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.
May 17, 2022 - 03:01 pm
Volvo Trucks opens battery factory in Belgium
Swedish truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks has opened its first battery assembly plant in Ghent, Belgium. There, cells and modules from Samsung SDI are assembled into customised battery packs for the FH, FM and FMX heavy-duty electric truck series.
Apr 14, 2022 - 11:17 am
Teenagers hack GO Sharing scooters
In Brussels, almost all GO Sharing electric were recently stolen by young people who had figured out how to circumvent the rental system. According to the Brussels Times, the thieves even offered crash courses for their method online, stole the electric scooters for joyrides and drove until the battery was empty.
Mar 31, 2022 - 12:55 pm
De Lijn to buy up to 1,250 electric buses within 6 years
The Board of Directors at De Lijn has agreed to procure up to 1,250 electric buses to take up service in Flanders over the next six years. The new tenders include zero-emission vehicles, from midi-buses over city buses to extra-long double bendy buses and run parallel to another tender issued last year.
Mar 3, 2022 - 12:47 pm
Flanders grants operators €22,000 to buy electric buses
In the Flemish region of Belgium, bus operators may now claim 21,700 euros a year when replacing diesel buses with zero-emission models. Flanders’ government, together with the Federation of Belgian Coach and Bus Operators (FBAA) and De Lijn, have made concrete agreements.
Feb 15, 2022 - 03:59 pm
Tesla opens Superchargers to third-parties in Europe
After a test phase lasting several months, Tesla has made all of its Superchargers in the Netherlands accessible to electric cars from other brands. Pilot programs are also underway in Norway, France, Germany and Belgium for electric car drivers from other brands to use the Superchargers via an app.
Feb 11, 2022 - 03:46 pm
Umicore signs recycling agreement with ACC
The materials technology and recycling group Umicore has signed an agreement with the battery cell joint venture Automotive Cells Company (ACC) of Stellantis, Total and Mercedes-Benz for battery recycling services for the needs of the ACC pilot plant in Nersac, France.
Feb 3, 2022 - 01:40 pm
Eneco chargers coming to Albert Heijn shops
The Dutch retailer Albert Heijn joined forces with Eneco eMobility to build charging stations at its branches in Belgium and the Netherlands. Plans for this year include the installation of 120 fast-charging stations, each with two charging points before the expansion continues.
Feb 3, 2022 - 01:24 pm
Spirii & PowerGo want to install 15,000 charging stations by 2024
PowerGo, a subsidiary of the Dutch solar company Powerfield, cooperates with the charging platform Spirii to build a large charging network for electric cars in Europe. They plan to install 15,000 charging points in at least seven designated countries within the next two years.
Jan 21, 2022 - 03:40 pm
Allego to build 14 HPC sites in Flanders
Allego has been awarded 14 more HPC sites on motorways in Flanders. These 14 new sites complement two motorway sites for which Allego was already selected by the Flemish Agency for Roads and Transport in 2020.
Jan 5, 2022 - 02:52 pm
Brussels airport to electrify company fleet
Against the backdrop of new regulations in Belgium, Brussels Airport is introducing a new mobility policy to drive electrification. From the beginning of the new year, the Brussels Airport Company will only purchase electric company cars.
Jan 3, 2022 - 06:23 pm
Allego changes prices in some places and station types
In Europe, Allego has introduced new prices for its charging stations in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands as of 1 January 2022 – which does not always mean a price increase. Also new is a distinction between slower DC charging and HPC.
Dec 9, 2021 - 05:05 pm
VW concludes planning round – Diess stays
Volkswagen has decided to further electrify its European locations as part of its new planning round. 89 billion euros will be invested in future technologies such as electromobility and digitalisation alone over the next five years.
Dec 7, 2021 - 02:08 pm
TotalEnergies to add 800 charge points for Ghent
The French energy company TotalEnergies has won a tender from the city of Ghent to install 800 new charging points by 2025 and to operate them for ten years. For Total, this is already the third such order from a major Belgian city.
Dec 7, 2021 - 01:40 pm
Jeep to release 2022 Wrangler only as PHEV in most of Europe
Jeep will offer its Wrangler only as a plug-in hybrid in European left-hand drive markets with the new 2022 model year. The slightly revised 2022 model of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe will also receive some minor updates, including a host of new ADAS features.
Dec 6, 2021 - 03:28 pm
Belgian region of Flanders to build 49 HPC points
The government of the Belgian region of Flanders has announced an investment of 5.4 million euros in fast-charging infrastructure. A total of 49 HPC (high power charging) points with at least 150 kW are to be built along expressways and rural roads by mid-2024.
Dec 3, 2021 - 05:06 pm
De Lijn orders 60 electric buses from Van Hool & VDL
The Flemish public transport company De Lijn has ordered 60 electric buses from Van Hool and VDL for delivery from the fourth quarter of next year. The order for the necessary charging infrastructure goes in equal parts to the two suppliers Spie-Ekoenergetyka and Heliox.
Dec 3, 2021 - 12:13 pm
Toyota presents roadmap for Europe and the bZ4X
Toyota has given an outlook on its strategy in Europe. By 2030, Toyota wants to increase the share of purely electric vehicles to at least 50 per cent, and from 2035, only zero-emission cars will be allowed on sale. In addition, the first purely battery-electric Toyota model bZ4X is now celebrating its European premiere.
Nov 30, 2021 - 12:27 pm
Audi considers opening extra plant for the Q4 e-tron
According to a media report, Audi wants to build its Q4 e-tron electric SUV, which is produced in Zwickau, in Brussels from November 2022 due to high demand. The final decision will be made at the VW planning meeting on 9 December.
Nov 24, 2021 - 01:43 pm
Van Hool reveals double decker travel coach
Long-distance buses with battery-electric drives are still a rare species but the Belgian commercial vehicle manufacturer Van Hool pushed zero-emission evolution forward with a double-decker coach with purely electric drive. The TDX25E is supposed to have a range of up to 500 kilometres and has been created for the North American market.
Nov 23, 2021 - 12:38 pm
Audi to build the Q8 e-tron in Brussels
Audi will build the Q8 e-tron at its Brussels plant from 2026. According to Belgian media, this rumour, which emerged in June, has now been officially confirmed by Audi CEO Markus Duesmann at an event to mark the production of the eight millionth vehicle at Audi Brussels.