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 EV9 concept SUV

Kia Announces Additional EVs, Including Pickups And Entry Level Models

Last week, Kia held an Investor Day event and announced additional EV models for its 5 year roadmap, including not one but two pickups and an affordable “entry level” model as well. Note that Kia’s news refers to its global strategy and at least one of these models is intended for emerging markets (and as such would not likely be sold in the U.S. or Western Europe).
Hummer EV pickup

2022 GMC Hummer EV vs 2024 Chevrolet SIlverado EV Which Is Better?

The 2022 GMC Hummer Edition 1 and the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV take a unique approach when it comes to utilizing the Ultium platform. The Hummer is a tech-filled behemoth aimed at being a rolling showcase while the Silverado is the first viable fruit of a more mainstream-focused purchase. But which one is the right offering for you?
Kia EV6 at charging station

Kia's EVs Mark Best-Ever U.S. Monthly Sales, Nearly Doubling Previous Record

Kia’s total February sales increased 2.3% year over year. That may sound like only modest growth. But it is important to note that last month Kia’s 2 EV models, the brand new EV6 and the returning Niro EV, also beat their previous best ever month, September 2021, by 181%.
Gigafactory, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Panasonic To Build New US Battery Gigafactory To Meet Tesla Demand

Tesla's growth for the next few years is by all means significant: this is forcing their suppliers to speed up production if they don't want to be left behind. This is the case of Tesla's main partner, Panasonic, which according to different media sources is looking for land to build a large battery Gigafactory in US territory.
Chevrolet Bolt Orion Assembly Plant

Newly Published Report Sheds New Light On When Chevrolet Bolt Lineup Resumes Production

Production of the Chevrolet Bolt and its bigger EUV sibling has been shuttered for the past few years as GM and battery supplier LG navigated their way through a massive battery recall that saw some of the affected Bolts catch fire when charging due to a battery cell defect. A new report however finally appears to reveal when Orion Assembly plant will resume Bolt production once again
New Tesla Model and Gigafactory

New Tesla Model and Gigafactory

Tesla is planning to expand Giga Shanghai, according to sources familiar with the matter that asked not to be identified, so that Tesla can build up to 2 million cars per year - just in China - just in Giga Shanghai. Tesla will become the largest auto producer in China with this upgrade. 2 million vehicles is quite a lot. Toyota produced 1.6 million vehicles in China in 2021.
Gigafactory Berlin, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Giga Berlin To Receive Final Approval This Week

The opening of Giga Berlin, the first Tesla plant in Europe, is getting closer: according to German press agencies, the factory will receive its final approval on Thursday or Friday this week; in fact, everything shows that Tesla is already preparing the opening ceremony itself, which will take place in less than three weeks.
Elon Musk Supplies Ukraine With Starlink Satellite Access

Elon Musk Supplies Ukraine With Starlink Satellite Access

There is a difficult situation with the Ukraine right now with Russia invading. The Ukranian internet has been disrupted due to the invasion. This happened very quickly after a Ukranian government official, Mykhailo Fedorov sent a Tweet asking Elon Musk to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations in order to help them get Internet.