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 V4 supercharger

Tesla Shares First Images Of Next Generation V4 Supercharger With Taller & Thinner Stalls

Last week we saw schematics for Tesla's V4 supercharger showing thinner and taller stalls. And, today, thanks to a Tesla application to build a supercharger site in Danvers, Massachusetts, we get our first look at all the changes coming to Tesla's V4 supercharger.
Tesla Model S, 3, X, & Y

Elon Musk Implores Investors To Vote For The 3:1 Stock Split Saying ‘Please Vote Your Shares With Tesla’

Tesla's next shareholders' meeting is scheduled for August 4. And issues up for vote include giving Tesla the ability to do a 3 to 1 stock split, in addition to other proposals that Tesla management has advised voting against such as issues pertaining to child labor and water risk. And today Musk has implored investors to side with management by saying "please vote your shares with Tesla."
2023 Kia Niro, 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV, 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV

Kia Offers The Most Plug-In Hybrid SUVs And Crossovers For Under $50,000 MSRP

I am on vacation on the island of Kauai, visiting my auntie and uncle in Lihue. They both just retired from long careers as teachers here and are looking for their first plug-in vehicle. They want an SUV or crossover with a higher seating position with at least enough ground clearance to handle a rutted dirt road leading to a hike or beach somewhere on the island. They might be like any other car shopper looking for their first plug-in vehicle, so I decided to help them out with a little research.
Tesla Model Y battery pack

Elon Musk Says 4680 Cells Are Recyclable Following Munro’s Challenge To Tear Down A Structural Pack

Munro & Associates is currently in the process of tearing down a refreshed Model Y with 4680 cells and a structural pack. And in the tear-down process, they have found getting to the batteries extremely challenging. This has led some individuals to believe the 4680 cells are non-recyclable. However, Elon Musk reassured us that the new cells are indeed recyclable.
Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y Becomes China’s Best Selling Vehicle Out Competing Both BEVs & ICE Vehicles

According to data released by China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), for the first time in the month of June, the Model Y has become the best-selling vehicle in China. And even more impressively, the Model Y was able to beat not only battery-electric vehicles but also internal combustion vehicles with a starting price below $10,000.
Brightdrop EV600

Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana To Be Electrified In 2026, End Of An Era

The Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana commercial cans have been proverbial time capsules for GM in the commercial segment with the duo being the oldest marques in the commercial segment. But alas, extinction is finally coming for these dinosaurs with a new report saying that the duo will be replaced by EVs in 2026.