEV production model in the lineup for Europe and the rest of the world. Technical details about the powertrain […]

Fifth generation of Toyota Prius unveiled

November 16, 2022

The biggest car manufacturer in the world, Japanese Toyota, persists in its ‘self-charging’ hybrid technology approach and launches the fifth generation of the hybrid icon, the Prius. The car has its worldwide premiere today in Japan and at the Los Angeles Motor Show. The European introduction will be on the 5th of December. The car […]

Hyundai sells out first batch of Ioniq 6 in one day

November 15, 2022

Twenty-four hours. That’s all Hyundai needed to sell out its limited run of 2 500 Ioniq 6 First Editions in Europe. The sleek-styled addition to the Ioniq range is deemed a big success for the brand, despite its non-conventional looks.  The First Edition of the Ioniq 6 preludes the official sales of the model, which […]

VW already sold 500.000 ID EVs

November 15, 2022

Volkswagen seems to be on track with the electrification of its vehicle fleet. One year earlier than planned, the company delivered 500 000 vehicles from the ID. family worldwide – despite the strained supply situation and the teething troubles with the ID.3 in the beginning. “Delivery of half a million ID.s confirms that the Volkswagen […]

Polestar doubles turnover but still loses money

November 15, 2022

The electric car manufacturer Polestar achieved a turnover of €420,8 million in Q3 of 2022. Compared to the same quarter of 2021, Polestar more than doubled its revenue. Nevertheless, the company is still in the red, but the operating loss fell from €292 million in Q3 of 2021 to €189 million from July to September […]

BMW starts production of iX1 and lifts veil partially on ‘Neue Klasse’

November 14, 2022

BMW has started series production of the iX1 electric SUV at the plant in Regensburg. Meanwhile, new details about the electric car platform New Class have been revealed by BMW development board member Frank Weber. At the same time, BMW will apparently continue to have electric cars produced in England for the Mini brand and […]

Davinci DC 100: electric self-leveling street bike that’s also a robot

November 14, 2022

The DC 100 looks the part and certainly isn’t an electric motorbike like the ones we’ve seen so far. This ultra-fast and ultra-luxury street bike has more than speed and looks but also robotic abilities that make it self-leveling and self-riding. Davinci unveiled the DC 100 at EICMA, the global motorbike show in Milan. It […]

New Porsche Macan EV to feature 612 hp and 800 volts

November 14, 2022

Set to debut in 2024, Porsche has unveiled more details on the new underpinnings of the upcoming all-electric Macan. Aiming for the crown of the most sporty compact SUV, the car will pack 612 hp, a performance rear-axle, and the fast-charging capability of the Taycan. New details have arisen about the PPE platform or Premium […]

D’Ieteren’s second-hand car chain MyWay goes fully multi-brand

November 14, 2022

MyWay, the second-hand car sales chain of Belgian Volkswagen brand importer D’Ieteren Automotive, extends its offer beyond the ‘house brands’ Audi, Seat, Škoda, and Volkswagen and goes fully ‘multi-brand’. Some 3 000 ‘certified’ cars are available in 200 dealerships and on the MyWay website. This year the group also launched ‘My Way Buy’, a service […]

BMW CEO Oliver Zipse: ‘We are not leaving the lower-priced segments’

November 12, 2022

Lately, almost all manufacturers are talking about becoming more premium in their future plans, abandoning the lower A- and B-segments. One should expect from a premium/luxury player like BMW the same. But this has been recently denied by the big boss himself, Oliver Zipse, talking at an event hosted by car supplier Bosch. A few […]

Volvo’s EV flagship EX90 finally unveiled

November 10, 2022

Yesterday, Volvo Cars unveiled the EX90 in Stockholm. The revamped e-SUV and XC 90 successor is exclusively electric and boasts numerous new features. Visually, on the other hand, it could pass as a facelift of the familiar model. Those who fancy a somewhat bolder or more innovative design have to look for its technical brother […]

Italian Aehra presents its competitor to the Lotus Eletre

November 10, 2022

The Italian start-up for electric ‘ultra-premium’ cars, Aehra, presented its first model in Milan. However, calling the big sturdy nameless car an SUV would be a mistake. “We will have to invent a new acronym for it,” says co-CEO Aehra Filippo Perini. As often heard with new car brands, it’s more than just a car. […]

Lucid to open Gravity SUV preordering year before production start

November 10, 2022

American electric car start-up Lucid announced it would open up preordering for its second model, a seven-seater SUV today, known as the ‘Gravity Project’, beginning of 2023, a year before production starts. Lucid promised to provide more details on Gravity next week on November 15, with the launch of the Lucid Air Pure basic model. […]

Facelift turns Audi e-tron into long-range Q8 E-Tron

November 09, 2022

A new name and considerably more range. Those two novelties sum up the facelift for the Audi e-tron and its more dynamic coupé-like version, the Sportback. The updated model is easily recognizable by its new nose, featuring a more prominent grille and a led strip between the headlights. At the back, the badge has been […]

Driving the all electric Zero DSR X: more mileage with less energy

November 09, 2022

Zero Motorcycles developed an electric adventure model. It immediately gets the largest battery capacity Zero has ever built, achieving a driving range of just under 200 km, making it perfect for use as a commuter vehicle. We drove it. Zero is a small motorbike manufacturer that exclusively builds electrically powered motorbikes. The manufacturer has just […]

ZF Saarbrücken: from producing transmissions to electric drives

November 08, 2022

The German automotive supplier ZF will, as a part of its ‘Next Generation Mobility’ strategy, convert its transmission plant in Saarbrücken into a lead location for pure electric drives. It will invest a three-digit million sum for this purpose. Electric drive production is scheduled to start there in 2024. For the future production of driveline […]

Renault’s revolution: ‘toward a ‘next gen’ automotive company’

November 08, 2022

Ahead of its initial targets, Renault Group opens the third chapter of its Renaulution plan: revolution. Renault Group aims at becoming a Next Gen automotive company built on 5 focused businesses addressing all the new value chains: electric vehicles, software, new mobility services, and circular economy, in addition to ICE and hybrid vehicles. At the same time, […]

For China only: Honda e:N2 on bespoke architecture

November 08, 2022

At the China International Export Expo (CIIE), Honda unveiled the e:N2 Concept, the prelude of a new all-electric sedan developed for the Chinese market. It’s part of Honda’s electrification offensive that intends to launch ten EVs in that market and is a continuation of Honda’s earlier unveiled e:N family. Aiming at the world’s largest EV […]

Zuffenhausen rounds cape of 100.000th Porsche Taycan

November 08, 2022

The Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen (Germany) has rounded the cape of 100.000th Taycan rolling off production lines on Tuesday, 8 November. The ‘jubilee car’ is a Neptune blue Taycan 4S for a customer in the UK. And since production started in 2019, all these Taycans are built ‘CO2 neutral’, the company claims. A hundred thousand […]

German Rheinmetall makes a curbstone that charges

November 07, 2022

The German tech firm Rheinmetall has presented a novel solution to facilitate charging in dense urban areas, where lying about cables could hinder the passage of pedestrians. It is an integrated charger into curbstones, turning it de facto into a charging station. Lack of charging capacity and low accessibility in metropolitan and urban areas could […]

Stellantis calls for standstill of 276.000 of its older US vehicles

November 07, 2022

Last week, the car manufacturing group Stellantis released an urgent call to the owners of 276 000 of its vehicles in the US to stop using them if they haven’t been part of the recalls due to defective Takata airbags. During the last months, three deadly accidents occurred due to airbag failures. Meanwhile, the Stellantis […]

Hummer EV sold out for two years, supply chain problems persist

November 07, 2022

General Motors’ Hummer EV, in both pick-up and SUV formats, is “sold out for two years or more”, according to GMC Global Vice President Duncan Aldred. GM currently holds 90 000 reservations of the Hummer EV models and has only produced 2 570 units of the pick-up version as of September 2022. The news doesn’t […]

Volvo loans Polestar $800 million and goes fully electric in Australia by 2026

November 04, 2022

Volvo Cars will support the growth and development of Polestar by providing financial support in the form of an 18-month term loan, amounting to a total of $ 800 million. The loan includes an option for Volvo Cars to convert to equity on a pro-rata basis in a potential future equity raise by Polestar. Meanwhile, […]

BMW: ‘the Group is on track for a successful transformation’

November 04, 2022

BMW Group has communicated a 23% increase in its net benefit for Q3 of 2022. While sales won’t reach record heights again, the financial figures are very good. It gives the group enough confidence to realize a successful transformation into the new, ‘electric’ era. “In an uneven economic environment, the BMW Group once again delivered […]

Zeekr launches luxury electric MPV with 822 km range

November 03, 2022

Zeekr, Geely’s premium brand, has launched its second model in China, the 009. It’s a luxury MPV with a dual-motor drive system providing 400 kW of peak motor power and 686 Nm of torque and the first to be fed by CATL’s new Qilin Battery. This 140 kWh battery pack boosts the van’s range to […]

GM confirms ‘non-traditional’ return to Europe

November 03, 2022

General Motors has confirmed its return to Europe with electric cars. This can be deduced from the announcement that Jaclyn McQuaid has been appointed President and CEO of GM Europe. So far, the carmaker has revealed little about its new plans except that they involve a non-traditional approach to mobility centered around electric vehicles. McQuaid […]

Tesla Cybertruck to hit series production by the end of 2023

November 02, 2022

“We’re in a final lap for Cybertruck,” said Elon Musk during a conference call with analysts last month. As the factory in Texas is gearing up to ready production, sources familiar with the matter have told the press agency Reuters that the all-electric pickup will go into full production in Austin, Texas, by the end […]

Mercedes finalizes last ICE-platform and fine-tunes those for EVs

November 02, 2022

The new generation E-Class planned for 2023 will be the last new model from Mercedes-Benz on an internal combustion engine (ICE) platform. All subsequent new model series in the future will be based on architectures that the Stuttgart-based company is developing specifically for electric vehicles. Mercedes’ new Modular Architecture platform (MMA) could become the base […]

Michelin to produce tires partly from sustainable materials

October 31, 2022

Michelin has unveiled two tires that are made to a large extent from sustainable materials. The model for cars contains 45% recycled components; the one for buses even raises the ratio to 58%. According to the brand, this represents a new milestone, as this will be the first tire with circular materials on the market. […]

VW sells more, earns less; Porsche does better

October 31, 2022

In the third quarter of 2022, VW Group sold 2,2 million cars, 24% more than the year before. Turnover rose comparatively to € 70,7 billion. Net profit, on the contrary, shrunk by 26% to € 2,1 billion. Former VW-daughter Porsche did better: it sold 2% more cars and increased profit by more than 40%. The […]

Italian YOYO electric micro car introduces battery swapping in Belgium

October 27, 2022

It looks like a reincarnation of the Smart Fortwo with its 2,5 length. Still, it is a genuine Italian-made fully battery-electric city car with a range of 150 km and an innovative battery-swapping system in a drawer-like system behind the rear license plate: the XEV YOYO. And it will be available in Belgium through VJB […]

Ford Europe full forward toward EV: Fiesta, S-Max and Galaxy will disappear

October 27, 2022

Ford Europe is planning to accelerate the switch to electric vehicles in Europe. On Wednesday afternoon, reports in German and UK media were already hinting at it. Ford Europe Model e boss Martin Sander announced with a Twitter message that production of the internal combustion Fiesta small car in Cologne will end one year earlier […]

Opel Grandland Hybrid4 gets sporty GSe label

October 27, 2022

Opel has renamed the most powerful Grandland Hybrid4, giving it the new GSe label, following the recently-announced Astra GSe. Power stays the same at 300 hp, but the looks of the Grandland GSe do evolve to suit its sporty badge. No changes to the drivetrain on this Opel Grandland GSe: it keeps its 300 hp […]

Skoda Enyaq RS iV now also in SUV form

October 26, 2022

After releasing the Enyaq RS Coupé iV with a 220 kW (299 hp) dual-motor drivetrain, Skoda has given the non-Coupé version of its electric SUV the same sporty treatment. In addition, the RS model also gets visual changes to enhance its sporty appearance. Up to now, the most powerful Skoda Enyaq iV was the 80x […]

Lotus reveals pricing and specs of its Eletre SUV

October 26, 2022

Lotus has revealed the final pricing and specifications of its Eletre electric ‘Hyper-SUV’, which will be delivered to customers in the first half of 2023. Lotus offers a choice of two powertrains with up to 918 hp and three equipment levels, with Belgian prices starting from €97 690. The Lotus Eletre will have three variants: […]