‘Chip shortage to cost car industry $61 billion’ (update)

February 15, 2021

Due to the fallback of chip production for the automotive sector and a peak in demand for computers during lockdown periods, most major carmakers see shortages in these indispensable semiconductors’ supply. Also, Audi Brussels has to shut down the production of the e-tron for a week. This might cost the sector in total $61 billion […]

VW teams with Microsoft on software for self-driving car

February 12, 2021

Volkswagen has announced that it is expanding its collaboration with technology company Microsoft. The deal allows the German car manufacturer to integrate Microsoft’s cloud technology. Both firms’ software branches will join forces to create a common platform called Automated Driving Platform (ADP). In the end, this should severely speed up and facilitate the development of […]

Belgian-Dutch H2-industry cluster grows to 70 members

February 12, 2021

The Belgian-Dutch non-profit organization WaterstofNet has seen the number of member companies of its knowledge and industrial collaborative partnership ‘Hydrogen Industry Cluster’ (Waterstof Industrie Cluster or WIC) grow with twelve new members to seventy. Among the latest to join big names like Solvay, Alstom, or John Cockerill. The cluster brings together companies, knowledge centers, and […]

‘Bonus Go Brussels’ to reward commuter who leaves car at home?

February 11, 2021

Anyone who leaves his car for public transport or the bicycle during rush hours should receive three euros for each journey. That is ‘Bonus Go Brussels’, an alternative mileage tax proposed by Brussels MP Christoph De Beukelaer (CDH). The proposal of resolution to introduce the Bonus Go Brussels will be discussed and voted on Friday […]

Audi’s e-tron GT is flagship of EV range (Update)

February 11, 2021

Audi has launched the top of the line of its e-tron EV range. The e-tron GT and the even more sporty RS version are two versions of an Audi Gran Turismo sedan. Underneath, it has a lot in common with the Porsche Taycan, but there are quite some differences too. The e-tron GT shares the […]

Dutch MultiTankcard app also compares charging prices

February 10, 2021

The Dutch charge point locator MultiTankcard and MoveMove not only offer insight into the location of the charge points through their app, but they also indicate the price of recharge so that the consumer can choose the cheapest solution. But shouldn’t we evolve to a system where the price per kWh is shown on the […]

Tesla to accept bitcoin as means of payment

February 09, 2021

Tesla CEO Elon Musk once again hit the headlines by having Tesla invest over $1,5 billion in bitcoins. The American carmaker also indicates that customers may pay with this cryptocurrency in the near future. In an initial phase, the bitcoin price rebounded once again, as its value shot up from just over $39 000 (€32 […]

‘Kia to build Apple-branded autonomous e-car in Georgia’ (update)

February 09, 2021

In reaction to the rumors that Apple was talking with Hyundai/Kia on making an autonomous vehicle together, the Sout Korean car manufacturer denied explicitly talks are still going on currently. It doesn’t mean there were no talks with Apple before. Apple is known to be extremely vigilant not to disclose anything on future products and […]

e-Fixxter: fully electric camper with fast-charging tech

February 08, 2021

The e-Fixxter is a purely electrically powered camper. The basis is a van supplied by the Stellantis group, and the conversion with the camping equipment is done by VDL Bus from Venlo in the Netherlands. The e-Fixxter is sold by the specialist company Camperfixx, and under the skin, it is a van that can be […]

‘Hydrogen paste’ to boost e-scooters’ range by ten

February 05, 2021

Imagine a swappable cartridge with a chemical paste holding sufficient hydrogen to propel your electric scooter, delivering ten times the capacity of a battery. The ‘Powerpaste’ is currently under development at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) research team in Dresden, Germany. By binding the hydrogen in a practical chemical form, […]

Ford doubles investment in EVs and autonomous drive

February 05, 2021

Ford wants to surpass General Motors as the bigger investor in electric cars and autonomous drive. Dearborn’s carmaker has announced that it will invest $22 billion by 2025 on electrifying the vehicle line-up. That’s double the investment compared to the previous one, which was set at $11,5 billion. Ford’s new CEO, Jim Farley, called it […]

Belgium ready for mandatory motorbike inspection in 2022?

February 03, 2021

Europe will force Belgium to organize a periodic motorbike inspection from January 2022. That news broke already in March last year, but the clock is ticking and questions are asked – in the Walloon Parliament by MP Laurent Agache (Ecolo) for instance – whether Belgium will be ready in time. Walloon Minister for Road Safety, […]

Ford goes for Google’s Android OS from 2023

February 02, 2021

American carmaker Ford has been seduced by Google’s operating system Android to be integrated into all Ford and Lincoln cars from 2023. That means you won’t need a smartphone to manage car settings and use Google’s voice-activated Assistant, Google Maps and other features, and Ford’s own services. It will come all built-in. The partnership between […]

Car sales continue to fall in 2021

February 02, 2021

Car sales continued to decline on the Belgian market in January. Last January, 27,2% fewer passenger cars were sold than in the same month a year earlier. The Belgian market is also doing worse than our neighboring countries. The combination of the corona pandemic and the Brussels Motor Show’s cancellation is at the root of […]

‘Only 65% of speed cameras in Antwerp operational’

February 01, 2021

Although the largest investments in speed cameras have been made in recent years in the province of Antwerp, the operating percentage is only 65,2%, the lowest of all Flemish provinces. To compare: this is 72,68% in Limburg, 84,65% in West Flanders, 89,69% in East Flanders, and 86,43% in Flemish Brabant. The figures come from an […]

Minister Verlinden to address flaws in law on smart cameras

February 01, 2021

Belgian Minister of the Interior, Annelies Verlinden (CD&V), wants to adapt the law to tackle mobile phone use behind the wheel of a car. That is what the Sud Presse newspapers write. According to Belgian law, the police are currently not allowed to use smart cameras to catch drivers texting while driving. In her answer […]

Volkswagen’s MEB to power luxury electric catamarans

January 29, 2021

Start dreaming: a 15-meter Cupra-designed luxury yacht entirely powered by solar energy, driven by Volkswagen’s electric MEB-platform that can cruise for months, completely disconnected from the world. That’s what Volkswagen announces for 2022 in a partnership with Austrian electric catamaran builder Silent Yachts. Within the Volkswagen Group, an innovation fund exists to promote innovative business […]

GM CEO Mary Barra: ‘We want to be carbon neutral by 2040’

January 29, 2021

America’s biggest car manufacturer, General Motors, is the first to react to the new (green) wind blowing from the White House. GM plans to be carbon neutral in 2040 and produce as few polluting vehicles as possible from 2035 onward. On the first day in office, President Joe Biden already announced stricter emission regulations and […]

Study: ‘shipping wind and sun to Belgium is feasible’

January 27, 2021

A study by the Hydrogen Import Coalition (HIC) shows that shipping wind and solar energy from other sunny and windy parts of the world to Belgian ports is ‘feasible and cost-effective’. The idea is to use hydrogen carriers that are fairly easy to transport, like ammonia, methanol, and synthetic methane. There is not enough renewable […]

ZF supplies new brake system to VW for its EVs

January 27, 2021

Volkswagen has asked ZF to deliver a new braking system for all EV models based on the electric MEB platform. Until now, the ID.3 and ID.4 electric cars on the platform are already in production. The system also manages the important recovery of braking energy. The German supplier is mostly known for its gear systems, […]

Stellantis and Engie create joint venture for electric mobility

January 27, 2021

Through its FCA Italy subsidiary, Stellantis has signed a full set of agreements to create a joint venture with Engie EPS, the industrial player within the Engie Group. The new entity aims at becoming champion in e-mobility, offering services ranging from residential and public charging infrastructure to charging subscription and V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technologies. Engie and […]

HysetCo to replace 600 Parisian diesel taxis by FCEVs

January 27, 2021

HysetCo, the French asset management company that runs a fleet of more than 100 hydrogen-powered taxis in Paris under the Hype brand has acquired cab operator Slota Group. Toyota Mirai FCEVs will progressively replace Slota’s current fleet of 600 diesel taxis. Two new hydrogen filling stations near Paris will open in 2021, to be extended […]

EU approves second project for ‘European Battery Innovation’

January 27, 2021

The European Commission has approved a second project under EU state aid rules to support research and innovation in the battery value chain. The project, called ‘European Battery Innovation’, counts as an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI). Participating member states are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, and […]

Shell buys German lamppost charging specialist ‘ubitricity’

January 26, 2021

Dutch oil giant Shell will buy German charging point manufacturer ubitricity if allowed to do by competition authorities. The Germans are specialists in integrating EV charging points into lampposts and bollards. In the UK, ubitricity has built in more than 2 700 chargers into ‘street furniture‘ already, being the largest provider with a market share […]

‘Tesla to produce newest generation of batteries in Berlin’

January 26, 2021

According to the German press agency DPA, citing sources in the industry, Tesla will produce its newest generation of batteries in its Berlin giga-factory. These battery cells have a much higher density, can be packed tighter together to give a car, according to DPA’s sources, a 16% greater range. It looks like the Gruenheide factory […]

Biden: revisiting car CO2 standards to start EV era

January 25, 2021

It looks like America’s 46th President, Joe Biden, started from day one to work on a new ‘electric’ era for the auto industry. During his campaign, he promised plans to cut back emissions, push EVs in the US with scrap and/or purchase premiums, and work on road infrastructure, among which adding 550 000 charging stations […]

Nissan’s UK production site in Sunderland saved

January 25, 2021

The continued existence of Nissan’s British production site has been regularly questioned in recent months due to Brexit. Today, the Japanese manufacturer announces that the assembly plant will be preserved and that there will be an expansion in battery production. This announcement is good news for the 6 000 employees currently working at the Nissan […]

Dutch to study hyperloop cargo link Rotterdam-Amsterdam

January 22, 2021

A coalition of Dutch governments and companies is setting up a study to create a pilot route for a superfast hyperloop connection on the Netherlands ‘ busiest cargo corridor between Rotterdam and Amsterdam. A hyperloop would move pods with passengers or freight at speeds above 1 200 km/h through vacuum tubes. This pilot route could […]

Deloitte: ‘one in three Belgians planning EV purchase’

January 21, 2021

According to Deloitte’s 2021 Global Automotive Consumer Study, one out of three Belgians is planning to opt for an electric car for his next car purchase. Almost all of them (91%) say the pandemic didn’t change their initial idea of what type of car it would be. In the US, the classic ICE (gasoline) car […]

Lotus and Alpine opt for electric future together

January 21, 2021

During the presentation of its new strategic plan, Groupe Renault announced that Alpine would go fully electric and develop an EV sportscar together with Lotus. Both will work on a shared EV platform that the French will use for the A110’s replacement. At the same time, the legendary, Geely-owned sportscar manufacturer aims at launching a […]

Four hydrogen stations for Picardy Wallonia

January 21, 2021

Green electricity provider Luminus and the regional development agency IDETA will set up four hydrogen filling stations and two production electrolyzers of green hydrogen in Picardy Wallonia by mid-2022. The goal is to ‘decarbonize’ heavy road transport by offering a hydrogen alternative in four industrial clusters in the region. These clusters are the industrial zones […]

De Lijn to redo its e-bus tender homework (update)

January 21, 2021

This week Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) urged public bus company De Lijn to redo its homework for the tender for 200 (of 970) electric city buses. The ‘small print’ of the preliminary tender conditions demanding proof for delivering 150 e-buses in the past would exclude Belgian bus builder Van Hool – the […]

StoreDot: ‘five-minute charging becoming commercial reality’

January 20, 2021

Israeli battery developer StoreDot has made its first – in China produced – ultra fast-charging batteries samples available to showcase to possible manufacturers in the electronics or EV sector. StoreDot showed in 2019 already an electric scooter with its experimental technology charging fully in only five minutes. Based in Herzeliya, Israel, the company claims that […]

Porsche expands Taycan range with base model

January 20, 2021

Porsche is launching an additional version of its first all-electric travel sedan, the Taycan. It is a two-wheel-drive base version that offers the greatest autonomy due to its more limited engine power. The latest rear-wheel-drive Porsche Taycan completes the existing range of the Taycan Turbo, Taycan Turbo S, and Taycan 4S and will retail starting […]

Tesla extends partnership with battery pioneer Jeff Dahn

January 20, 2021

Tesla is extending its five-year-long partnership with the Canadian Battery Research Institute of pioneer Jeff Dahn at the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to ‘at least 2026’. Dahn’s team gets help from two other authorities in the field, German Michael Metzger from Bosch and Chongyin Yang from the Maryland University. Since the start of […]

Brussels region expands enforcement of new Zone 30

January 19, 2021

Thanks to investments in radars and average speed checks, the Brussels police zones are going to carry out targeted checks and impose fines for compliance with the 30 km/hour rule that has been in place in the Capital Region since 1 January. The Brussels region can count on 60 new radars and six new section […]

SAIC and Alibaba set up new IM e-car brand

January 18, 2021

SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation), the biggest car manufacturer in China, and Alibaba, the ‘Chinese Amazon’ are launching a new EV car brand called ‘IM’. The latter stands for ‘Intelligence in Motion’ but also Zhiji Motor in Chinese. Their joint venture, Zhiji Motor, presented two models, a sedan and an SUV. Internet giant Alibaba delivers […]

BMW ends its $2 000 monthly US subscription program

January 15, 2021

BMW is canceling its monthly subscription program ‘BMW Access’ by the end of January in the USA. Officially because the Nashville, Tennessee, project was always meant as a pilot with BMW now looking into future possibilities, ‘developing the next iteration’. The latter was confirmed by a US BMW spokesperson to The Verge. Remarkable, just as […]

Audi tests grid black-out prevention with e-trons

January 15, 2021

German carmaker Audi has set up a small-scale test in Germany to mimic one of the ‘horror scenarios’ skeptics of the electric car are projecting for the future: a black-out of the grid. The latter could become likely when several owners of powerful EVs want to charge locally at the same time. The solution, says […]

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. […]

Total and Engie to build 40 MW electrolyzer for hydrogen

January 14, 2021

In a joint press release, French petroleum group Total and French energy provider Engie have announced the launch of the Masshylia project for hydrogen production from renewable electricity. A new 40 MW electrolyzer will be built on Total’s biorefinery in La Mède, France. Fed by green electricity from solar panels will produce up to five […]

86% of Belgians not ready yet for digital car purchase

January 14, 2021

Online sales are rising worldwide due to the corona pandemic, but those who want to buy a new car still prefer to do so physically rather than online. This is shown by a market survey among consumers by Belgian sector federation Traxio about the importance of visiting a showroom. More than 86% consider a physical […]

Geely and Foxconn to jointly build EVs for other carmakers

January 14, 2021

Chinese carmaker Geely and Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn are setting up a joint venture to become contract manufacturers for other companies wanting to build electric cars. Like Apple, for instance? Geely surely has some spare capacity to build more cars at the moment. It looks this Chinese octopus is spreading its tentacles everywhere. And it […]

GM’s Bright Drop: versatile electric mobility for delivery companies

January 13, 2021

General Motors launches a new Bright Drop brand to offer electric delivery vehicles combined with roll containers and an intelligent cloud-based logistics platform. Delivery company FedEx will start using this system from the end of 2021. New brand A few days ago, GM showed its new logo and announced its plans for the number of […]

Why are most (company) cars white?

January 13, 2021

Many cars sold worldwide over the past decade were white, and even today, the number of white cars in traffic is impressive. But why? Is it a question of fashion? Or is it a technology-related trend? Let’s try to find some explanations. According to figures from BASF, the largest chemical multinational globally, last year, the […]

GM’s new logo to emphasize new electric identity

January 11, 2021

General Motors wants a cleaner image with products that will increasingly be electrified and that includes a new logo. The new logo will be used mainly at corporate level and will not be visible on the cars, as they are sold under different brand names. The American car giant General Motors is often associated with […]

NIO presents ET7 flagship with up to 150 kWh battery

January 11, 2021

Chinese electric startup NIO has presented its new ET7 flagship, a five-meter long ‘premium’ sedan with a choice of a ‘swappable’ battery of 70, 100, or 150 kWh. The ET7 looks closely like the initial concept envisioned by the original BMWi design team and is to complete the ES8, ES6, and EC6 line-up. The two […]

Apple talking to Hyundai about autonomous EV?

January 11, 2021

Rumors pop up again Apple is talking with established carmakers to cooperate for building an autonomous electric car. Like the Korea Economic Daily TV, local media in South Korea mentioned last week, Apple talks with Hyundai this time. The rumors boosted Hyundai’s stock value temporarily by more than 24%. Hyundai initially confirmed the talks to […]

EVs booming: Chinese see homemade as better value

January 08, 2021

The market of electric cars has found a new youth in China during the past year, having grown by 8%, according to data from the Chinese Associations of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). And it will continue to do so, as government incentives and fiscal advantages have been extended until 2022. Experts say the public will favor […]

Driving skills of seniors to benefit from smart technology

January 08, 2021

Senior citizens are very much attached to their mobility, and more specifically to their car, as a last resort for their self-reliance. But at the same time, they are confronted with their decaying driving skills, a gradual process that is not always conscious. They need tutoring. The organization CARA (short for CuARdian Angel and a […]

Michelin to cut 2 300 jobs in France

January 07, 2021

In a recent press release, French tire manufacturer Michelin announces a new restructuring plan including up to 2 300 lay-offs in France. Justified as a simplification and competitively action, Michelin is also feeling the blow of the Covid-19 pandemic. The major culprit for this market drop is the massive arrival of low-cost Chinese, Indian, and […]

Belgium: are traffic cameras to spot use of mobile phones illegal?

January 06, 2021

The use of mobile phones behind the wheel has been prohibited for a long time, but it remains a persistent practice. To increase the chances of being caught, MP Joris Vandenbroucke (sp.a) wants the police to use traffic cameras for this purpose. Vandenbroucke has submitted a bill to this effect. In doing so, he hopes […]

Byton backed up by iPhone maker Foxconn

January 05, 2021

Chinese electric car start-up Byton has signed a deal with Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn to back up the production of its first M-Byte model with some $200 million (€162 million). Byton was well on track to set up its production factory when the corona pandemic brought it to a life-threatening halt. Production could start in […]

Brussels City 30: are cars more polluting at 30 km/h?

January 04, 2021

Since 1 January, Brussels is a 30 km/hour zone, except for the major axes where the speed limit remains 50 or 70 km/hour. While the reduction in speed in the city has led to undeniable progress in road safety, the benefits of limiting vehicles to 30 km/hour are not as clear-cut. Several studies have in […]