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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These EVs Declined In Sales In America After Range Improvements: Leaf, Bolt, Model 3

One would assume that increasing the range of an electric vehicle would boost sales and deliveries. Actually, the opposite has happened. Here’s why the Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt, and Nissan Leaf all saw sales declines after they saw battery improvements resulting in more range.
Toyota Sienna AWD image by John Goreham

Here’s How Pro Testers Know If A Vehicle Is Good In Winter Ice and Snow

You have seen reviews of vehicles in winter conditions, and you may have heard of the New England Motor Press Association’s Winter Vehicle Awards. Here’s how the men and women who do that testing determine if your favorite truck, car, crossover, or SUV is “good in the snow.”
Chevy Bolt charging image by John Goreham

Prediction: EPA Will Switch to a 3-Number Electric Vehicle Range Figure To Address Cold-Weather Reduction

The EPA’s electric vehicle range estimates seem overly optimistic in winter. Here is why we foresee the EPA making a switch to a three-number EV range format and why it would resolve the debate over real-world EV range for good.
Toyota QuantumScape Solid-State Battery Race

All News About Toyota QuantumScape Solid-State Batteries Is Academic

A few days ago when QuantumScape said they believe they are the only player to have shown a solid-state lithium building-block capable of meeting electric vehicles' key requirements, the EV community at Torque News responded with variety of opinions bringing Toyota and Tesla into the equation.

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