D’Ieteren: new name, logo, and organizational structure

January 15, 2021

Belgian historical automotive importer D’Ieteren Auto changes its name to become ‘D’Ieteren’. Although maybe not clear to non-insiders at first sight, the new identity should position it along with the group’s other activities (Belron, Moleskine, and D’Ieteren Immo) and mark a change in strategy. By 2025, D’Ieteren aims at becoming the leader in sustainable mobility […]

‘Why not introduce 30-kph zones in all Flemish cities?’

January 15, 2021

Flemish Members of Parliament Annick Lambrecht (sp.a) and Stijn Bex (Groen) want to discuss the possible introduction of 30-kph zones in Flemish city centers. In an opinion article in the newspaper De Morgen, they plead for the measure, arguing that the number of fatal traffic accidents – often caused by speed – must go down. […]

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. […]

Chatbot digs out whether you’re responsible for accident

January 14, 2021

When you’re involved in a traffic accident, it is not always clear whether or not you were responsible. That is why the Belgian attorney’s office Intolaw developed a special tool to help you. Surf to mijnverkeersongeval.be (my traffic accident) and meet Basil, the sympathetic chatbot that will guide you through the list of questions. The […]

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 […]

Acerta: ‘three out of ten employees want leased bike’

January 14, 2021

According to a survey by HR service provider Acerta, three out of ten Belgian employees (28%) want to lease a bicycle via their employer. Acerta questioned more than 2 000 working Belgians. About one-fifth of the employees already receive cycling compensation to cover part of the leasing costs. Now that company cars will be taxed […]

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 […]

Stellantis: starting the real work

January 14, 2021

Stellantis, the recently approved fusion between FCA and PSA, has been welcomed positively. Now the real work starts. Is the new group going to ignore the huge Chinese market? What about synergies? What about financial welfare? Questions to ask, answers to find. The international dimension of the fusion is obvious. It’s clear why PSA (strong […]

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 […]

Renault in 2020: CAFE objectives reached and 21,3% sales drop

January 13, 2021

On Tuesday, French Groupe Renault (Renault, Dacia, Lada, Renault Samsung Motors & Alpine) announced having sold 800 000 fewer cars in 2020 than the previous year, which equals a 21,3% sales drop. On the other hand, sales of EVs and its newly launched range of hybrids and plug-in hybrids allowed Groupe Renault to fall under […]

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 […]

TomTom: ‘Traffic in Belgium decreased by one-fifth in 2020’

January 13, 2021

Last year, the general traffic intensity decreased by 18% compared to one year before. According to figures from the TomTom Traffic Index, a report about the traffic situation in 57 countries (416 cities), traffic increase was most spectacular in large cities like Brussels, Antwerp, and Liège. The lowest traffic level was – logically – registered […]

‘Don’t let a dangling face mask block your view of the road’

January 13, 2021

Belgian traffic safety institute Vias, mobility organization VAB, and Dutch motorcyclists of MotorNL ask car drivers not to hang their face masks on their driving mirror. “It obstructs their view and may cause distraction,” they say. “It makes motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians invisible for drivers.” Since the corona crisis, it has become a common view […]

Dutch Fastned sells more electricity despite pandemic

January 13, 2021

Dutch fast-charging network Fastned has sold 14% more electricity in Q4 (a total of 3,3 GWh) in the five countries it’s active in, despite the pandemic limiting commuter traffic with people working from home. Underlying factors are a strong growth of the number of electric vehicles sold, pushing Fastned’s active client base up by 25% […]

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 […]

Geely and Baidu to build ‘smart’ EVs together

January 12, 2021

China’s ‘Google’, search engine giant Baidu, confirmed joining forces with carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group to develop and manufacture ‘smart’ electric cars. Baidu will bring in its expertise on car connectivity and autonomous driving, including DuerOS for Apollo and Baidu Maps. Geely offers its manufacturing knowledge and its new electric Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA). Baidu’s […]

Alain Visser, CEO of Lynk & Co (1): ‘We go for another business model’

January 12, 2021

The Belgian Alain Visser is Lynk & Co’s CEO, the Chinese Geely daughter who intends to change things on the car market. Many new and sometimes controversial ideas come from or are stimulated by the CEO — no better reason for having a chat with him. We’ve known Alain Visser for a long time. Already […]

€1,5 billion for Belgian RER/GEN train

January 12, 2021

In a recent interview reported by newspapers La Libre Belgique and La Dernière Heure – Les Sports, Mobility Minister, Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo), and President of the RER/GEN piloting committee, Jean-Pierre Hansen, reveal their ambition for the regional train project. As work begins again on Friday, both believe that planets are aligned, and that completion is […]

VAB Group and Koopman Logistics join forces

January 12, 2021

The Belgian VAB Group and the Dutch family company Koopman Logistics join forces to offer various Flemish players attractive automotive solutions. The new site will be in Genk, is 100 000 m2 in size, and will employ 100 people. The new structure will be called VAB Koopman Automotive Solutions. Growth For years, VAB has been […]

Belgians think traffic aggression has increased

January 12, 2021

Almost 4 in 10 Flemish (36%) think that ‘the other road users’ have become more aggressive since the start of the corona crisis in March. Road users in Wallonia (42%) and Brussels (35%) also experience more traffic aggression. This is especially because some motorists drive (much) faster when there is less traffic. This is shown […]

VDL Roeselare to deliver 102 e-buses for Oslo

January 12, 2021

VDL Group will build 102 electric Citea buses for the city of Oslo (Norway’s capital). It’s VDL’s largest order of e-buses ever. The buses will be manufactured in Roeselare and should be operational in Oslo as of January 2022. Norway’s capital has the ambition to become completely emission-free by 2028. The city already has 40 […]

Daimler meets EU CO2 targets in 2020 by tripling ‘xEV’ sales

January 12, 2021

German carmaker Daimler is confident it will meet the European CO2 targets set for 2020 by tripling car sales of its Mercedes brand’s ‘xEVs’, plug-in hybrids (PHEV), and battery-electric cars (BEV) combined. On a total passenger car sales of 2,1 million (-7,5%), Mercedes-Benz Cars sold 160 000 xEV worldwide, an 228,8% increase. “Our internal forecasts […]

Interesting Chinese EV newcomer Aiways U5: we drove it

January 11, 2021

The coming year will see a small avalanche of new Chinese brands on European markets, a lot of them producing electric vehicles. Aiways is one of them, and with a little delay due to corona, the first product, a full-electric SUV called U5, has finally landed. We give you a first impression. The U5 is […]

Magnette: ‘No kilometer tax in Brussels before 2024’

January 11, 2021

“The Brussels city toll will certainly not be introduced during this legislature, not before 2024.” That is what Paul Magnette, President of the PS, says in the business newspaper L’Echo/De Tijd. In a reaction, Brussels Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort (PS) says that “the Brussels government has submitted a project for this legislature, we will continue […]

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 […]

Pandemic pushes people to used cars and motorbikes

January 08, 2021

New car sales were hit by more than 21% in 2020. The second-hand car market, too, did worse than in 2019, but the drop is strikingly less: -6,3%. Figures from the Traxio mobility federation show this. Therefore, the corona crisis meant that people preferred to put their money in a second-hand car rather than a […]

Corona and absence of motor show impact car buying intentions

January 08, 2021

Sector federation Traxio organized a market survey to see if the corona pandemic and the absence of a ‘live’ motor show impact buying intentions. 24%  of the respondents say that corona impacts their buying intention; more than 17% say the same for the motor show absence. The survey also shows that many Belgians still see […]

Elia: ‘2020 shows 31% record growth in renewable energy’

January 08, 2021

According to the annual figures from the electricity network administrator Elia, several renewable energy records were broken last year. The production of solar and wind energy increased by 31% to 15,1 TWh or 18,6% of the energy mix. Wind energy went up from 3 796 to 4 670 MW – mainly thanks to the two […]

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 […]

‘Air pollution would push ten thousands of Dutch to move’

January 08, 2021

Ten thousands of Dutch citizens would like to move to seek for better air quality. Some actually do but others don’t have the possibility (or financial means) and stay where they are. That is the conclusion of the Lung Fund, which calls on municipalities to join the Clean Air Agreement. Together, they want to improve […]

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 […]

Germany: premiums push all-electric car sales to 206% growth

January 08, 2021

Despite an overall regression in new car sales of 20%, alternative drive systems (battery-electric, fuel-cell, plug-in hybrids, and gas) took up a quarter of all new registrations in Germany in 2020. A total of 394 940 electric-powered cars were sold, with all-electric cars (194 163) seeing an increase of 206%. Figures are coming from the […]

Interview: the new faces at PSA Belux

January 07, 2021

Dutchman Bas Viveen, an ‘automotive veteran’ with mileage at Renault, Nissan, Peugeot, and Opel/Vauxhall Europe, runs Peugeot Belux for a few months already from August 2020. His colleague CEO at Citroën Belux, Frenchman Damien Martin-Cocher, just arrived from Ukraine, finishing his obligatory ‘quarantine’. Time to meet the new faces at PSA Belux. For both men, […]

Almost 10 000 e-steps, scooters, and shared bikes in Brussels

January 07, 2021

The corona pandemic has led to fewer journeys in Brussels. As a result, there has been a stop in the boom in the number of shared mobility operators that the city experienced two years ago. Several operators, such as Hive, Wind, or Tier, withdrew from the market. Yet the Brussels’ micro-mobility sector continues to do […]

Sales of speed pedelecs dropped by 6% in 2020

January 07, 2021

The bicycle became popular among Belgians in corona times, but sales figures of speed pedelecs dropped. According to figures from sector federation Traxio, last year, 12 589 speed pedelecs were registered, or 6% less than the year before. Speed pedelecs are most popular in Flanders (12 039 units, or 96%); Brussels only registered 262 of […]

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, […]

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 […]

Volvo triples electric production in Ghent and will build V40 successor

January 07, 2021

Volvo Cars reported the strongest second-half sales numbers in the company’s history in 2020, as fast-growing demand for its electrified cars boosted the company’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic impact. The company will triple its electric production in Ghent and introduce a second model on the ‘small’ CMA-platform, as a successor of the V40. The […]

British car sector will continue to suffer, despite trade agreement

January 07, 2021

Last year, the British car market collapsed: 1,63 million car sales (-29,4%) is the lowest figure since 1992, and the regress is the strongest (in one year) since… 1943. Moreover, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is not convinced that Brexit will solve things, despite the last-minute trade agreement. SMMT estimates the loss […]

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 […]

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 […]

Van den Brandt suggests kilometer tax for Brussels Ring

January 06, 2021

During the latest mobility commission at the Brussels Parliament, Brussels Mobility Minister, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen) suggested implementing a kilometer tax on the Ring to reduce congestion. This came as an answer to Flander’s plan to widen the highway. For Brussels, the SmartMove plan could be extended outside the Region’s borders. Waved by the […]

The car market (2): EVs booming, over 50% in Norway

January 06, 2021

All over the world, car sales have suffered from the corona pandemic. However, 2020 is also the year of the beginning breakthrough of the electric car. On Tuesday, we paid attention to our home market and close neighbors; this time, we’ll take a look all over the world. The figures of the car markets all […]

Holland heating up faster than rest of the world?

January 06, 2021

According to figures from the Dutch Royal Meteorological Institute, the Netherlands is warming up faster than other countries in the world. The temperature in the Netherlands in the last 30 years has increased by an average of 1,1 degrees Celsius. In Belgium, we see a similar trend, with 2020 being the warmest year ever. Every […]

Antwerp Oosterweel mega-project can start on right river bank

January 06, 2021

The Antwerp Oosterweel project’s construction works – the so-called ‘construction site of the century’ – can finally start on the right bank of the river Scheldt in the summer of this year. The preparatory works on the left bank already started in 2018, and now that the last two supply contracts are finally official. According […]

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 […]

The car market suffered from corona in 2020

January 05, 2021

Last year there were 431 491 new cars registered in Belgium, 21,55% less than in 2019. In France, the sales total in 2020 is 1,65 million, a 25,5% decline. In the Netherlands the total sales figure is 356 051, also a 20% regress compared to 2019. At the same time, electrifcation is on its way. […]

France: massive return of the radar speed traps

January 05, 2021

After nearly 60% of radar speed traps being vandalized since the beginning of the ‘Yellow Vests’ movement in France, the guardians of speed are back more than ever in 2021. If objectives are met, there will be 4 700 of them instead of 4 150 today. There will be compact ‘city radars’, movable ‘ambush radars’, […]

Brexit: airlift between Ostend and Birmingham

January 05, 2021

From Monday, British airline Jota Aviation, specializing in cargo transport, starts a new airlift between Ostend (Belgium) and Birmingham (UK). Both airports want to prevent possible interruptions or delays in the harbors due to Brexit. Jota Aviation will organize the flights together with its partner in logistics Priority Freight. Since the Brexit, customs and border […]

Vanishing business trips threaten airline and hotel profit margins

January 05, 2021

With 80% of events, shows, and congresses canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the profitable world of business trips and the related mobility solutions are in dire need. In the air, 20% of business passengers usually represent 80% of airlines’ profits, French newspaper Le Monde writes. On the rail, their share has dropped […]

Stellantis is a fact, who are the men behind it?

January 05, 2021

On Monday, the shareholders of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)  and Peugeot S.A. (PSA) approved the merger of FCA and Groupe PSA to create Stellantis N.V. by an overwhelming majority (with more than 99% of the votes cast in favor of the transaction). Following today’s approval by shareholders and receipt of the final regulatory clearances over […]

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 […]

Chinese-American Seres 3 electric SUV is on the market

January 04, 2021

The Belgian importer OneAutomotive brings its first electric car on the market. It’s a compact SUV called Seres 3. With a basic price of €32 690, it will compete with cars like the MG ZS EV (already on the market) and others that will be there soon. OneAutomotive is a recent venue on the Belgian […]

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 […]

Germany to close coal power plants and tax CO2 in 2021

January 04, 2021

Germany will introduce two energy transition projects. On the one hand, the country will invoice every ton of CO2 emitted by transport and households; on the other hand, it will gradually close a first total energy plant. According to the Belga press release, both projects result from intense political negotiations. Greenpeace and other climate crusaders […]

China reduces NEV subsidies further by 20%

January 04, 2021

China is reducing subsidies to purchase so-called New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) – plug-in hybrids, battery EVs, and fuel-cell cars – by 20% this year. Next year, it will be reduced by 30% and end in 2023. Eventually, China wanted to phase out the subsidies by the end of 2020 but decided in November to extend […]

Dutch have already 1 163 electric buses operational

January 04, 2021

More than 20% of buses in the Dutch public transport system have become ‘green’ in five years. Since December, 1 163 emission-free buses are driving around in the Netherlands, almost 400 more than last year. According to knowledge platform Crow-KpVV, this rapid ‘greening’ of the sector results from clear targeting and interchanging of knowledge. The […]