New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV Review

2022 Kia Sorento PHEV Owner Review: Bought Sight Unseen

Recently a new owner of a 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV offered us to write an owner review for Torque News readers. In this review Justin Hart says he bought his 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV without test-driving it and without even seeing it. His excitement was about the 2022 Sorento PHEV's all-electric range, equipment and safety. In this review Justin Hart explains his experience with the 2022 Sorento PHEV from an owner's point of view.
Tesla Supercharger, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Good News for Tesla: New Material Allows EV Batteries To Charge 10 Times Faster

Fast charging capability of energy storage devices is essential, for Tesla and other automakers, regarding vehicle and power grid applications. Faster charging and discharging, or higher energy density leading to more compact and lighter batteries - there is often a kind of 'balance' between the two. Not all cars or batteries are ready for this, which is why new materials are being sought all over the world.
Tesla Supercharger, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Starlink Satellite Internet Connection Now Available at Tesla Superchargers in Some Spots

As per Tesla's recent announcement that its Supercharger network has reached a new milestone of over 30,000 Superchargers at over 3,100 stations, news have also just arrived about the company already providing Starlink Wi Fi internet connectivity at Supercharger locations in some US cities.
Tesla Fremont California Factory

Elon Musk Is Considering Starting A Podcast To Recount The Early History Of Tesla

On multiple occasions, Elon Musk has criticized the way Tesla's early story is told by the EV maker's previous CEO, Martin Eberhard. And now, looking to take the narrative into his own hands, Musk says he's considering doing a podcast that recounts the early days of Tesla.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Solar Panels Soon To Be Available For Tesla Model 3, Model Y and Cybertruck

As we discussed in many articles before, solar roofs for any Tesla model could be a very interesting option. Now they will be readily available as solar kits from EVSolar Kits (@EvSolarKits), as per their Indiegogo campaign: they claim their solar charging kits can end range anxiety by providing up to 150 miles of range over 2 days.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Model 3 Trying Out New Goodyear Airless Tires

A new set of airless tires are being tested in Tesla Model 3 vehicles, this time from Goodyear. As we reported back in September, at the IAA Mobility Car Show in Munich, Germany, French brand Michelin had already presented its new airless tires, called "Uptis". Now Goodyear is testing this airless alternative for electric and autonomous vehicles.

Tesla to Provide Semi Trucks for Pepsi Co: Huge Step Towards Fleet Decarbonization

The stunning news that Pepsico will be receiving deliveries of Tesla Semi trucks in Q4 2021 (yes, 4th quarter of 2021) just came out (on CNBC), according to Pepsico CEO and Chairman, Ramon Laguarta, who made the Net-Zero pledge announcement today at Glasgow´s COP21 in Scotland.
Tesla Service: Image source Tesla Inc.

How a Software Update Could Add Another Tesla Stunning Feature

Tesla is not just a regular automaker; it basically produces cars (and Solar, Powerwalls, Megapacks, and soon trucks and Semis, etc.) that are in fact supercomputers on wheels, loaded with cutting-edge software (like FSD) and many other gadgets (cameras, sensors,) that are regularly OTA updated; an incredible innovation technique that Tesla introduced and now almost every automaker is trying to adhere to.
2022 BMW M440i Coupe

2022 BMW M440i Coupe: Performance with Mild Hybrid Technology

In the new edition of BMW's 4 Series, the Coupe not only looks different, it has also received a lot in terms of driving technology that distinguishes it from the 3 Series. Torque News test drove the 2022 BMW M440i Coupe and in this review will focus on its design, mild-hybrid technology allowing great mileage for a sports car, and driving qualities.
Tesla Solar

Good News For Tesla Solar And Batteries: Renewables Will Dominate World Energy Production

New research from the University of Oxford suggests that, even without government support, four technologies - solar photovoltaics, wind, battery storage, and electrolyzers to convert electricity to hydrogen - are about to be so cheap that they will be dominating world energy production.
Tesla Roadster

Why Solar Roof is an Excellent Idea for the Tesla Roadster

Actually, having a solar roof is an excellent idea for ANY electric vehicle (SUV, sedan, truck, Semi, etc.), as the technology basically allows to widely extend the range of the vehicles, and on the other hand, would permit to drive almost entirely by getting energy directly from the sun. Some automotive engineers believe solar power may be the solution to many other issues in that regard.
2022 Hyundai Ioniq range upate

Hyundai Is Updating IONIQ 5 With 10% Range Increase

The new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 has reportedly increased the battery capacity from 72.6 kWh to 77.5 kWh. Accordingly, the current Korean official mileage (at room temperature) of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is expected to increase from 423 km to 480 to 490 km. Hyundai will increase the number of existing 2.4kW battery modules from 30 to 32. This is the result of maximizing the space of the EV-only platform E-GMP with the same battery capacity as the Kia EV6.