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.

5 Speed Manual Gear Pattern

Now You Want One as They’re Getting Rid of Them: the Manny Tranny: The Lazy Driver vs. EVs

We have no one to blame for the destruction of the manual transmission except for the few of us that were gifted to know how to use it. If we only knew how few of us existed, maybe we could have coordinated consumer demand to prevent the inevitable from happening. Electrics would have sealed their fate anyway.
Why did big investors sell Tesla?

Two of Tesla's Largest Shareholders Sold Before Musk's "Going Private" Announcement Fiasco - What Did They Know?

Two of Tesla's largest institutional investors, Fidelity Investments and T. Rowe Price Group sold off a significant portion of their stake in the luxury car maker before Elon Musk's comments about going private. What did they know that the public did not?
Elon Musk with Tesla Model S in Fremont Tesla Factory

Is the End of the Musk Era at Tesla Looming? As Debt Crisis Mounts, Drugs and Tears Admissions Make Tesla Stock Dive

It ain’t easy being a multi billionaire running a Fortune 500 company with a $1 billion USD debt payment looming in March. But the market sent a message today: wipe your tears rich boy and do your job: people’s lives and working class jobs are on the line.
Tesla Model S Battery Charging at Supercharger

The Worldwide Car Battery Shortage and is Your New Car Order Affected?

With the growing rapid output of worldwide EV production, the glaring reality of supply and demand becomes more obvious as to which key players in the auto industry are prepared for battery shortages and which ones are not. Regardless, if the company you buy a BEV from is not one of “the big three,” you should expect you car order to be delayed because of battery shortages by the factory.
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Conversion Shop Does Neat Tesla-Audi Change

At one time about 750 years ago, a bunch of guys called alchemists tried to turn lead into gold. That they didn't know anything about periodic tables and metals related to lead didn't deter them as they were convinced they could do it. It's too bad they didn't know, they would have saved lots of time. Today's conversions in the auto world work a lot better as this Tesla-Audi Swap. Read On.
Tesla Model 3 Courtesy Tesla Medía Website

A New Battery Design May Mean a Sooner or Surer $35,000 Single Base Model 3

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently revealed that Tesla’s battery development people have come up with a lighter weight and cheaper design of the Model 3 battery pack. This can be a game changer not only for the elusive Base Model 3, but across the entire present and future model range.
Saudi Arabia Tesla Buyout

"Funding Secured" Means the Saudis Want In: the Tesla Buyout May be the Largest in History

The Tesla news blindsided and shocked the world. A stock exchange wasn’t notified, neither was the Securities Exchange Commission. Not even the board of directors of the company that was affected by the news. Stock prices went crazy, its stock was eventually suspended, everyone who’s anyone about billions denied they were asked to help, and a moment of explanation finally came: Elon Musk wants Tesla to go private, he wants an equity leveraged buyout, and he wants the Saudis to finance it.
Instagram Rendering NexGen Model S, Model 3 Cabin Like Model S, Safety Cage Model S

Another Instagram Artist Strikes Again for Us to Contemplate What Changes Should Come on Model S

Like it was a few weeks ago when a Spanish designer took to Instagram to show his render of a proposed Tesla Semi 8 RV Camper, another artist has given us his vision of what a Tesla Model S next generation might look like with the present generation before its retirement sometime in 2021.
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Harley Davidson Caves to Millennials with EV Motorcycles

Finding themselves in the same situation they were ironically in back in the 1970’s facing record loses toward bankruptcy, Harley Davidson, the storied motorcycle company had to swallow some bitter reality medicine and face up to changing times with a younger generation that the company turned off with motorcycles their fathers rode, and their Millennial sons (and daughters) never liked. And now here comes the Harley Davidson electric motorcycle.
Nissan NV Electric Camper (top) and VW Buzz ID Bus (bottom)

Limited EV Camper Market Options Makes Tesla Create a Camper Mode for its Cars

With all the fast paced changes occurring in the EV world from a Tented Model 3 to a Class 8 Mighty Tesla Semi RV Camper coached by Instagram, has unfortunately left EVers with an inescapable reality: this summer they’re left short handed with few camping vehicle options. What’s presently selling they’re not selling them here in the states. And Teslarites are taking the matter into their own hands.
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Deciding Factors Whether Honda's New Urban EV Will Win People's Hearts

Despite Tesla being busy sorting out their Model 3 production issues, electrified vehicle sales figures, especially driven by plug-in market, keep setting consecutive records in U.S. This month Honda Motors announced Honda Urban EV Concept was named ‘The Best Concept Car’ in the 2018 Car Design Award honors, as part of the Turin Motor Show. Honda might have a trick up its sleeve - Urban EV Concept is stylish and may become an EV people would actually want to buy.
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Porsche Hits a Few Cones Readying up Taycan Production

The first all electric Porsche since 1897 is having ramp up production issues but so far Taycan is on schedule with an assembly line timeline of 2019. Taycan will be Porsche’s first production all electric car and the second electric Porsche ever made, since the sports car company founder Ferdinand Porsche built the last one himself, the P1 which was the first Porsche ever built.
Polestar 2 EV from Volvo

With Polestar 2 the “Model 3 Killer” it Begs to Ask What Kind of Brand is Polestar and Can’t this Just be a Volvo?

Polestar unveils it’s second model, this time instead of a coupe it’s a sedan in the same segment as Tesla Model 3 with specs to take it on, but wonder if it matches the corporate objective of a performance brand.
Chargy EV charger at a street lamp

char.gy's CEO Founder Shares The Secrets of Future EV Charging with Torque News

Electric car ownership will remain a charging station sticking point for urban and apartment dwellers, as fingerpointing tries to blame who is responsible for setting up public and fast charging stations across the US. In the UK, local governments are requiring the installation of open access points for public charging. This is the kind of charging where a payment method is not required on demand at site. A UK EV charging company called char.gy is about to change all of this on both sides of the big lake.

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