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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KIA Sorento PHEV Road Trip: Bend, Oregon or Bust

Day 2: We load up our rig in my brother’s driveway in Olympia, Washington and head out for Bend, Oregon with our KIA Sorento PHEV via a lunchtime stop at a winery in Hood River, Oregon (more on that in a moment). Gray skies threaten rain, and it's a cool 52F as my wife takes the wheel for the next leg of our journey (about 170 miles).
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Elon Musk Reveals Tesla’s Supercharger Profit As The EV Maker Prepares To Open The Network

Tesla is currently conducting a pilot program to open up the supercharger network to none-Tesla vehicles. And this has raised the question, how much profit can the EV maker make from this move. Today, Elon Musk revealed the surprisingly small profit Tesla plans to make.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla To Achieve First-quarter Production Record Again, Despite Supply Chain Issues

Tesla's sales data for the first quarter 2022 will be known in a few days: a period in which countless difficulties with the supply chain were in turn aggravated by the war in Ukraine. Nevertheless this is a factor that would not apparently affect Tesla sales, as according to analysts it will be a record-breaking quarter once again.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV

Sorento PHEV Road Trip: Outstanding MPG or Just Outstanding Beer

It’s finally time to take our first family road trip in our new 2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (PHEV)! We have 800-1,000+ miles (round trip) of driving in store, between our home in the Seattle area and Bend, Oregon and its environs for a week spent basking in the sun, imbibing some of the best craft brews in the U.S. and taking in some of the breathtaking natural beauty of the landscapes of central Oregon.
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Elon Musk Says China’s Zero Covid Policy Has Made Tesla’s 1st Quarter Exceptionally Difficult

Today, Tesla announced yet another record delivery number for Q1 2022. Still, despite Tesla's incredible performance, CEO Elon Musk says China's zero COVID policy and supply chain disruptions have made the quarter exceptionally challenging.
Tesla Fremont Factory

Tesla (TSLA) Finishes Q1 2022 With Only 17 Inventory Vehicles In The US

Despite Tesla increasing vehicle production at an incredible pace, demand for the EV maker's vehicles seems to have no end. And in a new sign of the skyrocketing demand, today Tesla inventory tracking sight announced the EV maker ended the quarter with only 17 inventory vehicles in the US.
Tesla Megapack, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Cyber Rodeo Coming To Gigafactory Texas, Large Megapack Included As Energy Backup

The official opening for mass media and social media of the Texas Gigafactory in Austin will not be called Giga Fest (like in Giga Berlin), but "Cyber Rodeo". Once again a wink is made to the local culture, in this case with two elements: Cyber in allusion to the style of the future electric pick-up truck that will be manufactured in the Lone Star State, and Rodeo in reference to the Texan traditional cowboy culture.
Senator Elizabeth Warren CNBC Interview

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Says She Celebrates Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Success

Senator Elizabeth Warren in a new CNBC Squawk Box interview has softened her criticism of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. In the interview, Warren says she celebrates Elon Musk's success and that she is asking the richest individuals to pay their fair share of taxes so that the next Elon Musk has a chance.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Spends Three Times R&D Average On Each Car Sold, With No Advertising At All

A recent study by stockapps.com concluded that Tesla is basically a genius company in terms of advertising and creativity, and that spending is 100% allocated to critical areas such as R&D, which directly benefits customers, instead of marketing/advertising, like legacy OEM manufacturers.

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