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 CEO Elon Musk Interview With Tesla Owners Silicon Valley

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says ‘Rivian & Lucid Will Both Go Bankrupt & End Up In The Cemetery’

In the second part of his interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley, Elon Musk had some harsh words for fellow EV makers Rivian & Lucid. In the interview, Musk said "both Rivian and Lucid will go bankrupt" that their path "will end in an intersection with doom" and that "they will end up in the cemetery" unless they change course.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV in front of trees

How Far A Full Battery Charge Can Take You In A 2022 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid

I was scrolling through social media, reading about people’s experience with battery-only range in their Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrids (PHEV), as well as other PHEVS like the Chevy Volt, Kia Niro, and Rav 4 Prime. And then I realized, I have yet to do a test where I see just how far I can go on a full charge, intentionally trying to maximize every mile I can get.
Tesla Model Y

Tesla Begins Selling The Refreshed Model Y With 4680 Cells & Structural Pack Outside Of Texas

Tesla started refreshed 4680 Model Y deliveries at the Giga Texas opening event. However, initial deliveries were limited to Tesla employees. Later, Tesla widened the pool of individuals that could get the new vehicle to Austin, then the entire state of Texas. Now, Tesla has begun inviting Model Y reservation holders outside Texas to get the refreshed version of the all-electric crossover.
Tesla Model S, 3, X, & Y

Tesla Might Report Its First Quarterly Loss In 3 years As The Company’s Bitcoin Holding Goes Down 32%

In the past 6 months, bitcoin is down 67% with 16% of the fall coming in the past 48 hours. And as the cryptocurrency has gone lower, Tesla is down 32% in its bitcoin holdings. This coupled with production disruption in Giga Shanghai is making it increasingly likely Tesla will post a quarterly loss in Q2.
Tesla Model Y structural battery

Tesla’s 4680 Cells Prove Revolutionary As Refreshed Model Y Revealed To Have A Small 50KWh Battery Pack

Tesla first began delivering the refreshed Model Y at the Giga Texas opening ceremony. Despite having 4680 cells and a structural battery pack, the vehicle only has a 279-mile EPA range. At the time Tesla said the small battery pack was the reason for the limited range. And today we learned that the refreshed Model Y only has a 50KWh battery pack.
Kia Niro PHEV, Kia Sorento PHEV, Kia Sportage PHEV, Kia EV6

When Kia May Start To Lose Federal Tax Incentives For It's Plug-In Vehicles

Someone on social media asked me whether I might know when Kia would lose its eligibility for the U.S. federal Qualified Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Tax Credit of up to $7,500 on its plug-in vehicles. This incentive automatically begins phasing out in the second quarter following the calendar quarter in which 200,000 qualified plug-in electric vehicles have been sold by the manufacturer, cumulatively.
Jaguar F-Type review

Jaguar F-Type Review: Only V8 Engines For The 2022 Models

Forty years after the end of the legendary E-Type, Jaguar's chief designer Ian Callum has presented one of his masterpieces with the Jaguar F-Type. In 2014, the no-frills two-seater hit the streets as a convertible, and shortly thereafter also as a coupe version. For our review, we used the 2021 F-Type R AWD Convertible, which has not changed in the 2022 Model. But here is what has changed in the 2022 model year of the Jaguar F-Type.
Tesla Cybertruck Giga Press

Tesla Supplier Shows Off Completed 9000-t Giga Press That Will Build The Cybertruck’s Body

Tesla's Giga Press supplier, IDRA, for the past few weeks has been sharing the construction process of a massive 9000-ton Giga Press that will be used to produce the Cybertruck's body. And today, IDRA for the first time showed off the new 9000-ton Giga Press fully assembled.
2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid with surf board on roof

Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid Fuel Cost Per Mile Revised: After Road Trips

Back in March, before I got a busted window replaced in my Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (PHEV), I hadn’t taken many long drives and as a result had a stellar per mile fuel cost for the first 1,000 or so miles I drove. That cost was 5 cents per mile combined (gas and electric). But now I have taken multiple long road trips and it's time to update my figures.