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Brussels Auto Show 2013: Light-duty vehicles go electric too

14 January 2013

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Held from 11 to 20 January 2013, the Brussels Auto Show is focusing every other year on light commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles and motorcycles. Electrically powered vehicles are well represented on the exhibition, and most of the ones you can see are already on the road and in use! +PHOTOS

Held in the 100,000m2 of the Heysel exhibition hall, the Brussels Auto Show is displaying diverse solutions for businesses to efficiently renew their fleet, and alternative powertrains such as electric vehicles are very well represented. Easy to understand when a lot of businesses exactly know how much mileage they need every day and therefore see if and which electrically powered vehicle will fit to their needs.

Growing offer

As in the passenger car market, commercial vehicles powered by alternative fuels have a growing offer, and growing demand. Regarding electrically powered vehicles, find below the novelties you can find at the 2013 Brussels Auto Show:

- Mia Paris: For Mia, the French company producing only 100% electric cars, electromobility is a reality, and they help to make it happen. At the Brussels Motor Show, Mia is displaying many versions of their car, with applications possible for businesses as light-duty vehicles for transport of goods or for technicians. With a space of 1,500 liters in one-seat mode, the Mia can charge in 3 hours to give 90km of range in its 8kW version. If you need extra range, the car also exist in a 12kW version giving around 130km of driving range. Latest creation of the brand? The Mia Paris, a luxury version of the 100% electric car that you can see at the show or in the slideshow at the end of the article.

- Nissan TeRRA: For the first time in Belgium, this fuel-cell powered, compact SUV offers four-wheel-drive capability and proves that Zero Emissions vehicles aren’t just for cities. Because the TeRRA is using in-wheel motor technology, the car is free of packaging constraints.

- Citroën Berlingo Electric: A Belgian Premiere, the Berlingo Electric is a light-duty car with a battery pack in two parts, giving the opportunity to offer the same boot size as for the ICE version of the car. With a 49kW (67ch) motor offering a maximum of 200Nm, the car can go for 170km on one charge.

- Renault Zoe: Simply one of the electric passenger car the most awaited for in Europe. Deliveries have begun in December and thanks to the “range OptimiZEr” which is a mix of heat pump, new generation regenerative braking system and new low-friction tires, the Zoe can easily reach 200km on one charge.

- Nissan e-NV200: Also a Belgian Premiere, the van is still in a pre-production mode. Carrying the Leaf electric motor and battery, the electric van can be fast-charged in 30min to reach 80% of its capacity. It will also include an energy management system allowing drivers to use the battery to power mobile devices and other electronic equipment.

- Peugeot Partner Electric: The electric version of the Partner light-duty car is another Belgian Premiere. With a 67ch electric motor and 200Nm, this is the equivalent of the Citroën Berlingo Electric and has the same benefit in terms of space available.

Eco Test Track

Tempted by electrically powered vehicles, but you cannot choose between battery only or hybrid? Go to Hall 1 and discover the Eco Test Track. In a green setting, more than 10 different vehicles (cars, light-trucks) are available for test-drives on a 400m track going around the Hall 1. To try a vehicle, go first to the booth of the brand, where you will receive a form to have access to the vehicle on the track. If the brand is not represented at the show, go directly to the track. A test takes about 10 minutes

Vehicles available in 2013:

  • Peugeot iOn
  • Renault Maxity Electric
  • Citroën C-Zero
  • Mercedes Vito E-cell
  • Renault Twizy
  • Renault Zoe
  • Mercedes Smart Electric Drive
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Volvo V60 PHEV
  • Volvo C30 Electric
  • Opel Ampera
  • Volkswagen Golf Blue e-motion
  • Ford Focus Electric

Bikes, scooters, all electric

Regarding bikes, many e-bikes manufacturers and importers have developed their offer this year; and many companies have been created. Prices have reduced, and retrofitting solutions are available with for example an innovative concept of in-wheel motor to replace the front wheel of your “normal” bike to transform it into an electric bike.

Regarding scooters, the offer is also growing, but new regulation related to motorbikes is slowing down the development of e-scooters as new developed products wait for final homologation and approval to be considered as scooters, such as the expected Vectrix Vx-3.


Joeri de Ridder

Electric Drive bvba
The full electric Goupil G5-E is also available for test on the Eco test track
added 2013-01-14 20:07:52
Pierre Wattré
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