Mar 27, 2023 - 12:01 pm
How does the Atto 3 from BYD measure up?
With the Atto 3, BYD is targeting a price-performance breakthrough in Europe. BYD’s other two models, Han and Tang, cost over 70,000 euros. Our first drive in the Atto 3 showed it to be a solid mid-range level car with convincing equipment for the price. The one big weak point is its fast charging capabilities.
Mar 24, 2023 - 04:00 pm
Hyundai Ioniq 5 battery preconditioning: is it worth the upgrade?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 in MY2023 has a slightly larger battery and new battery pre-conditioning. The car can adapt the battery temperature before charging to enable faster and more constant charging. We went to test if the upgrade is worth it and our charge curves show real-life ups and downs.
Mar 23, 2023 - 03:48 pm
Daimler Truck tests electric trucks in the freezing cold in Finland
While many certainly wish for spring at this point, winter is an important season for Daimler Truck. To put its eActros 300 electric truck and the recently introduced LongHaul variant through their paces even in icy and cold conditions, the fleet headed some 3,000 kilometres north.
Mar 17, 2023 - 04:00 pm
DB Schenker & Mpreis put Hyzon H2 Trucks on the road in Europe
Mpreis and DB Schenker are now using the first hydrogen-powered semi-trailer trucks from Hyzon Motors in Austria and Germany. Mpreis has received the first of 70 commercial vehicles ordered directly from Hyzon Motors, while DB Schenker is leasing an Hyzon H2 semitrailer tractor from Hylane.
Mar 15, 2023 - 07:00 pm
VW ID. 2all: Volkswagen shows its electric small car for under €25,000
Volkswagen has just presented the ID.2all concept. The small EV doubles as a preview of the long-expected low-cost ID.2 and VW’s new design language. The series ID.2. scheduled for 2025, shall be “as spacious as a Golf, as inexpensive as a Polo”. Here’s all we know about the latest iteration.
Mar 14, 2023 - 02:45 pm
Ora Funky Cat first drive: Where the wildcat wants to roam
Chinese carmaker Great Wall has launched a premium electric compact car called Funky Cat in Europe from its EV brand Ora. The Funky Cat’s more modern Beetle look puts it in line with retro models like the Mini or Fiat 500. Can an electric car from China win European hearts? We took the Funky Cat […]
Mar 9, 2023 - 02:10 pm
Scania delivers 66-tonne electric truck to Norway
We have written several times about Scania’s extra-long heavy-duty electric trucks. Now another such vehicle has been delivered, this time in Norway, to haul lime with its 66 tonnes total weight, sparing the atmosphere the combustion of almost 60,000 litres of diesel per year.
Mar 7, 2023 - 01:20 pm
Egypt’s MCV launches electric bus for German market
The Egyptian manufacturer, Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles (MCV), is entering a continental European market. The OEM has developed a bus specifically for clients in Germany and has already founded a subsidiary, MCV Deutschland GmbH, for sales, after-sales and services.
Mar 2, 2023 - 03:03 pm
Renault Kangoo Rapid E-Tech ‘Open Sesame’: Not cheap, but good
Renault has launched the second generation of its electric panel van, the Kangoo Rapid. It is more efficient than its competitors from Stellantis, which means lower operating costs. For those looking at the Kangoo Rapid E-Tech for fleets, cost or load capacity are just two of many decisive factors.
Mar 1, 2023 - 05:06 pm
Germany’s car fleets electrification slower than neighbours
How is it going with the electrification of company car fleets in Germany, and how does this compare to its Northern European neighbours, the Netherlands and Sweden? To answer that question, a comparative study was commissioned by the energy company Vattenfall. We summarised the main results.
Mar 1, 2023 - 12:05 am
Revised VW ID.3: Higher quality at higher prices
Volkswagen has now officially unveiled the revised ID.3, in which the quality of the interior in particular is to be significantly improved. The powertrains remain unchanged (for the time being). We have already had the opportunity to take a seat in the facelifted model.
Feb 23, 2023 - 03:30 pm
How does the long-awaited MG5 Electric measure up?
Station wagons stubbornly remain in manufacturers’ portfolios, from which electric variants only tentatively emerge. MG Motor is one of the few manufacturers to offer an electric station wagon with the MG5 Electric. Our driving report looks into whether an outwardly outdated electric vehicle can score with inner values.
Feb 22, 2023 - 01:21 pm
Exclusive: IEC expert contradicts Easee on wall box safety
The dispute around the wall boxes of Norwegian manufacturer Easee is not easing off – after the company responded to safety issues raised by the Swedish Electrical Safety Authority, a representative of the International Standards Committee IEC 61851 now speaks up and comes to serious conclusions.
Feb 20, 2023 - 03:50 pm
Alternative powertrains dominate the bus world
In 2022, 62% of all city buses in Europe were driven with an alternative powertrain. For over ten years, Wim Chatrou of Chatrou CME Solutions has been observing and analysing the European bus market. The two big surprises from 2022 were that Yutong registered the most electric buses across Europe, and Denmark came 4th in […]
Feb 14, 2023 - 02:00 pm
Kia Sorento PHEV: Lots of space and high consumption
Until the market launch of the all-electric EV9, Kia’s flagship SUV is still the Sorento, and the plug-in hybrid is this model’s top motor. Although the hybrid offers ample space, our driving report shows that this space also has drawbacks.
Feb 10, 2023 - 01:50 pm
EV home charger manufacturer Easee faces potential sales ban
The Swedish Electrical Safety Authority has revealed numerous safety deficiencies in the wall-mounted charging stations of the Norwegian manufacturer Easee. One of the central problems: Contrary to the declaration, no RCD was installed, according to Elsälerhetverket.
Feb 8, 2023 - 04:45 pm
Kia prepares its European headquarters for EVs
In Frankfurt, Germany, Kia’s European headquarters are being used by an increasing number of electric cars. The Korean automaker has been supported with the necessary charging infrastructure by The Mobility House, for their expertise in intelligent charging and energy solutions. The following guest article by The Mobility House shows how Kia experienced this process.
Feb 8, 2023 - 03:12 pm
New ICCT study fuels debate on heavy-duty vehicle emissions
As the European Commission prepares to present a new draft law on commercial vehicle emissions next week, the International Council on Clean Transportation is providing new material for the debate in Brussels. We asked the ICCT directly what their findings mean for future purchasing decisions.
Feb 7, 2023 - 02:44 pm
Ford E-Transit review: Opening up new routes
Electric vans are only suitable for inner-city deliveries. Too little range, too little payload, at least, that is the general credo. Our drive review will show whether the Ford E-Transit can dispel this prejudice and stand for a new generation of zero-emission vans.
Jan 27, 2023 - 02:44 pm
Out now: Germany’s Master Plan Charging Infrastructure II
In Germany, the Master Plan for Charging Infrastructure II has been approved by the cabinet. With 68 measures, the Ministry of Transport wants to accelerate the expansion of the charging network and, this time, aims to incentivise private enterprise.
Jan 23, 2023 - 02:05 pm
Review Nissan Ariya: Well meant but not always well done
The Nissan Leaf was once among the e-mobility pioneers but fell behind in recent times. The long-announced Ariya was supposed to help Nissan catch up again and target the growing majority of EV adopters. Yet, the new platform and concept do not deliver throughout, as our driving test shows.
Jan 11, 2023 - 01:31 pm
Outlook: These electric cars are coming in 2023
Always. More. Choice. The boom in battery-electric cars continues, despite subsidies dropping slightly around Europe. We dare to look ahead: what’s coming, what’s missing and what are we particularly looking forward to?
Dec 19, 2022 - 12:36 pm
VW ID. Buzz Pro review: Is it enough to become iconic, again?
VW Commercial Vehicles is launching into a new era with the ID. Buzz as the electric motor replaces the diesel forever. How well does it work? And what has the latest software inside the EV got to offer? Christoph M. Schwarzer tested the ID. Buzz extensively, and here is his assessment.
Dec 12, 2022 - 05:14 pm
BMW iX review: How efficient is the BMW eSUV in real life?
BMW primarily converts combustion engines into EVs, take the iX3, i4, iX1, i7, the list is long. Only the BMW iX stands out as it utilises an EV-only platform. The i4 convinced with the drive’s efficiency but can BMW also make a five-metre SUV efficient? We took it to the test.
Nov 25, 2022 - 02:35 pm
Solaris reveals huge Charging Park ready for V2G
Solaris gives us an insight into its factory in Bolechowo near Poznan, where Poland’s leading e-bus maker recently inaugurated a bus charging park. Solaris equipped the massive charging hub with systems from three manufacturers that support bidirectional charging – a first in Poland.
Nov 17, 2022 - 12:07 pm
First drive MG4 Electric
We took the MG4 Electric for a ride around Munich on a day much too warm for November, with 17 degrees. The MG platform is inspired by Volkswagen’s modular electric vehicle (MEB) architecture known from the ID.3 but is significantly cheaper. So how technically solid is this potential bang for the buck?
Oct 13, 2022 - 03:19 pm
Daimler Truck calls to accelerate ZEV transition
Daimler Buses rejects Euro-7 for city buses and will invest straight into zero-emission technology, according to CEO Till Oberwörder. We report from the Daimler Truck’s panel in Brussels that perfectly reflected the push and pull between the industry, clients, and the EU.