Electric Vehicle News, Reviews and Analysis

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.

Tesla Is Testing and Calibrating Cybertruck's Production Line, Castings Show

Tesla Is Testing and Calibrating Cybertruck's Production Line, Castings Show

I am seeing and learning about some very unique things regarding the Tesla Cybertruck and want to share with you here guys. Yesterday Tesla Giga Texas drone operator Joe Tegtmeyer shared some very strange castings from Giga Texas, which were neither Model Y, nor the Model 3. I asked Joe, what they are, and he said they belong to Cybertruck.
Tesla Model 3

Model 3 Now Starts at $26,950 After Tesla Found a Loophole for All Model 3 Variants to Get Full $7,500 Tax Credit

In an update to the company's online configurator, Tesla announced that all variants of the Model 3 now qualify for the full $7,500 tax credit. This lowered the starting price of the Model 3 to $32,750, which is impressive, however, when adjusting for inflation since Tesla unveiled the Model 3 back in 2016, the vehicle now starts at $26,950.
Tesla Model Y, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Norway: 80% Share of Electric Vehicles Despite End of Tax Breaks; Tesla Model Y Leading

Norway has already become a veritable paradise for electric cars, a real and living example for the rest of the world. The Nordic country is the market with the largest share of EVs worldwide, a fact mainly due to the firm support of the authorities for this type of vehicle, which for years has benefited from a significant tax exemption as compared to thermal models.
Kia Sportage, Sorento, Niro and EV6

Kia Sets Second Best Monthly Sales Total Ever, Hybrid Sportage And Sorento Lead Electrified Surge

Kia continues its hot streak with another month of record US vehicle sales. Interestingly, their electrified vehicle sales continue to be dominated by hybrids, and just two models are responsible for their 33% year-over-year monthly sales increase: the Sportage and the Sorento.
Description: This image showcases a side-by-side comparison of a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) hybrid battery and a LiFePo4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery. The NiMH battery, commonly used in hybrid vehicles, is compact and features a cylindrical shape, while the LiFePo4 battery is sleek and rectangular. This visual representation highlights the difference in design and technology between the two battery options, providing insight into the evolving landscape of hybrid power solutions.

Reviving Green Power: The Shocking Truth Behind Reconditioning Hybrid Batteries vs. Opting for New Lithium Iron Phosphate Packs

Unleash the Hidden Potential: Unravel the electrifying debate surrounding hybrid battery rejuvenation versus embracing cutting-edge lithium iron phosphate technology. Are reconditioned powerhouses a thrifty solution or a temporary fix? Discover the surprising revelations, cost comparisons, and environmental impact of reviving green energy, and unlock the secrets behind maximizing your hybrid's performance.
2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate

Unpacking The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate: A Comprehensive Review

The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate is the epitome of luxury truck, featuring heated and ventilated 16-way power front seats with massage features and an expansive 18-speaker Bose Premium Series audio system with Centerpoint surround sound. This week Torque News is reviewing the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate version and liked it very much.
2023 Range Rover PHEV SE review

2023 Range Rover PHEV SE: Excellent EV-Only Range With Amazing Luxury

The 2023 Range Rover PHEV SE is an impressive plug-in hybrid SUV that offers the best plug-in range in its class. With its powerful performance, comfortable ride, and luxurious features, it's easy to see why people love owning this vehicle. This week I am test-driving the 2023 Range Rover PHEV at Torque News and this is my review.
Tesla Roadster China

Tesla Restarts 2nd-Gen Roadster Reservation in Multiple Countries Hinting at Production Plans

In an update to the company’s online configurator in multiple countries, Tesla quietly restarted reservations for the second-generation Roadster. This move hints at Tesla's plan to offer the Roadster in multiple countries and that the company is currently actively working on the vehicle.
Silver Kia Sorento PHEV and photos of wineries in Walla Walla, WA

Tasting Notes: The Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid Sips Gas While We Sip Wine

With 4 dear friends in tow, we completed a weekend wine tasting getaway in the beautiful Walla Walla and Red Mountain American Viticultural Areas. The wine was amazing (see some of my notes and recommendations below) and the Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sipped gas while our party sipped wine; we managed to get about 37 MPG round trip, which included 3 full charges of the battery.
Silver Kia Sorento PHEV and author sipping wine at Kiona Vineyards

Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid Sport Mode Long Distance Test: Inconclusive But Interesting

Yesterday I drove a little over 200 miles in my Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) with 4 adults plus our stuff for a weekend wine trip getaway and in doing so tried to prove more definitively whether using the vehicle’s Sport Mode could result in a more fuel efficient drive. My results were inconclusive.
Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y Officially Becomes The Best-Selling Vehicle Worldwide Dethroning The Toyota Corolla

Tesla has been ramping up Model Y production across the globe. The all-electric crossover is now produced in 4 factories across 3 continents. And now, according to data from JATO, the Tesla Model Y has officially become the best-selling vehicle of any kind in Q1 2023.