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.

2023 Kia Sportage PHEV

Kia Sportage Plug-In Hybrid Driven: First European Review

The first reviews of Kia’s newest plug-in hybrid, the 2023 Sportage PHEV, have come out in European media. Unsurprisingly, the reviews tend to be similar to what I and others in the U.S. have said about the larger Sorento PHEV which came out last year. For the sake of U.S. shoppers interested in Kia’s slightly smaller 2 row PHEV, coming sometime in Q3, I have pulled together a few new details from the first European driving reviews.
Powerwall, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Virtual Power Plant To Compensate Powerwall Users Who Help Avoid Blackouts

Tesla has teamed up with the electric company PG&E in California to release a new version of the Powerwall virtual power plant. The highlight is that in the event of a power emergency, users who contribute their backup energy will receive 2 dollars for each kWh contributed.
Tesla Model Y

Tesla Starts Selling Long Range Giga Texas Built Refreshed Model Y With 4680 Cells For A 9.5K Discount

According to new sources, Tesla has begun selling a second variant of the refreshed Model Y with 4680 cells & structural battery pack. The new vehicle, produced in Giga Texas, is a Model Y Long Range and starts $9,500 cheaper than the Long Range Model Y produced at Tesla's Fremont California pant.
Elon Musk

Elon Musk Says Design Of Tesla Cybertruck Is “Locked” & Pushes Production To “Middle Of 2023”

In the 3rd part of Elon Musk's interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley, Musk says that Tesla has finally locked the design of the Cybertruck and that they "got carried away" with all the changes made to the futuristic truck. Musk has also again pushed the Cybertruck production date and now says it will come in "the middle of next year, roughly 12 monthish."
Elon Musk at Qatar Economic Forum

Elon Musk Says He Will Take A Similar Role At Twitter As He Currently Has At Tesla & SpaceX

As Elon Musk's deal to buy Twitter approaches, there have been questions concerning what his role will be at the social media giant and, how that will affect his work at Tesla and SpaceX. And today, at his appearance at the Qatar Economic Forum, Musk answered those questions saying, he will take a similar role at Twitter as he currently has at Tesla & SpaceX.

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