German supermarket Lidl offers small EV for €222 per month

July 26, 2022

The German supermarket chain Lidl will offer the Elaris Finn two-seater in Germany and Austria at a lease price of €222 per month. It’s a pilot project; other countries will follow later, eventually. The German supermarket giant is an electric believer. Earlier, it proposed free (fast) charging on its parking premises for its clients. But, […]

Uber Files: Macron under fire for his links with Uber

July 12, 2022

Nearly two months after his re-election, the French opposition is summoning French president Emmanuel Macron to explain himself after the revelation by the press of privileged exchanges between Uber and Macron when he was at Bercy. The left-wing alliance Nupes wants a parliamentary commission of inquiry, while the far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) is asking […]

DATS 24 opens third H2 filling station near Louvain

July 08, 2022

DATS 24, Colruyt Group’s energy and fuel supplier, is opening its third H2 filling station at the Researchpark in Haasrode (near Louvain). With this opening, “DATS 24 emphasizes its belief in hydrogen as a fuel for electric vehicles”, says a press release. “Besides industrial and logistics applications, hydrogen also has a role to play in […]

Nio claims it will bring 500 kW fast chargers to Europe

July 07, 2022

At its second Power Day event, Chinese EV start-up Nio announced it wants to start with the roll-out of a fast-charging network capable of 500 kW. To underpin its overseas’ expansion, it plans to bring the technology to Europe. In China, rolling out muscles on charging is somewhat of a national sport… With the announcement, […]

Vias: ‘More than half of all couriers admit driving too fast’

July 06, 2022

According to a study by Belgian traffic safety institute Vias, more than half of all parcel carriers admit – sometimes or often – driving too fast. The Vias study was commissioned by Minister Petra De Sutter (Groen). The study was intended to map the impact of parcel deliveries on mobility and traffic safety in Belgium. […]

France: TotalEnergies gives consumer ‘little present’ to avoid surtaxes

July 01, 2022

Not everyone is suffering from the supply shortage and the effects of the war in Ukraine. Big energy companies like TotalEnergies or maritime transport companies like CMA CGM register astronomic benefits. To avoid surtaxes, they propose ‘gifts’ to the average consumers. Total Energies will lower its gas prices along motorways by 12 euro cents per […]

MyWheels and Amber merge to become major player in Dutch car-sharing market

June 30, 2022

The Dutch car-sharing company MyWheels merges with Amber, specialized in car-sharing for the business market. The merger should lead to a sharp increase in the number of kilometers driven per shared car. Both companies state this in a press release. The aim is to reduce drastically the impact of mobility, and in particular the problems […]

‘100th anniversary edition of Brussels Motor Show will be special’

June 29, 2022

The organizer of the Brussels Motor Show, Febiac, has announced that the anniversary edition (100) will be memorable. From 13 to 22 January 2023, the 100th edition will take place at the Brussels expo premises, and Febiac promises some ‘specific experiences’ next to the ‘normal’ show to put the anniversary into perspective. “Many brands already […]

Belgian first: fossil fuel station converted for fast EV-charging

June 24, 2022

The Esso fuel station at the Antwerp Noorderlaan, run by Belgian family-owned G&V Energy Group, is the first in the country where the fuel pumps have been replaced by High Power Chargers (HPC) with 300kW capacity. A sign of the times coming, as G&V and Dutch Allego plan to do the same on 12 other […]

D’Ieteren’s EDI ventures into solar panels and home batteries

June 22, 2022

D’Ieteren Automotive sees mobility from a broader perspective. In addition to the classic car distribution activities of the VW Group brands, it invests in sustainable mobility solutions such as sharing platforms (Poppy), bicycles (Lucien), charging infrastructure (EDI), and now energy supply with the acquisition of Go-Solar, a specialist in solar panels and home batteries. With […]

ACEA: Netherlands and Germany provide half of EU’s charging stations

June 22, 2022

Some 50% of all charging points in the European Union are concentrated in only two countries: The Netherlands and Germany. These findings were published in a study by the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association ACEA, unveiling a substantial disparity among the member states. At the same time, signals are appearing that the further rollout of the […]

Tesla opens chargers for other brands in Germany and Luxembourg

June 20, 2022

Tesla has opened up more of its Supercharger network in Europe for EVs of other brands by adding Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Finland to the list at the beginning of the holiday season. After a pilot project in the Netherlands, Norway, France, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, and the UK were already released. Tesla announced […]

Fastned to double charging stations from 207 to 400 by 2024

June 15, 2022

Dutch fast-charging company Fastned has ambitious plans to double its network in Europe from 207 today to 400 by 2024 and round the cape of 1 000 before 2030. That would require 100 new stations a year, compared to 60 now. And an extra 50 to 75 million euros to invest in the first step. […]

Audi’s pioneering charging lounge goes international

June 13, 2022

Following a pilot phase in Nuremberg and “overwhelmingly” positive feedback from customers, Audi has decided to expand its concept of charging hubs and take it beyond the German borders. Swiss Zurich is the next place where a mobile charging lounge of this type will be constructed, with Berlin and Salzburg shortly after. Remember Audi’s charging […]

Volkswagen debuts on TikTok with New Auto

June 13, 2022

Regarding itself as a car maker transforming into a tech company, the Volkswagen Group decided it couldn’t do without a TikTok account. Under the tag “newauto”, also the name of the Group’s future strategy, employer-made short films will be published to inform about electrification and digitalization. ‘You did not wait for us, but here we […]

‘Belgium is EU’s leader in corporate mobility’

June 10, 2022

According to a survey by the Smart Mobility Institute, partnered with consultancy giant Deloitte, Belgian companies have the highest maturity for mobility in Europe. This pole position is mainly attributed to the mobility budget put in place by the government for driving the switch from company cars to alternative mobility solutions. However, it doesn’t imply […]

Flibco: new shuttle bus service to and from Brussels Airport

June 10, 2022, a private company that already organizes transport to and from airports like Charerloi, will launch a new passenger transport service to and from Brussel Airport as of June 23rd. The company will be operational in several major cities in Flanders, the Netherlands, and France. And it will operate day and night. Flibco will provide […]

Hyundai kicks off autonomous ride-hailing service in Seoul

June 10, 2022

With two Ioniq 5 RoboRide cars with in-house developed level 4 autonomous driving technology, South Korean carmaker Hyundai has kicked off its first autonomous ride-hailing service in the country’s capital, Seoul. It got a temporary driving permit from the government, provided a safety driver is always on board. The pilot RoboRide will be the first […]

Ford’s EVs to be sold directly from factory in North America

June 08, 2022

As for the North American market, Ford joins the growing list of car makers that sells electric models from the factory at fixed prices. Jim Farley announced at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference but didn’t specify when the Model e branch responsible for all zero-emission Fords would start with the new distribution model nor when […]

Sofico to add forty charging points for Wallonia

June 07, 2022

Sofico, the Walloon Region’s agency for the management of the structural road network, will launch the deployment of a network of electric charging stations on national roads that make up the network between the major towns. A budget of five million euros will allow the deployment of 40 charging stations, writes the newspaper L’Echo. To […]

Mobilize drops 40 ride-hailing cars in the streets of Madrid

June 07, 2022

Renault’s mobility branch Mobilize has delivered 40 units of the Limo model to its first customer, the Spanish ride-hailing brand Cabify. The cars will be operated in Madrid by Vecttor, a subsidiary of Cabify. In autumn, Mobilize will expand its Vehicle-as-a-Service (VaaS) model to Paris, with more European cities to follow in the coming months. […]

Shell turns to shopping centers and triples its charging network

June 03, 2022

Shell plans to install 330 double charging points at various sites of Belgian shopping centers by the end of 2024. The company is working together with real estate investor Redevco. The first charging stations will be installed in Borsbeek, Korbeek-Lo, Drogenbos, Auderghem, Waterloo and Herstal. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed. 100% green […]

DATS24 opens second hydrogen fuel station in Wilrijk

May 31, 2022

As part of a complete network of five hydrogen filling stations, DATS24 opened a second unit in Wilrijk yesterday. The forecourt lies along the busy lanes of the A12 and not far from the city of Antwerp, where garbage trucks drive on the emission-free fuel carrier. The plan for DATS24 to roll out several hydrogen […]

Brussels government subsidises charging infrastructure in private car parks

May 20, 2022

The Brussels government has launched a project call to boost the rollout of charging stations for electric vehicles. All owners of private car parks in Brussels have a chance of receiving a subsidy on the condition that their charging stations run on green electricity, are public, and are accessible 24/7. This has been confirmed by […]

Tesla makes Belgian superchargers accessible for non-Tesla vehicles

May 19, 2022

In a press release, the American EV manufacturer announced that also in Belgium, certain Tesla superchargers would be made available to electric vehicles of other brands. This means that 141 additional fast-charging points will now be available in Belgium. Tesla drivers are not complaining Tesla announced last year that it would open up its charging […]

NMBS/SNCB wants 10% more trains and 30% more passengers by 2030

May 16, 2022

The board of directors has validated the ambitious draft business plan and investment plan up to 2032 for the NMBS/SNCB on Friday. They agreed on a 10% increase in train capacity, which must bring about a 30% growth in passenger numbers by 2032. Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet says that he will ensure that the […]

Mobilize goes for 20% of Renault Group turnover in 2030

May 10, 2022

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

Kymco to come to Europe with battery swap system

May 09, 2022

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

Brussels region extends tram 7 and goes for taxi plan

April 29, 2022

The metro station Albert in Forrest will be linked directly to the university districts (ULB-VUB) of Ixelles. The Brussels Region and the Brussels transport company MIVB/STIB have agreed on this. The Brussels Government, on the other hand, has definitively approved the draft ordinance on taxi services of Minister-President Rudi Vervoort (PS). The text now goes […]

Musk invites his ‘worst critics’ to stay on Twitter after buying it

April 26, 2022

The board of directors at Twitter has accepted Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s buy-out deal of 44 billion dollars to obtain complete control of the company. As a result, Musk is now set to own his most cherished communication channel. “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter because that is what free speech […]

CO2 calculator shows carbon footprint of urban delivery

April 20, 2022

Belgian logistics player BD Logistics has asked Antwerp University to develop a tool to calculate the CO2 emissions of its urban delivery activities using a standardized calculation method. The calculation tool perfectly estimates the carbon impact of a specific delivery or shipment. This technology would also allow consumers to compare different players or means of […]

Porsche starts repairing batteries on the workshop floor

April 13, 2022

Porsche is sticking to its ‘Road-to-X’ strategy, whereby the manufacturer believes that by 2025 half of all new Porsches will be electric, and by 2030 that figure will be 80%. As more electric vehicles leave the showroom, the need to prepare the workshops for these vehicles also increases. Contrary to what is often claimed, an […]

NIO to offer decremental monthly car subscription in China

April 07, 2022

Chinese electric carmaker NIO has upgraded its car rental service in several Chinese cities by offering a decremental fee for the monthly subscription and adding four free battery swaps. It’s an attempt to breathe new life into the subscription model that isn’t very popular with the Chinese, who rather want to buy a car as […]

Herz to buy 65.000 Polestars in next five years

April 04, 2022

Car rental giant Herz is buying 65 000 fully electric Polestars in the next five years and will start offering them in Spring 2022 in Europe and end this year in America and Australia. It’s a massive deal for Polestar, as the latter reached its global sales target of 29 000 vehicles in 2021 and […]

D’Ieteren buys itself into B2B bicycle leasing with Joule

April 01, 2022

D’Ieteren is buying itself into the profitable B2B bicycle leasing market through its Lab Box daughter, investing one million euros to gain a majority part in Belgian Joule. This Ghent-based start-up, founded in 2018, offers full bicycle fleet leasing for companies and governments with a portfolio of some 20 different brands. In that arena, D’Ieteren […]

Carrefour gears up to 3.000 EV chargers in France

March 31, 2022

Carrefour will install 3 000 charging points for electric vehicles in the car parks of its 400-plus Carrefour Market supermarkets by 2025. On Wednesday, the French multinational retail corporation announced that the franchise supermarkets should also be equipped. According to the press release, Carrefour will thus become France’s leading electric charging network, with more than […]

‘Dealer eater’ Van Mossel buys Vereenooghe

March 31, 2022

The Belgian car distribution landscape is constantly changing. Consolidation is the keyword, and foreign players are moving fast, especially the Dutch Van Mossel Group. Today, it is prepared to ‘eat’ the Vereenooghe Group, a collection of nine dealerships in West Flanders. Vereenooghe is a family company, almost 100 years old, now run by nephews Alain […]

ACEA: ’14 000 new public charging points needed every week’

March 29, 2022

Supported by new research, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) calls on all EU member states to urgently step-up investments in infrastructure for electrically chargeable cars, vans, trucks, and buses. “The auto industry is already placing hundreds of models of low- and zero-emission vehicles on the market, but has serious concerns about the slow deployment […]

Uber takes all New York’s yellow cabs on board

March 25, 2022

Ride-hailing giant Uber is smoking the peace pipe with the New York yellow cabs by integrating their service on its app. Users and yellow cab drivers will be informed before booking on the nature of their ride and subsequent prices. Each has the option to reject. Nothing much changes on the streets, as only taxis […]

Urbike’s cargos find shelter in MIVB/STIB workshop

March 23, 2022

In Saint-Gilles, cargo bikes have replaced the trams in the former Belgrade workshop of the public transport company MIVB/STIB. The Brussels-based cyclo-logistics cooperative Urbike has taken up residence there, the result of a call for projects before the building is completely renovated. Urbike is one of the reference companies in delivering goods by cargo bicycle. […]

Ford opens up Lommel Proving Ground for private driving skill courses

March 18, 2022

Ford is opening up its ‘secret’ Lommel Proving Ground facilities and its team of highly skilled trainers to the general public, offering basic safety up to specialist sporty driving skills courses. At €249 per person, everyone can learn to control a vehicle on a slippery surface in all kinds of conditions or how to avoid […]

De Lijn offers real-time travel info via Google Maps

March 10, 2022

Public transport company De Lijn has introduced a new way of providing real-time traffic information via Google Maps. Since Wednesday, passengers of De Lijn can check whether their bus or tram will be on time or delayed via Google Maps. Until now, they could only check timetables, but now they get the actual times of […]

Arval increases profit by 52%

March 08, 2022

On Monday, Arval revealed its 2021 results, and despite the current difficulties, profit is on the rise. The branch of BNP Paribas Group specialized in vehicle leasing and mobility solutions’ net profit reached nearly €700 million, equating to a 52% increase in one year. This strong performance is led by the growth of the activity […]

Tier acquires Ford daughter Spin to become world’s largest

March 04, 2022

On Wednesday, Tier Mobility, Europe’s leading shared mobility provider, announced its acquisition of Ford’s subsidiary Spin, which specialized in shared electric bikes and scooters. Through this acquisition, Tier expands into North America, becoming the largest multimodal micro-mobility operator globally in terms of number of cities and vehicles. The purchase price or other financial information about […]

Tesla opens all Superchargers in Netherlands for all EVs

February 16, 2022

After a pilot that started with ten Dutch stations in November last year, Tesla is opening up all of its Superchargers in the Netherlands to non-Tesla EV drivers with a CCS connector. It also starts gradually opening charging for third parties in Norway and France. Tesla announced the latter on its Twitter channel. But you […]

Automotive leasing booming: record year for ALD

February 11, 2022

2021 seems to have been a positive year for automotive leasing companies. After Arval posted good results, now is the turn of ALD Automotive with a record net income of €843 million, 71,2% more than the previous year. This growth is mainly due to tensions in the second-hand car market, which drove prices upwards. “Following […]

D’Ieteren baptizes its bicycle business Lucien

February 10, 2022

Belgian’s most prominent car importer, D’Ieteren, is bringing together all its new bicycle businesses under the Lucien brand, the listed company announced on Thursday. Lucien is a nod to Lucien Van Impe, the last Belgian Tour winner. But it also refers to Lucien D’Ieteren (1880-1966), who decided in 1931 to switch from car bodybuilding to […]

Bolt expands with ride-hailing offer in Belgium

February 09, 2022

As the debate on taxi services and ride-hailing in Brussels rages on, newcomer Bolt puts its cards on the table. Estonian company Bolt – previously known as Taxify – expands its e-scooter offer in Brussels with ride-hailing, as a competitor to Uber. The relatively young company doesn’t want to add oil to the fire and […]

ACEA concerned about the pace of charging infrastructure roll-out

February 08, 2022

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is slightly optimistic about car sales in 2022 but also deeply worried about the pace of charging infrastructure roll-out. “It’s lagging way behind consumer demand for electrified cars,” an ACEA press release comments. “The strong performance of electrically-chargeable cars is very welcome news,” stated ACEA President and CEO of […]

Why not visit Audi Brussels virtually?

February 03, 2022

Corona restrictions have triggered a creative idea at Audi. Due to the pandemic, visitors worldwide are no longer allowed in their plants, bringing guided tours to a halt. As compensation, the brand has launched AudiStream. This service offers a free digital tour of some of their plants. One of the first online is Audi Brussels. […]

D’Ieteren’s Poppy user base surpasses 100.000 in four years

January 31, 2022

A few days after D’Ieteren’s car and e-scooter sharing service Poppy Mobility blew its fourth birthday candle, the user base counter exceeds more than 100 000 today, the company heralds in a new press release. The free-floating fleet, operational in Antwerp, Brussels, Malines, and three airports, consists of 700 cars and 550 electric kick scooters. […] develops EV checker tool

January 26, 2022

Car website Vroom launches the EV checker, an online tool that aims to guide prospective car buyers in their choice of car, particularly electromobility. The device is online today via By entering some initial data like your location, the kilometers driven per year, whether you’ll use highways, city streets, or local roads mostly, the […]

Smart route planner Touring-BeMobile tackles range anxiety

January 25, 2022

Belgian road service and mobility organization Touring and traffic data specialist BeMobile offer a smart route planner on the Touring Mobilis website that tackles the ‘range anxiety’ of many newbie EV-drivers. It lets you calculate your route with planned charging stops tailored to your specific electric car, predicting availability at the time of arrival. You […]

‘Four in ten Belgian drivers uses car less often’

January 24, 2022

Four in ten Belgian drivers use their car less often since the pandemic, an iVox survey ordered by Corona Direct Insurances, a daughter of Belgian state-owned Belfius bank, reveals. A large group chooses other means of transport for shorter trips and works at home more often. The survey done with 1 000 Belgians at the […]

Renault’s electric revolution kicks off with a… touch screen

January 21, 2022

Screens are the real motors driving the car of the 21st century. With Renault launching its all-electric Mégane E-Tech, firestarter of the so-called Renaulution reform, another example is added to the list.  On the inside, the French compact crossover features a vertical touch screen for infotainment with a diameter of 12 inches. A flipped vent […]

Scooters with swappable batteries future for crowded cities?

January 20, 2022

Electric scooters with universal swappable batteries provided by a network of swapping stations may become the future mobility solution in busy cities. Yamaha is launching such a scooter on the Taiwanese market (Yamaha EMF), and for the exchangeable batteries, the manufacturer is working together with local Gogoro. Of course, one can take the removable battery […]

BMC acquires Stoomlink to improve traveller experience

January 20, 2022

Belgian Mobility Card (BMC), the joint subsidiary of Belgium’s four public transport operators (NMBS/SNCB, MIVB/STIB, Tec, and De Lijn), is buying the startup Stoomlink. The latter specializes in creating new digital solutions to simplify travel with public transport. Through this acquisition, BMC aims to simplify the journey of intermodal customers. This means providing information and […]

AG launches charging card to provide more transparency

January 14, 2022

AG Insurance, one of the leading players in the Belgian insurance market, wants to make charging infrastructure accessible to a broader public. With the Optimile Mobiflow card displaying actual prices that apply, it wants to give users a more transparent view of the different charging units. AG previously (2020) took a stake in Optimile in […]

Consumer poll says that Japanese car brands are the most reliable

January 13, 2022

The Belgian consumer organization TestAankoop/TestAchats has done a survey in five European countries concerning the reliability of cars. Asian cars are by far the most reliable, with Japanese brands at the top. Lexus is (again) number one, followed by Subaru and Toyota. Together with its sister organizations TestAankoop/TestAchats interrogated some 60 000 car owners (cars […]

Shared Velo bikes in Antwerp made 4,5 million trips in 2021

January 07, 2022

Last year, the Antwerp shared bicycle platform, Velo, registered a total of 4,482 million rides or 288 000 more than in 2020. In 2019, Velo still registered a total of 6,8 million rides, but the popularity of the red bikes waned when the corona crisis broke out. In 2020, the use of Velo bikes decreased […]