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.

Image of Hyundai Ioniq by John Goreham

Affordable Electric Vehicle Crossover Market Collapses - Here Are The Numbers

As the affordable battery-electric vehicle market in America implodes, the type of vehicle shoppers desire most, AWD crossovers, are selling in tiny numbers. Be warned, if you are drinking the battery-electric vehicle Kool-Aid, this story will not make you happy.
2023 Subaru Solterra all-electric compact SUV features, specs, pricing

Why It’s Smart For Subaru To Pull Away From Toyota Now And Make Its Own EVs

The 2023 Subaru Solterra EV should have been made available for customers in June, but there is a delay due to a recent recall. The Solterra is manufactured at Toyota's plant in Japan, where Subaru has no control. Now, Subaru will distance itself from Toyota when building its following new all-electric models.
Tesla Model Y at Giga Texas

Tesla Has Achieved An Incredible Model Y Production Ramp At Giga Texas Suggest Insider Leaks

New leaks suggest Tesla has achieved an incredible production ramp at the company's newest facility in Austin, Texas. According to the leaks, Tesla has already reached a production rate of between 2000 and 5000 Model Y's a week at the facility.
Mach-E Ice

Ford's New EV Rules For Dealerships Stirs Tension, Criticisim

It's no secret that the current market for new automobiles has rapidly descended into chaos amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Low inventory has spurred the creation of steep markups and these practices (among others) have spurred some companies to act with Ford confirming that it will enact new rules to address these issues on the EV side.
Tesla Model Y

Tesla Has Begun Delivering Model Y Long Range With 2170 Cells & Updated Interior From Giga Texas

After starting production at Giga Texas with the refreshed Model Y with 4680 cells and a structural battery pack, today, Tesla has also started selling a second Model Y variant from the Austin facility. The new Model Y Long Range comes with the 2170 cells and updated interior features.
Gigafactory Berlin, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Gigafactory Berlin To Have A Third Shift: More European Tesla Models

Tesla Giga Berlin continues to prepare for mass production, although it is currently still a "money burner" as per Elon Musk´s comments, due to its relatively low production volumes. The company has not managed - like every other automaker - to stabilize its supply chain issues yet; but still, that is not the entire picture: Giga Berlin wasn't offering salaries lucrative enough in order to quickly fill its vacancies, but Tesla has already taken notice and is offering more euros for the same job.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV

Kia Expands Recall Of Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Sorentos For Seat Belt Safety Issue

In March this year, Kia recalled a small number of Sorento Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrids manufactured between July 12th and July 28th, 2021 for a potentially dangerous issue with their seat belts. Now the recall is expanding with new VIN numbers being included in the recall as of today.
2023 Kia Sportage PHEV

Kia Sportage Plug-In Hybrid Driven: First European Review

The first reviews of Kia’s newest plug-in hybrid, the 2023 Sportage PHEV, have come out in European media. Unsurprisingly, the reviews tend to be similar to what I and others in the U.S. have said about the larger Sorento PHEV which came out last year. For the sake of U.S. shoppers interested in Kia’s slightly smaller 2 row PHEV, coming sometime in Q3, I have pulled together a few new details from the first European driving reviews.