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Electric Vehicle News and Reviews (Page 278)

Electric Vehicle News and Reviews

Electric vehicles (EVs) have come a long way in a short time. Barely a decade has passed since the ambitious Silicon Valley startup Tesla Motors introduced the world to an electric car capable of traveling more than 300 miles on a single charge. Since then, Elon Musk and Tesla have convinced many dubious onlookers that electric vehicles are not only here to stay, but that they can become the future of transportation.

Other automakers have joined the EV movement at very different rates. The Nissan Leaf, for example, debuted in 2010 and went on to become the best-selling all-electric vehicle in the world for a time. Competition from the BMW i3 followed, as well as the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt and its all-electric successor the Chevy Bolt EV, but only the Tesla Model 3 has been able to steal the Leaf's crown. Heading into a new decade, electric vehicles are set to go from strength-to-strength, with new models like the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV competing in the entry-level category and the Audi e-Tron, Porsche Taycan, or Jaguar I-PACE vying with Tesla at the top end of the market.

With entire classes of vehicle still lacking an electric version, such as pick-up trucks and affordable SUVs, there's huge potential for expansion and growth in the EV marketplace. For now, Tesla is still blazing the trail, but legacy manufacturers are lining up to electrify their fleets and promising startups like Rivian and Byton are waiting in the wings with exciting new electric vehicles.

The future is bright for EVs and you can keep up to date with all the latest stories right here on Torque News.

By John Goreham on April 11, 2014 - 2:20PM
You will be surprised at the answer. Basically, it’s all your fault.
By Luke Ottaway on April 11, 2014 - 12:17PM
Norman Hajjar is more than halfway through the “Epic Electric American Road Trip” in his all-electric Tesla Model S. His journey will take him to all four corners of the United States without using a drop of gasoline. Here’s why what he is doing is so important.
By Luke Ottaway on April 10, 2014 - 9:12AM
In a case that is starting to resemble last year’s New York Times test drive debacle, Tesla alleges factual inaccuracies in the story of a Wisconsin Model S owner and his lawyer, who has filed a lawsuit against the company under the state’s lemon laws.
By Luke Ottaway on April 9, 2014 - 2:07PM
The luxury automaker will introduce a Mulsanne plug-in concept at the Beijing auto show and will follow with a production SUV in 2017. Bentley plans to electrify 90% of its vehicles by 2020.
By Luke Ottaway on April 8, 2014 - 3:01PM
Today GM officially announced it will invest $449 million to support the launch of the next-generation Chevrolet Volt and two upcoming unspecified models. The investment reaffirms GM’s commitment to the Volt and raises speculation about the mystery cars.
By John Goreham on April 8, 2014 - 9:06AM
Still using that old iPhone 4 and ready to upgrade? Why not get a new car while you’re out?
By Luke Ottaway on April 7, 2014 - 12:42PM
Last week the Chinese government announced that buyers of electric vehicles will be exempt from the country’s 10% sales tax on new automobiles. Despite previous incentives, EVs have not sold well to date in China.
By Luke Ottaway on April 7, 2014 - 8:39AM
BMW has announced they will bring an updated concept of their plug-in hybrid X5 eDrive model to the New York International Auto Show later this month. The automaker says the production version will achieve outstanding efficiency for a hybrid vehicle its size.
By Luke Ottaway on April 5, 2014 - 10:27AM
Though Nissan LEAF owners in hot climates like Arizona have complained of extreme heat dramatically reducing their range due to an ineffective battery cooling system, the soon-to-arrive Volkswagen e-Golf will also lack an active liquid cooling system. VW says they don’t need it.
By Luke Ottaway on April 4, 2014 - 12:11PM
The popular conservative host of "The O’Reilly Factor" on Fox News has devoted plenty of attention on his show to Tesla this week, and he is a surprisingly strong supporter of the electric car company. Here’s why his opinion is so important.
By Aaron Turpen on April 3, 2014 - 2:40PM
On both the year-to-date and March 2014 frames, the Nissan LEAF is dominating sales over the Chevrolet Volt. Long-term marketing pays off.
By Luke Ottaway on April 3, 2014 - 9:48AM
The California-based electric automaker has made it clear that it plans to deliver a significant portion of Tesla vehicles to the European market. So far, they have met with spectacular success in one country and disinterest in another.
By Luke Ottaway on April 2, 2014 - 3:09PM
Sales of electric vehicles were merely respectable in January and February but ramped up in March as winter reluctantly faded away.
By Luke Ottaway on April 1, 2014 - 9:20AM
In a shocking and abrupt reversal of course, the two Japanese auto giants that had previously thrown their lot in with a hydrogen future have announced a joint venture to pursue battery electric vehicle technology that is “far more likely to succeed.”
By John Goreham on April 1, 2014 - 7:51AM
These four things are proven to make the most of your electric vehicle’s cruising range.
By Luke Ottaway on March 31, 2014 - 3:17PM
Some states encourage electric vehicle adoption more than others through incentives and public charging infrastructure. Massachusetts has finally announced a new rebate program that vaults it to the top of the list of EV-friendly states.
By John Goreham on March 31, 2014 - 1:25PM
Although EVs could cost a consumer less due to their design, they don’t. Here’s why.
By John Goreham on March 31, 2014 - 11:48AM
All of a sudden the tide has turned and Tesla gets is own very special treatment in three key markets.
By Luke Ottaway on March 31, 2014 - 11:40AM
German owners of the 2015 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be able to purchase carbon-free electricity to recharge their vehicles if they so choose. A similar program could eventually find its way to the States.
By Mechele Dillard on March 31, 2014 - 10:21AM
Volkswagen is moving to get a bigger part of the green vehicle market in China with its electric variant of the Up!, the e-up!
By John Goreham on March 28, 2014 - 4:45PM
Tesla has come up with a solution to its Model S catching fire after hitting road debris. Unlike the previous idea, this one can’t be downloaded over the air.
By Luke Ottaway on March 28, 2014 - 10:14AM
Public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is expanding, but it is difficult to make a profit on and drivers do most of their charging at home. Charging at the workplace could increase the scale of EV adoption but it would come at the expense of public infrastructure.
By Luke Ottaway on March 28, 2014 - 7:43AM
There is no doubt that the Tesla Model S has been wildly successful so far, but America’s newest automaker is just getting started. The upcoming SUV/crossover Model X will be even more popular, particularly in the United States.
By John Goreham on March 27, 2014 - 3:55PM
Panasonic is signaling some hesitation to partner on the Tesla Gigafactory. Here’s one person’s view on why this might be.
By John Goreham on March 27, 2014 - 3:01PM
Car deals are growing ever closer to being free of charge. Here are a couple of examples available today.
By Luke Ottaway on March 27, 2014 - 9:58AM
The battery company A123 Systems has been best known for its failure since it filed for bankruptcy protection in October 2012. Yet the company is still operating under its old name with new ownership and has sold its grid storage division to focus on the automotive sector.
By Aaron Turpen on March 27, 2014 - 1:45AM
So far, more than a hundred thousand people worldwide have purchased a Nissan LEAF. Nissan is utilizing some interesting crowd-sourced social outreach to share those owners' stories. Check it out.
By John Goreham on March 26, 2014 - 9:39AM
The majority of actual owners of Model S cars say that they would pay $5,000 for autonomous driving features.
By Luke Ottaway on March 26, 2014 - 8:57AM
One of the notable perks of buying an electric vehicle in California has been the coveted right to drive in the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane even without passengers. Soon, though, there will be no more green stickers left for new owners of plug-in hybrids.
By Parks McCants on March 25, 2014 - 6:12PM
In Davis California, Honda has built a working model of “tomorrows” self sustaining zero carbon footprint urbane environment. Torque News looks into the $ cost viability of low to no environmental impact living.