Mar 29, 2023 - 01:24 pm
EvoBus will send bendy buses to STIB in Brussels
Brussels transport company STIB has ordered 70 articulated electric buses with Daimler Truck’s subsidiary EvoBus. Heliox will fit the depots with charging infrastructure, but the buses will also charge en route.
Mar 21, 2023 - 01:21 pm
Belgium’s ministries to drive electric from summer 2024
In Belgium, federal ministries will only be allowed to buy or lease purely electric official vehicles from July 2024 onwards. The Belgian Council of Ministers has now approved a corresponding proposal by the Minister for the Civil Service Petra De Sutter.
Mar 17, 2023 - 03:33 pm
TotalEnergies to sell gas stations in Germany & Netherlands
The French mineral oil group wants to sell its entire service station network in Germany and the Netherlands to the Canadian company Couche-Tard. The reason is allegedly the planned phasing out of internal combustion engines in Europe. In countries where TotalEnergies is not the market leader, the company wants to focus on hydrogen and charging […]
Mar 16, 2023 - 02:34 pm
Fastned wins contract for two charging parks in Flanders
Fastned has been awarded the contract to install two charging parks on the E17 motorway near the Flemish town of Gentbrugge. The company also reports that it has opened the largest drive-through location in the company’s network in France.
Feb 28, 2023 - 10:12 am
Fisker Ocean could launch in Europe this year
According to carmaker Fisker, its first model, the Fisker Ocean, is getting ready to hit the streets in over 20 countries before the end of the year. Homologation testing for Europe and the US is said to be completed in March. And once the regulatory approval process is finished, sales could kick off.
Feb 13, 2023 - 01:17 pm
Blue Corner to build 280 AC charging points in Italy
The Belgian charging infrastructure provider Blue Corner will gradually install, operate and maintain 280 charging points for electric cars at business and conference centres in Brussels, Antwerp and Liège over the coming years.
Feb 2, 2023 - 02:31 pm
TotalEnergies & Air Liquide join forces on H2 refuelling for trucks
In Europe, the energy group TotalEnergies and the hydrogen gas manufacturer Air Liquide have decided to set up a joint venture to build hydrogen refuelling stations for heavy-duty vehicles in France, Benelux and Germany. The corresponding joint venture is to be established before the end of 2023.
Jan 25, 2023 - 06:49 pm
De Lijn secures up to 500 electric buses from Iveco
In the Belgian region of Flanders, Iveco Bus has signed a framework agreement with Flemish public transport company De Lijn for the delivery of up to 500 electric buses by 2030. The contract initially includes a firm order for 65 all-electric E-Way city buses in the articulated bus version.
Jan 25, 2023 - 05:33 pm
Europe tackles greenwashing
Climate activists recently put up 400 fake advertising posters for BMW and Toyota in Germany, Belgium, France and the UK, calling for a ban on advertising for fossil-fuelled vehicles, especially SUVs. The European Commission is also aiming to tackle greenwashing.
Jan 20, 2023 - 11:53 am
Four EU nations call for combustion bus & truck phase out
Four EU member states call on the European Commission to set an end date for new trucks and buses with combustion engines. The push comes ahead of stricter CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles due in February and echoes similar sentiments of some in the industry.
Dec 19, 2022 - 02:54 pm
Flanders considers banning combustion vehicles from 2035
From 2031, diesel cars will no longer be allowed to enter the environmental zones of the Flemish cities of Antwerp and Ghent, and from 2035 no petrol cars will be allowed either. This means that the tightening of the environmental zones there will be somewhat weaker than announced a year ago.
Dec 15, 2022 - 01:02 pm
Audi launches production of the Q8 e-tron
Audi has started production of the Q8 e-tron at the Brussels plant. Presented in November, the electric SUV is the revised and renamed new edition of the Audi e-tron, of which around 160,000 units have been delivered since 2018. But the Q8 e-tron will not remain the only electric Audi from Brussels.
Dec 14, 2022 - 05:18 pm
Solithor sets up solid-state battery centre in Belgium
Battery developer Solithor wants to locate its European competence centre for solid-state batteries in Belgium. For this purpose, the company has signed a ten-year contract with Punch Powertrain to gain access to a 3,000m² factory site in Sint-Truiden.
Nov 1, 2022 - 03:20 pm
Fastned lowers charge point prices
The European fast-charging company Fastned has lowered the prices at its charge points in a number of countries, responding to a recent drop in energy prices.
Oct 27, 2022 - 02:03 pm
Volvo Group to build truck battery modules in Ghent
The Volvo Group has announced plans to build a battery module production facility at its truck plant in Ghent, Belgium. This is scheduled to go into operation in 2025 and will cost around 75 million euros in the first stage.
Oct 26, 2022 - 01:05 pm
De Lijn orders more SPIE-Ekoenergetyka depot charging
In Belgium, the Flemish public transport company De Lijn has ordered 252 additional depot charging stations for its electric and hybrid buses. The order goes to SPIE-Ekoenergetyka as an extension of the existing cooperation. The new charging stations are scheduled to go into operation in 2023 and 2024.
Oct 22, 2022 - 05:29 pm
Evia Aero to purchase 25 electric aircraft from Eviation
Electric aircraft manufacturer Eviation Aircraft has received a letter of intent from Germany for 25 battery-electric feeder aircraft. Evia Aero, which is developing a sustainable regional airline, intends to use Eviation’s Alice electric aircraft.
Oct 11, 2022 - 02:02 pm
All Brussels car parks must provide EV charging by 2025
The Brussels regional government has decreed that all car parks in and around the Belgian capital region with ten parking spaces or more must offer charge points for electric cars from 2025. How many depends on the size of the car park and will gradually increase until 2030.
Sep 29, 2022 - 12:52 pm
BYD is heading to Europe with an electric car trio
Waiting times for electric cars in Europe are sometimes very long. Chinese manufacturers see this as an opportunity for expansion – especially BYD. The carmaker from Shenzhen has now announced details of its upcoming market launch with electric cars in Europe. The launch models will be the Atto 3, Tang and Han.
Sep 26, 2022 - 12:15 pm
VW subsidiary PowerCo & Umicore launch battery joint venture
The Volkswagen Group’s new battery subsidiary PowerCo and the Belgian materials technology group Umicore have established a joint venture for cathode and prematerial production in Europe. From 2025, the joint venture is to supply PowerCo’s European battery cell factories with key materials.
Aug 31, 2022 - 02:17 pm
Flanders tasks TotalEnergies to install 4,400 charge points
The Flemish government has commissioned TotalEnergies to install and commercially operate a charging network for electric vehicles. France’s oil corporation will establish 4,400 AC charge points in the West Flanders and Flemish Brabant regions over the next two years.
Jul 11, 2022 - 04:55 pm
De Lijn goes for charging management from PSI Transcom
In Belgium, the Flemish public transport company De Lijn is procuring the PSI eBus charging and depot management system from German supplier PSI Transcom for its electric buses. The software package will control the charging processes of the electric buses and the movements of all buses in De Lijn’s depots.
Jun 28, 2022 - 03:23 pm
Umicore & Idemitsu Kosan join solid-state battery race
Belgian materials technology and recycling group Umicore and Japan’s energy company Idemitsu Kosan have agreed to develop high-performance materials for solid-state batteries jointly. Umicore will bring its expertise in cathode active materials (CAM) and banks on Idemitsu Kosan’s know-how in solid electrolytes.
Jun 8, 2022 - 12:00 pm
Van Hool introduces new electric bus series
The Belgian manufacturer Van Hool has presented a new bus series with four different vehicle lengths (12, 13, 18 and 24 metres), which will be offered exclusively with zero-emission drive systems (battery, fuel cell and overhead line).
May 18, 2022 - 03:48 pm
Allego EV chargers coming to pit stops across Belgium
Dutch charging infrastructure provider Allego has entered into a cooperation to install ultra-fast charging stations at 100 rest stops operated by G&V Energy Group by 2024. The partners want to realise twelve locations before the end of 2022 and see the longer-term potential for another 150 sites.