Tesla forced to lower prices in China

October 25, 2022

The era when Tesla owned the EV market is over. It shows in China, where fierce competition has forced the American brand to lower prices by 5%. With Giga Shanghai as a global hub and its most significant export base, China is not only crucial for Tesla for assembly and production strategy. Worldwide it’s the […]

New car sales: light at the end of the tunnel?

October 25, 2022

As the third quarter of 2022 finally ended with a positive sales figure in Belgium and Luxembourg, the importer association Febiac dares to be prudently optimistic again. The months of August and September ended with positive sales figures compared to last year, and this was the first time in more than a year. Also, in […]

First NIO ET7 with subscription delivered in the Netherlands (update)

October 25, 2022

Last week Chinese premium electric carmaker NIO has delivered in the Netherlands its first ET7 sedan with the new subscription model for Europe. Like Lynk & Co does with its 01 PHEV, this fully electric EV with a 100 kWh battery can be ‘subscribed to’ on a flexible monthly basis. Eventually, NIO wanted to offer […]

GM introduces GMC Sierra EV, its third electric pick-up

October 24, 2022

General Motors is introducing another all-electric pickup truck. Like the previous combustion model, the Sierra EV runs under the GMC brand and is based on the Ultium platform. In the full option ‘Denali Edition 1’ outfit, the electric pickup has impressive data and can already be reserved. Delivery, however, will not occur before early 2024. […]

Renault bounces back in Q3

October 24, 2022

At the end of last week, Renault published a turnover of €9,8 billion for the third quarter of the year. When you don’t consider the Russian retreat, that’s a rebound of 20,5%. This result is essentially due to an altered price strategy and high demand for more expensive cars (with more significant margins) like hybrids […]

Is Tesla about to slash cost with third small platform?

October 21, 2022

Have the tables turned for Tesla’s product planning? While Elon Musk, during a webcast beginning this year, claimed that a $25 000 car wasn’t on the agenda, he now stated that a small architecture is in the making at roughly half the cost of the Model 3 and Y. The potential for this baby Tesla […]

BYD finally attacks European market

October 21, 2022

The Chinese manufacturer BYD has finally launched its attack on the European market. After starting in Norway two years ago, BYD now wants to deliver its vehicles to Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The markets in Austria, France, and Great Britain are still to follow in 2022. To do so, it will […]

E-moped maker Blitz with Belgian roots rides wave of expansion

October 21, 2022

From its European headquarters in Zaventem, Belgium, e-moped maker Blitz is pushing a successful international expansion. After Israël, Singapore, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, South Africa, and the States, the company opened a hub in the UK this month. Blitz aims mainly at B2B customers in the last-mile delivery sector, for which it has developed a […]

BMW invests $1,7 billion in EV production in the US

October 20, 2022

On Wednesday, the BMW Group announced a $1,7 billion investment in its US operations, including $1 billion to prepare for the production of electric vehicles at the company’s existing US manufacturing facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and $700 million to build a new high-voltage battery assembly facility nearby Woodruff. By 2030, BMW Group will build […]

Vinfast announces first European locations for November 2022

October 19, 2022

The Vietnamese car manufacturer Vinfast has announced its first European store locations, with the Cologne (Germany) store to kick off its European debut in November 2022. In addition, stores in France and the Netherlands are also announced to be coming soon, with those three countries also housing the three European headquarters for Vinfast. In September, […]

Rolls-Royce Spectre: the ‘flying lady’ changes her focus

October 19, 2022

Rolls-Royce Motor revealed its Spectre yesterday. It’s a fully electric grand coupe, the first fully electric car of the historic super-luxury brand, now owned by the BMW Group. The car will arrive next year, and the company has announced that the price will be situated between Cullinan and Phantom. That means around € 400 000. […]

Renault shows 4Ever Trophy in Paris, promises production version

October 18, 2022

Renault is one of the few car manufacturers present at the Paris Motor Show 2022, and has used the occasion to present its 4Ever Trophy, a tribute to the classic Renault 4 and a preview for a production version coming soon. Last year, Renault celebrated the 60th anniversary of one of its most iconic models: […]

Mercedes’ EQE SUV and AMG versions on steroids unwrapped

October 17, 2022

Ahead of the Paris Motor Show opening, and after letting seep through several details in the weeks before, Mercedes-Benz has put its new EQE SUV, the ‘multi-purpose variant of the EQE executive saloon’ in the full spotlight. It is more compact than the latter, and at 3030 millimeters, it has a wheelbase that is nine […]

T&E: ‘Chinese car brands getting foothold in Europe’

October 17, 2022

According to Transport and Environment (T&E), sales of European electric vehicles are cooling because current CO2 rules are not compelling enough. The organization also warns that this could erode the competitiveness of European car brands, with Chinese newcomers absorbing an important piece of the market. In the first half of 2022, sales of electric cars […]

BMW shifts electric MINI production from Oxford to China

October 17, 2022

BMW is moving the production of the MINI electric hatchback and a small sport utility version of it from Oxford (UK) to China through its partnership with Great Wall Motor. It’s a blow for the historic plant in Cowley, southeast Oxford, British media say after becoming home to Europe’s first mass-produced electric car in 2019. […]

McLaren surrenders: it will also make an SUV

October 14, 2022

In an interview with the British Car magazine, McLaren CEO Michael Leiters has confirmed that, finally, also McLaren concedes to the pressure of the market and will build an SUV. After Ferrari, McLaren is one of the last sports car manufacturers to give in to the market pressure. For long, luxury and ‘real’ sports car […]

Xpeng’s flying car X2 takes off

October 14, 2022

It’s getting crowded in the air. Just a week after Volocopter took its maiden flight in Rome, Chinese brand Xpeng took its so-called ‘flying car’ airborne in Dubai. The demonstration flight was organized by its aviation subsidiary, Xpeng Aeroth. Over 150 attendees witnessed the X2 lifting off and hitting the skies on the opening day […]

Renault creates new subsidiary ‘The Future is Neutral’

October 14, 2022

The French car manufacturer Renault Group creates another new subsidiary called ‘The Future is Neutral’. The company will be dedicated to the circular economy and wants to have a turnover of €2,3 billion by 2030. Interested investors can take minority participation. ‘The Future is Neutral’ is ambitious to become “the leader on an industrial and […]

Alpine’s Alpenglow concept is also a brand manifesto

October 13, 2022

At the Paris motor show, the Mondial, Renault’s sporty sub-brand Alpine is showing the Alpenglow concept, a car ” that is the starting point for all future Alpine car designs, technologies, and breakthroughs, all the while remaining true to the brand’s history. The aim is clear: combining full sustainability with driving (and racing) pleasure. “Alpenglow […]

BYD’s Atto 3 impresses with five-star Euro NCAP performance

October 13, 2022

Chinese-built cars confirm once more in the latest scorecard of Euro NCAP. With the low-priced Atto 3, BYD is joining the five-star ranking achieved by the Ora Funky Cat and the Wey Coffee 01 in the previous fifth round. These results pile up to the top scores, already begotten by compatriots Nio, Lynk & Co, […]

Lexus UX 300e gets new battery and 40% larger range

October 13, 2022

Lexus’ first battery-electric car, the UX 300e, gets a new battery that increases its range from 314 km to 450 km while also gaining a revamped interior and more body rigidity. However, no improvements to the previously lacking charging capabilities are mentioned. The UX 300e was launched in 2020 as Lexus’s first fully electric model. […]

Polestar 3 finally revealed

October 13, 2022

After quite a few ‘pre-release’ messages, Polestar has finally revealed much more of its oncoming big SUV, the Polestar 3. The fully electric twin-motored vehicle can be ordered from now in Europe for a target price of €89 900. The first deliveries are scheduled for Q4 in 2023. We already gave you most of the […]

Mobilize presents successor to Renault Twizy

October 11, 2022

Renault’s mobility arm Mobilize has brought two concepts to the Paris Motor Show. One is a quadricycle very reminiscent of the Renault Twizy; the other one is what seems to be a single-seater version. Symbolically, the former is called Duo, while the latter listens to the name Solo. They belong to an electric ecosystem, also […]

Chinese Nio further launched in EU: ‘flexibility is the new premium’

October 10, 2022

Last Friday, Nio held its official European launch in Berlin. The biggest eye-catchers were the three electric cars headed for Europe, the Nio Home concept replacing dealerships and showrooms, its battery swapping stations, and its subscription models. It is clear that the young Shanghai-based company wants to disrupt the market. On display were, of course, […]

Prologue is Honda’s first all-electric SUV

October 10, 2022

While the cuddly and innovative E seems a good fit for the European market, Honda has something different for its American customers. The Prologue is a sleek-looking compact SUV constructed around the building blocks from partner General Motors. Honda had already unveiled a concept version and some design sketches of its first-ever electric SUV and […]

First Tesla Semi-trucks to be delivered in December

October 10, 2022

After a three-year delay, Elon Musk has announced on Twitter that the first batch of Semi-tractors will be delivered on the 1st of December. Beverages company Pepsi is taking that delivery. However, while this is a milestone for the EV maker, it is not pioneering in the commercial market as it did with its passenger […]

Renault will produce its EVs primarily in France

October 07, 2022

On Thursday, the French car manufacturer Renault confirmed that its future electric models will be built in France. Apart from the already confirmed new electric R5, the electric R4, and Scénic will be assembled in its Douai and Maubeuge factories (north of France). The new construction pole ‘Electricity’ is already producing Mégane E-Tech Electric in […]

Foxconn takes wraps from its ID.3 rival Model B

October 07, 2022

The official launch is scheduled for the 18th of October, but ahead of the reveal, Foxconn has already disclosed the Model B in full. The car appeared on the YouTube channel of design house Pininfarina, which is responsible for the car’s styling. Though still a concept, it is expected that the flagged-off version of the […]

New battery safety sensor for better monitoring of safety hazards

October 06, 2022

Metis Engineering today announced the successful certification of its Production Battery Safety Sensor, designed to monitor the health of a lithium-ion battery pack and detect cell venting, an early sign of catastrophic battery failure. “Our Battery Safety sensor measures pressure change and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) for the detection of cell venting, which is an […]

Peugeot introduces new generation of ‘mild hybrid’ powertrains

October 05, 2022

All Peugeot models will be available with electrified powertrains from 2023 onward. Peugeot will be the first Stellantis brand to introduce the Group’s new generation of hybrid powertrains. The new powertrain will be used in the 3008 and 5008. Later, the powertrains will also be used in other models and Stellantis brands. For this mild […]

Renault to unveil new R4 concept at Paris Motor Show

October 04, 2022

On the 17th of October, at the 89th Paris Motor Show, Renault will unveil a brand-new show car that is a modern tribute to the iconic Renault 4. Some thirty years after production ended, Renault will seize the moment at the 2022 Mondial de l’Auto in Paris this October to unveil its new take on […]

Lordstown starts production electric Endurance pickup

October 04, 2022

American start-up Lordstown Motors and Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn have finally started production of the Endurance electric pickup truck. The vehicles are produced by the now Foxconn-owned former GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The manufacturer stresses that production will ramp up slowly due to supply chain constraints. The slow production start of the Lordstown Endurance […]

Australian hydrogen Warrego pickup tests for Europe

October 04, 2022

Australian hydrogen vehicle start-up H2X Global is testing its fuel-cell pickup truck ‘Warrego’ in the Netherlands for European vehicle compliance validation and verification. H2X wants to go global with Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) for the professional market with trucks, buses, vans, and taxis, and H2 fuel cell generators. The Warrego is built on the […]

Audi Brussels will get Q4 e-tron production after all

October 03, 2022

The Audi factory in Forest (Brussels) will get a second model, next to the current e-tron. After initially denying the Belgian production plant’s request, Audi decided to let Audi Brussels build the Q4 e-tron to meet the high demand and shorten delivery times. In December 2021, the news broke that Audi Brussels had applied to […]

Brussels Motor Show hosts COTY Award Ceremony

October 03, 2022

The 100th-anniversary edition of the Brussels Motor Show (BMS, 14-22 January 2023) will host the Award Ceremony for the election of the Car of the Year (COTY) for 2023. In past years, the ceremony took place at the beginning of March at the Geneva Motor Show. The Swiss Motor Show didn’t take place in the […]

BMW sells 10% BEVs in 2022 and is moderately optimistic about 2023

September 30, 2022

The premium car manufacturer BMW expects to hit its target of 10% fully electric sales this year at around 240 000-245 000 BEVscand could see that figure rising to about 400 000 next year, according to BMW Group CFO Nicolas Peter. BMW also expects to reach the higher end of its 7-9% margin target for […]

Polestar 3: what we know so far

September 30, 2022

Polestar unveiled that it will launch its SUV in Copenhagen on the 12th of October and accompanied the statement on the release date with an additional image showing the backside of the car. Readying for its international market launch, a decent list of specifications is already known about the sister car to the upcoming Volvo […]

Is Citroën Oli the new 2 CV of the electric era?

September 30, 2022

Citroën showed Oli yesterday (to pronounce all:ë), a concept of an EV that wants to be light, frugal and more sustainable and recyclable “as an unconventional answer to the actual tendencies in the automotive industry”. The angular model targets a one-tonne weight, an electric range of 400 kilometers, and a top speed limited to 110 […]

Daimler Truck sells 50 Mercedes eActros LongHaul to Hegelmann Group

September 29, 2022

Daimler Truck has already received an order of 50 electric Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul from the German transport group Hegelmann, only a few days after revealing the near-production version of the long-distance electric truck at IAA Transportation in Hannover. It has been a productive show for Daimler Truck at IAA Transportation. After showing the near-production ‘concept […]

D’Ieteren to import Microlino in Belgium

September 29, 2022

Belgian car importer D’Ieteren Automotive is going to import the Microlino in Belgium. The importer sees the microcar as the perfect product to close the gap between two- and four-wheelers in urban mobility. It will be for sale in 2023 and have its Belgian premiere at the Brussels Motor Show in January at €14 900. […]

Astra PHEV is first Opel from sub-brand GSe

September 29, 2022

The ‘e’ in the revived GSe-series from Opel doesn’t just stand for ‘electric’ but also ‘electrified’. The first model from the recently announced new sub-brand is a plug-in hybrid version of both the Astra and the estate Sports Tourer. But don’t expect a specific power hike, despite the legacy of the GSe label. With 225 […]

Electric Mercedes G-Class to debute battery innovation in 2024

September 29, 2022

CEO of Mercedes Olla Källenius has confirmed to journalists that the all-electric G Wagon will hit global markets in 2024. The offroader will also feature a new battery technology option, using an innovative anode material to boost range. Källenius added in his comments that he drove a prototype of the electric G Wagon, which will […]

BMW’s fall updates expand hybrid and electric portfolio

September 28, 2022

BMW has given a significant portion of its model range a refresh with the fall 2022 model updates. It includes the sales launch of the hybrid X1 and electric iX1 models, a new entry-level powertrain for the i4, new hybrid versions of the 7 Series, and more. The new BMW X1 features two hybrid models, […]

BMW M’s first electrified model is a 750 horsepower SUV

September 28, 2022

BMW has unveiled its XM (not to be confused with the Citroën XM), its first standalone M model since the M1, and also the first electrified full-fat M model from the brand. The large SUV combines a V8 engine with a 197 hp electric motor to generate 653 hp of total power, although a 748 […]

Iveco’s new eDaily calls on electric Fords

September 27, 2022

Iveco didn’t fail to do its homework with the newest version of its all-electric eDaily. The van is available in myriad body variants, has a scalable battery pack, and impresses with class-leading specs. The brand also showcased a hydrogen version. Since 2009, Iveco has offered a zero-emission battery-powered version of the Daily. But its efforts […]

VW’s PowerCo and Belgian Umicore join forces

September 27, 2022

The Volkswagen Group’s new battery subsidiary PowerCo and the Belgian materials technology group Umicore have established a joint venture for cathode and pre-material production in Europe. From 2025, the joint venture will supply PowerCo’s European battery cell factories with key materials. By the decade’s end, the new partners want to produce cathode and battery production […]

Vinfast kicks off international offensive

September 26, 2022

Vietnamese car brand Vinfast has officially kickstarted its EV offensive by delivering its first batch of 100 VF 8 models in September. Even though the event was held in its home country, at its manufacturing site in Haiphong, this marks the brand’s international expansion. The VF 8 has been designed specifically for non-domestic customers. Unlike […]

BMW CE 04 underscores its Berlin origins at famous marathon event

September 26, 2022

Before the inline skaters kicked off the competition over the full distance at the 2022 BMW Berlin-Marathon on Saturday afternoon, a small fleet of fully-electric BMW CE 04 took on the fastest 42 kilometers on the international running calendar. Like the biggest marathon in Germany, the two-wheeler is a genuine Berliner: it is manufactured at […]

Hopium will build its hydrogen car in Normandy

September 23, 2022

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

XPeng seeks new breath with record-charging G9

September 23, 2022

With the launch of the G9, Chinese EV maker XPeng is trying to make up for a difficult year. The detailed specifications unveil a high-end SUV with a charging capability that dethrones the Porsche Taycan as the fastest in the world. In August, XPeng Motors showcased a new 480 kW ultra-fast supercharger so that, in […]

ElectricBrands presents three business-oriented vehicles

September 22, 2022

ElectricBrands, best known for their funky XBUS, brought three new vehicles to IAA Transportation in Hannover. The XBUS S, Evetta Cargo, and NITO C+S are all compact electric vehicles designed for business use but with a friendly touch. The German start-up ElectricBrands first came into the spotlight with two compact electric vehicles based on iconic […]

Renault morphs electric R5 into a drifting machine

September 22, 2022

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

Maxus expands EU portfolio with electric pickup and minivan

September 21, 2022

Maxus has expanded its European model range with three new electric models: the T90 pickup truck, the MIFA 9 minivan, and the 7,5-ton Electric Light Truck. With this expansion, the Chinese manufacturer enters both passenger and heavier commercial vehicle markets. Maxus, part of the Chinese conglomerate SAIC and imported by Astara Western Europe in Belgium, […]

Quantron presents hydrogen truck with up to 1.500 km range

September 21, 2022

Quantron has presented its QHM FCEV Heavy Truck at the IAA Transportation in Hannover, a MAN TGX-based hydrogen truck that boasts driving ranges of up to 1 500 km. That would make it the longest-range hydrogen truck on the market, with delivery expected in 2023. The Quantron QHM FCEV Heavy Truck uses two 120 kW […]

Bosch develops new electric motor for light vans

September 20, 2022

Bosch has developed an electric motor that can be used for vans and small trucks. By integrating the inverter into the motor housing, the powertrain becomes more compact but, above all, more efficient so that the autonomy of electric vehicles improves. The efficiency of electric vehicles is too often measured by the performance and storage […]

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

September 20, 2022

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

Iveco presents (FC)EV vans and trucks partnering with Hyundai and Nikola

September 20, 2022

Iveco shows off its hydrogen and electric future for vans and trucks at the IAA Transportation in Hannover, thanks to partnerships with Hyundai and Nikola. Both the Daily light commercial vehicle and the Nikola Tre zero-emission truck will be available with either batteries or a hydrogen fuel cell. Back in March, Hyundai and Iveco announced […]

IAA: Daimler Truck presents eActros LongHaul with 800 km range

September 19, 2022

Daimler Truck has unveiled a ‘concept prototype version of the Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul at the IAA Transportation in Hannover. It previews the design of the long-haul electric truck, which will enter production in 2024 and boasts ranges of up to 800 km. The truck won the “2023 Truck Innovation Award” at the show, a prize […]

Driving the VW ID.Buzz: patience is rewarded

September 19, 2022

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

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

September 16, 2022

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