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.

Tesla Model Y, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Giga-Texas Model Y With Structural Batteries And 4680 Cells Confirmed By Tesla

Tesla has officially confirmed that Giga Texas, its second car factory in the US after Fremont, has already started producing the Model Y. Although many units of the BEV SUV have already been assembled, Tesla is still waiting for the authorities to give a final green light.
Kia EV6 closeup

Kia EV6 Pricing Revealed, Beats Almost All Currently Available EV Competitors

Kia has revealed the pricing of their new EV6 for the U.S. market and the good news is that it has a lower starting MSRP, at $40,900, than almost every other compact EV SUV currently for sale. Only the VW ID.4 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 (when the RWD base model goes on sale) are priced lower than the EV6, and only a tad lower at $40,760 and $39,700 respectively.
Drag Race between Tesla Model S Plaid and Lucid Air Dream Edition

Drag Race Between Tesla Model S Plaid and Lucid Air Dream Edition

In the red corner, we have the Tesla Model S Plaid. Costing at around $124,490 with 1,020 horsepower. In the blue corner, we have the Lucid Air Dream Edition, of which only 520 have and ever will be made, costing around $169,000 with 1,111 horsepower. Who will win this drag race matchup?
Tesla Model S, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Affordable Tesla "Model Q" Might Have BYD LFP Battery And Cost 25K: Renewed Rumors

Tesla has been working for a long time on the launch of an affordable car (around $25,000), that is, cheaper than a Model 3 and presumably smaller in size. New rumors have emerged in recent days from different sources that point out at the new model, which would apparently be called "Model Q"; again, these are speculations and nothing has actually been confirmed by Tesla, but the truth is that everybody likes the idea.
Hummer EV Ultium Platform

Michigan Approves GM EV Investments, $824M Investment Will Create 4,000 Jobs

GM has been working diligently to secure the final pieces for two major Michigan EV investments which would help breathe new life into both the Delta Township and Orion Assembly plants. While GM still has to polish some final details, the state of Michigan just gave GM a huge lift by approving the $824 million investment plan
GMC Hummer EV platform

New Report Reveals Ford & GM's EV Fueled Push Is Fueled By Cash, Not Credit

With all the spotlight shining brightly on many of the recent moves that Ford and GM have made in their respective pushes into the EV market, it can be easy to forget that all of this is powered by capital. A new report suggests that credit is not playing a role, but rather a conservative albeit an old-school form of payment, cash.
Tesla Charger, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Australia Sets Record With 3 GW Of Rooftop Solar Power In 2021, While Tesla Megapack Can Power One Million Homes

Australian homes and businesses installed a record amount of rooftop solar in 2021, narrowly beating the projected record 3GW of new capacity added in a year, despite a second wave of Covid 19 cases and strong constraints in the global solar market. At the same time, Tesla storage shows very good numbers.