NIO’s ES8 electric SUV officially approved for import in EU

June 15, 2021

Chinese electric carmaker NIO announced it has obtained the European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EWVTA) for its flagship electric SUV, the NIO ES8, in its adapted EU version. NIO will start importing the car in Norway in September. In 2022, the NIO ET7 sedan is scheduled for launch in Europe too. The ES8 comes with […]

Audi Brussels to produce Q8 e-tron

June 15, 2021

There’s a big chance that the new, big electric SUV from Audi,  the Q8 e-tron, will succeed to the current e-tron built at Audi Brussels. The Q8 e-tron will then be the successor to the current e-tron, Audi’s first BEV, to receive another facelift in 2023 and be phased out in 2026. The news was […]

New Lexus NX is HEV and PHEV

June 14, 2021

The new Lexus NX compact SUV will now also be offered as a plug-in hybrid, a first for the brand. Until now, the only electrified version has been a full hybrid. This will change with the second generation of this compact SUV model, scheduled for market launch in the fourth quarter of 2021. The PHEV […]

Volvo gives Brussels Motor Show the cold-shoulder (update)

June 14, 2021

The Swedish car manufacturer Volvo, part of the Chinese Geely Group, will not be present at the 2022 Brussels Motor Show (BMS). Volvo was one of the pioneers in giving motor shows the cold-shoulder. Meanwhile, Febiac CEO Andreas Cremer has confirmed that there will be a 2022 edition of BMS. The Belgian Alain Visser, now […]

New Volkswagen Multivan PHEV is nothing like before

June 11, 2021

It has bolder looks, is partly electric, and with the designation, ‘new’ Volkswagen means its Multivan is radically new. The people’s van no longer sits on the underpinnings of the utilitarian Transporter, which will in the future be based on the Ford Transit. Still, it uses an extended version of the mechanical architecture of the […]

Lexus’ electric LF Z concept to hit the market by summer 2022

June 10, 2021

Lexus showed in March the electric LF Z, a purely electric concept car that combines bodywork with a coupe shape, crossover elements but especially four side doors. Now parent company Toyota announced that it would bring the concept to an actual production model within 14 months. In terms of both form and technology, this concept […]

Brussels trams more accessible for wheelchair users thanks to rubber edge

June 10, 2021

The Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB has, together with the Accessibility Collective Wallonia Brussels (CAWaB), developed a new solution to help people with reduced mobility to get on and off trams easily. It involves installing a rubber border on the platform and a rubber border on the tram carriage. These ensure a smooth transition for […]

ElectriCity: Renault groups EV manufacturing in Northern France

June 09, 2021

French car manufacturer Renault Group has created a new entity by grouping together its three Northern France sites of Douai, Maubeuge, and Ruitz. ElectriCity, as the group is called, will concentrate on manufacturing new electric cars, such as the future Mégane E-Tech Electric, and batteries. As part of the group’s “Renaulution“, this new entity will […]

First glimpse at the next generation electric Astra

June 09, 2021

Today, Opel unveils the first images of the next-generation Astra. As the manufacturer announced about two years ago, this Astra will also be electric. Furthermore, Opel uses the futuristic design language of the Vizor with the illuminated Opel-Blitz emblem. In this way, the manufacturer wants to emphasize its German identity with a wink to the […]

What about no-SUV zones?

June 08, 2021

A mobility expert from the Brussels University VUB pleads for zones in the cities where no SUVs are allowed. The reactions to the proposal are very mitigated. Most of them consider it unfeasible. Mobility expert Eva Van Eeno (VUB) thinks it’s time for action. According to sector federation, Febiac, 48% of the newly registered vehicles […]

Leuven company launches parking tool for truck drivers

June 08, 2021

The Leuven-based company OTRA Solutions is launching a digital platform for drivers, companies, and parking operators in the transport sector. The real-time parking tool has to offer a solution for the increasing parking problems along the major European traffic axes. Every day, there is a shortage of 100 000 parking spaces for trucks throughout Europe. […]

Fiat fully electric by 2030

June 07, 2021

More and more manufacturers are announcing their ‘conversion’ to full electric drive. Now it’s Fiat’s turn to declare that by 2030 their offer will be all-electric. “Between 2025 and 2030, our product line-up will gradually become electric-only. This will be a radical change for Fiat,” Fiat CEO Olivier François announced at a discussion on the […]

Study: ‘French auto industry needs to innovate’

June 04, 2021

According to a recent study from audit firm KPMG, the French automotive industry could double its employees and increase its yearly turnover by 2% in twenty years provided it innovates in software, data, and multimodal mobility (MaaS). On the other hand, lack of action could lead to a 60% drop in jobs and revenues. According […]

BMW’s EV flagship iX is coming in November

June 03, 2021

BMW has revealed further details on the market launch of the iX. The electric SUV will begin to roll out deliveries from November, appearing almost simultaneously on the market with the i4. It is already known that the Bavarian company will offer the iX in two variants at the market launch. BMW now confirms that […]

Optimile invests 8 million in extra charging points

June 03, 2021

The greening of the company car market is gaining momentum because the Belgian Federal Government wants only 100% electric vehicles to be (fully) tax-deductible from 2026 onwards. To achieve this, there will be a need for a lot of additional charging infrastructure in the short term, and today Optimile, together with its partners, is investing […]

Volvo C40 Recharge is ready to sell

June 03, 2021

Volvo has opened the order books for the C40 Recharge in the first European countries. The second electric model in the Swedish companies’ current range is available to order in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the UK. Other markets will follow in the coming weeks. Volvo has introduced the C40 Recharge as a spin-off of […]

BMW i4 launched in 2 versions

June 02, 2021

BMW will initially offer its i4 electric sedan in two variants. Both the rear-wheel-drive model with a long-range and the sporty all-wheel-drive model with the M logo will use the same battery. The BMW i4 eDrive 40 is the base model as of November 2021. He is 4,78 m long, 1,85 m wide, and 1,45 […]

Plans for third electric model at Porsche?

June 02, 2021

With the Taycan, Porsche has hit the mark by smoothly combining sports car performance with zero-emission mobility. Meanwhile, it is no secret that an electric version of the next-generation Macan (2023) will follow. Today, rumors are circulating that a third Porsche-made EV will follow. Sharing platform with Audi There are no concrete dates, but according […]

Belgian and French car market still struggling

June 02, 2021

For the first 5 months of this year, the Belgian car market scored 14,2% better than last year but 26,6% worse than in 2019. The French market lost 22,7% compared to 2019. If one considers May only, the Belgian market stays stable (+0,2%) compared to last year but went down by 31,8% compared to May […]

Candela launches foiling water taxi

June 01, 2021

The Swedish company Candela Speedboat has presented the Candela P-12, an electric water taxi for twelve people. Pre-orders for the hydrofoil are already possible, with deliveries scheduled to begin at the end of 2022. The company has already been offering its Candela Seven electric hydrofoil since last year and also relies on the hydrofoil principle […]

Rolls-Royce confirms first EV

June 01, 2021

Rolls-Royce is working on its first electric car. CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös confirmed the news and revealed that the future RR electric car is called Silent Shadow. The luxury carmaker has not yet revealed information on the technical specifications or the market launch. In 2016, the luxury brand belonging to the BMW Group already showed a […]

VDL’s new Citea bus will only be electric

May 31, 2021

Bus and coach manufacturer VDL presents the new generation of its Citea bus, which will be available exclusively as an electric vehicle. The new Citea will be built in four length variants, and all vehicles will have an operating radius of 500 to 600 kilometers over their entire period of use, claims VDL. Up to […]

Lynk & Co struggles to keep delivery promises

May 31, 2021

Chinese Geely-daughter Lynk & Co struggles to keep its promises for delivering the 01 PHEV on a monthly rental formula in time. In Belgium, candidate ‘members’ who enlisted among the first are warned deliveries might be delayed until September at least three to five months later than intended. According to the company, the brainchild of […]

Hyundai Group to reduce ICE model variety

May 31, 2021

The Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis) wants to reduce the number of internal combustion (ICE) models in its product range. The aim is to free up resources for investments in electric cars, according to a media report. Around half of the models are apparently being questioned. The news was brought by Reuters, who […]

Electrification at Ford: an extra $ 8 billion globally, a few Mach-E’s locally

May 28, 2021

As reported before, Ford planned to double its investment in e-mobility (and autonomous drive). At an investors’ meeting this week, the company from Dearborn has announced, amongst showing future products, that it will raise that investment by an additional 8 billion dollars. This adds up to a total investment of 30 billion dollars, threefold […]

Iconic Jeep Wrangler joins the plug-in hybrid crew

May 28, 2021

Its name is 4xe, pronounced as ‘four-by-e’ as a variation on ‘four-by-four’. This is a clear indication that this type of Jeep Wrangler combines its legendary offroad capability with electric drive. The plug-in hybrid version of the iconic offroader uses a battery and two electric motors to complement the four-cylinder gasoline engine. The system packs […]

GM to build electric models in China

May 27, 2021

In recent months, we have seen the European market flooded by relatively cheap electric vehicles made in China. Despite the tense trade relationship between the States and China, we see a reversal, as GM wants to build electric vehicles on Chinese soil with its Ultium platform. Platform strategy The Ultium base is a platform that […]

BMW starts battery production for iX and i4

May 27, 2021

BMW has started manufacturing the high-voltage batteries and battery modules used in the iX and i4 at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing. The capacity for the production of the electric motors at the site has also been increased. The batteries for the iX will remain in Dingolfing, where production of the electric […]

ACEA: commercial vehicles sales increase of 42% in EU

May 27, 2021

Four months into 2021, demand for new commercial vehicles in the European Union expanded by 42.1%. Boosted by positive March and April results, total registrations reached 673 179 units so far this year. All key markets consolidated their year-to-date performances: Italy posted the highest percentage increase (+75,1%), followed by France (+62,9%), Spain (+43,8%), and Germany […]

Born to be Cupra’s first EV

May 26, 2021

After Porsche, Audi, VW (ID), and Skoda, Seat is now launching its first electric car under the CUPRA brand name. Cupra is the last player among the popular brands to launch its first model based on the MEB platform. Admittedly, Seat has had an all-electric model in its portfolio before, but that was the very […]

Sijsele gets first water permeable road in Belgium

May 26, 2021

Many municipalities are undertaking work on a new sewer system that separates wastewater and rainwater. But in Sijsels, near Damme, the administration is going a step further and constructing Belgium’s first permeable road. Such a road allows for the rainwater to seep into the soil, which keeps the street from flooding (good for road safety) […]

Quantum group wants to buy Lamborghini

May 26, 2021

The Swiss Quantum Gruppe has apparently offered € 7,5 billion to the VW Group to buy the exclusive sports brand Lamborghini. Already last year, there were rumors that VW Group would eventually let go of Lamborghini and Bugatti. This has been reported by the German magazine Automobilwoche, which pretends to have seen the letter of […]

Ford & SKI go for battery joint venture

May 25, 2021

Ford and SK Innovation have agreed to set up a joint venture to produce battery cells and modules for use in the US carmaker’s electric vehicles. The joint venture, called BlueOvalSK, aims to have an annual production capacity of 60 GWh. The partners announced their intention to build two factories, the locations of which have […]

Mercedes-Benz GenH2 truck prepping for road tests (update)

May 21, 2021

Since April, Daimler Truck’s heavy-duty hydrogen truck, the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 presented as a prototype in September last year, is doing ‘rigorous’ test laps on the circuit, prepping for road tests by the end of this year. Meantime, Daimler Truck joins forces with Dutch Shell for a ‘hydrogen-powered freight corridor’ with 150 fueling stations between Rotterdam, […]

Ford unveils F-150 Lightning EV version of iconic pick-up

May 20, 2021

Ford is coming out with an electric version of its most iconic pick-up truck, the F-150. After earlier GM announced to build an electric version of the Hummer, Ford could not stay behind with an EV version of this other American (pick-up) icon. The American manufacturer promises high-tech, exceptional performance and the possibility of powering […]

Bebat: ‘Belgians collect 3 357 tons of batteries despite corona’

May 20, 2021

Belgians are champions when it comes to collecting and recycling batteries. In 2020, despite corona, they collected 3 357 tons of batteries, the third-best result since Bebat’s creation in 1995. 2020 was a challenging year. The corona pandemic paralyzed our normal daily life, but Belgians collected 3 357 tons of batteries despite all limitations. Still, […]

Lamborghini fully hybrid by the end of 2024

May 19, 2021

The Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini, part of the Volkswagen Group, has published its electrification strategy. Lamborghini will launch its first series-production model with a hybrid drive in 2023. The entire product range should be hybridized by the end of 2024. Even when you make the sportiest of cars, electrification is apparently the way to go. […]

Electrified vehicles at 12% market share in France

May 18, 2021

In April 2021, electrified vehicles represented 12% of the new car market in France. It’s the sixth month in a row that this figure lies higher than 10%. Concerning charging infrastructure, France is number three in Europe. Last month, 21 690 electrified vehicles were newly registered in France, 10 418 were fully electric, 11 272 […]

Will Caterham go electric?

May 18, 2021

It seems that British carmaker Caterham wants to secure its future with the arrival of an electric version. Not surprising in itself, because the carmaker has experience with integrating drive systems from other manufacturers. Caterham is building an evolved version of the Lotus Seven, a spartan British roadster that meets the strict definition of this […]

First steer: SKODA Enyaq iV

May 18, 2021

Today, Skoda launches its first large electric car, the Enyaq iV. It’s no surprise that Skoda delivers this important product with a spacious SUV body that is perfectly comparable in proportions to the Kodiaq, Skoda’s largest SUV model with classic internal combustion engines. The Enyaq iV is built on a completely different platform than its […]

Opel unveils Vivaro-e fuel cell van

May 18, 2021

After Stellantis Group announcing the beginning of April it will have three hydrogen-powered vans in its dealerships by the end of the year, Opel had unveiled its part of the trio, the Vivaro-e HYDROGEN. It offers an extended range of more than 400 km and an increased payload to 1 100 kg compared to the […]

Michelin seeks its future in premium EV

May 17, 2021

French tire manufacturer Michelin has just launched a new tire portfolio specially designed for sporty electric cars. By doing so, Michelin shows that it wants to go upmarket again and provide rubber for the tire business’s upper (new) segments. Like all established tire manufacturers, Michelin lies under the pressure of new, Asian tire manufacturers. However, […]

BMW expects 50% EV sales by 2030

May 17, 2021

At its Annual General Meeting in March, the BMW Group announced its intention to avoid more than 200 million tons of CO2 by 2030. To achieve this, the CO footprint of the vehicles over the entire life cycle has to be reduced. BMW, therefore, expects that 50% of its global sales in 2030 will be […]

Toyota in excellent shape, despite pandemic or chip shortage

May 14, 2021

Japan’s number one car manufacturer, Toyota, has published financial results that are better than expected. Moreover, the carmaker foresees an even better next year, despite the shortage of semiconductors threatening the whole sector. For 2020/2021, the year of the pandemic, Toyota has never been in the red and has generated a net profit of €17 […]

LiveWire is the new EV sub-brand of Harley-Davidson

May 12, 2021

Harley-Davidson is launching a sub-brand that will focus exclusively on electric motorbikes. For the manufacturer, it is an opportunity to clearly profile itself in a growing market that is completely different from its normal customer base. Harley-Davidson’s decision to reposition its electrically powered motorbikes in marketing is sensible, to say the least because Harley customers […]

ALD Automotive starts digital showroom for second-hand lease cars

May 12, 2021

ALD Automotive, one of the world’s leaders in mobility solutions and car leasing, puts its second-hand lease cars in a digital showroom as a part of the revisited online platform ALD Carmarket. Self-employed buyers and companies can use the company’s online platform to consult ALD 2Life lease, the selection of recent second-hand cars ALD has […]

Carglass gets rid of Belgian body shop activity

May 12, 2021

Automotive glass repair specialist Belron, the parent company of Carglass, sells its body shop activity in Belgium. It has been determined that auto body repair isn’t scalable internationally. Carglass Carrosserie will be sold to Dutch investment firm Standard Investment. Back in December 2016, the then CEO of D’Ieteren, Axel Miller, wanted to expand the success […]

Subaru’s first all-electric car is an SUV called Solterra

May 11, 2021

Today, Subaru Corporation announces its first all-electric SUV. It will be called Solterra. It is built on the new global dedicated electric platform developed jointly with Toyota. Also, the Solterra itself is a collaboration between both Japanese manufacturers. Subaru will probably launch the new BEV on the market in mid-2022. The e-Subaru Global Platform allows […]

Porsche readies all-electric Macan for market launch in 2023

May 11, 2021

Porsche recently unveiled pictures of its all-electric Macan, as two camouflaged test mules are shown heading for real-life tests on German roads. The Stuttgart-based manufacturer further confirms the ambition to make its first vehicle to sit on the PPE platform the sportiest in the segment. The new electric SUV should appear in showrooms in 2023. […]

Mercedes shows concept of its future small EQT van

May 11, 2021

Mercedes-Benz presents the Concept EQT, a near-production preview of the upcoming T-Class and its electric pendant, the EQT. The smaller van below the EQV is being developed together with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and is the ‘people-carrier version’ of the upcoming Citan commercial van, launched soon. It has been known for a long time that Mercedes would present […]

Belgian federal government disagrees over company car taxation

May 11, 2021

At its formation, the so-called Vivaldi coalition forming the Belgian federal government had big plans to ‘green’ the company cars. As of 2026, the fiscally attractive regime for company cars with an internal combustion engine (ICE) would be banned. Now, difficulties and differences arise about the implementation of these measures. For the second time already, […]

Odometer fraud still exists

May 10, 2021

Last year, Car Pass received mileage readings for the first time from vehicles imported into Belgium from abroad. This revealed that fraud in an adjusted odometer was involved in 2,4% of the imported cars. This is to be compared with the 0,2% registered with non-imported cars. On average, 55 000 km less than the actual […]

Kia Belux: ‘half of EV6’s allocated 2021 volume reserved’

May 10, 2021

Kia Belux has opened actual ordering for its EV6 electric flagship that is to symbolize the new brand strategy as it is the first electric Kia on the dedicated E-GMP platform it shares with the Hyundai Ionq 5. In one month, in Belgium, half of the Belux allocated volume for this year is actually reserved […]

NIO to deliver in September in Norway, including battery-swapping

May 07, 2021

Chinese electric carmaker NIO is preparing its European launch in Norway by starting up the NIO app in July, the moment the first shipment of its ES8 electric SUVs is to leave China for first deliveries by September. Nio will bring its full-fledged ecosystem to Europe, including its own battery-swapping stations. In 2022, the NIO […]

E-commerce is booming, so here is the Citroën Ami Cargo

May 07, 2021

City dwellers might soon welcome a different but very cuddly kind of delivery vehicle at their front door, dropping off their food, packages, and other knick-knacks bought over the Internet. For Citroën is launching a cargo version of its cute little cube on wheels: the Ami. E-commerce and home delivery are booming, and Citroën wants […]

7 000 charging points in Wallonia by 2025

May 06, 2021

This Wednesday, on the LN24 news channel, Walloon Energy and Mobility Minister Philippe Henry (Ecolo) announced that the original plan to reach 7 000 charging points in Wallonia by 2030 had been brought forward to 2024-25 thanks to the restart plan. Furthermore, highway signs will now be updated with charge points information. At the same […]

Belgian Cowboy launches 4th generation connected e-bike

May 06, 2021

The Belgian start-up Cowboy has launched the fourth generation of its connected e-city bike of the same name. The bike is available in a classic version and, for the first time, in a version with a low frame (step-through). The company is banking heavily on this model to attract a much wider audience and increase […]

Bentley CEO announces ‘paradigm shift’ for the luxury company

May 06, 2021

Six months ago, Bentley announced its plans to offer only electrified vehicles (BEV and PHEV) from 2026 and focus exclusively on all-electric cars from 2030. Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark revealed more details about the first BEV model in an interview for the English Car magazine. Bentley’s first battery-electric vehicle will probably be an SUV based […]

Genesis comes to Europe in the summer of 2021 (update)

May 06, 2021

Since 2015, Genesis has been a separate brand within the Hyundai Group, of which Kia is also a part. On Wednesday, the brand announced that the luxury brand wants to commercialize its first product on the Old Continent this summer, starting in June in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK with classic ICE cars. End of […]

Renault boss Luca de Meo on small cars and electrification

May 04, 2021

When Luca de Meo (ex-VW) arrived in July last year as the new CEO for Renault, things weren’t easy. Meanwhile, the new boss has rectified several things and declared ‘the Renaulution‘. How to make money with smaller cars? Electrification plays a big role in it. De Meo started his career at Renault a long time […]