Internal petrol combustion engine (ESS)

  • low particulate emissions
  • significant reduction in emissions for the Euro6 standard
  • suitable for suburban travel and better tolerated in cities (LEZ zones)
  • new engine technologies have reduced fuel consumption
  • the fuel sold at the pump is lead-free and contains 10% bioethanol
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Diesel internal combustion engine (DSL)

  • fossil fuel emitting less CO2 than petrol (-10%)
  • Euro6d standard ensures compliance with emission standards
  • LEZs will accept Euro6d Diesel until 2030
  • always an interesting choice if you make long regular journeys and a large annual mileage
  • Possibility of replacing fossil diesel with e-Diesel
  • fuel sold at the pump contains biodiesel
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Mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV)

  • power assist provides a boost to the combustion engine when starting and accelerating
  • very small battery with no need to recharge (energy recovery during deceleration)
  • engine cut-off at standstill and coasting at idle
  • some more efficient systems use a voltage of 48V
  • reduces fuel consumption while maintaining the flexibility of the conventional internal combustion engine
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Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV)

  • an electric motor with a small battery helps the combustion engine
  • the battery is recharged by recovering energy during braking and deceleration
  • the electric engine can be used on its own to power the car at low speeds (30 zones, manoeuvres, traffic jams)
  • runs 50% of the time on electric power in the city
  • very easy to use and very flexible
  • lower CO2 emissions and reduced consumption
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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)

  • combines the advantages of an electric car and a combustion engine car
  • can be driven in electric, combustion engine or hybrid mode (both combined)
  • makes it possible to drive in the city without emitting CO2
  • electricity range is sometimes more than 50km, or even 100km
  • very easy to charge (takes less than one night when plugged into a wall socket)
  • flexible and easy to use, without the stress of running out of charge
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Compressed natural gas engine (CNG)

  • fuel composed mainly of methane, natural gas
  • can be completely decarbonised (e-CNG)
  • always has an engine capable of driving on petrol (fuel reserve so you can continue without CNG)
  • accepted in underground car parks
  • less polluting and more economical (10% less CO2 than petrol)
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Liquefied petroleum gas engine (LPG)

  • gases consisting of propane and butane recovered during the distillation of crude oil
  • with the new R67-01 standards, it is accepted in underground car parks
  • no benzene and lower emissions of NOx, CO, particulate matter and unburned hydrocarbons
  • very cheap fuel and a very good network of pumps
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100% electric motor (battery electric vehicle – BEV)

  • no engine emissions
  • range depends on the model type; sometimes more than 400km
  • possible to charge it at home
  • (super)fast network of charging stations being fully developed (around 10,000 charging points in Belgium)
  • very smooth, comfortable and quiet ride
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Fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV)

  • uses hydrogen to produce electricity to power an electric motor
  • range and fast to recharge (fill with hydrogen)
  • only releases water
  • no heavy battery
  • network of stations under development in Belgium (10 points by 2022)
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