Temporary solution for Brussels Uber drivers

December 10, 2021

On Thursday, the Brussels government approved a temporary solution allowing LVC drivers (mainly Uber drivers) to resume their taxi services under strictly defined conditions. The arrangement will run until the ordinance on the reform of the taxi sector comes into force. According to Minister-President Rudi Vervoort (PS), the temporary solution allows around 2 000 LVC […]

Uber now also in the sights of the French justice system

December 09, 2021

After Brussels and London, the set-employed status of Uber’s drivers’ is now also being questioned by the French justice system. The investigation for “concealed” work was opened in 2015 and was dormant for long. But the case was reactivated in 2020, and according to the Paris prosecutor’s office, it is now being closely watched again. […]

Uber to overhaul London business model

December 07, 2021

Uber’s way of working is not only under pressure in Brussels. Less than two weeks after the Brussels Court of Appeal ruled that drivers can no longer work with the Uber app in the capital, a British court ruled against the American taxi service. In London, a high court ruled against Uber on Monday, saying […]

Court of Appeal forbids 2 000 Brussels drivers to use Uber app

November 25, 2021

The Brussels Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday that drivers can no longer work with the Uber app. Concretely, the 2 000 Uber drivers will no longer be able to use the app as of Friday 18th, making the app virtually unusable in the capital. According to Laurent Slits, manager of Uber in Belgium, the […]

Tier Mobility buys Nextbike

November 16, 2021

The German micro-mobility provider, Tier Mobility, based in Berlin, has bought 100% of the shares of Nextbike, based in Leipzig, and a specialist in bike-sharing. Together they create a multimodal platform offering 250 000 vehicles in some 400 cities. The new company can now offer bikes, e-bikes, cargo bikes, e-scooters, and e-mopeds in its sharing […]

Paris limits speed of e-scooters to 10 kph in certain zones

November 16, 2021

The speed of e-scooters is now limited to 10 km/hour in 700 areas of Paris, including around the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. This is what the three operators present in Paris reported on Monday. These areas are concentrated around places with high pedestrian pressure, such as parks, gardens, streets with schools, town halls, places […]

‘Mobilidata’ to make traffic in Flanders smoother and safer

November 15, 2021

On Friday, the Flemish government gave the go-ahead for Mobilidata, a project that uses data to make traffic smoother, more sustainable, and safer. A consortium led by Be-Mobile, a Belgian company specializing in distributing traffic information, is steering the project. The Flemish government is allocating €18,2 million for it. One platform For years, there have […]

GO Sharing launches 500 e-scooters in Brussels

October 27, 2021

After conquering Antwerp, Dutch GO Sharing is setting foot on Brussels’ territory. The company will launch 500 electric scooters in the Belgian capital, 250 this week, and 250 next week. GO Sharing is the largest shared e-moped network in the Benelux, and the third provider in Brussels, after Felyx and Poppy. With the arrival of […]

Reborn Hertz orders 100 000 Tesla Model 3s

October 26, 2021

Rising again from the ashes after bankruptcy, international car rental company Hertz has ordered 100 000 Tesla Model 3s to make 20% of its fleet electric and offer the largest EV rental fleet in the US. The Teslas will be available from November in selected cities in the US and Europe. The complete order should […]

Planning Bureau: Offshore wind farms help achieve climate neutrality

October 19, 2021

Hybrid offshore wind projects could also help Belgium to become climate neutral by 2050. That’s the conclusion of a paper of the Planning Bureau, a Belgian independent public agency that makes studies on economic, social, and environmental policy issues. In two scenarios studied by the Planning Bureau, security of supply is guaranteed, and production costs […]

Rental and mobility company Leasys moves (softly) toward electrification

October 18, 2021

Leasys, a car rental and mobility branch within the Stellantis Group, has unveiled details about its electrification strategy for the near future. The starting point for the company is to turn their short-term rental fleet electric while pushing zero-emission mobility across its services along the line. The electrification will be a step-by-step process, financed by […]

Citroën presents autonomous ‘Skate’ concept

September 30, 2021

Under the name ‘Autonomous Mobility Vision’, French car manufacturer Citroën presents a concept of the future’s multifunctional and autonomous city vehicle. For this, it has created a partnership with Accor and JC Decaux, named Urban Collëctif. The common aim of the manufacturer, the hotel chain, and the giant of public billboarding is to optimize mobility […]

Swedish Voi launches 2 000 shared e-scooters in Brussels

September 16, 2021

After successfully launching its shared e-scooter platform in more than 70 cities across Europe, the Swedish Voi is introducing its service in Brussels. Some 2 000 e-scooters will be available to rent. Voi aims at being present in the nineteen municipalities of the Belgian capital. “Mobility in cities like Brussels faces many challenges, ranging from […]

German-American ViaVan to provide customized transport in Flanders

September 13, 2021

The Flemish government had signed a contract with the private German-American company ViaVan to operate the Flemish mobility center. This center, a kind of umbrella taxi center or combi-mobility center for the whole of Flanders in the context of basic accessibility, must provide tailor-made transport in Flanders. It will replace some of the buses of […]

Flanders wants to boost shared mobility in towns and cities

September 10, 2021

Flemish Minister of Home Affairs, Bart Somers (Open Vld), wants to encourage Flemish cities and municipalities to focus more on electric shared mobility. That is one of the conclusions of a study day together with, among others, the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) and Autodelen.net in Mechelen on Thursday. The target? 13 200 […]

Only 4% of Belgian employees have a mobility budget

September 09, 2021

Only 4% of Belgian employees currently receive a mobility budget from their employer. These are the results of a survey held by HR service provider Securex among more than 1 500 employees in May. A quarter of the employees who have a company car say they are ready to exchange it for a mobility budget, […]

ALD Automotive invests in Belgian MaaS start-up Skipr

September 07, 2021

Born out of D’Ieteren‘s mobility start-up incubator Lab Box, Skipr sees ALD Automotive enter its capital with a 17% stake. Specialized in managing alternative mobility solutions for professionals, the Belgium start-up welcomes the arrival of one of the worldwide leaders in leasing and company car management. The initial focus will be on developing the Belgian […]

Free-floating operators diversify into retail and long-term renting

September 06, 2021

Hit by the pandemic and still searching for a profitable business model, free-floating services seek other revenue sources. American Bird is spreading its wings by selling some of its products in addition to renting them. French Zoov-Smoove is also diversifying by a new long-term bicycle renting solution at 69 euro per month. While they weren’t […]

Renault presents ride-hailing Limo at IAA Münich

August 30, 2021

At the motor show in Münich, Renault’s mobility arm, Mobilize, will reveal its first product. It’s called the Limo, and it’s an all-electric, D-segment-sized sedan that will be made exclusively available through subscription. But whereas similar formulas, like Lynk&Co, aim at private customers, the Mobilize Limo should be regarded as a response to the ride-hailing […]

Cambio celebrates 50.000th subscriber

August 26, 2021

Car sharing company Cambio celebrated its 50 000th subscriber in Brussels on Wednesday. The company has been active in Belgium since 2002. Meanwhile, it has more than 1 600 cars at 778 locations in 67 Belgian cities. Although fewer Cambio cars were driven during the corona pandemic, the number of car-sharers has grown. In 2021, […]

Belgian architect develops telescopic home charging system

August 24, 2021

The Flemish architect and entrepreneur Danny Vaes (47), who specialized in urban development, has developed a prototype smart charging system for electric vehicles. The system is intended for people who normally cannot charge at home. On Monday, Vaes’ invention was introduced in Hasselt, in the presence of the Flemish Ministers Lydia Peeters and Bart Somers […]

Google Maps to show micromobility from Bird, Spin, and Voi

August 20, 2021

After pioneering in 2018 to show where to find Lime’s e-scooters and integrating them directly into the route planner in Google Maps, today’s world’s most used navigational tool is becoming more and more a Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) app for major cities. The latest to integrate their micromobility offer into Maps are Bird, Spin, and Voi. American […]

Uber suffers under heavy driver incentives spending

August 06, 2021

Ride-hailing platform Uber struggles to attract drivers who left the company earlier because the demand for rides had fallen sharply during the corona pandemic. But riders returned to Uber this spring more quickly than drivers, causing long waiting times and higher prices. To tempt drivers back to the platform, Uber increased incentives and bonuses, and […]

Bolt mobility platform raises 600 million euros

August 03, 2021

Mobility platform Bolt has raised a new 600 million euros round of funding, valuing the Estonian company at more than four billion euros. The platform will use the new funds to strengthen its new 15-minute grocery delivery service, Bolt Market, in certain countries where the company operates and accelerate the development of its existing mobility […]

VW and Europcar go for second marriage

July 29, 2021

Fifteen years after their peaceful separation, Volkswagen and Europcar have united again. The board of Europcar has approved Wednesday the €2,9 billion offer (inclusive debts) of a consortium led by Volkswagen. Volkswagen is the biggest partner in the bidding consortium, but there is also the British fund Attestor Limited and the Dutch Pon Group. Attestor […]

BMW kicks off pilot project with bidirectional charging i3s

July 16, 2021

To study the advantages of the technology, BMW has launched a pilot project on bidirectional charging, also called V2G or Vehicle-to-Grid technology. ‘Change direction’ says the writing on the bodywork of the here pictured BMW i3, the compact electric car from Münich of which its maker proclaimed that they “will continue to build it as […]

Oslo curtails number of e-scooters from 20 000 to 8 000

July 14, 2021

The Oslo City Council has adopted a series of restrictions on e-scooters to limit the inconvenience and accidents they can cause. To prevent accidents that often occur at night when people are drunk, from August, the use of e-scooters will be prohibited between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m on weekends and weekdays. From more than […]

Antwerp: taxis and shared vehicles now included on city route planner

July 08, 2021

The multimodal route planner for Antwerp’s urban mobility project ‘Smart Ways to Antwerp’ has been given a few extra applications. From now on, the website and app also show you taxis and various shared vehicles as possible means of transport to get to your destination. “As far as I know, we are the only one […]

Wallonia approves legal framework for e-scooters (update)

July 08, 2021

The Walloon Parliament has approved in the plenary assembly the decree proposed by the Mobility Committee for a framework setting standards and rules for free-floating e-scooters to be rolled out in the Region. Free-floating means that the e-scooter does not have to be returned to a fixed place but can be left on the public […]

Mini presents Vision Urbanaut in reality

June 30, 2021

With the Mini Vision Urbanaut virtual vision vehicle presentation in November 2020, the Mini brand revealed a new interpretation of mobility. Now the BMW Group is set to unveil a physical model of the vehicle. The model will be given its world premiere on 1 July 2021 at the DLD Summer conference in Munich. “At […]

Swapfiets’ blue tire makes entry in Tour de France

June 25, 2021

Swapfiets, the Dutch scale-up offering a bicycle-as-a-service subscription formula with bikes recognizable with their blue front wheel, makes its entree in the Tour de France that starts on Saturday. Team Jumbo-Visma, with Belgian champion Wout van Aert, will start with blue front tires specially developed for the cooperation with Swapfiets. Swapfiets and Jumbo-Visma agreed on […]

MisterGreen expands to Denmark with 300 Teslas

June 24, 2021

The Dutch lease company, MisterGreen, specialized in leasing Tesla cars, is expanding its activities to Denmark. By doing so, the company will be the first pure electric lease company in Scandinavia. The target of Mistergreen is to realize more than 10% of the turnover of Tesla in Denmark within five years. It will increase its […]

Europcar refuses Volkswagen’s €2,2 billion buyback offer

June 24, 2021

After selling its shares to investment company Eurazeo back in 2006, the Volkswagen Group is regaining interest in car rental specialist Europcar. However, after receiving an offer from the German group valuing the company at €2,2 billion, Europecar refused to yield, but it admitted that discussions could continue. “The Board of Directors of Europcar Mobility […]

Mobilize (Renault) presents future projects

June 18, 2021

Mobilize, Renault’s new mobility brand, has just presented its upcoming projects for the next few years. With Duo, Bento, and Hippo, the business unit is presenting, among other things, three fully electric shared mobility vehicles for transporting people and goods. Renault first mentioned Mobilize when it presented its ‘Renaulution’ strategy. The new business unit develops […]

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 […]

Brussels’ Villo! to launch e-bike booking service

June 02, 2021

Brussels’ shared bicycles Villo! is set to launch a new award system on its app to reward virtuous behaviors such as reporting breakdowns or taking bikes from full stations and bringing them to empty ones. These awarded points should allow users to book Villo! electric shared bicycles in advance. Operator JCDecaux has also recalled 4 […]

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 […]

Ride-hailing drivers protest in Brussels against smartphone ban

May 28, 2021

Uber drivers and other ride-hailing professionals are gathering in Brussels today to protest their smartphone ban. Associations are baffled that the government neglects and represses the use of modern technologies, which are inherent to the work of Uber drivers. Protestors are also urging Minister-President Rudi Vervoort (PS) to hold his pledge for consultation announced three […]

California wants its ridesharing electrified

May 25, 2021

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a regulation requiring that rideshare companies begin electrification of their California fleets starting in 2023. This is another step towards meeting the state’s 2030 climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels, achieving statewide carbon neutrality by 2045. Clean Miles Standard The ‘Clean […]

Taxistop now called Mpact with more outspoken mission

May 06, 2021

Taxistop, the platform for shared mobility and the shared Cambio cars, has a new name and logo. The new name – Mpact – is a combination of ‘M’ for mobility and the ‘pact’ the non-profit organization makes with partners and the public to reach sustainable mobility. Mpact wants to create a more effective and better […]

Brussels: MR suggests carpool lanes on major axes

May 06, 2021

The political opposition in Brussels, the (liberal) Mouvement Réformateur (MR), suggests introducing carpool lanes on the six major axes entering the capital. According to the party, it’s a better alternative than the kilometer tax or the reduction of driving lanes. The President of the Mobility Commission at the Brussels Parliament couples that idea to free […]

Antwerp on its way to a 50/50 modal shift

April 30, 2021

The city of Antwerp has put much effort into realizing the modal shift from fewer cars to more alternative transport means. According to the most recent mobility statistics, in 2010, 51% of Antwerp citizens still used their car to go to work. In 2019, it was 41%, and last year – due to the corona […]

GreenMobility opens three e-car sharing hotspots in Brussels

April 27, 2021

Danish car-sharing platform GreenMobility, using 100% electric cars, arrives in Brussels and opens hotspots for its shared cars in three underground car parks. “Thanks to the three hotspots, GreenMobility is the first free-floating partner who allows roaming between Ghent, Antwerp, and Brussels,” explains CEO Steve Van Avermaet. The company, which is already active in Antwerp […]

Flemish master builder wants to get rid of streets full of parked cars

April 26, 2021

The Flemish master builder Erik Wieërs presented his ambition note “Creating opportunities for meeting” for the period between 2020 and 2025 on Friday. “There has to be a battle where we are going to de-vegetate and de-wild the open space,” Wieërs said. He also thinks that the open space is dominated too much by parked […]

Dutch Go Sharing drops 500 e-scooters in Antwerp

April 23, 2021

Antwerp recently welcomed a new fleet of shared e-scooters. The 400 apple green Go Sharing scooters are riding around in the inner city and the districts, and by the end of the month there will be one hundred more. It makes Go Sharing the largest shared scooter network, and market leader in the Benelux. Go […]

Shared Blue-bikes get smart locks

April 22, 2021

Blue-bike, the shared blue bikes platform, and Flemish technology company, Sentinel, are joining forces. Together, they’re going to equip the eye-catching bikes with smart locks. The innovation will make it easier for users to unlock a bicycle, and offer more flexibility for the installation. Sentinel first tried out the technology on its own shared Mobit […]

Antwerp marks ‘drop zones’ for e-steps

April 20, 2021

The city of Antwerp has started marking ‘drop zones’ where users of shared e-steps can leave their vehicles after use. It is not compulsory, but the city does strongly recommend the drop zones. The aim is to have a street scene that is a bit neater than it is now, with many e-steps lying around. […]

Study: decrease in ride-hailing popularity

April 08, 2021

According to a report from French economist Jean-Charles Simon, commissioned by the National Union for Taxi Industries (UNIT), the impressive rise of chauffeur-driven cars and ride-hailing solutions peaked before the Covid-19 pandemic. In France, the number of drivers boomed between 2016 and 2018, but the number of them registered for eligibility tests in Île-de-France dropped […]

BMW and Daimler to sell Park Now to Swedish Easypark

March 10, 2021

This Tuesday, BMW and Daimler announced that their Park Now joint venture, specialized in digital parking solutions, is set to be acquired by Swedish group Easypark. No amount has been disclosed, and the transaction is subject to prior approval by relevant authorities. Still in the BMW and Daimler joint venture portfolio, Free Now is joining […]

France and e-bikes: a blossoming love affair

March 03, 2021

In 2020, cycling grew by 27% in France, and, despite the pandemic, the market increased from € 2,3 billion to € 2,7 billion. This increasing popularity was led by electrically assisted bicycles or e-bikes. Shared bicycle operators observe the same tendency as mechanical bikes in free-floating have nearly disappeared due to their narrow margins of […]

Toyota to develop a ‘fully connected city’ in Japan

February 24, 2021

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has started a program to develop the first ‘fully connected city’ in Japan. It will be a big laboratory for all future technologies like autonomous driving, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI). The city will be called ‘Woven City’ and installed at the foot of Mount Fuji (central Japan). The purpose is […]

Share4Mobility: Renault dealers go for car-sharing

January 19, 2021

Ten Belgian Renault dealer groups have joined forces to promote car-sharing. Under the name Share4Mobility, they want to ensure national coverage, anticipating the trend for less car ownership and more alternative car use. Share4Mobility is the initiative of 10 Belgian Renault dealer groups, representing a yearly car volume of some 80 000 new cars. Autopartners, […]

Groupe Renault announces strategic plan ‘Renaulution’

January 14, 2021

On Thursday, Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo announced a new strategic plan, called Renaulution. The aim is to shift the group’s strategy from volume to value. The plan is structured in three phases: resurrection (up to 2023), renovation (up to 2025), and revolution (from 2025 onward). The Group sets itself also new financial objectives. […]

Alain Visser, CEO of Lynk & Co (2): ‘We are the wild horse in the stable’

January 13, 2021

Alain Visser, CEO of Lynk & Co, preaches the revolution. He doesn’t want to sell cars anymore, he wants to lend them monthly, and he wants his clients to share them. In this second part of the interview, he explains how it works. Visser has no high opinion of the current car business. Over the […]

Antwerp ‘Modal selfie’ helps to choose better mobility solutions

January 07, 2021

The Antwerp civil platform Ringland has developed an online tool for citizens to analyze and improve their mobility behavior. The so-called ‘modal selfie’ is intended to discourage the use of the car and increase the use of alternative transport. But the first thing people need for a modal shift is a mental shift. After all, […]

Share Now adds 70 BMW i3s to its Amsterdam fleet

January 06, 2021

Car-sharing specialist Share Now, the European market leader in the field, has decided to add 70 new, completely electric BMW i3 models to its fleet in Amsterdam. The cars will be gradually introduced in the months to come, but today already 40 of them will be introduced. Share Now has been providing a car-sharing service […]

Cambio finally goes electric in Brussels

January 06, 2021

Belgium’s most successful car-sharing service, Cambio, extends its Brussels’ fleet with ten electric cars by the end of the year. Finally, as in the rest of Belgium, the electric offer is already included for some time. Cambio will also launch an experimental offer with 15 electric cargo-bikes for the inner-city. Despite the corona pandemic, Cambio […]

Uber Green goes for all-electric

December 30, 2020

Uber is evolving from a taxi service to a mobility platform, and the company wants to make things much greener. Via Uber Green, half of all journeys will be emission-free by 2025. To reduce the CO2 footprint of the various journeys, Uber does not want to offer taxi services exclusively by car. It also wants […]

SOMO: ‘Booming e-cars threaten humans and environment’

December 28, 2020

“The electric vehicle boom is threatening to drain communities and the planet resources,” warns SOMO in a report called ‘The Battery Paradox‘. SOMO is a Dutch, ‘critical, and independent non-profit knowledge center’ that focuses on multinationals. SOMO, short for Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen (Foundation for Research of Multinational Enterprises), says it analyses their activities and […]

Antwerp to welcome 500 Dutch Go Sharing e-scooters

December 18, 2020

Antwerp will have a new shared e-scooter platform as of February 2021. The Dutch Go Sharing will introduce 500 flashy green electric scooters in the city. Users only have to download the Go Sharing app to find, unlock, and pay for the vehicle. According to the company, the formula is easy and cheap, green, and […]