Van Hool grandson ‘misses the bus’ in court against GRW take-over

July 02, 2024

CIM Capital, founded by one of the grandsons of Van Hool founder Bernard, Mark Van Hool, missed out in court in summary proceedings on its claim against the take-over of the Van Hool truck-trailer division by Australian GRW. CIM Capital, a Belgian investment company specializing in taking over ailing firms, claimed it was not granted […]

AlixPartners: ‘One in three cars sold worldwide in 2030 will be Chinese’

July 01, 2024

In 2030, one in three cars sold worldwide will be Chinese, compared to one in five today. Chinese brands are well underway to catch 33% of the global car market by then, according to a study by financial advisory and international consulting firm AlixPartners. “The 21st edition of the AlixPartners Global Automotive Outlook finds Chinese […]

Serbian lithium mining project provokes heavy protests

July 01, 2024

Last week, heavy protests arose again against a large lithium project in western Serbia. Rio Tinto, the Australian mining giant, wants to exploit the thousands of tons of lithium abounding in this region. However, the demonstrators fear pollution of the soil and air. The ‘Jadar mine’, as the project is called, refers to the Jadar […]

Watt’s electric van with central steering position unveiled

July 01, 2024

Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) has unveiled the production version of its eCV1 electric van. It features cell-to-frame technology, a central seating position for the driver, and a flexible skateboard platform to offer professionals a complete range of body styles. But two critical questions remain the price… and the range. WEVC, founded in 2019, first […]

Lufthansa suffers delivery delays from Boeing and Airbus

July 01, 2024

German airline Lufthansa suffers from delays in aircraft deliveries from Boeing and Airbus. According to CEO Carsten Spohr, the problems will not be solved before 2030, and the shortfall could cost Lufthansa around half a billion euros a year. The airline, which wants to modernize its fleet, has ordered 250 new aircraft from Airbus and […]

Ford CEO Jim Farley: when a ‘petrolhead’ becomes (also) an EV adept

July 01, 2024

As a ‘lifelong petrolhead’ (his words), Ford CEO Jim Farley has just recently posted an insightful ode to electric vehicles. In an opinion piece on social media, he shared a fresh and inspiring perspective about his newfound love for electric cars. As a self-described ‘lifelong petrolhead’ with a career in the automotive business (mainly Toyota […]

Skoda shares first details of compact electric Elroq SUV

July 01, 2024

The Skoda Enyaq is about to get a little brother, the Elroq. The Czech manufacturer has revealed the technical details of the compact SUV, although the design remains camouflaged. The Elroq shares many components with the Enyaq and features a more than 560 km range according to the WLTP cycle. Like the Enyaq, the new […]

Belgian DEME to build green hydrogen production facility in Egypt

July 01, 2024

Last Saturday, Dredging company DEME signed a cooperation agreement with the Egyptian government to establish an industrial-scale green hydrogen production facility in Egypt’s western desert. The wind and solar energy infrastructure will be located 70 kilometers away and connected to the factory by a high-voltage line. The new HYPORT green hydrogen production plant will be […]

Mercedes re-invests more in ICE

July 01, 2024

Mercedes-Benz will once again invest more in combustion technology, Group CEO Ola Källenius told a German newspaper. The drivetrain of the hybridized combustion engines is to be “properly” reworked so that “it will last well into the 2030s.” Mercedes-Benz is far behind schedule in terms of EV sales. As the general economic and regulatory conditions […]

CAM: ‘BMW tops world’s most innovative carmaker ranking’

July 01, 2024

German premium car manufacturer BMW is the world’s most innovative carmaker, but the Chinese are breathing down its neck. Geely and SAIC are closing in as second and third. Toyota ranks fourth – ahead of Mercedes-Benz and VW Group. However, five Chinese manufacturers show a clear lead when looking at innovations in electric mobility (BEVs). […]

TGV slowing down on Brussels-France route in August

July 01, 2024

The high-speed train, or TGV, between Brussels and France, will not run at its normal speed between 12 and 29 August. During that period, the HST will run on the conventional track up to the French border, which means the train will travel longer. Railway network operator Infrabel announced the renovation works on Belgium’s oldest […]

Eurostat: ‘Renewables main source of electricity in 2023’

June 28, 2024

According to figures from the European statistics agency Eurostat, renewable energy was the most important source of electricity in the European Union in 2023.  The supply of renewables – sun and wind – increased by 4.4% compared to 2022, and the amount of electricity produced by renewables increased by 12.4%. Last year, renewable energy represented […]

Renault Trucks delivers first electric trucks outside Europe

June 28, 2024

With three Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide delivered to the Chilean transport company Trailer Logistics, Renault Trucks has expanded its electric offering outside of Europe. The manufacturer has always been mostly focused on Europe but is looking to deliver its electric models on a global scale. The three Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide models for […]

Polestar 3 range expands with RWD entry-level version

June 28, 2024

As Polestar delivers its first three models to customers, it also introduces a more affordable version of its electric SUV. This new variant, the Long Range Single Motor, aims to intensify the model’s chances against the Tesla Model X or Porsche Macan EV. It’s been a long time coming, but Polestar has finally commenced deliveries […]

Belgian rail invests up to €40 million to facelift smaller stations

June 28, 2024

Belgian public transport operator NMBS/SNCB invests between 30 and 40 million euros a year in a facelift for its smaller stations until 2032. This will include investments in accessibility and signaling and an expansion of bicycle and car parking facilities. NMBS/SNCB has 555 stations, including 20 large ones, 80 medium ones, and 455 smaller ones. […]

America will have to wait for Volvo EX30 ‘made in Belgium’

June 28, 2024

It’s official now: due to the 100% import taxes the Biden Administration imposes on EVs built in China, America will have to wait for the Volvo EX30 ‘made in Belgium’ to arrive. And that will be no sooner than 2025. People who had already paid a $500 deposit to make a reservation got a message […]

Volkswagen: ‘Entry-level ID. Buzz coming’

June 27, 2024

Volkswagen is set to introduce a new variant of the electric ID. Buzz, featuring a smaller battery. The move must make the model’s price point more accessible to a larger customer pool. Projected to be a genuine hit number, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is scaling up its production volume. In an interview with Automobilwoche, Lars Krause, a board member […]

Chinese e-truck builder Windrose settles HQ in Belgium

June 27, 2024

According to the business newspaper De Tijd, Chinese electric truck builder Windrose is to establish its European headquarters and first workshop in Zele. Zele is considered the gateway for constructing an assembly plant for e-trucks in Antwerp port, potentially creating 3,000 jobs. An “operational base” consisting of an office and a workshop will be set […]

Zagreb first EU capital to get Rimac’s Verne robotaxis

June 27, 2024

The Croatian capital of Zagreb will be the first European city to host a fleet of fully autonomous robotaxis, which Rimac Group will make. That Croatian technology powerhouse manufactures electric hypercars like the Nevera and owns the Bugatti brand. It also provides technology to global automakers like Porsche or BMW. The Verne robotaxi is built […]

‘Three-country train’ Liège-Maastricht-Aachen runs from June 30

June 27, 2024

The Liège-Maastricht-Aachen ‘three-country train’ was inaugurated in Liège on Wednesday. The train connects Liège-Guillemins with Dutch Maastricht and German Aachen. The connection will be open to the public from June 30. The new direct train is the result of a collaboration between Belgian public railway company NMBS/SNCB, Dutch transport company Arriva, and Dutch public railway […]

Revived Brussels Motor Show returns to original timing in January

June 27, 2024

The Brussels Motor Show will return to its traditional location and date. Car enthusiasts will be welcome again in January 2025 at the Brussels Heysel, Motor Show organizer Febiac announced on Wednesday evening. In May this year, Febiac announced that – after a year of absence – the board had decided to reorganize a motor […]

VW throws US electric pickup maker Rivian $5 billion lifeline

June 27, 2024

Europe’s biggest carmaker, Volkswagen, pumps one billion dollars into American electric van and pickup specialist Rivian and promises another $4 billion in the coming years. For loss-making Rivian, losing up to $39,000 per car it produced, it’s a lifeline. For VW, it is a way to integrate Rivian’s software and next-generation electrical/electronic architecture for further […]

Hyundai unwraps its European ‘affordable’ Inster EV

June 27, 2024

As promised, Hyundai fully unwrapped its latest subcompact EV, the Inster, at the Busan International Mobility Show. It is the European version of what is called Casper Electric in Korea and should become the brand’s best budget-priced EV at around 20 to 25,000 euros. Hyundai promises “a segment-leading projected range of 355 km (WLTP) on […]

Stellantis’ UK boss warns for factory closures amid ‘electric challenge’

June 27, 2024

Auto giant Stellantis warns of a potential production withdrawal in the UK due to concerns over the government’s electrification policies. Maria Grazia Davino, the automaker’s UK Managing Director, pointed to the existential threat posed by the zero-emission vehicle mandate and the proposed bans on new combustion-engined car sales. Speaking at the Society of Motor Manufacturers […]

Belgian federal officials to drive electric from July 1st (update)

June 27, 2024

The Belgian federal authorities will only buy or lease electric service vehicles from July 2024. The Council of Ministers approved a plan by Minister of Civil Service Petra De Sutter (Groen) in March last year, which is now in effect. One consequence of the measure is that by 2030, most service vehicles within the federal […]

Number of Belgian road deaths down for first time in three years

June 26, 2024

According to Statbel, the Belgian statistics office, 501 people lost their lives in accidents on Belgian roads in 2023. Accident figures also decreased again last year after increasing in 2021 and 2022. Also striking: the number of accidents fell more sharply in Brussels than in the rest of the country. Last year, there were 36,855 […]

T&E: ‘Ultrafine particles from aviation put 52 million Europeans at risk’

June 26, 2024

According to a new study by the environmental group Transport & Environment (T&E), 52 million people in Europe – more than 10% of Europe’s total population –are exposed to ultrafine particles (UFP) from aviation. The study, released on Tuesday by Dutch consultancy CE Delft on behalf of T&E, found that they’re affected by the 32 […]

‘Green surtax’ makes Lufthansa Group tickets up to €72 more expensive

June 26, 2024

German airline group Lufthansa, to which Brussels Airlines also belongs, is launching an environmental surcharge of 1 to 72 euros for all flights departing from Europe and the UK, Norway, and Switzerland. For Brussels Airlines, the surcharge will be a maximum of 36 euros per flight. The surcharge will be charged on bookings starting today […]

Seventh gen BMW M5 gets electric boost up to 727 hp

June 26, 2024

After 40 years, the seventh generation of the BMW M5 gets a combination of a high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and a specific version of the M HYBRID system, boosting power to 535 kW or 727 hp and a peak system torque of 1,000 Nm. The world premiere will take place at […]

Acerta: ‘leasing car CO2 emissions 20% down in one year’

June 26, 2024

According to a study by HR service provider Acerta, the average CO2 emissions from leasing cars have fallen by almost 20% in one year and 40% in ten years. The study analyzed a database listing more than 270,000 workers and employees in Belgium. Tax deductibility for fossil fuel cars purchased between July 1, 2023, and […]

Chinese Voyah to open first showroom in Belgium late 2024

June 26, 2024

Chinese electric vehicle brand Voyah, a subsidiary of Dongfeng Motor for luxury EVs, has announced plans to open its first showroom in Belgium by the end of the year. The new Chinese brand is imported into the Benelux region by the Gomes Group, a successful Mercedes dealer group from the Netherlands. Voyah’s entry into Europe […]

More range and a new battery for upgraded Polestar 2

June 26, 2024

Polestar announces another update for the Polestar 2 after the extensive overhaul from last year. All versions gain range, but the base model Standard Range Single Motor also benefits from a new battery. Dubbed the 2025 model, the upgraded Polestar 4 can immediately be ordered in Europe. Other markets—except for Canada—will follow in late 2024. […]

Brussels Airport tests hydrogen tractor and refueling station

June 25, 2024

VIL, the point of contact for the Flemish logistics sector, and WaterStofNet have installed the first mobile hydrogen refueling station at Brussels Airport. At the same time, DHL is testing the first hydrogen prototype for ground handling operations, a Mulag tractor with an integrated hydrogen fuel cell system. This is a first for the airport. […]

Touring calls on Brussels to liberalize LEZ: 600,000 cars involved

June 25, 2024

Mobility organization Touring is calling on the new Brussels government, which has yet to be formed, to include in its policy plan the tightening of the low-emission zone (LEZ) on its territory, which usually takes effect in January 2025. Touring is thus calling for a relaxation of the LEZ. According to the organization, if the […]

Aptera starts to market its solar panel technology

June 25, 2024

Aptera Motors, the Californian start-up for solar electric vehicles (SEV), wants to expand into new mobility industries by licensing its innovative solar technology. Retrofitting cars with solar panels can significantly boost their range. Aptera Motors is looking into various sectors to offer its propriety technology, not only automotive. Aptera is in the phase of scaling […]

Electra to install 23 fast charge stations at Belgian Quicks

June 25, 2024

Electra, a French startup in fast charging stations, will open and operate 23 fast charging stations over the next two years at the Belgian fast-food chain Quick’s existing and future restaurant locations. The charging stations will have a fast charging capacity of 400 kW and will be accessible to everyone at any time of the […]

China and EU agree on new negotiations about EV import tariffs

June 25, 2024

During a trip to China, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck made headway in the trade dispute over additional tariffs for EVs in the EU. The Chinese government and the EU want to start intensive negotiations, fuelling hopes of a short-term solution. Of course, it’s not a coincidence that a German Minister has made the opening, […]

BNEF: ‘Outlook for EVs remains bright, despite near-term challenges’

June 25, 2024

BloombergNEF’s Electric Vehicle Outlook 2024 shows that EV adoption is still growing worldwide. With advances in EV technology and battery prices further falling, the future is bright despite an apparent slowdown in some countries and car manufacturers revising their EV policies. EVs are still the most cost-effective and commercially viable route to fully decarbonizing transport. […]

WRI: ‘In Europe, CO2-absorbing trees no longer have time to grow old’

June 24, 2024

That is a shame and bad for the climate because tall forests are critical for storing carbon and hosting biodiversity. Moreover, old trees absorb more carbon dioxide than young ones. This is the conclusion of the World Resources Institute (WRI), which conducts worldwide research into climate and natural resources. Over the past 20 years, the […]

Mercedes-Benz upgrades EQT and eCitan Tourer with seven seats

June 24, 2024

Mercedes has completed its EQT and (e)Citan model range with a long-wheelbase version of the electric versions of its compact van, while the Citan gets a new ‘Mixto’ variant. All Citan and EQT models also bring more safety systems as standard, following the EU regulations. Thanks to an additional 38 centimeters in the wheelbase, the […]

Belgium’s Elia warns for too much electricity this summer

June 24, 2024

Belgian high-voltage operator Elia is calling on the market to be vigilant this summer. There is a chance that Belgium will produce too much power because all available nuclear power plants are running, and especially because a lot of solar panels have been added this year. This threatens to put pressure on the electricity system. […]

Fisker owners set up their own support to keep cars running

June 24, 2024

Fisker’s bankruptcy leaves thousands of Ocean SUV owners in limbo. With the company’s future in doubt, customer concern about the long-term support and maintenance for their cars is growing. In the US, they decided to unite. The European branch is still up and running, so servicing is not an immediate worry. Some Ocean owners have […]

CSIS: ‘Chinese EV makers got more than €200 billion of state aid’

June 24, 2024

According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), based in Washington, D.C., Chinese car manufacturers received some €216 billion in government aid to produce electric cars. The American think tank’s researcher Scott Kennedy says more than half of it was given as a turnover tax exemption. Other subsidies include premiums for new electric […]

De Lijn’s on-demand buses mostly only drive around with driver

June 21, 2024

Flemish public transport operator De Lijn’s flex transport, vans on demand, is not operating efficiently. That’s according to the business newspaper De Tijd, based on figures the newspaper requested from De Lijn. According to the newspaper, 56% of all kilometers traveled have only the driver on board. In other words, minibusses drive around without passengers […]

Bugatti goes hybrid with new 1,800-hp Tourbillon hypercar

June 21, 2024

The successor to the Bugatti Chiron loses its quad-turbocharged W16 engine but gains an electrified and naturally aspirated V16 instead. The Tourbillon is not only even faster than the Chiron but also achieves a fully electric range of 60 kilometers and features gemstones in the instrument cluster made by Swiss watchmakers. As Bugatti entered a […]

Citroën ë-C3 Aircross starts at 26,690 euros

June 21, 2024

Citroën has presented its new ë-C3 Aircross in more detail after the Stellantis brand showed the first images of the model in April. Now, there is also information about the drive system, the seat configuration, and prices in some markets. The battery-electric drive is only available for the five-seater version, as Citroën has now specified. […]

Compact BMW i1 and i2 EVs are coming

June 21, 2024

The BMW i1 and BMW i2 have long been in the rumor mill. BMW Group’s company’s board has finally approved the launch of the compact EVs. A new report from the specialized English magazine Autocar says the BMW i1 and i2 have received the green signal. These entry-level EVs have been developed at the BMW […]

Energy Institute: ‘World burned more fossil fuels than ever’

June 21, 2024

Demand for fossil fuels has never been as high as in 2023. Demand for oil and coal, in particular, pushed the consumption of fossil fuels to unprecedented heights. As a result, never before have so many greenhouse gases been emitted. Last year, they increased by 2%, exceeding 40 gigatons of CO2 for the first time. […]

China candidly calls European probe into unfair competition ‘spying’

June 21, 2024

“Unprecedented” and “shocking”. The Chinese automotive players involved in the EU survey into state subsidies are stirred by the resulting tariff proposal. They have joined forces and called upon Beijing to impose retaliating import duties, which could hurt the premium brand’s sales performance in the region. Chinese manufacturers are urging their government to implement punitive […]

BMW pulls back from €2 billion battery cell deal with Northvolt

June 21, 2024

BMW announced on Thursday it’s pulling back from the €2 billion deal it concluded in 2020 with Swedish battery maker Nortvolt to deliver cells from 2024 as part of a long-term contract. But Northvolt is two years behind schedule and would deliver ‘too many rejects’, German media, like Manager Magazine, report. BMW Group downplays the […]

What if EV batteries could be made from trees?

June 20, 2024

It seems like an entirely hypothetical question, but at least the Finish paper industry is convinced it can make EV battery production much more sustainable. Using lignin, a byproduct of its cellulose fiber (like for cloths) and paper pulp industry, Stora Enso has developed a bio-renewable replacement for the graphite carbon used for anodes today. […]

Akio Toyoda re-elected as TMC chairman but facing growing criticism

June 20, 2024

Toyota Motor Corporation’s chairman, Akio Toyoda, and nine other members of the automaker’s board were re-elected at an annual general meeting on Tuesday. Shareholders finally shrugged off concerns about governance and certification test scandals. Two leading proxy advisers had recommended against Toyoda’s re-election. But his re-appointment was widely expected, given the automaker’s shareholdings owned by […]

UN study: ‘80% of people worldwide fear devastating effect climate change’

June 20, 2024

80% of the world’s population is increasingly concerned about the devastating effects of climate change and wants more action on climate. This is according to a major survey, the biggest ever standalone public opinion survey on climate change, by the UN development agency UNDP and Oxford University. The call is especially strongest in the poorest […]

JLR’s Freelander is coming back, but now totally electric

June 20, 2024

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is reviving its Freelander brand for future electric cars. The Freelander models will be based on a platform from its Chinese partner Chery Automotive, built in China and sold only there for the time being. However, export to the rest of the world is envisaged. Not so long ago, JLR revealed […]

Shell opens first megawatt EV charger for trucks and ships in Amsterdam

June 20, 2024

Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell has inaugurated its first self-developed megawatt charger for dual use by electric trucks and shipping vessels at the Energy Transition Campus Amsterdam (ETCA) in the Netherlands. The Shell megawatt charger provides a crucial additional charging facility for local operators and facilitates end-to-end testing for high-power charging solutions across marine and road […]

DEME and Jan De Nul to ‘plug in’ Princess Elisabeth energy island

June 20, 2024

Elia, the Belgian high-voltage grid operator, has awarded three contracts worth almost 1.5 billion euros to construct the High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) infrastructure of Princess Elisabeth Island, an artificial energy island of 3.5 gigawatts located approximately 45 kilometers off the Belgian coast. The infrastructure will bundle 2.1 gigawatts of wind energy and bring it […]

EU car registrations in May down by 3%, EVs lose market share

June 20, 2024

According to the European Car Manufacturers Association (ACEA) data, car registrations in the European Union decreased by 3% in May 2024. Declines were observed in three out of the region’s four major markets: Italy (-6.6%), Germany (-4.3%), and France (-2.9%). Spain, on the other hand, achieved a modest growth of 3.4% last month. Despite the […]

BMW’s X3 best-seller renewed

June 19, 2024

“Modernity, presence, and sporting flair reach new levels: the best-seller embarks on a new era,” says BMW at the launch of the renewed best-seller X3. The new range won’t have a full-electric version, as this iX3 successor will be the first product of the “Neue Klasse”, launched next year. But there’s an improved PHEV version. […]

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun apologizes for ‘quality and safety issues’

June 19, 2024

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun has acknowledged the seriousness of the situation in a US Senate hearing on the quality of Boeing production and apologized for the grief that Boeing has caused. At the same time, he added that progress has since been made. Behind the top man were relatives of people killed in Boeing aircraft […]

Polestar opens up seven new markets in 2025

June 19, 2024

Polestar is gearing up to expand its retail operations, targeting seven new markets in 2025, including a return to France, where Citroën kicked it out. As the company’s model line-up grows, the conquest of new markets aims to capitalize on emerging opportunities. In 2025, Polestar plans to accelerate its geographic expansion by entering seven new […]