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.

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Brandenburg Economic Minister Discusses Tesla Giga Berlin Permit, Delays & Dubious Environmental Objections

Jörg Steinbach, Brandenburg State's Economic Minister, gave a wide-ranging interview where he discussed Giga Berlin's final permit, delay, and questioned the motivation behind environmental groups objecting the project.
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Tesla May Build Batteries Without Cobalt at Giga Berlin

As you may already know from our previous reporting Tesla is also planning to build a battery factory at Giga Berlin if Tesla's ideas go well. The German publication, called Basic Thinking, is looking at Tesla’s 11,000-page public documents and of newly designed Giga Berlin plans, and suspects that these batteries, produced by Tesla at Giga Berlin, could be cobalt-free for the first time.

Pobst Goes Plaid and Wins Pikes Peak Race

Race Day at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race is over and it has been a wild ride as Pobst goes Plaid in his “upgraded” Tesla Model S Plaid and places 1st in the Exhibition Class. Watch the linked video on a big screen or on your Virtual Reality headset and be sure to have taken some motion sickness meds to prepare for an enjoyable ride as you take a peek over the Pobst’s shoulders at what it’s like to go Plaid up Pikes Peak.

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