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.

Why Kia Will Slowly Ramp Down PHEV Production Starting Next Year

Kia has recently expanded its U.S. plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) range with the introduction of the 2022 Sorento PHEV and the forthcoming 2023 Sportage PHEV, which join the Niro PHEV already on sale for several years. But Kia may not be planning to offer any additional PHEV models after these, and that begs the question: Why?
Silverado EV WT

Report Hints Silverado EV Max Towing Package To Feature Four Wheel Steering

Towing is a crucial prerequisite for any pickup entry and that mandatory requirement even extends to the world of EV pickups. A new report suggests that General Motors will be adding four-wheel steering to the Max Towing package in an attempt to help add a unique dimension to hauling large trailers.
Tesla Semi. Image Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Hydrogen Tech Unable To Compete Against Battery-Powered Electric Trucks: Tesla Semi To Rule

According to a study published by the prestigious journal Nature, the rapid advances in the field of batteries and fast charging could cause the hydrogen fuel cell to fall behind not only in the passenger car sector, but also in areas such as heavy-duty transportation, where up until now it seemed – and many claimed – that they would be better than BEV trucks, like the Tesla Semi.
Ford E-transit

Texas Could Force EV Drivers To Pay Fees For Embracing EVs

The road network in the United States is maintained via funds from gasoline taxes. However, more buyers are embracing electric vehicles and as a result, this long-standing and delicate system of balance is rapidly becoming threatened. Texas officials have a plan though, and if it passes, Texans could be forced to pay for embracing a gasoline-free alternative.
Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Reasons For Tesla Cybertruck Wearing Camouflage In Last Sighting

When the current prototype of the Tesla Cybertruck was presented back in 2019, it was shown without any type of camouflage or covering; later on it was shown again in public in an open way, driving around New York city and then again on the test tracks at Tesla Gigafactory; but now in the latest video available it appears with camouflage: why would that be?
Image showing a Eureka Gold Lucid Air rolling off the production line at the AMP-1 facility.

Lucid's Q4 Earnings Call Takes Place On February 28th And Management Will Answer Investor Questions

Investors will finally get access to Lucid's Q4 results at the end of February. How many Lucid Air Dream Editions were shipped to customers before December 31st? How many cars has Lucid built so far? Lucid shareholders will be able to put these questions to management through a new voting system.