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.

Kia Mohave SUV driving

Kia's New Pickup Spotted, And It Borrows Heavily From The Mohave SUV

Kia confirmed, in March of this year, that it was going to build two new electric pickups and that they would be unveiled as part of a collection of 14 new electric models, by 2027. Now, keen observers have spotted what may be an early prototype or a test mule and there is a lot of information we may be able to glean from this early spotting.
Tesla Batteries, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Good News For Tesla And EV Brands: Batteries With More Range Capacity By Rearranging Structure Of Cathodes

Eliminating empty spaces that are created in battery electrodes can help increase the capacity of the battery (up to 25%), and consequently the range of EVs in which they are implemented, according to an interesting study recently published.
Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Cybertruck: World's Largest Casting Machine Heading To Gigafactory Texas From Italy

Idra, the Italian company that manufactures the casting machines for Tesla, confirms the shipment of the largest machine of this type in the world to Giga-Texas in Austin; the giant machine will be installed on the production line of the Tesla Cybertruck.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Model 3 With LFP Cells: Much More Range Than Advertised

The LFP battery cells Tesla implements in the Model 3 manufactured in Shanghai are revealing their very good performance, well beyond the specifications of the manufacturer itself. A real road test confirms that its capacity is even higher than the specifications stated in its own data sheet.
Silver Kia Sorento PHEV in front of Oregon vineyards

Long Distances In The Sorento Plug-In Hybrid, Without Charging, Still Yield Good Fuel Economy

This past weekend I took my longest road trip yet in which I wasn’t able to charge my Kia Sorento Plug-In hybrid, much, while stopped en route. Out of 526 total miles of driving on this trip, I only covered about 10% of my total miles on electricity stored from the grid. This is a scenario many could find themselves in on a long cross country drive. But this also means my combined fuel economy was the lowest at any point in the last 13 months of ownership. So how bad was it?

Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid Efficiency Test: Sport Mode On 60 Mile Road Trip

Yesterday, I revisited a roughly 60 mile road trip I took earlier this year to test a certain principle I am unsure about. Specifically, I repeated a drive to a neighboring city but this time used Sport Mode for about 10 of those miles to see if I might get better combined fuel efficiency by doing so. The result was less conclusive than I expected.
Silver 2022 Kia Sorento and Black Tesla Model 3

PHEVs Can Achieve Similar Emissions Reductions As Full EVs, Depending

I am one of those nerdy types that keeps track of lots of things in spreadsheets. I track per mile fuel costs for my electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. I also track how much electricity I am using at home versus on the road/away from home. I’m a little extra, I admit. But I wonder, how close are my EV and PHEV in terms of their overall lifecycle emissions?
White and gray 2023 Kia Niro EV

Kia Announces Pricing Of 2023 Kia Niro EV

Earlier this week, Kia announced U.S. pricing for its all new, second generation 2023 Kiro Niro EV. MSRP for the new Niro electric crossover starts from $39,450 (not including destination or other fees). The new Niro is certainly an attractive, feature rich electric vehicle, but is this new price point too steep, especially considering the lack of federal tax incentives?

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