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.

electric vehicles will soon find themselves alongside their gas compatriots

NHRA To Welcome EVs To The Summit Series

Performance EVs, like the Porsche Taycan, Ford Mustang Mach E, and Tesla Model S boast impressive acceleration statistics. This simple fact is undeniable and, as a result, the National Hot Rod Association, or NHRA, has decided to open its doors to electric vehicle owners who want to show off their skills at controlling that acceleration starting soon, in 2022.
Tesla on Autopilot and FSD in SF traffic

Tesla FSD Beta 8.2 in Busy Close Quarters Traffic in San Francisco

Here is a very recent video from r/teslamotors that demonstrates how Tesla’s FSD Beta 8.2 performs in busy San Francisco traffic under close quarter conditions that raises some interesting questions from reddit readers about how Tesla FSD would perform in countries other than the U.S.; and, poses what might be the biggest Tesla FSD question we should be asking.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk chatting with Tesla suporters at Giga Berlin car factory

Elon Musk Visits Giga Berlin for a Technical Purpose and Chats with Supporters

Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrived at the Giga Berlin car factory on Monday afternoon. He landed at Berlin (BER) airport on Sunday in a private jet. The visit was "purely of a technical nature," said Brandenburg Minister for Economic Affairs Steinbach. He also came out and started to chat with Tesla supporters.
Bloomberg graph indicates India could be a battery producing leader

Batteries, Not Cars, May Be the Reason for Tesla to Go to India

Lithium battery scientist and Head of Energy Storage at Bloomberg NEF, James Firth, tweets a bar graph showing that the production of EV batteries may be the best reason for Tesla to go to India. The estimate lists India as the lowest cost country for manufacturing cells, which with subsidies, could reduce costs significantly - enough to be a game-changer and bring Tesla to India.
Upcoming BMW EVs, like the i4 and iX will feature a unique pedestrian warning sound.

The BMW i4 Sports Its Own German Soundtrack

BMW has been a leader in automotive innovation since its inception, even going so far as to bolster the engine noise of the i8 to make the ride sound more like a traditional sports car. As they ditch the gas engine altogether, what sound will BMW rely on to engage the driver? It turns out that help from composer Hans Zimmer will influence the symphony of BMWs electric i4 and iX.

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