VW Belgium slashes ID.3-4 prices to get piece of subsidy pie

December 19, 2023

D’Ieteren, the Belgian VW Group importer, will offer the ID.3 and the ID.4 for under €40 000 in 2024. This significant price cut means Flemish private customers are eligible for the €5 000 EV subsidy, bringing down the total cost to the consumer to under €35 000. A discount of over €10 000 compared to […]

Nissan’s Ariya EV first to drive from North to South Pole

December 18, 2023

The Nissan Ariya e-4orce has become the first-ever land vehicle to travel from the magnetic North Pole to the South Pole, taking 9+ months and around 30 000 km to complete the journey. Scottish couple Chris and Julia Ramsey from Plug in Adventures took on the challenge of improving infrastructure in remote regions and showcasing […]

Tyde to launch with BMW world’s largest electric foiling yacht

December 18, 2023

After creating a foiling glass lounge boat with BMW and presenting it in June at the Cannes Film Festival, German electric boat start-up Tyde is launching a second project with the premium carmaker’s design daughter Designworks. The ‘Tyde Open’ is a 49-foot foiling electric yacht, the world’s largest to be seen (in autumn 2024). BMW’s […]

Maxus introduces eUNIQ6, its first electric SUV in Belgium

December 18, 2023

Chinese car manufacturer Maxus, daughter of the SAIC group, presents its first SUV in Belgium, a fully electric one. The eUniq6 is a 5-seater with ample cargo space (754 liters of boot volume). The SUV is driven on the front wheels by a 130 kW/177 hp electromotor, providing also 310 Nm of torque. The car […]

Alfa’s new B-segment SUV will be called Milano

December 15, 2023

In April 2024 in Milan, Alfa Romeo will unveil its first ‘Sport Urban Vehicle’ in its history, which will also be available in a 100% electric version. It will be named Milano as a tribute to the city where it all began on June 24, 1910. With the Alfa Romeo Milano, the brand rejoins the […]

Zeekr develops fast-charging 800 V LFP-battery for its 007 sedan

December 15, 2023

Swedish-Chinese Geely daughter Zeekr has presented a newly in-house developed 800 V lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery to be used in its new 007 sedan. This so-called ‘Golden Battery’ can be charged at up to 500 kW from 10-80% in merely 15 minutes. That provides the Zeekr 007 with an extra 500 km range. Zeekr claims it […]

Volkswagen’s ID.2 to get an SUV pendant

December 15, 2023

Volkswagen is planning a second version of the upcoming, affordable  ID.2 small EV. It will be a compact SUV version based on the same MEB platform and with the same drivetrain. Stepan Rehak, spokesperson for Design at VW Passenger Cars, posted the teaser image on social media. Rehak also confirmed it will arrive in 2026. […]

Opel’s face-lift Combo Electric and Zafira Electric unveiled

December 14, 2023

Following Stellantis’ Commercial Vehicles Ambition Day, showcasing its overhauled and regrouped LCV portfolio last October, the different brands have commenced releasing their new models. Next in line is Opel, which has unveiled some further details – but no price – on the face-lifts of the Combo Electric and Zafira Electric. These models, offering room for […]

Maxus eDeliver7 one-ton electric van arrives in Benelux

December 14, 2023

Maxus’ new mid-size electric van, the eDeliver 7, has arrived in the Benelux. It features a WLTP range of up to 370 km thanks to battery packs of up to 88 kWh. It has a cargo space of up to 6,7 m³ thanks to a long-wheelbase version, with a payload of up to 1 125 […]

Tesla to update two million cars in massive recall over Autopilot

December 14, 2023

Tesla faces a setback in North America. The electric car manufacturer must initiate a recall of approximately two million vehicles in the US and Canada due to an increased risk of collision associated with its controversial ‘Autopilot’ driver assistance system. Following a two-year investigation, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that, under […]

JLR gives first glimpse of all-electric Range Rover and opens waiting list

December 14, 2023

Jaguar Land Rover has opened the waiting list for people who want to have one of the first fully electric Range Rovers, due in 2024. Meanwhile, the extensive testing phase for the prototypes has started, and JLR gives a glimpse of what we can expect. “With more patents anticipated to be filed for New Range […]

New VW Transporter also as an EV

December 13, 2023

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWN) will also offer the successor to the T6.1 Transporter as a BEV. The sales launch is scheduled for 2024, and VWN does not want to present the exact technical data of the electric van until then. The entirely newly developed Transporter and its shuttle variant, Caravelle, will be available as a […]

Tesla Y will be EV best-seller 2023, Chinese are everywhere

December 13, 2023

Now that 2023 is ending, it’s already apparent that the best-selling EV worldwide is the Tesla Model Y, according to recent research by Clean Technica. Also very noticeable is the ubiquity of Chinese brands in the EV top 20, with BYD as an absolute shiner. Of course, we have only verified data for the first […]

Updated ë-Berlingo gets LFP battery

December 13, 2023

Citroën has presented the new edition of the ë-Berlingo in detail. The most important fact of the update is the switch to an LFP battery with a better net energy content of 50 kWh. At the premiere at the ‘Stellantis Commercial Vehicles Ambition Day’ in October, it was suggested that the key data of the […]

Morgan shows electric XP-1 three-wheeler it won’t build

December 12, 2023

Morgan, the British expert in handcrafted, retro-inspired vehicles, has shown a glimpse of its electric future in the shape of the XP-1. It is based on the Super 3 model and features Morgan’s first self-developed powertrain, weighing less than 700 kg. But a production version isn’t on the cards. Morgan is usually an expert on […]

Porsche reveals interior and specs of future electric Macan

December 12, 2023

German sportscar manufacturer Porsche has revealed the first image of the new Macan EV’s interior. The newcomer takes a page from the recently updated Cayenne and Panamera, with three screens and a dash-mounted gear selector. Porsche also takes the opportunity to delve further into the technical specifications. The new Macan EV sits on the PPE […]

First Zeekr 001 delivered in Europe to Dutch client

December 12, 2023

Zeekr, the Chinese-Swedish sister brand of Volvo and Lynk & Co, has delivered its first electric car in Europe, an Electric Blue Zeekr 001 AWD Privilege, to a Dutch client in Amsterdam, where the company has its headquarters. It was European boss Spiros Fotinos who handed over the keys. Pre-orders opened in the Netherlands and […]

Renault and Volkswagen to join forces on affordable EVs?

December 11, 2023

According to the often well-informed German newspaper Handelsblatt, Volkswagen is considering collaborating with Renault to develop and produce the sub-20 000-euro car. Both companies declined to comment on these rumors from sources familiar with the matter. According to Handelsblatt, VW is talking to potential partners, but Renault is definitely one of them. At the moment, […]

Picture Search, the ‘shazam’ for cars

December 08, 2023

Luxembourg’s newest car classified site, mycar.lu, announces ‘Picture Search’, an innovative feature to the online car marketplace. It’s an advanced AI-powered tool that enables users to take pictures of any car they encounter on the street and instantly find the brand and model on mycar.lu’s platform. “This cutting-edge development is set to revolutionize the way […]

GM confirms next-gen Chevrolet Bolt for 2025

December 07, 2023

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has officially declared that the next-generation Chevrolet Bolt EV will hit the streets in 2025, following the model’s temporary cancellation and a successor question. Building upon its reputation of affordability, the new generation will be equipped with cheaper LFP batteries. While Barra did not delve into the nitty gritty about […]

Electric Fiat Panda to be called Pandina, produced in Serbia

December 07, 2023

Fiat’s low-cost electric model has been named: not Panda but Pandina. This cousin to the Citroën ë-C3 is set to be produced in Kragujevac, Serbia, for a starting price of around 20 000 euros. A mild hybrid version is also coming for around 15 000 euros. Meanwhile, Stellantis promises to maintain a production target of […]

New Mini Cooper EV will also have a sporty JCW version

December 06, 2023

The coming Mini Cooper SE electric 3-door model will also be available in the John Cooper Works trim to emphasize the brand’s racing history. With 160 kW and 330 Newton meters of maximum torque, the more powerful Mini Cooper SE version can sprint from 0 to 100 kph in 6,7 seconds and offers a range […]

Traxio: ‘Used car registrations got boost in November’

December 06, 2023

Growth in the second-hand car market got another boost in November. Last month, 57 519 used cars were registered, 6,5% more than in 2022. The increase is 7,8% over the first eleven months of the year (46 231 units more than in 2022), but there is a deficit of 18 030 units compared to 2021. […]

ACEA president calls for ‘Kei cars’ in Europe

December 06, 2023

The current (and re-elected) president of the European Car Manufacturers Association (ACEA), Luca de Meo, has called for European ‘Kei Cars’ as one of the solutions to boost electric car sales and solve acute urban mobility problems. De Meo did so in his speech at the ACEA headquarters in Brussels while presenting the lobbying group’s […]

The ‘new Saab’ will be an EV Electra

December 06, 2023

The electric vehicle manufacturer EV Electra has bought the rights to the Emily GT project, also called ‘the new Saab’, from NEVS (New Electric Vehicle Sweden) and could produce the sporty electric saloon in the former Saab factory in Trollhättan, Sweden. Last August, we reported about the Emily GT, citing that an ‘unknown investor’ had […]

Blue-bike gets more expensive

December 05, 2023

Most rides on a Blue-bike, a bike-sharing project of which the Flemish public transport company De Lijn is the main shareholder, will become one euro more expensive from next year. This is because the concession from the Flemish government will disappear. Indeed, for each 24-hour ride, the Flemish government has reimbursed one euro. From 1 […]

Fisker is having problems delivering its electric Ocean SUV

December 05, 2023

The electric car manufacturer Fisker is lowering its production forecast for 2023 once again. After last lowering its forecast to between 13 000 and 17 000 vehicles produced in 2023 as a whole, Fisker now only expects to produce just over 10 000 units. The reason given for this is the decision to produce fewer […]

Toyota about its electric future in Europe (part two)

December 05, 2023

Toyota wants to expand its range of electric cars in Europe to six models by 2026. That’s what we wrote on Monday, talking about the brand’s two concepts unveiled at its annual Kenshiki event in Brussels. But the Japanese company is also providing more details on its battery roadmap and hydrogen plans. With the presentation […]

Toyota partly unveils electric offer in Europe

December 04, 2023

At last week’s Toyota Motor Europe (TME) 2023 Kenshiki event, a team of global and European executives presented the company’s latest electrified products and technologies. Today, we’re paying attention to two new BEV concepts arriving in Europe reasonably soon. Toyota provided a preview of its future battery electric vehicle (BEV) strategy for Europe by unveiling […]

It’s a family tradition: Toyota Hilux goes hybrid

December 04, 2023

The stalling pickup market in the EU doesn’t refrain Toyota from introducing new powertrains in its famous workhorse. Slated for launch in 2024 is an electrified version of the 2.8-diesel engine. Though Toyota is a pioneer in hybrid drivetrains, the proposed solution in the Hilux remains modest. The Hilux Hybrid brings a 48-volt system to […]

Tesla Cybertruck finally hits the showroom

December 01, 2023

After two years of delays and anticipation, Tesla’s digital showroom offers the highly controversial Cybertruck. CEO Elon Musk handed over the first customers’ vehicles during a special event on Thursday at the company’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. Though the looks and specs are spectacular, the Cybertruck also puts dark accolades around its promised range and […]

Renault beats the drum on electric R5

December 01, 2023

Renault will present the R5 E-tech electric, its B-segment EV, Zoe successor, and Renault 5 reminiscer at the Geneva Motor Show on the 26th of February. In anticipation, the manufacturer has already shown some details of the production version and launched a teaser campaign with an R 5 R Pass for early potential buyers. “Renault […]

Former Jaguar design boss introduces Skye concept

November 30, 2023

With Skye, Callum Designs, the company of former Jaguar design boss Ian Callum, presents the concept of an all-terrain electric vehicle with all-wheel drive in the style of an electric buggy with a roof. Technical details are not yet available. “Callum Skye is a high-performance multi-terrain electric vehicle created for discerning owners seeking extraordinary on- […]

Dacia electrifies its new, more upscale Duster

November 30, 2023

Introducing the next generation Duster, Dacia is venturing into new territory with the third generation of its popular SUV that has dominated European sales since 2010. For the first time in its lineage, the driveline features assistance from a battery pack in the form of a hybrid version (HEV). The cladding on the bodywork is […]

Astara will import Seres in the Netherlands

November 29, 2023

Astara Western Europe, formerly Alcopa but now part of the Spanish ‘open mobility company’ Astara, becomes the importer of the Chinese Seres car brand in the Netherlands. According to Astara, it fits into its strategy to promote electric mobility. The focus of the deal is to implement a solid dealer network and to become a […]

Chinese dominate VAB’s ‘Family Car of the Year 2024’

November 29, 2023

The 37th edition of Belgian mobility organization VAB’s ‘Family Car of the Year’ was dominated this year by the Chinese, with two out of three titles for the full-electric BYD Dolphin and the LPG-fueled BAIC X55. The Romanian Dacia Jogger 1.0 ECOG seven-seater grabbed gold in the ICE category below €25 000, again proving budget […]

The first electric BMW M3 will be called… iM3

November 29, 2023

When the iconic sports saloon finally goes electric, it will be called BMW iM3. This model name has just been filed by BMW with the EU Intellectual Property Office, hinting at a sporty variant of the Neue Klasse electric saloon coming in 2025. We already knew BMW was working on a next-gen electric architecture for […]

New Renault Twingo EV rumored to have brothers

November 29, 2023

A few weeks ago, Renault presented its EV plan for Ampere, with no less than seven new electric vehicles in the pipeline. The Twingo ‘Legend was most noticeable, ‘ the all-new successor to the current Twingo Electric. Rumors have it that it will have a twin brother from Smart (#2) and be the base for […]

VW to develop affordable EVs for China (Update)

November 29, 2023

Volkswagen is reportedly planning its own vehicle platform (derived from the current MEB) in China for low-cost electric cars to meet local customer needs better – as many components as possible are to be sourced from China. Only later would the platform possibly be used in other countries. The German newspaper Handelsblatt reported the development, […]

Hyvia shows new hydrogen fuel cell for current Renault Master

November 28, 2023

Hyvia, the joint venture between Renault and Plug for hydrogen technology, has unveiled the new H2-Tech hydrogen fuel cell architecture for the current Renault Master van. A next-gen platform for the new Renault Master is coming in 2025. While we saw the launch of the all-new Renault Master, with a new battery-electric powertrain offering up […]

COTY jury has revealed its seven nominees for 2024

November 27, 2023

A while ago, the European Car of the Year (COTY) jury revealed the 28 models that comprised the long list of candidates for the European Car of the Year 2024. Yesterday, the jury announced the seven finalists. The winner will be revealed at the next Geneva International Motor Show on February 26th, 2024. The active […]

Private pickup registrations in Belgium slashed in half

November 27, 2023

The new fiscal rules for pickups, making them no longer exempt from registration taxes and losing the low annual road tax prerogative, have significantly affected their registrations this year. In Belgium, their popularity among private customers has dropped to a historically low level. In the first ten months of 2023, only 969 pickups were registered […]

Austrians offer cable-less homecharging by connecting plate underneath

November 27, 2023

Let’s be honest: juggling cables isn’t the most pleasant aspect of switching to e-mobility. As inductive charging still has to make its definitive mark, the Austrian companies Keba and Easelink now offer an intermediate step. You can charge your BEV at home without cables by attaching a plate underneath the car’s bodywork. Austrian electric charging […]

Porsche revamps Panamera with four E-Hybrid powertrains

November 27, 2023

Porsche has revamped its four-door sports sedan’s appearance with a more expressive sporting look and is to offer four variants of the E-Hybrid powertrain, the most popular version. The new Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid, ready at market launch in April 2024, will boost power to 500 kW (680 hp) with a new 140 kW electric motor […]

Nissan to build fully electric Qashqai and Juke in UK (update)

November 27, 2023

Nissan will build an all-electric version of its best-selling models, the Qashqai and Juke, in its Sunderland factory in the UK. The news first brought by British free-to-air television news channel Sky News was confirmed by Nissan on Friday. New is the announcement that to have enough batteries, Nissan’s EV36Zero hub will require a third […]

Ora and Wey rebranded as Great Wall Motor in Europe

November 24, 2023

Don’t stick to Ora and Wey only as from 2024, but say ‘Great Wall Motors’. The Chinese group is rebranding its model line-up. The previous brand names are set to become product lines, while Great Wall Motor (GWM) will serve as the title brand. The Ora Cat, for example, will be called Great Wall Motor […]

Volvo’s FH is first fully electric ‘Truck of the Year’

November 23, 2023

The Volvo’s zero-emission heavy-duty truck, the FH Electric, is the first to get the ‘Truck of the Year 2024’ Award, issued by a jury of 24 commercial vehicle journalists from major trucking magazines throughout Europe. The award is given to a truck introduced to the market in the previous twelve months, significantly contributing to road […]

Tesla lets you build your own Roadster

November 23, 2023

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the full open-sourcing of its original Roadster design and engineering, making R&D documents accessible to the public. This move comes over a decade after discontinuing the original Roadster, which kickstarted the Tesla business and served as a mule for fund-raising. Insiders wonder whether this move is tied to the […]

Van Mossel expands into VW/D’Ieteren territory

November 22, 2023

Van Mossel Group, already the biggest car retailer in the Belux, expands its brand portfolio for the first time with VW Group brands by overtaking Garage Mertens, a renowned car dealer in Eastern Flanders with dealerships in Sint-Niklaas, Lokeren, and Dendermonde. Van Mossel is already selling 25 car brands in Belgium. Exceptions were the Toyota/Lexus […]

All-new Renault Master gets up to 410 km EV range

November 22, 2023

Renault has unveiled the fourth-generation Master. The large van gets an all-new look with improved aerodynamics, a completely revamped interior with the latest tech and safety features, and a second all-electric variant with up to 410 km of range. The all-new Master is available from spring 2024. After over 13 years on the road, the […]

BYD’s Sea Lion 07 adds to Ocean tidal wave of products

November 21, 2023

BYD has expanded its Ocean line-up of vehicles even further with the Sea Lion 07, a new electric coupé-SUV that kicks off a new subcategory within the Ocean series. The mid-size SUV is set to compete with the Tesla Model Y in size but with a much more affordable price tag. The BYD Sea Lion […]

Li Mega MPV adds to influx of Chinese electric minivans

November 20, 2023

Li Auto, a Chinese car manufacturer founded in 2015, has unveiled its first battery-electric model: the Li Mega MPV. This seven-seater adds to the recent influx of electric minivans made in China. However, Li Auto promises low energy consumption and super-fast charging thanks to an 800 V CATL Qilin battery. The Li Mega is the […]

Lucid Gravity is the first SUV of the American EV brand

November 20, 2023

The Californian EV maker Lucid has officially presented its all-electric SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Gravity will go into production in late 2024, while Lucid expects a starting price for the electric SUV of under 80 000 dollars. According to the manufacturer, the Gravity builds on the Lucid Air sedan, creating “a […]

Zeekr launches its 007 sedan in China

November 20, 2023

Geely’s new premium brand Zeekr, a sister company to Lynk & Co and likewise co-developed in Sweden, has launched its first fully electric sedan, the Zeekr 007, at the Guangzhou auto show. In less than 30 minutes, over 5.000 preorders were registered for this 4,8 m long sedan that sprints in 5,4 to 2.84 seconds […]

Amazon becomes Hyundai dealer with online sales

November 17, 2023

Amazon has announced its foray into the online vehicle sales arena, initiating a partnership with Hyundai, which is set to start in 2024. Customers will be able to browse and purchase Hyundai vehicles directly on Amazon.com. The service is restricted to the US for the time being. On the opening day of the LA Auto […]

ABB wants to simplify charging payments acquiring Vourity

November 17, 2023

ABB E-Mobility, part of the Swiss/Swedish ABB Group, has acquired the Swedish start-up Vourity. The latter’s cloud-based technology is designed to simplify payment at charging stations for electric cars with various payment options. ABB is also securing essential technical expertise with the take-over. The acquisition of Vourity enables ABB to integrate the payment terminal with […]

China’s newest four-door, four-seat electric hypercar: HiPhi A

November 17, 2023

The premium electric car brand HiPhi from Chinese manufacturer Human Horizons has unveiled the HiPhi A, a 960 kW/1 287 hp four-door, four-seat electric hypercar. However, it will take some time from the premiere at the Guangzhou Auto Show to the start of production. According to the press release, the HiPhi A should be able […]

VW slows down EV production and wants to reduce costs

November 16, 2023

This week, Volkswagen has canceled one shift on the line producing the VW ID.3 and Cupra Born at its plant in Zwickau, Germany, due to low demand. The same may happen at the second production line if the market does not change. Meanwhile, VW boss Thomas Schäfer is brooding on a cost reduction plan for […]

All-electric Astra Sports Tourer misses out on Belgian EV bonus

November 16, 2023

Opel has officially started taking orders in Belgium for the highly anticipated Astra Sports Tourer Electric, ahead of the Peugeot e-308 Electric. Its price is lower than a comparable version from the plug-in hybrid series. However, as the roomier cargo space, compared to the five-door, raises the bill by 2 000 euros, it overshoots the […]

Ampere plans seven EVs by 2031, one under €20.000 (update)

November 16, 2023

As a prequel to its Capital Market Day around Ampere, organized on Wednesday, November 15th, in the afternoon by the Renault Group, Renault’s electric arm is already uncovering its plans for the years to come. These include seven EVs on the market by 2031, one of them a small EV, called the Twingo ‘Legend’, to […]