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.

Cadillac Lyriq, Kia EV6, and Toyota Prius Prime

Battle for 3rd place: Kia vs Toyota vs GM In 2022 U.S. Plug-In Vehicle Market

After Tesla and Ford, GM had the best selling fully electric vehicle in the U.S. in 2021, the Chevy Bolt, at 24,803 combined for the two different models (EV and EUV). Thus, GM has set a precedent and may be able to compete for one of the top spots in 2022 BEV sales too, depending.
Kia Niro plugged in to charge

Kia January 2022 Sales: Best-Ever For Niro Model Line

Kia has confirmed January 2022 sales figures for their entire lineup and though combined overall sales were down slightly compared to Jan 2021 figures, with 2,477 fewer units sold in January 2022, multiple models saw better sales this year. For the Kia Niro model line specifically, which includes only HEV, PHEV and BEV models, sales were up over 78% compared to January 2021.
Tesla Megapack, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Good News For Tesla: A Cobalt-Nickel Free Lithium-Iron Battery To Be Available In 3 years, 50% More Energy Dense Than LFP

The race to find the perfect match in battery chemistry has led university teams and private companies around the world – including Tesla, obviously - to research multiple possible pathways. One of those companies, "C4V", just introduced an interesting alternative to Lithium-Iron batteries, with LFP properties but way more efficient.
Image showing a row of Lucid Air gearboxes waiting for installation at the AMP-1 factory in Arizona

Lucid Is Hiring Mechanical Engineers, Supply Chain Staff In Taiwan To Combat Chip Shortage

With the global semiconductor shortage showing no signs of easing Lucid appears to be setting up shop right at the source. Taiwan is the undisputed biggest player in the semiconductor industry, with a single Taiwanese manufacturer producing more than half of the planet's supply of the precious chips.
Image showing a gold Lucid Air parked inside the brand's newest Studio in Newport, California

Lucid European Expansion: Customers Invited To Convert Pre-orders To Formal Reservations

Lucid's plans for 2022 include crucial expansions into European and Middle Eastern markets, with this latest round of emails showing that things are moving ahead. The American EV startup has released a map detailing its next moves, but there are a couple of locations that are cause for some head scratching.
A white Lucid Air parked outside some shops and restaurants

Second-Hand Lucid Air Dream Editions Are Appearing For Sale On eBay Motors

It was only a matter of time until people started flipping their Lucid Air Dream Editions, and that time is upon us. Dream Editions are appearing for sale online with sellers touting the exclusivity of the limited 520 car run. Some were bought to resell immediately, while others are being driven and enjoyed until a new owner comes along.
Tesla Model Y, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Elon Musk Confirmed Tesla Will Support FSD Licensing By Other Manufacturers

Back in 2019 Tesla presented the evolution of Autopilot, the FSD or “Full Self-Driving” system. No longer just a mere roadside assistant, it basically promised to get you from point A to B, though while always keeping your eyes on the road. In short, and despite the name, it is still an autonomous level 2 "ADAS"; that is, the driver must be paying full attention at all times.
2022 and 2023 Kia Niro

Kia Niro EV outscores all other mass-market EVs in JDPower's Electric Vehicle Experience Study

The Kia Niro EV just topped the ranks of JDPower’s 2022 Electric Vehicle Experience study as the highest rated mass market EV for the second year in a row. What might that indicate for Kia and Niro sales in comparison to its competitors, especially with the updated 2023 Niro soon going on sale?