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Electric Vehicle News and Reviews (Page 280)

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 Aaron Turpen on March 18, 2014 - 11:06AM
Nissan has developed an analysis technique for improving lithium-ion battery durability. The analysis method they've developed could change electric vehicle batteries for the better.
By Luke Ottaway on March 18, 2014 - 7:47AM
Recent comments from an exec at Ford indicated the company isn’t going to get behind battery electrics just yet, but instead will continue to focus its efforts on plug-in hybrids. Is this a clever strategy, or is their attitude toward pure electrics a self-fulfilling prophecy?
By John Goreham on March 17, 2014 - 4:53PM
We analyze why automakers have not come up with an affordable car using a diesel electric-hybrid powertrain. Seems obvious, right?
By Luke Ottaway on March 17, 2014 - 1:15PM
The electric vehicle charging network is expanding, particularly in California. The number of eVgo fast charge stations in the state will increase from 15 to more than 200.
By Luke Ottaway on March 16, 2014 - 9:50AM
Though electric vehicles are gradually entering the peripheral vision of the automotive market, many people still don’t fundamentally understand how to drive their vehicles efficiently. In this case, a little knowledge can literally go a long way.
By John Goreham on March 15, 2014 - 1:50PM
Diesel vehicles are more polluting than gasoline vehicles and do not return better mileage. Europe is finally seeing its mistake.
By Luke Ottaway on March 15, 2014 - 8:06AM
Since there is not yet an “electric vehicles” major at institutions of higher education, what should one study to prepare for a career in the electric vehicle industry?
By Luke Ottaway on March 14, 2014 - 2:12PM
The practicality of current electric vehicles on the market, with the exception of the Tesla Model S and its huge battery pack, is inhibited by the energy storage capability of lithium-ion batteries. Volkswagen is working on a new battery that could change the game entirely.
By Armen Hareyan on March 13, 2014 - 6:19PM
NJ and its Republican governor have gotten a fair amount of criticism these last few days over their decision to deny Tesla renewals of their waivers which enabled them to sell their products directly in NJ. Some quickly made this into another Republican vs. Democratic battle, but I don’t see it that way at all.
By John Goreham on March 13, 2014 - 1:33PM
Toyota is preparing a new Prius. Will it come in time to keep the Prius the world’s number one selling green car?
By Armen Hareyan on March 12, 2014 - 6:17PM
The Tesla New Jersey retail license has not been renewed for what appears to be partly political reasons - pressure from NJ Dealer lobbies on the governor’s office to cut off this new paradigm of direct sales of automobiles.
By John Goreham on March 12, 2014 - 3:33PM
New Jersey insults Tesla's intelligence. Tesla fans hate it when the law applies to them.
By Luke Ottaway on March 11, 2014 - 9:45PM
On Tuesday New Jersey added itself to the short list of states barring Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales model that already includes Arizona and Texas. It’s been a war of words since as Tesla lashes out at the state for what appears to be a sleazy move.
By Luke Ottaway on March 11, 2014 - 6:56PM
Electric motorcycles haven’t been around very long and have only been out on the world’s racing circuits for about half a decade. But they’re quickly catching up to their gasoline-powered counterparts, and the Ohio State University is right in the thick of the race to the top.
By Keith Griffin on March 11, 2014 - 11:38AM
At a press conference today in South Korea, Kia has announced pricing for its Soul electric vehicle that will go on sale as a 2016 model. It seems high for the U.S. market by about $10,000.
By Luke Ottaway on March 11, 2014 - 9:46AM
Electric vehicles can be practical and compete on a level playing field with internal combustion automobiles as they do here in the United States...or they can be 33 inches wide and defy every conventional notion of how a vehicle moves.
By Luke Ottaway on March 10, 2014 - 8:52AM
With last month’s announcement that the Nashville MTA will purchase seven all-electric buses from Greenville, S.C.–based Proterra Inc., the zero-emission bus manufacturer continues its steady upward climb.
By Keith Griffin on March 9, 2014 - 10:31AM
The Hyundai Sonata is in a weird place for a couple reasons: the 2015 model is going to be introduced at the New York Auto Show and the formerly white-hot sedan has been in an extended cool-down period. Will announcing upgrades to the 2014 Sonata Hybrid make a difference?
By Luke Ottaway on March 9, 2014 - 9:40AM
The potential location for Tesla’s Gigafactory has been narrowed down to four states: Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. The Lone Star State looks like the most attractive option on paper and Nevada and Arizona are both very viable candidates, but the relationship thus far between Texas and Tesla compared to New Mexico’s enthusiasm for the company’s vision could tip the scales in favor of New Mexico.
By Aaron Turpen on March 9, 2014 - 5:29AM
Amsterdam is known for a lot of things, but most would agree that the haze you see on the horizon shouldn't be from vehicle emissions. Taxi Electric agrees and has become the first taxi company in Amsterdam to adopt the Nissan e-NV200.
By Luke Ottaway on March 8, 2014 - 8:42AM
The Chevrolet Volt has been the gold standard among plug-in hybrid electric vehicles since its much-hyped debut in 2010, but the vehicle has remained largely unchanged since and appears to be due for a refresh as sales have stalled in recent months. GM hopes the second generation of the Volt will rejuvenate its flagship plug-in.
By John Goreham on March 7, 2014 - 2:55PM
US monthly sales rate of leading EVs and hybrids dip over the past couple of months. Prius down shockingly compared to prior year.
By Luke Ottaway on March 7, 2014 - 1:29PM
It was a big blow to the electric vehicle charging industry when government-backed ECOtality, the company that supplied public and residential chargers for the EV Project under the name Blink network, filed for bankruptcy in September 2013.
By John Goreham on March 6, 2014 - 11:55AM
The Tesla Model S cannot even be considered for the industry's highest rating because it lacks an important safety system now common in affordable family cars.
By John Goreham on March 3, 2014 - 4:24PM
2014 Toyota Prius the best Green Car according to Consumer Reports. "This one goes to eleven."
By Aaron Turpen on March 3, 2014 - 12:42PM
What's the best-selling electric car of all time? It's also the one that outsold all others last month thanks to increased manufacturing capacity and continuously growing consumer interest.
By John Goreham on March 3, 2014 - 11:04AM
It is also the longest running EV in your neighborhood, and is really cool.
By John Goreham on February 26, 2014 - 6:16PM
In a fun twist, Tesla might build a massive factory in a state that prohibits it from selling its cars.
By Parks McCants on February 26, 2014 - 2:51PM
Despite a long waiting list and the noted growing popularity of the Fit EV, as promised, Honda will meet production quotas by fall 2014 and halt production. The EV fans are not happy. Let’s talk about it.