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.

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The RV World Just Got More Electrified with Tesla Semi RV Camper Concept

Recently a Spanish designer based in Madrid created a rendering of a Tesla Semi Class 8 Tractor heavily modified to be an RV camper. He then posted it on Instagram. It instantly went viral and caused such a frenzy on the Internet to bring to the imagination the possibilities of such a vehicle that Tesla could make.
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Chevy Volt's Liquid Cooled Battery vs Nissan Leaf's Air Cooled Battery: 2 Systems

Chevrolet and Nissan use two different systems to cool their electric cars' batteries. Chevy is using the liquid to cool its batteries in Chevy Volts and Chevy Bolts, whereas Nissan is using the air cooling method to cool Leaf's battery. They both have pros and cons.
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The Hoovie’s Garage Bargain $33,500 Tesla Model S

With the introduction of the new executive car, the Tesla Model 3, combined with the dynamic of the aging of the first generation of the current flagship sports saloon, the Tesla Model S, Tyler Hoover of YouTube’s Hoovie’s Garage capitalizes on this dynamic to find an excellent example of a 2012 Model S for a small fraction of the price of a Model 3. Deals are to be had!
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If You Want Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt/Bolt Check Out How The Battery Is Cooled

Most people only see the electric cars' exterior/interior and features, but aren’t aware about the most essential component - the battery and how it’s cooled. If you are looking to buy a Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt or a Chevy Bolt you need to know how the battery is cooled.
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Nissan Leaf Owners: Beware of a Required Third Charge and if so, Call Nissan!

Nissan Leaf owners in the UK are expressing their dissatisfaction with the actual verses the reported range of their BEVs. Some are reporting problems requiring the car to need a third rapid charge during the course of the day. Many feel that they’ve been mislead to request some kind of compensation, prospective buyers have canceled their sales contracts. Could the charging problem be happening also in the US?
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The 3rd Gen Beetle Retires, VW Bosses Look For the Next Beetle to Go Old School but in a Sedan

When the Third Generation Volkswagen “New”Beetle begins its swan song next year to leave at the end of 2019, there will be a record of successes and setbacks, happiness and sadness stemmed from the iconic halo car’s third rebirth that has defined not only another generation of people as the Classic Beetle did, but also what the next car should be, as that might possibly be their 100 year anniversary model, and what it is for a car to now be a Volkswagen. Especially for the next electric one, Beetle 4.
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Turning Your Rolls Royce Into an EV: Using Retrograded EV Conversion Kits for Older and Classic Cars

Many car owners of older and vintage classic cars are considering converting their vehicles to BEVs. Imgine converting a once expensive now older Rolls Royce into an electric car. While conversion is still expensive, it’s still much cheaper to convert to a BEV than to purchase a new EV.
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Porsche 919 Evo Hybrid Sets New Lap Mark on the Nordschleife; It Is 5:19.55.

Porsche has knocked the old holder of the best lap record at the Nordschleife, the Nurburgring's "Green Hell." The driver, Timo Bernhard, slice nearly a minute off the old record. The new record should stand for a bit, though,Porsche may decide it wants a better record and may go again.
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2018 Drive Revolution: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV voted Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year

After driving 18 electrified vehicles from the broadest segment sampling feasible in 6 hours, members of NWAPA (Northwest Automotive Press Association) voted Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year. Yes, the minivan, what?
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Electric Sticker Shock: The Electric Vehicle Federal Tax Rebate Winds Down, and Mass Market EV Models Face a Quandary

After all the auto makers went through earlier this year to save the federal $7500 EV tax credit to make their EVs affordable, they’re back at square one again, this time because they’re reaching the production goals set in the law that created the credit.
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Tesla Ranks Second on Dream Car Survey... Behind a Mustang?

A recent survey by a company called Gold Eagle asked participants about their dream cars. Among them were the Jeep Wrangler, Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro. But the top two cars make for interesting reading, as do the breakdowns for men and women. The latter showed strong preference for the Jeep Wrangler (81%), while the former went for the Tesla Model S (63%).

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