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.

The 2019 eCOPO Camaro presented at 2018 SEMA

The 2019 eCOPO BEV Camaro Race Car Concept: the Pony All Electric Both GM and Ford Should’ve Been Making by Now

In my frustrating effort to keep pushing the movement toward full electric cars, I often get frustrated by the lack of enthusiasm and missed steps the legacy car makers have taken. If they really were enthused and eager to adapt to electric cars, they would have an all electric option for both their halo sports and pony cars. They don’t. Still. With lackluster Camaro sales, Chevy needs a “comeback kid” car. The eCOPO Camaro is it.
The UK Built Swedish Uniti One credit Uniti Media Package

The 2020 UK Built Swedish Uniti One Electric Mini “Smart Phone Car” Debuts Now to Ramp Up Production Late 2019 to Early 2020

While Tesla takes care of the other high end of the electric vehicle market with Models S, 3, X, and soon Y and U, Uniti, the Swedish electric car startup maker is trying to find an angle on the opposite end by soon shortly putting an unorthodox 2 seat high tech and feature rich micro BEV into production. This car will be a hit in the EU, India, and Brazil no doubt, but in NA? Hmm. Well I hope so.
Pictures of Tesla Model Range, Model Y Reveal, Model U pickup render (TruckTrend), and Roadster 2

With Company History Making Record Productivity and Profits and Four New Vehicles Coming, Tesla Must Turn the Page and Forge Ahead

Tesla always seems to have side distractions they can never shake off, mostly originating from their mercurial CEO. But with both record profits and productivity, Tesla mustn’t destroy momentum to seize the moment and not be distracted by FBI investigations or stock fluctuations. They have four upcoming vehicles that will help them corner the electric car market at least for a while, and they need to capitalize on that.
All photos from either ChargePoint, Tesla, Electrify America, US DOE, or Porsche Media sites

Attention Electric Car Owners: Here’s an Update on Choices for EV Public Charging Options

One of the most frustrating things about owning an electric car is missing the easy dynamic once had by going to a gas station to refuel. As electric cars proliferate and investment money is spent, however, more and newer options, either now or coming on the horizon, will make public charging easier, and in a few cases, even for free.
Ford Mustang Hybrid or Mach 1 Teaser

New Promotional Video Teases Hybrid Next Gen Ford Mustang, or Maybe the Mach 1

A new video from Ford Motor Company that talks about building the future reveals the shadowy car above that looks like a futuristic Mustang with a hybrid V8 and a glowing running pony logo on the grille – possibly previewing the next big thing to come once the GT500 has finally been introduced.
Workhorse Group’s New NGEN-1000 BEV Van now in production.

The Workhorse NGEN All Electric Delivery Van: The EV Delivery Truck Replacement Has Arrived to Out-Match Diesels Out of Existence

With half the weight, a 100 mile range, low operational costs, and prices to match a compatible diesel vehicle, Workhorse’s new NGEN BEV truck means the gasoline and diesel delivery van is now on its way to becoming obsolete with an all electric one coming to a local delivery route near you.
Mercedes EV Hydrogen Plugin GLC F-Cell

Mercedes is first to market with a plug in EV/Hydrogen GLC F-Cell

Germany is serious about building zero emissions vehicles as demonstrated by Mercedes new GLC F-Cell crossover, which will be on sale in several cities in Germany by the end of this month. The introduction did not mention the U.S. market, but there shouldn’t be any reason why we wouldn’t see this fuel cell hybrid here within a year or so after the German release.
The Bollinger B2 Pickup Truck as Introduced by Bolliger on Their Website

Bollinger Adds 1 Ton Dedicated B2 Pickup Truck to its LineUp: B1 Converts to a Pickup but the Newly Added B2 is all 100% Pickup

In a strategy to keep them viable in what definitely will be an intensely competitive pickup truck market with the addition of several electrics by several makers, Bollinger Motors adds a sole purposed dedicated 1 ton Pickup truck based on its SUT it plans to put into production late next year, early 2020.
The 2019 Jaguar i-Pace ins and outs.

2019 Jaguar i-Pace Year 2 Review: Continuing the British BEV Response to Tesla Amongst a Beginning German BEV Onslaught

Four years in the making and now its second year of production, the first European full production full electric response to Tesla is a British SUV already on its way in Jaguar fashion toward iconic status. If this represents the latest theater of battle in the cultural British invasion of America between David Beckham, tea and toast, the Mini, Elton John, James Bond, Range Rover, fish and chips, the BBC, Duran Duran, Bentley, the Beatles and so forth, then bring it on!
Images from the 2018 OC International Auto Show credit: OCIAS Media for main pic and Map, JLR for Al Castro in Classic Range Rover rendering, the rest taken by me, A Castro.

Orange County CA Auto Show 2018: A Preview What’s to Come for the LA Show

Although the annual Orange County International Auto Show is the eighth largest auto expo in the world, it’s not the show New York, Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo has. What the show does do, however, is it gives you quality time for serious car shopping, and for us all a preview of the chicks to hatch without giving away the auto henhouse. That’s what the annual LA Auto Show is for, just eight weeks and 30 miles way.
The Secret World of Rivian Automotive

Rivian Auto, BEV Pickup R1T and SUV R1S: So Secretive Rivian is becoming the CIA MI6 of the Automotive World!

Shhh. (Whisper). Have you ever seen a Rivian? In a way I hope not. Be careful if you have. At this stage don’t tell anyone. The electric truck startup might have to execute you for being exposed to company secrets moments away from their LA Auto Show reveal!
The Bollinger B1 BEV SUT 2 and 4 door interior exterior

Bollinger B1 Electric SUT: With a New Glass Panel Roof Design it’s Ready for Open Air and Production Ramp Up

Bollinger Motors recently made changes to the B1 with their newly added four door sport utility BEV SUT truck variant that gives the truck a roll cage structure with the doors off if the driver wishes to modify. The removable glass panel roof are just some of the unique features the B1 engineers thought out to make design and production of the B1 as simple and easy as possible to get it ready for soon upcoming production.

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