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.

Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford Has Cold Weather Performance Advice For F-150 Lightning Owners

Now that the weather has turned markedly colder with snow on the ground in many places, it's time to visit a place many automakers won't want you to see, cold weather performance. No matter who makes the vehicles (Ford, Tesla, or Kia, for example), cold saps battery strength. It is estimated that you lose half the charge capability between 40 and 0 degrees Fahrenheit and it just goes down from there.
Hyperloop

Tesla shows off the Design Of A Hyperloop Pod That Can Travel 700 mph It Has Been Working On

At Tesla's showing at the Peterson Automotive Museum, among other items, the EV maker has also brought a scaled-down version of a Hyperloop pod that the company has been working on. A Hyperloop is a new form of transportation Elon Musk has invented and is expected to travel at speeds as high as 700 mph.
Tesla Semi

Tesla’s Head Of IR Says He “Didn’t Believe It's Possible To Make a 500-mile Truck” Days Ahead Of Deliveries

5 years after the unveiling, Tesla is set to begin delivering the company's all-electric class 8 truck on December first. However, only days out until the start of deliveries, Tesla's head of Investor Relations, Martin Veicha says he "didn't believe it's possible to make a 500 mile, fully loaded Class 8 truck."
VW ID.4, Mustang MAch-E, Tesla Model Y, Toyota Prius Prime, and Kia Sorento PHEV

The Top 5 U.S. Plug-In Electric Vehicle Makers Might Surprise You, A Little

I’ve written up several predictions of which automotive brands will round out the top 5 plug-in electric sales spots (behind 1st place Tesla). Now that we are near the end of another year, we can pretty well see how those predictions turned out, but what does next year have in store for the U.S. plug-in electric vehicle market? Will the same 5 brands retain their lead spots next year too, or will we start to see some shifts?
Tesla Cybertruck

Video Of A New Tesla Cybertruck Prototype Surfaces With Final Tweaks Ahead Of Production

Since its unveiling back in 2019, Tesla has made several changes to the Cybertruck design. And today, thanks to a video of a new Cybertruck prototype that surfaced online, we can see all the final changes Tesla has made to the Cybertruck before the start of production.
Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Cybertruck: 1,5 Million Reservation Holders, Needs To Start Selling ASAP

Given the increasing competition from traditional automakers, Tesla needs to recover the momentum created with the launch of the Cybertruck, after – long - three years without a new electric model on the market: the million and a half Cybertruck accumulated reservations should by all means work as a guarantee of business success.
Tesla FSD

Elon Musk Announces FSD Beta Is Available To All Teslas In North America In Time For Thanksgiving

Tesla has decided to open the floodgates and allow any Tesla owner in North America who purchased the full self-driving option to download FSD Beta. Now hundreds of thousands of Tesla owners will have one more thing to be grateful for on thanksgiving.
Tesla Giga Shanghai

Tesla Shares Surge 8% Following Reports Elon Musk Is Eying South Korea For Tesla’s Next Gigafactory

Citing a conversation that Elon Musk had with the South Korean president, today Reuters came out with a report claiming that Tesla has picked the east Asian country as one of its top candidates for the EV maker's next gigafactory. This new sent Tesla share surging rising by 8% in a single trading day.
Hyundai Ioniq 6, Tesla Model Y, Kia EV6, and Ford F-150 Lighting EVs

How Fast Is The US Auto Market Going To Switch To Electrified Vehicles?

The other day I shared a nice lunch and conversation with an older stranger at a winery. We talked about wine, the stories behind each bottle and label, and after a while the conversation turned to electrified vehicles. He was very interested to hear about my experiences and thoughts as he was considering purchasing his first EV or plug-in hybrid for himself, or possibly for his wife.

In the First Half Of The Quarter, Tesla China Hits a New Record Delivering 55K Vehicles Domestically

Tesla China has reached a new domestic delivery record selling 55,100 vehicles between October 1 and November 21. This number significantly outperforms the previous record for a similar timeframe which stood at 43,000 vehicles.
Tesla Batteries, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

University Of Cambridge Team Discovers Why EV Batteries Degrade; Tesla, Other Automakers Grateful

An investigation from the University of Cambridge has found the reason why electric car batteries lose efficiency and degrade throughout their lifecycle; very good news for Tesla, Volvo, Mercedes Benz, GM, NIO, Kia, and many other EV manufacturers, as they will be able use the findings to improve existing technologies in a critical area.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Earning 8 Times More Than Toyota Per Car Sold, With Sales 6 Times Lower

Toyota is the undisputed leader in terms of automobile production worldwide, that is, legacy - ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars, while Tesla is by all means the world leader in terms of BEV (Battery Electric Cars) or “pure” EVs; there are big differences between the two giants in terms of profit margins, though.
Tesla Interior and iphone

After Years Of Pleading With Elon Musk Tesla Owners Are Finally Getting Apple Music In Their Vehicles

For years Tesla owners have been asking Elon Musk to bring Apple Music to the company's vehicles. And today their pleas have been answered as Model S with developer software on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum has been spotted with Apple Music installed.

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