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 […]

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: […]

Toyota’s second EV, the bZ3, is only for China

October 26, 2022

Toyota, the world’s number one car manufacturer, has announced a second EV in the bZ (beyond Zero) sub-brand, an all-electric sedan called the bZ3, developed in collaboration between Toyota, BYD, and FAW Toyota. It will be offered exclusively in China for the time being. In addition, according to some media reports, there are indications that […]

French Hopium gets provisional order for 10.000 hydrogen cars

October 26, 2022

French hydrogen car startup Hopium, showing its Hopium Māchina prototype for the first time to the general public at the Paris Motor Show last week, has signed a provisional order for 10 000 cars with Crédit Agricole Group’s subsidiary Agilauto. The bank’s specialist in sales and financing of cars will offer hydrogen-powered premium cars to […]

BMW bets on (at least) two horses, EV and FCEV

October 26, 2022

The BMW Group has presented plans on how to expand the capacities for EV component production. At the same time, CEO Oliver Zipse declares that, in the future, “hydrogen, not electric, will be the hippest thing to drive”. However, the Munich-based premium manufacturer doesn’t want to put all its eggs in one basket. “To say […]

Nidec launches its second-generation E-Axle electric motor

October 25, 2022

The Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec has launched its second-generation E-Axle electric drive system for EVs. Compared to the previous generation, it gains efficiency, uses less rare materials, and is quieter. Nidec supplies electric motors for several Chinese EV manufacturers, including Guangzhou Automobile Group Co (GAC) and Geely. Its first-generation E-Axle, which integrates the motor, […]

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 […]