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.

Ford Recalls Mustang Mach-Es to fix software problem

Ford Recalls Mustang Mach-Es To Update Problem Computer Code

As vehicles become more reliant on car area networks, connectivity, and computers in general automakers have to be sure that software is up to date and not causing problems. That's why Ford is recalling a limited number of its hot-selling Mustang Mach-E crossovers to fix a potential problem with the computer code. Ford plans an over-the-air update.
Tesla Solar Panels, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Building Huge EV Charging Oasis In The Mojave Desert

Tesla continues to allocate a significant amount of resources to an issue that is decisive and crucial to promoting the massive adoption of electric cars: expanding the network of fast charging points. The Supercharger network is one of the key features that allowed Tesla to distance and in fact, differentiate itself from other brands that also sell 100% electric vehicles.
Tesla Model Y structural battery

Tesla Battery Researcher Unveils Breakthrough Nickel Chemistry That Can Last 100 Years

According to a new research paper published by Tesla's battery research team head by Jeff Dahn, the group has discovered a new nickel battery chemistry that can last 100 years. The new battery couples the high energy density of nickel batteries with the long life cycle of lithium iron phosphate cells.
Tesla Model S, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Beats All Premium Brands In Q1 2022: Sells More Cars In The USA Than BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz

In the first quarter of 2022 Tesla sold more cars than the big 'premium' brands in the United States, surpassing BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus (that is, including ALL models of said brands, not only electric vehicles).
Jay Leno & Ford CEO Jim Farley

Ford CEO Admits Tesla’s Giga Texas Increased F-150 Lightning production From 20K To 150K A Year

At his latest appearance on Jay Leno's Garage, Ford CEO Jim Farley admitted he convinced his colleagues to increase F-150 Lightning production from 20,000 to 150,000 vehicles a year by pointing to Tesla's production plans at Giga Texas.
Sunset on Rockaway Beach, OR

Kia Sorento PHEV Road Trip: Beers and Beaches on the Oregon Coast

Today I drove a skosh over 223 miles in my 2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (PHEV), from the Seattle area to Rockaway Beach, Oregon, with about 750 pounds of people and cargo on board plus a 12.5 ft stand up paddle board strapped to my roof racks. My fuel efficiency was about 37.2 miles per gallon (factoring in the miles I drove solely on electric), which is, in short, impressive.
Future Kia Purpose Built Vehicle Designs

Kia to Build its First Electric Purpose Built Vehicle Plant in South Korea

Kia has announced plans to begin construction of its first electric Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV) plant in South Korea in 2023. This plant is part of their Plan S strategy and will be located within their existing Hwaseong plant. Kia’s goal in Plan S is to become a global leader in sustainable mobility solutions.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Suspiciously Large Tesla Short Position Makes 1400% Profit In A Day Following Elon Musk Allegations

Yesterday, I reported on a suspiciously large Tesla short position opened before Bussiness Insider's Elon Musk sexual misconduct story came out. The short position bet large sums of money on Tesla stock falling 11% prior to the Bussiness Insider story. And today, that suspicious short-seller has made 1400% profit in a day.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Unusual Tesla Short-Seller Activity Reported Hours Before Elon Musk Sexual Misconduct Story

A few hours ago, Bussiness Insider published a story detailing alleged sexual misconduct by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. However, several hours prior to this news, there were indications of "unusual" short-seller activity on Tesla stock.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Model C Not Frozen: Development Quietly Continues

Not long ago, at the beginning of the year, we echoed Tesla's decision to freeze the development of its new access electric car, a model smaller than the Model 3 and Model Y that would have a starting price of just $25,000. The existence of this project was first made known in September 2020 during Tesla Battery Day.