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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Ford Potentially Including Tesla Charge Adaptor In F-150 Lightning

The rivalry between Ford and Tesla in the electric vehicle wars is no secret with the two firms drawing the battle lines in their attempts to dominate the segment. A rumored move by Ford could be the ultimate act of trolling, with the F-150 Lightning potentially adding an adaptor to hook up to Tesla vehicles
Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Details New 50% More Energy Dense Batteries For Long Range Airplanes

In a new interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley, Elon Musk discusses the steps needed to produce an advanced lithium ion battery with 50% more energy density. Musk also talks about the limitations of such batteries and their possible application for long-range aircraft.
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Cruise LLC Recieves Approval To Start Charging Fares In San Francisco

Cruise LLC outfit has been working diligently on perfecting its lineup of autonomously operated taxi vehicles thanks to a partnership with General Motors (among others.) But while the specially modified Chevrolet Bolts have been operating for some time in the city, they were not allowed to formally charge commercial fares to customers. That's changed with San Francisco politicians approving plans for a fare-operated service.
Tesla AI, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla To Have Working Prototype Of Tesla Bot By September 30

Tesla surprised the high-tech world last year by hosting "AI Day", where it basically presented its latest technological innovations: more specifically a humanoid robot introduced with the name "Tesla Bot"; a project that Elon Musk just confirmed will actually have its first working prototype, which will be shown during an event that will take place at the end of September this year.
Consumer Reports Alerts EV Shoppers on Discounted EVs

The Right Time to Buy Your First EV is Now with These 3 Models Says Consumer Reports

Have you been thinking about getting your feet wet with your first EV purchase by stepping into what is becoming a deep pool of electric vehicles offered? If so, then now is the right time to buy your first EV with these 3 models recently recommended by Consumer Reports analysts who say that their prices have dropped significantly. Plus, video reviews of each of the models.
Tesla Employees

Elon Musk Calls For A Recession As Comps Lure Tesla Employees Following Remote Work Ban

Following Elon Musk's company-wide letter requiring Tesla employees to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office, the EV maker's competitors have already begun attempts to hire away Tesla employees. Musk says these actions show why a "recession serves a vital economic cleansing function."
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Theoretical road trip: Kia EV9 vs Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid

I recently saw some spy shots of a camouflaged Kia EV9 out and about in the real world, which is exciting news. It made me think: what if I had the opportunity to take a road trip in an all electric EV9? How would it be different from the same road trip in a 2022 Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), the closest electrified vehicle Kia currently sells to the EV9?
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Chevrolet Silverado EV Popular With Commercial Customers, Signals Bright Future For RST Model

The Chevrolet Silverado EV is the third act in GM's Ultium fueled assault on the EV market. While the Cadillac Lyriq and the Hummer EV pickup were designed to appeal to wealthier clientele, the Silverado will be the first to target mainstream buyers and it appears that the truck has already made a good first impression with commercial buyers.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Making More Profit Per Car Than Legacy Premium Manufacturers

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, the whole world started to witness a curious trend: manufacturers selling fewer cars, but actually making more money. Supply chain problems basically caused that, as a consequence, there are fewer cars on the market, and those actually available are more expensive. Due to excess demand, traditional discounts have been mostly suppressed and - as experienced by every automaker - competition has been reduced.