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.


Consumer Reports Lauds Ford's Compact Hybrid Pickup, the Maverick

Although it seems like a natural, a hybrid pickup truck isn't. Though hybrids offer a good combination of electric and standard internal-combustion, automakers with one exception -- Ford -- prefer standard ICE tech for their trucks. Ford has shown electric trucks work and its Maverick hybrid shows hybrid tech works for pickups, too.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV with snow tires in close up

Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid EV Range On Studless Snow Tires

Today I mounted studless snow tires on my 2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (PHEV). I live in the Seattle area, which does get snow and more so black ice and slick roads in winter. I also make trips into and over the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, which sometimes requires both all-wheel drive and snow tires (or chains). Now I have the first of multiple data points to share about the impact on range these tires can have.
Kia EV6 front and rear views, Kia Sorento PHEV side view

Driving Comparison: Kia EV6 Wind e-AWD vs Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid

I don’t know if you’re like me when it comes to choosing a new vehicle, but I make purchasing decisions based on my values. What is most important to me when it comes to purchasing a car is that I choose one with significantly lower environmental impacts (because owning and driving vehicles is one of the most environmentally impactful things we do). Also important: the total cost of ownership (including purchase, fueling and maintenance of the vehicle), utility or functionality, and feature set.
Tesla Supercharger, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Adjusted Pricing At Superchargers For Peak & Valley Time Slots In Europe

Tesla has just surpassed the symbolic figure of 10,000 Supercharger locations on the European continent, mainly in the Western area. This allows Tesla users to make long-distance trips with relatively short stops, and also allows drivers of other EV brands to do the same, as Superchargers have been opened up to others with the Tesla app.
Tesla Model Y, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Symbolic: Tesla Model Y Best-Selling Car In Germany In September 2022

The best-selling car in Germany in September 2022 was the Tesla Model Y; a headline that actually hides some half-truths, as Tesla usually accumulates deliveries in the last quarter of the year. But it is also true that the huge production ramp up at the Berlin Gigafactory is allowing that to happen, to the terror of German and other European ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) legacy manufacturers in general.
2023 Kia Niro EV, PHEV, and HEV models

2023 Kia Niro Arrives To Solid Reviews From U.S. Automotive Press

A wave of fresh reviews for the 2023 Kia Niro just came in this week from the U.S. automotive press. The Hybrid (HEV) version of the vehicle is now on sale across the country and will soon be followed by the electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions later this year. Here’s a rundown of what various outlets are saying about the new Niro after driving the production hybrid model and near production versions of the plug-in models.
Tesla Robot, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

“Blade Runner” Style Vehicles Designed By Tesla Dogo Supercomputer: Cybertruck On Mars

These vehicles have been drawn using specific software for the Tesla supercomputer, known as Dojo, partially based on the Cybertruck design. The future of this artificial intelligence involves the complete design of the company's electric models, allegedly without the need for human intervention.
Defense Department Will Study the 2022 GMC HUMMER EVs'  Ultium Batteries

GM Defense Will Provide Ultium Batteries Similar to the Ones Powering the 2022 GMC HUMMER to the Defense Department

The Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit wants to study the Ultium batteries to see if they will be useful for the military. The military sees EVs as beneficial especially for military operations in remote areas.
Akio Toyota Says Toyota Sticks To Its Rather Hesitant EV Course

Akio Toyoda Says Toyota Sticks To Its Rather Hesitant EV Course

The Japanese car manufacturer Toyota remains committed to its rather hesitant electric car strategy and intends to continue to focus on hybrid cars such as the Prius . Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda reiterated this after criticism from some investors and environmental groups that the company was too slow and hesitant to switch to electric cars.
Kia Niro and EV6 with Hyundai Kona and Ioniq 5

Wait Times For Some Kia, Hyundai And Genesis Models Reaches Two Years Plus

These days, nearly every car maker has months long waits for many of their new vehicles. It is due of course to lingering supply chain problems that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic and recent conflicts that have disrupted semiconductor manufacturing and the supply of certain raw materials. Automakers like Kia and Hyundai now have some of the longest wait times in the industry, but how long are we really talking?