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 Model Y

Tesla Model Y Becomes China’s Best Selling Vehicle Out Competing Both BEVs & ICE Vehicles

According to data released by China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), for the first time in the month of June, the Model Y has become the best-selling vehicle in China. And even more impressively, the Model Y was able to beat not only battery-electric vehicles but also internal combustion vehicles with a starting price below $10,000.
Brightdrop EV600

Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana To Be Electrified In 2026, End Of An Era

The Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana commercial cans have been proverbial time capsules for GM in the commercial segment with the duo being the oldest marques in the commercial segment. But alas, extinction is finally coming for these dinosaurs with a new report saying that the duo will be replaced by EVs in 2026.
Ford Lightning Put to the Charging Question Test

Can You Charge a Ford F-150 Lightning at a Campground Power Outlet or Off of a Hybrid?

Are you a Ford F-150 Lightning owner or thinking about buying one with plans to go cross country into remote areas such as Dead Horse, Alaska? Then this is a must-watch video to find out whether this is really possible and some precautions you must take before attempting a trip that can easily turn into a doomed quest.
Tesla Model S, 3, X, & Y

Tesla Shares Rise Afterhours Following Elon Musk’s Decision To Walk Away From Twitter Deal

Back in April, Elon Musk announced his intention to buy the social media giant, Twitter. And since this announcement, Tesla's stock has been suffering due to fears that Twitter will take Musk's attention away from Tesla. However, late today we learned Musk has officially decided to walk away from the deal, and unsurprisingly the news has caused a surge in Tesla's stock price
Kia Niro, Sorento, Sportage and EV6

Kia Electrified Vehicle Sales Through June 2022 Show Continued Growth

Kia’s U.S. vehicle sales trends for the month of June and for the first half of 2022 haven’t changed that much from the previous months and quarters for 2022. Their electrified vehicle sales, which include hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and electric (EV) vehicles, are up significantly year-over-year, while their overall vehicle sales have slumped.
Tesla Model Y structural battery

Elon Musk Responds To Sandy Munro’s Tear Down Of The 4680 Tesla Model Y With Structural Pack

Munro & Associates has begun the first teardown of the 4680 Model Y with a structural battery pack. From the initial observations, the firm's engineers have called the structural pack architecture mind-blowing. And now, Musk has responded to Munro & Associate's comments saying "it is still far from optimized."
Tesla Model S, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Model S And Model X Now Recognize Potholes On The Road, And Will Soon Be Able To Avoid Them

Tesla has added a feature to Model S and Model X that allows them to recognize road conditions, detect potholes, speed bumps and other imperfections on the road, and adjust the car suspension accordingly. The idea for the future is to combine this features within the Autopilot so that the system can automatically dodge them.
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.
Best of the Best Hybrids

Consumer Reports Tests the Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrid Cars, Minivans, and SUVs

Here’s the latest on hybrid car winners in Consumer Reports’ exclusive real-world fuel-economy tests. Plus, find out how long it will take for the gas-saving payoffs to put money back into your pocket on some hybrid models compared to their non-hybrid counterpart.