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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Tesla Director of Artificial Intelligence Adrej Karpathy Explains Neural Net Development in FSD

Wondering what Tesla engineers have been up to lately toward improving Tesla Autopilot and FSD? Here’s a must-see Zoom presentation where Tesla’s Director of Artificial Intelligence, Adrej Karpathy, reveals the work that is going on behind the scenes as we wait for out next FSD update.
FSD in Europe

FSD Sensor System Installed on Ford Mondeo Tested at Two Levels Above Tesla FSD

Here’s the latest about a live multi-city trial of one type of autonomy FSD software that is being outfitted on Ford Mondeos to operate across a five-mile area in varied traffic and weather conditions that is rated two levels above Tesla’s current FSD categorization.
Image of RAV4 Hybrid courtesy of Toyota

Study: 2025 BEVs have Highest Cost of Ownership Hybrids Lowest Among Vehicle Types

A new study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Labs predicts that hybrids are the least expensive crossover vehicles to own, battery-electric the most expensive for the model year 2025. Here are some interesting findings from the study.
Road trips are possible in EVS, even though charging architecture is still a little limited

The Porsche Taycan And Telsa Model S Can Charge In Just Minutes! Time For A Road Trip

With vehicles like the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan being able to charge several miles worth of power in a single minute, the era of range anxiety appears to be approaching its end. Many potential owners felt that the long charge times required for many electric vehicles were prohibiting them from purchasing one, but as fast charging stations pop-up across the world, that may be less of an issue.

An Important Tool all Tesla Owners Should Carry to Revive a Dead Tesla

Even though it’s been argued by Tesla that there is no real need for a car to carry a spare tire anymore, this does not mean that Tesla owners should be unprepared for other road mishaps. Here is at least one important simple tool all Tesla owners should carry to revive a dead Tesla as demonstrated by this one Tesla owner.
EV Technology trumps older ICE technology and some owners are finding it time to make the switch

What Could Make A Long Time Mustang Driver Switch To Electric? Check Out The Audi E-Tron GT

The Audi E-Tron GT, new in 2021, is a stunning EV. While related to the Porsche Taycan, the E-Tron GT also features Audi’s fabled Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi has made the E-Tron GT with the driver in mind and it shows. My friend has been driving Ford Mustangs for the last 20 years, but he’s considering swapping to an EV thanks to the E-Tron GT, and here’s why:
RAV4 has already been electrified, so hopefully it will be back as a BEV soon

Toyota Hinted At An Electric RAV4; What's The ICE One Like?

Toyota, as a brand built a reputation of reliability in the 80s and 90s. The 2000s seemed a little rocky for them, with vehicles like the Solara and Venza not being the star performers that companies hope for. Regardless of their foibles, the Japanese automaker has managed to regain a lot of that reliability cred. The RAV4 is one of Toyota’s most popular choices and hopefully a BEV version will be on the way soon.
The Dodge Circuit, revealed in 2009, never made it to production.

Toyota Eyes ICE Motorsports While Dodge Whispers About An EV Demon-Hunter

When Toyota brought out the Prius two decades ago, the small, efficient vehicle carved out a niche and a cult following for itself. The RAV4 Prime has earned respect in its own right as well with the plucky hybrid cross-over being a very quick grocery getter. For a company that was so early to adopt electric technology, they seem hesitant to swap over fully. Even Dodge seems more excited to make the swap.
Ford Mustang Mach-E charging

Mustang Mach-E Beats EPA Range Estimates In Testing While Tesla Falls Short

All three iterations of Mustang Mach-E have exceeded their EPA range in testing by Edmunds. Meanwhile seven of the Teslas tested by Edmunds have fallen short of their range estimates. Mustang Mach-E standard-range battery with RWD gets 34 miles over its EPA estimation in Edmunds latest testing.

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