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.

BB gun shooting on highway caught on camera

TeslaCam Credited With Criminal Capture involving a BB Gun Incident on Highway

TeslaCam (Tesla’s integrated dashcam system) chalks up yet another victory in helping police take a bite out of crime recently by finding a suspect who may be responsible for over 100 BB gun shooting incidents during this past month on Californian roadways. Plus, what you need to know about owning a BB Gun in California.
Tesla giga cast

Tesla’s Enormous Die Casting Machine Is Like 3D Printing

A view of one of Tesla’s die casting machines was shown recently. It’s the biggest of its kind and no other auto-maker that I’m aware of is using this technology. It will speed up production, reduce costs, and give Tesla a competitive advantage. Tesla is making cars the same way toy cars are manufactured with automation and it's like 3D printing! It's like a Giant High Tech Waffler Maker! Let’s see what it’s all about!
With a spacious frunk and many creature comforts, the Rivian R1T is stunning

Rivian R1T Spotted In The Wild! Are Electric Pickups About To Hit The Street?

As the summer for the Northern hemisphere begins, temperatures creep upwards and heatwaves rise from the pavement in a haze. It’s time for hot new vehicles to become available. As June approaches, the race to see who exactly will release the first commercial electric Pick-up truck shifts into high gear as Ford reveals it’s F-150 Lightning, Tesla drives their Cybertruck around, and a Rivian R1T was spotted just today in some of the least-camouflaging spy-shot I’ve ever seen.
The Hydrogen ICE Powered Corolla is an engineering marvel.

Toyota Was Trail-blazing With The Prius; Will It Reinvent The Auto Industry Again?

In 1997, Toyota introduced the first commercially produced hybrid vehicle, the Prius, starting the electrification movement. Toyota has made an impactful statement by introducing a 3-cylinder hydrogen powered internal combustion engine (ICE) to run a race-spec Corolla. While the sound is reminiscent of a gas-guzzler, it is a much ‘greener’ vehicle from an emissions standpoint. Their President, Aiko Toyoda has made it clear that the future he sees isn’t All electric.
Who controls the high beam function in Tesla?

New Tesla Model Y Owner Reports Autopilot High Beam Issue

Reddit member Jaws12 recently posted that after picking up his brand new Tesla Model Y in Cleveland yesterday, that while on Autopilot his car exited Autopilot after he decided to disable the Auto High Beam function while driving. Only until after he re-enabled the Auto High Beam function could he continue to use Auto Pilot.
Ford Promises to be a leader in electric vehicle pioneering

Ford's Jim Farley Claims In Tweet Today That Focus Has Shifted To Vehicles Plus

Getting its feet wet with the Mustang Mach E and F-150 Lightning, Ford has promised to become a leader in EV technology. Having electric vehicles is well and good, but as Tesla has shown us, it helps to diversify and not just focus on making cars. In a Tweet today, the plan for Ford’s diversification has been shared.
Tesla Cybertruck graphic used in patent application

Tesla User Interface Patent Shows Early Cybertruck and Camper Design and More

A recent tweet alerts Cybertruck aficionados that a “user interface features” patent described using images of an early Cybertruck design is available for reading. Here is a summary of some of the highlights of the interface design and features that shows among other things an early camper addition now known as Cyberlandr.
Tesla Model S Entry Level Will Benefit From Tax Credits

The 2021 Tax Credits Will Take Tesla to the Moon

An Electric Vehicle (EV) tax credit of up to $12,500 is advancing in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. This 2021 EV Tax Credit is for electric vehicles assembled in the United States and any vehicle with a sticker price below $80,000. Could this be bad for certain Tesla vehicles? Why will Tesla go to the moon with this? What is going to the moon? Let’s find out how this 2021 Tax Credit will benefit Tesla.

Watch Out Tesla, Ford Ranger Was Retrofitted With New FSD Platform For Off-Road Testing

A recent news report by Smart Cities World announces that a pilot program of the first off-road autonomy safety framework was performed using a Ford Ranger and Range Rover retrofitted with a new FSD platform for off-road testing. While the article is not about Ford in particular, it does hint at a potential problem for our Tesla future.
EV Crossovers are a step forward in EV evolution

How Does The Mustang Mach E Stack Up Against Other EVs, Like The Hot Hatch Polestar 2?

The Ford Mustang Mach E is no slouch on the track. Even its non GT version puts most SUVs to shame with a blistering 5.1-second 0-60 and its GT Performance Edition tears down the track with an even more impressive 3.5 second sprint from stop to 60 miles per hour. With such speeds, how does it compare to its competition like the Polestar 2, XC40 Recharge, muscle cars, like my Challenger, or even the Jeep Wrangler 4xe?
3 All Electric SUVs

How The Volvo XC40 Recharge Compares To Other SUVs, Like The Jeep Wrangler 4xe

When I think of SUVs, I think of vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, Ford Bronco, or Mercedes G-wagon. I typically don’t give much thought to Volvo, but I really should. Volvo’s XC40 Recharge is not just a handsome SUV, it’s got plenty of features that make it one of the safest SUVs on the market, and it’s faster than the Volkswagen ID.4.
Tesla's Pure Vision and Elon Musk

Tesla Makes Either a Visionary or Foolish Choice To Drop Radar

Tesla ditching its radar system supporting Autopilot and maybe FSD and replacing it with the video camera only Pure Vision has people nervous in the automotive industry. Is Tesla's Choice to drop radar visionary or foolish? Torque News EV commentator Dean McManis thinks that Tesla may be looking to lower cost and complexity on its electric vehicles, but the rumor of radar sensor shortage may be at the heart of the decision to change now. Here is Dean McManis in his own words.
On the Left, the Bronco, on the Right, the Jeep Wrangler

How Does The New Ford Bronco Compare To The Wrangler 4xe, Its Hybrid Nemesis?

The first Ford Bronco was released in 1966 to be discontinued some 30 years later in 1996. 25 long years have passed and finally, the Blue Oval has released the New Bronco, a legitimate SUV with an emphasis on Utility. In ’66, the Bronco had to contend with the CJ5 Jeep. Today, how does a New Bronco compare to a Jeep Wrangler 4xe, with its torque heavy hybrid drivetrain?

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