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 Plaid Event

Take 10 Minutes Out of Your Day to Watch the Tesla Plaid Event

It’s the morning after the highly anticipated Tesla Plaid Event. And while not everyone can stay up at night because of kids, deadlines, and work the next morning, here is your opportunity to watch the Tesla Plaid Event in a 10-minute recap. So, during your coffee break today, take a look at this select video that show-and-tells the least you will want to know that stands out among the plethora of post-Tesla Plaid Event videos.
Autonomous driving will be the future of Volkswagen and the Tesla Model S

AI Driving Will Be Here Soon: Tesla And Volkswagen Make Plans

As Tesla moves forward in their quest to bring full self-driving onto the road, companies like GM and Volkswagen are following suit. The HUMMER EV and any Cadillac EV will likely have Super Cruise installed. Tesla has recently started offering paid trials for FSD, and Volkswagen has recently bandied about the concept of offering vehicle autonomy as a premium hourly service.

Tesla Model 3 Performance At Pikes Peak Race Documentary

Unplugged Performance recently released a documentary featuring their Tesla Model 3 Team Car at the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb---a 10 minute (if you are really fast) run that some describe feeling basically like racing on Mars with its thin air, harsh landscape and terrain that sent their Tesla 3 flying. It’s a “bringing a phoenix out of the flames and into the summit” story as described by racecar veteran driver Randy Pobst.
Tesla's upstream approach to battery production challenges other makers of EV batteries

From Lithium Mine To Tesla Battery Line

Here is everything (and then some) that you ever wanted to know about Tesla battery plans and production from a lithium mine to a Tesla battery line in this video culmination of 9 months of research into Tesla Battery Day. In it you will find projections, estimates, and insights as a result of that research and become a true aficionado of all things Tesla.
Tesla the car company

Which Other Companies Besides Tesla Will Survive?

Recently, Lordstown Motors warned it may not be able to stay in business for another year. This is called a going concern issue, meaning, the company may not be able to meet its financial obligations for the next 12 months. Are they going to go out of business? Are other electric vehicle companies going to face the same issue? Let's find out.
Can the Roadster really achieve 0-60 in 1.1 seconds?

Doing The Math on a Tesla Roadster 0-60 in 1.1 Seconds Claim and What Was Determined

According to an automotive website, a little number crunching and reality checking reveals what they found when doing the math on Tesla’s reputed claim of an achievable 0-60 mph in 1.1 seconds with a Roadster outfitted with a set of cold-gas thrusters known as the “Space X Package.”
Built for off-roading, both vehicles are good at what they do.

The HUMMER EV Is Being Touted As An Off-Road Goliath, Can It Live Up To Its Own Hype?

With its classic Jeep architecture and design, the Wrangler 4xe is easily the most off-road capable electric vehicle currently available. This hasn’t stopped vehicles like the Tesla Model S or Volkswagen ID.4 from having fun in the dirt, but GM has decided to weigh in on off-roading with the up-coming HUMMER EV. Can it out-off-road a Jeep?
Tesla Battery

Does Ford Have a Battery Advantage Over Tesla?

There was a recent Tweet from the Twitter user, @GordonJohnson19 concerning Ford batteries -vs- Tesla batteries. He said it looks like Ford has an advantage in battery technology. This was after seeing that the Electric Ford F150 Lightning had a larger kWh battery than the Tesla Model 3. Is this true? What's going on here? Let's see!
EV SUVs are taking over, and it's not a bad thing.

BEV SUVs, Like The Cadillac Lyriq, Toyota BZ4x, And BMW iX Are Taking Over!

The Mustang Mach E, Ford’s first commercially available Battery Electric Vehicle, has been a smashing success and a great kick-off for the company’s future of electrification. It’s expected that the Cadillac Lyriq will be out later this year to amaze us with the luxury brand’s first BEV. It’s not just the American manufacturers rolling out EV SUVs either. On June 2nd, Toyota announced the BZ4x, and before that, Subaru promised us the Solterra.
BMW iX vs Tesla Model Y

BMW iX Is a Closer Match To Tesla Model Y

Today when I published the video report about BMW's iX xDrive40 and xDrive50 release specs, date and price, Torque News Youtube community actively provided some good and informative feedback. Some people said it's expensive at $83,200, others said it's impressive, while others complained about the grill and BMW's current design language. However, Torque News contributor Dean McManis compared the BMW iX with Tesla Model Y in a very interesting comparison. Here is what Dean wrote.

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