Brussels Airlines flies again to US after more than a year

June 14, 2021

Brussels Airlines resumes flights to the United States on Monday. A flight to New York will be the first transatlantic flight since March 2020. “A symbolic milestone in our relaunch,” says the airline. This week, Brussels Airlines, wholly owned by the airline giant Lufthansa, will resume flights to New York (three times a week) and […]

ACEA maps out e-truck stop and charging locations needed in EU

June 09, 2021

European car and truck manufacturers federation ACEA has commissioned a study with the German Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI to map out the precise locations for truck stops with charging facilities needed in Europe for future electric trucks. Raw data on a total of some 750 000 currently used truck stop locations […]

First semi-autonomous barge in Europe runs between Liège and Antwerp

June 08, 2021

A 110 m long, semi-autonomous container barge now connects the ports of Antwerp and Liège. Born from Seafar and Tercofin (Novandi Group) collaboration, it is remote-controlled from a control room in Antwerp. Due to the different legislations, the barge can only run semi-autonomously in Flanders, and the captain on board, for safety reasons, takes the […]

Leuven company launches parking tool for truck drivers

June 08, 2021

The Leuven-based company OTRA Solutions is launching a digital platform for drivers, companies, and parking operators in the transport sector. The real-time parking tool has to offer a solution for the increasing parking problems along the major European traffic axes. Every day, there is a shortage of 100 000 parking spaces for trucks throughout Europe. […]

First multimodal hydrogen filling station opens in Antwerp

June 04, 2021

Near the Port House on the Antwerp Eilandje, the company CMB has opened a multimodal hydrogen filling station on the border of the city and the port. According to CMB, an Antwerp shipping company that focuses on hydrogen solutions for maritime and industrial applications, it’s the first filling station in the world that produces green […]

ING survey: 8 in 10 transport companies want to be emission free

June 04, 2021

The transportation and logistics sector is moving towards a zero-emission scenario just as rapidly as the car sector. But since fuel cost has a severe impact on their business models, the switch is much more significant. The willingness from the sector is already in place. According to a survey conducted by the bank ING (jointly […]

Will summer 2021 become airport waiting time nightmare?

June 03, 2021

Air transport professionals worry about the possible upcoming chaos in airports this summer due to increased waiting times caused by the multiple ID and corona passport controls. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), holidaymakers could spend up to eight hours in airports if the volume of passengers equals that of 2019. According to […]

Brussels Airport hopes for 40 000 passengers a day in summer 2021

June 02, 2021

Due to the pandemic, Brussels Airport lost € 147 million in 2020, saw its passenger count drop from 26,4 million in 2019 to only 6,7 million last year, and lost 4 000 direct jobs. Looking towards the future, with a difficult summer combining holidaymakers with social distancing and vaccines, Brussels Airport hopes to get up […]

Flanders wants to boost goods transport by bike

May 31, 2021

Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), wants to test, via pilot projects, how bicycles can be more easily used for goods transport. She has drawn up a regulatory framework for this. “Certainly, in an urban context, transport by bike can mean an enormous relief for the traffic volume,” says the minister. To stimulate […]

Belgium and Europe: doubling rail freight volume by 2050

May 28, 2021

Gathered at the Athus Container Terminal (TCA), European Commissioner in charge of Transports, Adina Vãlean, and Belgian Mobility Minister, Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo), have reiterated their common ambition to make rail freight grow. The objective is to increase volume by 50% by 2030 and make it double by 2050. Europe and Belgium will have to bring […]

Ride-hailing drivers protest in Brussels against smartphone ban

May 28, 2021

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

Night train is back: nostalgia or a new mobility concept?

May 26, 2021

After some delay due to the pandemic, the Nightjet finally arrived in Brussels and Amsterdam this week, rolling in from Vienna overnight. This night train is an initiative of the public Austrian railroad company ÖBB that has an agreement with several European countries. The comeback of the night train has a lot to do with […]

Thalys and Eurostar: loans for restart and merger by end of the year

May 26, 2021

To keep their heads above the water, high-speed train companies Thalys and Eurostar seek outside help and (probably) each other’s company. While the latter already received a 290 million euro loan last week, Thalys realized the first external financing of its history, with 120 million euro from five banks. Furthermore, the two companies could merge […]

Utrecht goes for H2 infrastructure and Hyzon vehicles

May 25, 2021

The Dutch province of Utrecht plans to build up to ten hydrogen filling stations by 2025 and to put a total of 1 800 hydrogen-powered Hyzon Motors vehicles into services. The initiative is part of the province’s agreement and overall strategy for infrastructure cooperation supported by the Hyzon Zero Carbon Alliance. EnergyCollective Utrecht Businesses (ECUB), […]

Mercedes-Benz GenH2 truck prepping for road tests (update)

May 21, 2021

Since April, Daimler Truck’s heavy-duty hydrogen truck, the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 presented as a prototype in September last year, is doing ‘rigorous’ test laps on the circuit, prepping for road tests by the end of this year. Meantime, Daimler Truck joins forces with Dutch Shell for a ‘hydrogen-powered freight corridor’ with 150 fueling stations between Rotterdam, […]

Via Palletto pilot: construction materials delivered by ship

May 19, 2021

The Flemish Waterway will launch a pilot project to transport construction materials on pallets via inland shipping, the organization announced on Tuesday. The project called ‘Via Palletto’ will provide scheduled trips with fixed stops to combine cargo and transport the materials. Participating partners are Catena Consult, BRIXadvice, Shipit Multimodal Logistics, and Blue Line Logistics. Construction […]

Port of Antwerp to lead Pioneers Consortium to green European ports

May 07, 2021

The Port of Antwerp will lead an international consortium with 46 partners to make the European ports ‘greener’. ‘Pioneers’, as the project is called, will get a 25-million-euros subsidy from the European Horizon 2020 program to develop solutions against greenhouse gas emissions. The project has a timeframe of five years, starting at the end of […]

E-commerce is booming, so here is the Citroën Ami Cargo

May 07, 2021

City dwellers might soon welcome a different but very cuddly kind of delivery vehicle at their front door, dropping off their food, packages, and other knick-knacks bought over the Internet. For Citroën is launching a cargo version of its cute little cube on wheels: the Ami. E-commerce and home delivery are booming, and Citroën wants […]

HyTrucks: 300 fuel cell trucks and six H2-stations for Antwerp Port

May 06, 2021

French Air Liquide, Colruyt’s DATS 24, and Port of Antwerp announced their intention to deploy up to 300 hydrogen-driven fuel cell trucks by 2025 and establish six high-capacity hydrogen fueling stations. The initiative is part of the HyTrucks project, a consortium of more than 40 companies aiming at putting a fleet of 1 000 hydrogen […]

Japanese marine engine manufacturers join forces in hydrogen

May 06, 2021

Three major Japanese marine engine manufacturers, Yanmar, Kawasaki, and J-ENG, have joined forces to develop hydrogen technology for ocean-going and coastal vessels and bring hydrogen-fueled engines and ship generators to the market by 2025. But it will be Belgian technology, by CMB.Tech that will take the lead in Japan’s first hydrogen-fueled ferry for 80 passengers, […]

France’s Climate Bill brings low-emission zones and short flights ban

May 05, 2021

After three weeks of debate, French deputies of the Assemblée Nationale have adopted the Climate and Resilience Bill (Loi Climat). The seven titles and 218 articles, which still have to go through the Senate, will act on a broad spectrum. That includes mobility with mandatory low-emission zones by 2025, possible voluntary regional ‘ecotaxes’, the end […]

Up to €2 000 fine for entering grade crossing

May 05, 2021

People driving up a grade crossing when traffic is obstructed risk being severely fined in the future. The Commission for Mobility ratified Marianne Verhaert’s (Open Vld) law proposition to increase the fines for such infringements on Tuesday. Fines can amount to between 160 and 2 000 euros. Accidents on grade crossings often are dramatic, not […]

New bridge over Albert Channel in Meerhout ready in September

May 03, 2021

On Sunday, a new bridge over the Albert Channel has been installed in Meerhout-Vorst (Antwerp). The new bridge construction fits in the large-scale project of the Flemish Waterway (Vlaamse Waterweg) to raise all 62 bridges over the Albert Channel to 9,10 meters by 2023. This would allow barges to pass under the bridge with a […]

€365 million of federal recovery plan goes to Belgian rail

April 30, 2021

As part of the federal recovery plan, Belgian rail will receive an envelope of €365 million. The plan is to increase accessibility in train stations for the disabled, favor multimodal transport by welcoming bicycles, develop an online ticket platform, and repair and maintain the railway network, resulting from drastic underinvestment. As part of its plan […]

Antwerp on its way to a 50/50 modal shift

April 30, 2021

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

Daimler Truck and Volvo Group aim for fuel cell ‘gigafactory’

April 30, 2021

Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group have outlined their plans for their Cellcentric joint venture, envisioning to start mass production of fuel cells for trucks as soon as 2025. In the online presentation, Martin Lundstedt, CEO of the Volvo Group, described it as a ‘giga-factory’ for fuel cells. Where they’re going to plump down this […]

Amsterdam second city IKEA delivers fully electric

April 27, 2021

Amsterdam is – after Shanghai – the second city worldwide where Ikea will deliver its parcels electrically. Twenty-two electric vehicles will drive around within the Amsterdam beltway as of May. The initiative is part of Ikea’s ambition to become climate-positive and circular by 2030. Ikea wants to contribute to better air quality in the city […]

ACEA and T&E warn EU to prepare for six times more e-trucks than assumed

April 14, 2021

In a joint letter to the EU Commission, ACEA and T&E warn for three to six times more zero-emission trucks to hit the road by 2030 than assumed so far by the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, which counts on 80 000. To accommodate this fleet, both organizations plead for stringent standards for all member […]

Webfleet: ‘57% of Belgian company cars and LCVs can be all-electric’

April 14, 2021

Already more than half (57%) of the Belgian company cars and commercial vans could be all-electric, according to research by Webfleet Solutions, one of Europe’s leading telematics solution providers. The company analyzed some 100 000 connected vehicles all over Europe, operated by 5 000 of its fleet customers. Pivotal point If a vehicle drove less […]

Brussels Airport opens state-of-the-art ‘vaccine’ logistics building

April 13, 2021

Brussels Airport has inaugurated a new state-of-the-art logistics building to handle cargo, especially suited for pharmaceuticals like vaccines. The construction of the 50 000 square meters large building with direct airside access took two years and needed a €100 million investment. The building provides large refrigerated storage spaces and accommodates three first-class logistics companies: Kuehne+Nagel, […]

Mobileye partners with Udelv for 35 000 driverless delivery vans

April 13, 2021

Israeli ADAS tech developer Mobileye, owned by chip giant Intel, is partnering with Udelv, a US startup specializing in driverless deliveries, to roll out a fleet of 35 000 ‘robot delivery vans’ between 2023 and 2028. The ‘Transporter’ Udelv is developing will use Mobileye’s self-driving system, called Mobileye Drive™, to find its way autonomously to […]

Van Mossel ventures into Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Antwerp

April 08, 2021

The Dutch Van Mossel Automotive Group, one of the Benelux largest car dealer groups, is going to venture into Mercedes Benz Trucks also, with a new dealership at the Bisschoppenhoflaan in Deurne (Antwerp). In the Netherlands, Van Mossel is running four truck dealerships in the greater Rotterdam area already. With the take-over in October 2020 […]

Belgium first country to monitor nitrogen emissions above sea

April 08, 2021

Belgium is the first country to be able to monitor and maintain nitrogen emissions above the North Sea. According to a press release from the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences (Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen, KBIN), Belgium is a pioneer in the international battle against pollution caused by vessels at sea. The report was […]

France: €4 billion and a 29,9% stake to save Air France-KLM

April 07, 2021

After gathering seven billion euros in April of last year to help Air France, the French state opens its wallet once again. Four billion euros will be made available to the airline, by transforming the previous €3 billion loan into perpetual bonds considered as equity together with a €1 billion capital increase. The French State […]

Hyzon launches leasing of heavy fuel cell trucks in EU

April 02, 2021

American heavy fuel cell truck developer Hyzon is launching its leasing service in the European Union. It’s intended to be a ‘holistic fleet leasing offering’ for the European market that includes the Hyzon FCEV trucks, the hydrogen fuel, insurance, service, and maintenance. Hyzon, which is to build the trucks in the Netherlands, aims to be […]

Stellantis to offer Peugeot, Citroën, and Opel fuel cell vans

April 01, 2021

By the end of the year, automotive group Stellantis will have three hydrogen-powered vans in its dealerships. The fuel cell Peugeot Expert, Citroën Jumpy, and Opel Vivaro will be assembled at the Opel’s Russelsheim site in Germany, which has become Stellantis’ competence center for hydrogen. The German government has allocated it a 5,6 million euro […]

AB InBev beer delivered by fuel cell truck to Colruyt

April 01, 2021

Belgian retail group Colruyt and international beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev are joining forces to set up a market for hydrogen-driven road transport, starting with a 44-ton hydrogen truck delivering beer to the distribution center regularly. With the Belgian project, both partners want to set up a ‘dedicated hydrogen lane’ between their distribution hubs with a […]

Renault overhauls commercial vehicle range

March 26, 2021

In the wake of the Renaulution plan, CEO Luca de Meo’s sweeping stratagem for a turnaround at the brand, Renault is also uplifting and reviewing its commercial vehicle branch. As part of its energy transition, it is expanding and will focus more on greener technology, even including hydrogen propulsion. Mark Sutcliffe, Senior Vice President LCV […]

Ghent tests electric building material delivery raft

March 26, 2021

Urban Waterway Logistics, a consortium of building material suppliers, is testing its purpose-built electric delivery raft to be used on the Ghent inner-city waterways. With a capacity of 20 tons, the raft has a limited draft and height to be able to navigate in shallow waters and under most low bridges. The raft, called ‘Green […]

Record number of fines for non-compliance with mileage tax

March 22, 2021

Last year, 31 283 fines were issued for non-compliance with the mileage tax on Flemish roads. That is a new record. Those fines represented a total amount of over 12 million euros. “However, nothing says that we will actually receive this amount,” says Flemish MP Peter van Rompuy (CD&V), who requested the figures from the […]

Scotland to renationalize its railways

March 18, 2021

The Scottish government will renationalize train operator ScotRail by March of next year, the BBC reported on Wednesday. Since 2015, the train service is run by private company Abellio, a Dutch NS railways daughter. Eventually, the contract was to end in 2025. Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said in current circumstances that it would “not […]

VSV: ‘Fewer traffic deaths, but more cyclists and light trucks involved’

March 16, 2021

The number of traffic deaths in Flanders fell by 18,8% last year, to 247. Remarkable: last year, there were slight increases in the number of fatalities in accidents involving cyclists and light trucks (+3 fatalities in both categories). Flemish minister in charge, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), promises “unprecedented investments” to increase bicycle safety. The number […]

Diesel omnipresent in EU truck sales despite 25,5% decline

March 12, 2021

While in the passenger car market alternative drivetrains like BEVs and PHEVs, in particular, are gaining momentum, in the EU truck market, it’s the diesel engine that remains omnipresent with 96,4% of new sales, despite an overall decline of -25,5%. The share of alternative fuels (3,5%) – with natural gas representing 99% of this – […]

Ford Trucks comes to Belgium and opens first truck webshop

March 11, 2021

Ford Trucks, a joint venture between the American Ford concern and its Turkish partner Koç, is coming to Belgium. This year, Ford Trucks wants to open five dealerships spread over the country and a webshop for trucks. The first one in Belgium. The brand’s ambition is to conquer about 5% market share within the first […]

DHL Express to open largest distribution center in Antwerp

March 11, 2021

On Wednesday, DHL Express opened a new city hub at Blue Gate business park in the south of Antwerp. The 12 000 square meters distribution center will be the largest operated by DHL Express in Belgium and will focus on zero-emission parcel delivery, using cargo bikes and electric delivery vehicles. When fully operational, the hub […]

Belgium goes to EU Court against cabotage rules

March 08, 2021

On Friday, the Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), announced that Belgium, following Malta’s example, is going to the European Court of Justice against the new European rules on cabotage. These are agreements on temporary carrying out transports abroad, following an international assignment. According to the minister, the new agreements threaten to undermine […]

Car federation Febiac publishes Automotive Pocket Guide

March 05, 2021

As we just closed the first 20 years of the 21st century, the Belgian and Luxembourg Car and Two-wheeler federation Febiac has issued a pocket guide with relevant statistic material on and some (short) analysis of the Belgian car market. Twenty years of data about the car market, about the car park, about the assembling […]

Brussels government wants draft decree for Uber before summer

March 05, 2021

During a protest in Brussels on Thursday, Uber drivers once again expressed their dissatisfaction with the ban on the use of smartphones for limousine drivers, under which Uber falls, which has been in force since Monday in the Brussels capital region. The demonstrators call for an urgent modernization of the entire taxi sector. They fear […]

Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa: ‘future depends on summer 2021’

March 05, 2021

This Thursday, German air transport group Lufthansa and its Belgian subsidiary, Brussels Airlines, have announced record losses for 2020. The group’s revenues fell from 36,4 to 13,6 billion euros, losing €300 million per month in operating cash during the last quarter. Brussels Airlines isn’t faring any better, with revenues down by 72% and passenger numbers […]

Uber decision causes division in Brussels government

March 02, 2021

The majority of the Brussels government is divided on the decision that Uber drivers are, since Monday, no longer allowed to use their smartphones for orders for rides. On Twitter, Brussels Minister Sven Gatz (Open Vld) and Brussels State Secretary Pascal Smet (sp.a-one.Brussels) are raising their voices against their government’s measure. The current regulations state […]

DAF builds 879 trucks for Belgian army

March 01, 2021

The Belgian Army has awarded a tender for 879 military trucks to DAF, a Dutch manufacturer with a major Belgian production site. The tender from the Belgian army concerns the purchase and maintenance of 879 DAF CF military vehicles. It includes 636 two-axle vehicles with four-wheel drive and 243 larger trucks with four axles and […]

Ghent-Terneuzen railway line to get 8 500 trucks off the road

February 26, 2021

Belgium and the Netherlands finally signed a declaration of intent to realize the Ghent-Terneuzen railway line. The project, which will cost almost 200 million euros, can take 8 500 trucks off the road. In the future, trains should run smoothly on this railway line L204 between the Ghent port area and Terneuzen in the Netherlands. […]

‘Electrification of Belgian rail best alternative for diesel’

February 22, 2021

The further electrification of the Belgian rail network, combined with battery trains if necessary, seems to be the most interesting alternative to diesel trains. That is the conclusion of a study by FPS Mobility and Transport. Today, hydrogen is no realistic alternative, says Mobility Minister Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) in the FPS’s press release. “Social profit […]

Car keeps throne as most popular means of commuting

February 22, 2021

According to a survey by HR services company Acerta, employees still prefer company cars for their daily commute. Alongside, more and more people are discovering the advantages of cycling, which made a significant leap forward. Public transport loses ground and has seen a slight decline compared to the year before. Eight in ten of our […]

1 500 Dutch-built Hyzon fuel cell trucks for New Zealand

February 19, 2021

American fuel cell truck developer Hyzon will deliver in the next five years 1 500 heavy-duty trucks on hydrogen to New Zealand’s Hiringa Energy. The New Zealand hydrogen specialist builds a countrywide network of hydrogen stations and offers the trucks to clients for sale or leasing contracts. Hyzon, a spin-off from Singapore’s Horizon Fuel Cell […]

Maersk to launch ‘world’s first carbon-neutral liner vessel’ by 2023

February 18, 2021

The Danish shipping giant, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, known as Maersk, wants to launch its first carbon-free liner vessel by 2023, seven years ahead of schedule. “Thanks to the technical evolutions and clients’ increasing demand for more sustainable transport, the company now wants to accelerate its efforts in reducing the emissions of maritime operations,” […]

Belgium gives green light for TUI’s Boeing 737 Max

February 17, 2021

One of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft of the aviation company TUI fly has its airworthiness certificate back from the Belgian authorities. This means that the airplane is allowed to transport passengers again and the first one – with destination Tenerife – got airborne on Wednesday morning. A second airplane will soon receive a similar […]

Semi-autonomous ship sails between Antwerp and Zeebrugge

February 17, 2021

On Monday, Seafar, a specialized company in remotely controlled navigation, launched the first shipping trip between the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge. Deseo, a 110-meter long containership – the largest semi-autonomous canal ship – will make the trip daily, transporting containers to and from the river Scheldt and the North Sea. Ultimately, the ship will […]

Newlywed Port Antwerp-Bruges EU’s largest auto-transfer hub

February 15, 2021

After years of a love-hate relationship, the marriage of convenience between Antwerp and Zeebrugge’s harbors will create Europe’s largest auto-transfer hub in Belgium with nearly 3 million vehicles a year. But when the wedding is finalized this year, it will accomodate the EU’s largest container traffic (157 million tons/year) and be the most important chemical […]

Nissan to build all future small vans in France

February 15, 2021

All small Nissan vans for Europe will be built in the Renault factory in Maubeuge, France. That was announced last week by the Alliance. Nissan will not provide a successor to the existing e-NV200 in Europe. That model will be replaced along with the existing NV250 (based on the current Renault Kangoo) by the successor […]