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 FSD Beta

After 8 Months Elon Musk Agrees To Enable FSD Beta On NHTSA’s In-House Tesla Test Vehicle

Tesla's FSD Beta software is rapidly progressing towards becoming a level 5 fully self-driving software. However, as the AI's capabilities grow, so has scrutiny by regulatory agencies. And today, an 8-month-old message sent by the NHTSA to Tesla asking to be included in the FSD Beta program has surfaced. After a long wait, Musk has finally agreed to turn on FSD Beta on the regulatory agency's in-house test Tesla vehicle.
Tesla Megapack, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Quietly Made Key Changes In Storage: Megapack XL Stores 50% More Energy, While Becoming Bigger And Heavier

Quietly and without any marketing, Tesla has made changes to its website about Tesla Megapack specifications. We can now see that the storage capacity has increased from 2.6 MWh to 3.9 MWh, which is basically a 50% gain; but it does point to the chemistry of the cells being LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate).
Kia EV6 at charging station

First Time EV Buyer's Take On Kia EV6: Loves The Drive, But Lots Of Nits To Pick

My friend purchased a brand new Kia EV6 last week, in part based on feedback I had given him. He has never owned an EV, or any plug-in vehicle, before and had previously talked to me about purchasing a Tesla model Y before and after he drove my Model 3. I interviewed him to get his initial impressions about the Kia EV6 because I think a lot of prospective EV buyers might appreciate reading about his initial experience.
Kia EV6, Sportage PHEV and Niro PHEV with Hyundai Ioniq 7 and Kona EV

Kia and Hyundai Plan To Build New EV Manufacturing Plant In Georgia

Are Kia and Hyundai planning to build a new electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Georgia in order to qualify for the new U.S. federal electric vehicle incentives? That is the question that popped into my mind after the recent news about the U.S. Senate’s passing of the Inflation Reduction Act.