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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Porsche electrifies its Cayman

May 18, 2022

At the IAA 2021, Porsche lifted the curtain on the Mission R, the electric version of the Cayman. Today, the South German sports car manufacturer indicates which direction the electrically powered coupé will take, as Porsche shows the first prototype with stunning specifications. The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance is the base for this concept […]

ABB and Shell plan fast-charger network in Germany

May 18, 2022

ABB E-Mobility and Shell plan to set up the first Germany-wide charging network with ABB’s Terra 360 fast-charging station. More than 200 charging stations, each with a capacity of up to 360 kW, are to be put into operation over the next twelve months. Later, other countries are to follow. In September 2021, ABB introduced […]

VW ID.2 will replace E-Up

May 17, 2022

After the ID.3, the ID.4, ID.5, and the ID. Buzz, it looks like the next in line of VW’s electric ID. products will be the compact ID.2. Earlier, VW already showed a concept version in the form of the ID. Life. So it looks like the production version of that ID. Life will not be […]

Ford and Volvo join industry coalition for zero emissions in 2035

May 17, 2022

A broad cross-industry coalition is now including Ford of Europe and Volvo Cars. They are appealing to the EU to ensure that all new cars and vans in Europe are zero-emission from 2035 and establish mandatory charging infrastructure targets. The coalition says the deadline for new fossil fuel engines is needed to ensure the last […]

Squad Mobility presents final version of solar two-seater

May 17, 2022

The Dutch start-up Squad Mobility presents the final version of its solar two-seater, which was first shown three years ago and is scheduled to go into production in 2023. The Squad  (or Solar Quad) can be bought starting from € 6 250 net and can be reserved now via fully-refundable, non-binding pre-orders for the Netherlands, […]

Audi A3 successor will only be fully electric

May 17, 2022

According to media reports, Audi will only offer its compact A3 model in pure electric form for the next generation due in 2027 as part of its accelerated electric vehicle course. As the company has decided to move away from really small cars, this A3 e-tron will probably be the smallest Audi in the range. […]

NamX shows hydrogen SUV with interchangeable tanks

May 16, 2022

The Afro-European startup NamX has presented a fuel cell SUV designed by Pininfarina set for market launch in 2025. The highlight of this Hydrogen Utility Vehicle (HUV) lies in its hydrogen storage. NamX’s patented technology combines a fixed hydrogen tank and six removable capsules as secondary tanks.  These tanks were of primary concern also to […]

Lucid offers a few Air Dream Editions for Europe at €222.000

May 13, 2022

American electric carmaker Lucid Motors, opening its Munich Studio on Friday, is offering ‘a very limited number’ of Lucid Air Dream Editions to existing reservation holders in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland only. Eventually, this edition was reserved for the US, and 520 of them sold out in no time. First deliveries are expected […]

GM CEO Mary Barra: ‘We can re-enter Europe as an all-EV player’

May 13, 2022

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is ready to return to Europe. The most obvious reason is that electric vehicle sales are booming in the EU. The old continent could be an integral part again of GM’s accelerated switch to electrification. Europe is the second-largest electric vehicle market globally, next to China. On Monday, Barra confirmed […]

Traxio: ‘Belgian motorbike market hit hard in April’

May 12, 2022

Both the new and second-hand motorbike markets were hit like the car market. Last month, the number of new motorbike registrations fell by 20,3%, while the second-hand market did even worse with 24,2%. The figures come from the automotive federation Traxio. The declining new motorbike market is partly due to delayed deliveries of ordered motorbikes. […]

Del Mar to be second electric Harley

May 12, 2022

Following the market launch (2019) of the LiveWire One, the first electric-powered Harley Davidson, today, the manufacturer announced that there will be a second model, the ‘S2 Del Mar’, which will be positioned below the LiveWire One. It is expected to hit the market in mid-2023 and will cost less than 15 000 euros. The […]

Car manufacturers stop taking orders because of delivery delays

May 12, 2022

Many manufacturers are already sold out of vehicles (especially EVs) in 2022. The delivery delays are getting longer than a year, making some stop taking orders. VW was the first, and now Tesla and Mercedes-Benz seem to be following, among others. Recently, Volkswagen was the first to announce that it is “basically sold out” of […]

VW to launch Scout as their brand for rugged EVs in the US

May 12, 2022

Volkswagen Group will launch an all-electric pickup and rugged SUV in the United States. The decision of the Board of Management was confirmed today by the Supervisory Board of the Volkswagen Group. The cars will be sold under the Scout brand. The vehicles will be designed, engineered, and manufactured in the US for American customers. […]

VinFast gets more detailed about its European offer

May 11, 2022

The Vietnamese car manufacturer VinFast has published more technical specifications and price details of the VF 8 and VF 9 SUV models to be sold soon. There are also prices and details on battery rental in the firstly targeted European markets: Germany, France, and the Netherlands. The VF 8 is available for €43 900 plus […]

Geely to acquire 34% of Renault Korea Motors

May 11, 2022

Geely Automobile Holdings and Renault group have reached an agreement in which Geely Auto will subscribe to 34,2% of Renault Korea Motors (RKM) shares. The aim is to improve the collaboration between Renault Group and Geely Auto around future projects. In January, projects were announced of launching an all-new vehicle line-up of hybrid cars and […]

Mobilize goes for 20% of Renault Group turnover in 2030

May 10, 2022

On ‘Mobilize Day’, the Mobilize department has shown its ambitions in services and technology inside the Renault Group. Its target is 20% of the total turnover of the Group by 2030. At the same time, Renault’s RCI Bank and Services become Mobilize Financial Services. At the start of the day, Renault CEO Luca de Meo […]

Lucid finally lands in Europe with Munich studio opening

May 10, 2022

Californian premium EV maker Lucid Motors is landing in Europe on Friday, May 13th, with the opening of its first Studio outside the American continent in Munich, Germany. In an introduction video, the company announces that it will start delivering in Europe in June or July. Lucid also mentions a plan to set up its […]

BMW Group ramps up e-mobility and prepares iX1

May 10, 2022

The BMW Group says it has reached significant milestones in the ramp-up of e-mobility at its largest European production site in Dingolfing near Munich. A second production line for electric motors is up and running, and the production of a new generation of PHEV batteries has also started. BMW announced that the production line for […]

An electric Isetta: third time’s the charm? (update)

May 09, 2022

This is already starting to become a trip down memory lane. The Swiss company Micro Mobility Systems was the first to clone the iconic BMW Isetta bubble car under the name of Microlino. Unfortunately, with some hostility, it was taken over by the German (sports car) manufacturer Artega, and they showed their version of the […]

Car business: good financial results despite bad sales (update)

May 09, 2022

There’s something weird going on in the automotive industry. Even though sales are beating record lows in some regions, the financial results of many companies are still good to excellent. Pushed by the Ukrainian conflict and the chip shortage, most manufacturers try to sell their more expensive and profitable cars first. The message was already […]

Kymco to come to Europe with battery swap system

May 09, 2022

Taiwanese scooter manufacturer Kymco has plans to bring its range of electric scooters to Europe. The two-wheelers will be sold through the ionex brand and use battery swap. The arrival of an electric scooter of Kymco origin is not big news, as the manufacturer is already present in our market. However, the appearance of an […]

Ford unveils its second all-electric van: E-Transit Custom

May 09, 2022

We were allowed a sneak preview in a black box in Barcelona last week, but now it’s here for the whole world to see: Ford’s second all-electric van, the one-ton E-Transit Custom. Besides the exterior looks, there is still little specific information, except for the 380 km range of the EV and the ability to […]

This is the world’s biggest hydrogen truck

May 09, 2022

Anglo-American Mining has put its first hydrogen-powered mining truck on duty. This zero-emission behemoth is poised to replace the mining giant’s diesel-powered fleet and kickstart an entire carbon-free ecosystem if the trial goes well. The gargantuan dump truck, running on six tires the size of a bungalow, can transport 290 tons of ore and has […]

Here’s BMW’s all-electric 3-Series… for China (update)

May 09, 2022

Next month, BMW will launch the i3, but only on the Chinese market. It’s an extended version of the 3-Series marketed in Europe. This i3 eDrive35L will also be built locally at the Chinese BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. and will be offered with a 100% electric drive. For the time being, there are no plans […]

Car Pass shows spectacular odometer fraud

May 06, 2022

The annual report of Car Pass, the organization that has been charting odometer fraud for 15 years, reveals that in the past year 1 578 cases of odometer fraud were detected in Belgium. The biggest problem is still with vehicles that come from abroad, there is even a 2% increase in the number of fraud […]

Driving the e-version of world’s best selling van: e-Transit

May 06, 2022

It’s the world’s best-selling van for decades, so if you get the chance to drive some of the first all-new e-Transits coming from Ford’s Kocaeli (Turkey) factory, you grab it. Expect a totally new experience, so quietly and swift you might forget you’re on your way with a 3,5-ton vehicle. And that can be a […]

Fisker number three is electric GT sedan

May 05, 2022

The Californian electric car manufacturer Fisker has announced its third model under Ronin’s project name. The all-electric GT sports car comes after the Ocean (to start production end of this year) and the Pear (coming in 2023). Fisker has now published a first teaser image and initial information. The Ronin is planned for the official […]

Faurecia and Veolia jointly into recycled plastics for cars

May 04, 2022

French automotive suppliers Faurecia and Veolia have announced pioneering cooperation to use recycled plastics in automotive interior modules. They aim to achieve an average of 30% recycled content by 2025. The recycled material will be used in instrument panels, door panels, and center consoles in cars across Europe. “The use of recycled plastics is one […]

April car registrations down again, BMW stays firmly on top

May 04, 2022

The car and two-wheeler manufacturers and importers association Febiac have released the new sales figures for April. But unfortunately, the falling tendency has been reinforced. Last April, registrations of new cars fell by 23,6% to 28 402 units, those of LCVs even more, by 31,85%, to 4 704 units. For the first four months of […]

TVR is going electric

May 04, 2022

The tiny British sports car manufacturer, TVR, is planning a limited edition all-electric offshoot of its Griffith V8 model for 2024. Normally, there will be a second, as yet unspecified electric model joining it. TVR made the announcement as part of a sponsoring partnership with the Formula E electric racing series. The manufacturer, previously known […]

Stellantis invests CAD 3,6 billion for electric car manufacturing in Canada

May 03, 2022

On Monday, Stellantis announced a new plan to invest 3,6 billion Canadian dollars to secure the future of its two manufacturing facilities in Canada. The new capital injection will help the Windsor assembly plant add a flexible multi-energy vehicle architecture to its product portfolio. In contrast, the Brampton assembly will be upgraded to build all-electric […]

Daimler stops producing diesel buses by 2030

May 03, 2022

Daimler Truck, Europe’s leading manufacturer of buses and coaches, plans to turn the page on diesel-powered city buses by 2030, aiming for a 100% electric offering that will rely, in part, on hydrogen. The German group, which has sold some 600 e-buses out of a total of 18 700 units in 2021, only wants rechargeable […]

Tata Avinya concept believes future is screen-less

May 02, 2022

Indian car group Tata has unveiled the Avinya, a mold-breaking and fast-charging EV concept that preludes a production version scheduled for 2025. In contrast to the overwhelming majority of futuristic studies, the Avinya has a completely screen-less interior. According to the carmaker, less screen time is the way forward. While Tata’s reputation isn’t one of […]

Driving Mazda’s new flagship CX-60 PHEV

May 01, 2022

When you’re invited as one of the few to test drive a pre-production model of a brand’s new flagship, it’s an offer you can’t refuse. Especially when it comes from one of Japan’s smaller but still independent carmakers, Mazda. Its CX-60 PHEV might look familiar from the outside, but it houses a lot of ‘Mazda […]

Wiesmann Thunderball swaps BMW heart for e-motors

April 29, 2022

Wiesmann is a small and eccentric German manufacturer that builds refined and British-looking roadsters and relies on proven BMW engines for its drive. However, the manufacturer is switching to an electric Thunderball model that combines classic looks with a super-modern electric drive. The German manufacturer disappeared from the market for a while but seemed to […]

Alcomotive becomes Astara Western Europe

April 29, 2022

The Alcomotive group, the importer of Hyundai, Suzuki, MG, SsangYong, and Maxus, among other activities, changes into Astara Western Europe. The aim for the future is simple: transforming from a traditional car importer into a complete, versatile provider of mobile solutions. Olivier Sermeus, COO of Astara Western Europe: “We will create a complete ecosystem, and […]

Volkswagen admits looking into electric Amarok

April 27, 2022

At an event presentation for the new 2023 Volkswagen Amarok, a board member mentioned that the commercial brand is looking into an electric version of the still-to-be unveiled pick-up truck. Considering the PHEV’s pure electric range as too short, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle has already begun development on the platform the Amarok shares with Ford’s new […]

LEVC’s electric vans cross the Channel to Belgium

April 27, 2022

London’s typical ‘black cabs’ are crossing the Channel to Belgium in white and blue livery and as a battery-electric van with a range extender. The first two LEVC VN5 vans were delivered to logistics company Hazgo, a specialist in transporting medical samples, headquartered at BruCargo in Brussels. LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has been making […]

GM says yes to an all-electric Corvette

April 26, 2022

Through its Twitter account, Chevrolet has officially confirmed that it will launch an all-electric Corvette shortly after the introduction of a hybrid version. An accompanying movie unveiled test and development work with a prototype of the latter. President of General Motors Mark Reuss acknowledged on the American news channel CNBC the arrival of a battery-powered […]

Eventual new Alfa MiTo will be fully electric

April 26, 2022

Alfa Romeo, a brand part of the Stellantis Group, is considering a comeback of its MiTo. Production of the smallest Alfa was discontinued three years ago, and it would now resurrect as a purely electric model. Conceptually, the MiTo will change as it will share familiar technology with other brands in the Group. According to […]

Datsun buried for good, Renault wants to sell Nissan shares

April 26, 2022

The Japanese car manufacturer Nissan announced on Monday that it would stop the production of Datsun vehicles. The historical brand will disappear less than ten years after being revived by former Alliance boss Carlos Ghosn. He wanted to make a second Dacia out of the once-popular brand. The demise of the big boss in 2018 […]

Honda goes for three dedicated EV platforms

April 25, 2022

Honda goes for three new all-electric dedicated vehicle platforms. As already mentioned earlier, the plan is to achieve sales volumes of more than two million electric cars per year by 2030. The first of these platforms is set to debut as early as 2024. Speaking to the Reuters news agency, Shinji Aoyama, Honda’s global head […]

Flemish government irresolute about taxing pick-ups

April 22, 2022

The environmental organization Bond Beter Leefmilieu (BBL) complains about the indecisiveness of the Flemish government to tax pick-ups properly. Already in 2020, Flemish Finance Minister Diependaele announced that the taxing of pick-ups would be changed. But, until now, nothing has happened. In Belgium, pick-ups are considered to be light commercial vehicles. This means they don’t […]

Indi One EV comes to markets next year

April 22, 2022

The Californian start-up Independent Electric Vehicles (Indi EV), founded in 2017, presented its first electric car at the New York Auto Show. The Indi One can be reserved now, and production is scheduled to start in mid-2023. The vehicle will first be sold in the US but will come to Europe and other continents. Despite […]

New generation BMW 7 features fully electric i7 as top of the range

April 21, 2022

BMW has presented the new generation of the 7 Series, for the first time also in a fully electric version i7. BMW sees this generation change as a “redefinition of luxury”. When one looks at the technical information, the i7 seems to be the top model of the entire series. For Europe, only electrified models […]

Lexus RZ next development in brand’s BEVs

April 21, 2022

After Toyota showed several electric models in recent months, it is up to Lexus now, its luxury subsidiary, to unveil the first EV of its future lineup developed from the start as a 100% electric-powered model. This RZ is an SUV model based on the e-TNGA platform it shares with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru […]

Mercedes EQS SUV comes in three variants

April 20, 2022

Mercedes presented the EQS SUV, the first SUV based on the electric EVA2 platform. There will be three drive variants of the luxury SUV at the market launch. But, most probably, more are likely to follow. The base model at the market introduction will be the EQS SUV 450+. Compared to the 245 kW rear-wheel […]

Volvo Cars invests in charging technology specialist StoreDot

April 19, 2022

Volvo Cars has invested StoreDot, an Israeli company developing extreme-fast charging battery technology for electric cars. The investment was made through the Volvo Cars Tech Fund, its venture capital arm. StoreDot is working on a pioneering technology that, according to the company, should result in batteries that can charge to 160 km of pure electric […]

Lucid warming up Europe with ‘live’ client charm offensive

April 15, 2022

American electric carmaker Lucid Motors, the brainchild of ex-Tesla S Chief Engineer Peter Rawlinson, is warming up Europe for the brand crossing the Atlantic in 2022 with a direct approach to potential clients. People who have shown interest get a ‘personal advisor’ assigned who helps them online in a 3D-car configurator called Lucid Studio Live […]

Lightyear raises the price of its One with 100 000 euros

April 15, 2022

Dutch start-up Lightyear, the manufacturer of the world’s first commercial solar car, is starting production of its first batch of customer vehicles. At the same time, the company announces a price hike of nothing less than 100 000 euros for the One. With 250 000 euros, their solar car is now more costly than some […]

Luc Donkerwolcke: ‘Genesis X Speedium Coupé is not a show car’

April 15, 2022

Korean premium brand Genesis took the wraps from the X Speedium Coupé at the New York International Auto Show. This concept car must set the pace for the future design strategy of the brand. At the same time, Genesis announced the electric GV70 SUV would be its first-ever car produced in North America. “This car […]

VW is doing well but stays prudent about the future

April 15, 2022

In the first quarter of 2022, the operational benefit of the Volkswagen group rose to €8,5 billion, a 77% increase compared to last year. Nevertheless, the manufacturing giant stays prudent about the future because of the chip shortage, the Ukrainian war, and the reviving pandemic situation in China. Meanwhile, VW is also working on improving […]