De Wever asks Engie to keep nuclear plants open even longer

July 12, 2024

Fresh Belgian ‘formateur’ Bart De Wever (N-VA) has informed Engie that he wants to put “maximum” effort into nuclear energy, writes the business newspaper De Tijd. The intention is to keep Doel 4 and Tihange 3 open longer than the 10-year extension negotiated by the previous Vivaldi government. Whether Engie will comply with the request […]

Grande Panda highlights Fiat’s 125th anniversary

July 12, 2024

One of the big stars of Fiat’s 125th birthday event was the new Grande Panda. It’s a small hatchback with rugged crossover styling that will be the first of a new generation of models for the Stellantis brand. Fiat CEO Olivier François said it will debut as a sub-€25,000 EV. The Grande Panda was recently […]

Serbian highest court clears path for Rio Tinto’s lithium project

July 12, 2024

Serbia’s highest court opened the way on Thursday to authorize a lithium mining project by mining giant Rio Tinto after a government decision that suspended it while many activists remain firmly opposed. Rio Tinto welcomed the court’s decision. At the same time, project director Chad Blewitt wanted to be reassuring by telling AFP that the […]

For sale: a Tesla Model 3 disguised as a Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

July 12, 2024

It looks like an iconic Mercedes 300SL Gullwing from the fifties. Still, under its neath fiber coachwork, it’s a fully electric, genuine Tesla Model 3, including a touchscreen and Tesla’s Autopilot cameras and sensors for semi-autonomous driving. And there will be no second one anybody else can buy; it is a one-off. It’s the latest […]

New Wallonian government wants to introduce highway vignette

July 12, 2024

Wallonia plans to introduce a freeway vignette to finance infrastructure in Wallonia. This is according to the new coalition agreement proposed yesterday by the political parties MR and Les Engagés. Usually, the additional tax would apply only to foreigners. However, a cooperation agreement must first be reached with Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region so […]

MG reveals Cyber GTS at Goodwood

July 12, 2024

The new MG Cyber GTS charged up the show at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed on Thursday. MG unveiled its new two-door electric sports car, a hardtop variant of its Cyberster EV. In China, the new EV is already being compared to Porsche’s iconic 911. After the Goodwood Festival of Speed officially kicked off […]

US President Biden allocates $1.7 B for EV car manufacturing

July 12, 2024

The US Department of Energy announced $1.7 billion in grant awards today to help automakers keep eleven troubled manufacturing plants open and start building EVs there. The 11 selected plants are located in eight different states and have been designated as “shuttered or at-risk” facilities. These plants were either recently shut down by car manufacturers […]

Pukkelpop 2024 in Hasselt will be greener thanks to ‘blue’ diesel

July 12, 2024

On Thursday, the construction of the Pukkelpop festival village started in Hasselt. This year’s edition will be greener—or rather bluer—thanks to the use of so-called ‘blue diesel’. For the first time, all forklift trucks, off-road buggies, and generators used on the site – from now until the end of the festival = will run on […]

Dutch students first to cross North Sea in foiling hydrogen boat

July 12, 2024

Dutch Technical University Delft students have accomplished their mission to create the first foiling hydrogen-powered boat to cross some 160 km of rough water of the North Sea between the Netherlands and England. To set their record, they took a ‘ride’ of 12.5 hours hovering above the waves between Breskens (Netherlands) and Ramsgate (UK), normally […]

Polestar 6 Concept BST debuts at Goodwood

July 11, 2024

Chinese car manufacturing group Geely’s Polestar daughter will again be very present at the coming Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s not only showing its expanded model line-up with the new Polestar 3 and Polestar 4 joining the Polestar 2. The star of the show is the Polestar 6 Concept BST, making its global debut at […]

NMBS/SNCB train passenger slightly less satisfied with service

July 11, 2024

Belgian national railway company NMBS/SCNB’s train passengers were slightly less satisfied with the service in 2023 than the previous year, as shown in the company’s activity report. On average, passengers gave NMBS a score of 7,17 out of 10. In 2022, this was still 7,26 out of 10. This is a new way of calculating […]

BMW delivers one-third more EVs in first half of 2024

July 11, 2024

With 179,557 fully electric vehicles delivered, the BMW brand achieved a +34.1% increase in BEV sales in the first half of 2024 compared to the previous year. Overall, the BMW brand grew by +2.3% compared to the previous year’s period, with 1,096,486 units sold in the year’s first half. The brand thereby gained market share […]

Danish Kalmar breaths new ‘electric life’ into 35-year-old Porsche 911

July 11, 2024

Kalmar Automotive, a Danish enhancer and restorer of bespoke sports cars and special-purpose adventure vehicles, is breathing new – electric – life into the 35-year-old Porsche 911 (type 964) with a beefed-up Tesla S hart in new lightweight factory fiber bodywork. The 7-97 E-Volt is engineered to produce more power and torque than any road-going […]

City of Hamburg signs €2,8 billion metro contract with Alstom

July 11, 2024

French rail group Alstom has signed a €2,8 billion framework contract with German public transport company Hamburger Hochbahn. The contract includes the supply of 374 new metro trains for fully automated or semi-automated operation for Hamburg’s city metro. The DT6 metros will be produced at Alstom’s Salzgitter site in Germany starting in 2026. The first […]

Ford revives iconic Capri as coupé-style EV crossover

July 11, 2024

Ford has revived the Capri name for a sportier coupé-style version of its new Explorer full-electric SUV based on the Volkswagen-sourced MEB platform. The new Capri, unveiled on July 10th, will be built in Ford’s factory in Cologne, Germany. Prices in Belgium start at €47,750 for the basic 125 kW RWD version with a 52 […]

Electra and Uber enter into partnership on fast chargers

July 11, 2024

Electra, the European specialist in fast chargers for electric vehicles, and Uber, the largest ride-hailing platform in Belgium, have entered into a partnership on fast chargers. Together, they want to accelerate the transition to electric driving. Throughout Belgium, drivers who use the Uber platform will be able to charge faster and cheaper with Electra. They […]

Brussels municipalities want to introduce tax on public charging stations

July 11, 2024

Brussels municipalities want to introduce a uniform tax of 125 euros per plug for public electric charging stations by early 2025, writes the business newspaper De Tijd. The news is confirmed by Vincent De Wolf (MR), president of the Conference of Mayors of the Brussels Region and mayor of Etterbeek. The proposal, already debated in […]

Belgian pilot project converts pig urine into ‘green’ hydrogen

July 10, 2024

The municipality of Flobecq, in the province of Hainaut in Belgium, and the Materia Nova research center have started a pilot project on a farm in Flobecq. The project’s goal is to convert pig urine into hydrogen via electrocatalysis. The process has already been tested in the laboratory with synthetic urine and will now be […]

Kilometer charge for trucks offsets greening traffic tax

July 10, 2024

The kilometer charge for trucks offsets the Flemish Region’s loss of revenue due to the greening of traffic taxes. This is according to an analysis of 15 years of Flemish fiscal policy by SERV, the consultation and advisory body of Flemish employers’ and employees’ organizations. Over the past three legislatures, traffic taxes in Flanders have […]

T&E: ‘Green steel can help to cut climate impact of car production’

July 10, 2024

According to the NGO Transport & Environment (T&E), if lawmakers set content requirements, the auto industry can become a leading market for low-carbon steel production in Europe. Steel made with green hydrogen and electric arc furnaces, or produced from scrap, can reduce the CO2 emissions of producing cars in Europe by 6.9 Mt in 2030, […]

Chinese Omoda and Jaecoo get second Belgian foothold in Liège

July 10, 2024

After signing up Fiat & Alfa Romeo dealer Pagnotta in Maasmechelen (Limburg), Chinese carmaker Chery Automotive gets a second foothold for its Omoda and Jaecoo brands in Liège with L’Universelle, a dealership for Hyundai, Mazda, Suzuki, and Chinese MG. L’Universelle also offers multi-brand second-hand cars. Chery Automotive was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in […]

Is it ‘over and out’ for Audi Brussels?

July 10, 2024

On Tuesday evening, the management of the Audi Brussels plant called for an extraordinary works council and announced ‘the restructuring intention’ for the plant. The current production of the Q8 e-tron will be stopped before the end of 2026, and almost half of the workforce (1,410) will already lose their jobs this year, probably in […]

European Ariane 6 rocket successfully launched after all

July 10, 2024

“Lift-off,” reported the European Space Agency (ESA) on social networking site X, Tuesday at 9 pm Belgian time,  from the European Space Base in Kourou, French Guiana. A second hurrah followed an hour and six minutes after the launch of the new Ariane 6 as the microsatellites it carried were also put into an orbit […]

D’Ieteren moves into brand-new Mobility Center in Anderlecht

July 10, 2024

Belgian car importer D’Ieteren has officially commissioned its brand-new ‘Mobility Center’ in Anderlecht, grouping showrooms for the Volkswagen, Seat, Cupra, and Škoda brands and a 3,000 square meter workshop for maintenance and repairs. After opening a similar Mobility Center in Kontich, this building groups the teams from Brussels Auto Group Anderlecht and D’Ieteren Centers Brussels. […]

ArcelorMittal Ghent captures and converts CO2 for steel production

July 09, 2024

ArcelorMittal has started a pilot project at its Ghent plant to convert captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbon monoxide (CO) for reuse in the production process. For this, the steel giant is teaming up with D-CRBN, an Antwerp-based climate technology company that developed a plasma reactor that breaks down CO2 into CO and oxygen (02). […]

Renault Trucks electrifies its in-house logistics

July 09, 2024

French truck manufacturer Renault is electrifying its in-house logistics flows with its own electric trucks. The first stage of this project will focus on electrifying the axle transport between its two production sites in Lyon and Bourg-en-Bresse. This electrification of logistics will allow 440,000 kilometers to be driven by e-vehicles, saving 375 tons of CO2 […]

Europe’s Ariane 6 rocket to launch after four-year delay

July 09, 2024

If all goes well, Europe’s newest rocket, Ariane 6, will finally be launched this Tuesday from its space base in Kourou, French Guiana. In this way, the European Space Agency (ESA) is making it clear that it is ready to enter the space race with US billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX. But when Ariane 6 soon […]

Maserati’s Tridente: full electric water toy at €2.5 million

July 09, 2024

It’s beautifully designed, as you might expect from an iconic Italian brand, but this one is rather meant to ‘fly’ on the water than on wheels: the Maserati Tridente. It’s a fully electric, 10.5-meter speedboat with 447 kWh or 600 hp of power and a top speed of 40 knots (74 km). But with a […]

Mercedes pools battery research in its new eCampus

July 09, 2024

Mercedes-Benz has opened the eCampus at its headquarters in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, Germany. The manufacturer will pool battery research to develop innovative high-performance cells and new manufacturing processes. By doing so, Mercedes wants to reduce battery costs by more than 30%. Ola Källenius, the Mercedes CEO himself, kicked things off at the opening of the eCampus, evoking […]

BYD beefs up popular Dolphin in China without raising prices

July 09, 2024

Less than six months after the latest update with the Glory Edition, Chinese EV maker BYD beefs up its popular Dolphin hatchback in its homeland with a bigger 48 kWh or 60.48 kWh battery for more range without raising prices. Meanwhile, the 700,000th Dolphin has rolled off production lines. Like the Glory Edition, the Dolphin […]

First electric 1,340 hp ABB-NASCAR prototype debuts in Chicago

July 08, 2024

The first-ever electric NASCAR racer debuted at the Chicago Street Race last week. It was eventually set to debut earlier, in Los Angeles on February 4th, but it took a few months longer than intended. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) worked with the Swiss electrification and automation multinational ABB in what […]

Traxio: ‘New motorcycle and used speed pedelec markets flourish’

July 08, 2024

According to mobility federation Traxio, registrations of new motorcycles during the first six months of 2024 increased slightly to 15,542 units (+1.7%)  despite the exceptionally wet weather. Only June was disappointing (-20.2%, 2,907 ex.), maybe because many people thought about their summer holidays rather than buying a new motorcycle. Flanders is growing by +3.5% and […]

Brussels Sibelga calls to register private charging stations

July 08, 2024

Under the slogan ‘Proud of your terminal’, Sibelga has launched an information campaign to alert Brussels citizens to the mandatory declaration of charging stations for electric vehicles in Brussels. This gesture allows the Brussels grid operator to list and monitor all electricity purchases in Brussels to ensure the proper functioning of the grid and the […]

Fisker to sell all remaining stock at very low prices

July 08, 2024

The insolvent electric car manufacturer Fisker wants to sell off the stock of its Ocean e-SUV for just 2,500 to 16,500 dollars per vehicle. Meanwhile, existing Ocean owners are seeking legal advice to keep their cars running. Fisker hopes to sell off its entire inventory of remaining Oceans in a deal that would bring the […]

Engie breaks ground in Vilvoorde for one of EU’s largest battery parks

July 08, 2024

French energy giant Engie has started constructing one of Europe’s largest battery parks in Vilvoorde, near Brussels, accounting for 200 megawatts and an investment of 250 million euros. By 2025, the park will be able to store 800 megawatt hours of electricity and inject it into the grid for up to four hours if there […]

NIO partners with Belgian Syensqo in joint advanced EV materials lab

July 08, 2024

Chinese premium EV maker NIO has set up a joint lab with Belgian Solvay-split-off Syensqo to explore more advanced materials for electric vehicles. The lab was established at the Nio Nanxiang delivery center in Jiading, Shanghai, and announced on the occasion of Syenqo’s CEO Ilham Kadri’s visit. Syensqo is a Belgian multinational materials company established […]

BYD reaches record sales and keeps expanding (update)

July 08, 2024

Chinese electric car manufacturer BYD once again achieved record sales of vehicles with alternative drive systems in June. However, while fewer all-electric vehicles were sold than in May, BYD’s plug-in hybrids achieved a new record. Meanwhile, the world’s biggest producer of electrified vehicles keeps expanding its production network. It opened plants in Thailand and Uzbekistan, […]

Ferrari will replace hybrid batteries at 8 & 16 years… for a price

July 05, 2024

Ferrari has introduced a new warranty scheme for owners of its plug-in hybrid models to preserve battery performance. Customers can opt-in for a yearly fee, which not only extends the warranty of the entire vehicle but also gives them a ‘free’ battery replacement at 8 and 16 years, with future upgrades also on the cards. […]

Pewag comes up with pioneering smart bike lock Serea

July 05, 2024

It is very annoying to find that your expensive e-bike has suddenly disappeared. Therefore, a good bike lock that is difficult to break open is essential to protect your bike from theft. Austrian chain manufacturer Pewag is now competing with market leaders like Abus and Kryptonite, launching Serea, a pioneering battery-free smart lock with intelligent […]

EU imposes new slightly adjusted car import tariffs provisionally

July 05, 2024

The EU Commission has imposed the announced special tariffs on imported electric vehicles from China, effective 5 July, but these are still provisional. Talks with the Chinese government are still ongoing. There have also been slight changes to the tariff rates for individual manufacturers. With the provisional special duties that have now been imposed, the […]

French Eramet opens lithium mine with Chinese partner in Argentina

July 05, 2024

French mining group Eramet and its Chinese partner Tsingshan have inaugurated a major lithium mine site in Argentina. Lithium is the white metal essential for the energy transition, particularly in most automotive electric batteries. The plant in Centenario in Salta’s northwestern province represents an 870 million-dollar investment. Eramet, of which the French state is one […]

Electric Mini John Cooper Works to make its debut at Goodwood

July 04, 2024

After the JCW sports package, a full-fat Mini Cooper Electric John Cooper Works is coming soon. A prototype of the sporty electric hatchback will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will storm up the hill wearing a light layer of camouflage. Whereas the John Cooper Works trim only gave […]

T&E: ‘20% more dangerous and gas-guzzling RAM pickups imported in EU’

July 04, 2024

According to the environmental organization Transport & Environment (T&E), the number of dangerous Dodge Rams on European roads is “disturbingly high and continues to rise”. In 2023, about 5,000 new Dodge Rams were imported into Europe, up 20% from the previous year. There are now at least 20,000 Dodge Rams on European roads. The EU […]

European Commission gives final approval to Lufthansa-ITA takeover

July 04, 2024

The European Commission has ruled that the Lufthansa Group can enter the capital of its Italian sector partner, ITA Airways, the successor to Alitalia. However, to safeguard competition, the two companies must offer other airlines access to several routes. “Today we are concluding a historic, long-standing case,” the Italian Economy Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti commented on […]

German researchers claim self-sufficient hydrogen-solar panel

July 04, 2024

Researchers from three German Fraunhofer Institutes claim to have jointly developed “a tandem module that is self-sufficient and reliable at producing solar-generated green hydrogen”. It’s a classic electrolyzer –  what typically would be complex and expensive – combined in one ‘cheap’ panel. With 100 square meters of these hydrogen-solar panels, they theoretically could produce 30 […]

Opel Frontera Electric now available to order for €28,990

July 04, 2024

Opel’s latest compact electric SUV is now available for ordering. One electric version and two mild hybrid gasoline engines are available, with enticing price tags, and a second ‘Long Range’ Electric is on the horizon. There’s space on board for seven people, but not if you go for the Frontera Electric. If you’re in the […]

Ineos delays electric Fusilier launch

July 04, 2024

Ineos Automotive, part of the chemical industry giant Ineos Group, is delaying its Fusilier battery-electric SUV. It cites waning consumer demand for EVs and uncertainty around tariffs as the leading causes. Production of the Fusilier, a smaller vehicle than the Grenadier 4×4, which the company started selling last year, had been expected to begin in […]

Northvolt forced to gear down in its expansion ambitions

July 04, 2024

Swedish battery maker Northvolt, one of Europe’s pioneers in that field, is forced to gear down in its ambitions to build several gigafactories in Europe and Canada. Founder and CEO Peter Carlsson told Swedish media, “We’ve been a little too aggressive in our expansion plans and need to reassess the next steps.” That includes postponing […]

Armored vehicle maker Arquus in hands of Belgian John Cockerill

July 03, 2024

Belgian industrial group John Cockerill has completed the acquisition of Arquus, a French manufacturer of armored vehicles. Arquus, formerly Renault Trucks Defense, previously belonged to Swedish bus and truck maker Volvo Group. The deal reportedly involves about 300 million euros. Arquus has 1,200 employees who make armored vehicles for the armies of some 60 countries […]

Belgian Solar Team presents its most efficient solar vehicle yet

July 03, 2024

The Belgian Innoptus Solar Team, related to Louvain University, has presented a new version of its Infinite solar race car, the most efficient one to date. With it, they want to participate in the most challenging Solar Challenge race ever in South Africa in September. In October 2023, the student team of KU Leuven University […]

Hyzon to pull out of Australia and focus solely on North America

July 03, 2024

The US-based hydrogen truck manufacturer Hyzon is narrowing its focus further on North America. After shutting down its European production facility in the Netherlands, the company plans to leave the Australian market, one of the most significant contributors to its revenue, to focus on the North American waste truck business instead. The road ahead continues […]

DeLorean DMC-12 goes back to the future with EV conversion

July 03, 2024

Electrogenic, a British-based firm specializing in EV conversions for classic vehicles, has launched a ‘plug-and-play’ EV conversion kit for the DeLorean DMC-12, made famous for its appearances in the ‘Back to the Future’ movie trilogy. The futuristic-looking car’s disappointing PRV V6 gets replaced by an electric motor that offers nearly double the performance. While the […]

Honda imagines family-size electric suitcase ‘MotoCompacto’

July 03, 2024

In 2023, Honda amazed the world with a modern electric version of its iconic foldable MotoCompo motorscooter from the eighties (1981 – 1983), the MotoCompacto. That ‘electric suitcase on wheels’ might get a ‘family version’ or an electric child cart version for two kids and one parent standing on it like an e-scooter. At least […]

Greenpeace: ‘Most European cities better served by air than by rail’

July 03, 2024

European cities are still much better connected by air than by rail, according to research by Greenpeace. From Brussels, for example, 41 of the 44 cities studied can be reached by direct flight and only 11 by rail. Greenpeace analyzed 990 routes between 45 major European cities. Only 12% of those routes are served by […]

Shell puts building of biofuel plant in Rotterdam on hold

July 03, 2024

Oil giant Shell has temporarily halted the construction of a biofuel factory in Pernis, near Rotterdam (Netherlands) – one of Europe’s largest biofuel plants. The pause should give the company space to assess the best commercial path forward for the project. It is the latest low-carbon energy project to be shelved by an energy giant […]

4% fewer car registrations in June, EVs now one quarter of Belgian market

July 03, 2024

According to the registration figures of the importer federation Febiac and the federal public service Mobility & Transport, 49,662 new cars were registered in June 2024, a 4% decrease from the same month last year. In the first half of the year, the market for new cars in Belgium and Luxembourg shrank by 0.4%, with […]

DHL Express electrifies its ground fleet at Brussels Airport

July 02, 2024

Cargo transporter DHL Express at Brussels Airport is leading the way in electrifying its ground-handling equipment. The company’s crew buses and tarmac cars are already 100% electric, and over the past days and weeks, the company has put eleven electric tractors and thirteen electric container lifts, belly loaders, and pushbacks into operation at Brussels Airport. […]

Belgian-Swiss Dieter Vranckx again chairman Brussels Airlines

July 02, 2024

Belgian Dieter Vranckx, who was previously CEO of Brussels Airlines, has again been appointed chairman of the board of SN Airholding, the holding company wholly owned by German airline group Lufthansa. He succeeds Christina Foerster in the position. The German, also a former airline CEO, is leaving Lufthansa. Dieter Vranckx (51) already has a long […]

Renault’s Ampere secures LFP batteries to lower EV prices

July 02, 2024

Ampere, Renault Group’s electric vehicle department, has secured the supply of lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) batteries from LG Energy Solution and CATL. These cheaper batteries will be used from 2026 in a cell-to-pack configuration to lower the purchase price of the group’s electric models and sell sub-€20,000 EVs. Until now, Renault has only used nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) batteries […]

First five electric VDL buses for De Lijn commissioned

July 02, 2024

The Flemish public transport company De Lijn has served the first of the new e-buses from supplier VDL from its depot in Destelbergen, East Flanders. These are the first five of 24 e-buses from VDL to reinforce the electric fleet in the Ghent region. In the coming weeks and months, the Destelbergen depot will receive […]