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.

GM to Start Selling Battery Technology to Fund Future EVs

GM to Start Selling Battery Technology to Raise Money for Development of EVs Like Silverado E

As I first reported back in June, General Motors will start selling its battery and fuel cell technology to raise its overall revenue. Much of the money will be used to fund future EV projects like the Silverado E. The plan includes great news for all classic car lovers and owners.
Tesla Model Y, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Goodyear Introduces a Tesla Model Y New Tire

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has just announced the launch of the new ElectricDrive GT. Marking Goodyear’s first replacement tire in North America tuned for electric vehicles - mainly Tesla Model Y - the Goodyear ElectricDrive GT is an ultra-high performance, all-season tire that delivers long-lasting tread wear and a quiet ride for EV drivers and passengers, according to the press release by Goodyear.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Updating Software And Entertainment: Darkmode, Waypoints, TikTok, Sudokus And Original 'Sonic the Hedgehog'

Tesla has just updated its software with powerful entertainment add-ons. The end of the year version (2021.44.25) introduces changes to the interface, dark mode and several new features such as integration with TikTok. We have known for a long time that Tesla promotes drivers to play directly from their cars when they are stopped or charging; with each update drivers have more reasons to do so.
F-150 Lightning Charging Mach-E

Ford F-150 Lightning, Powerboost Hybrid Can Charge EV Vehicles

Let's face it, power outages are the unsung Achilles heel of modern electric vehicles. If the power grid goes down during a storm or other major event, charging your electric car is out of the question. Ford has revealed a solution for this with an all-new adaptor for the F-150 Lightning and Powerboost Hybrid models that turn them into portable charging stations.
Tesla Merger With Daimler Would Be Like Elon Musk Dragging a 50-lb Rock Behind Him Wherever He Goes

Tesla Merger With Daimler Would Be Like Elon Musk Dragging a 50-lb Rock Behind Him Wherever He Goes

Several days ago Karlsruhe Insider's analysts made a forecast that Tesla Daimler merger is upcoming and that Tesla will swallow Mercedes-Benz's parent company Daimler "without asking." In this article I am taking a look why it's not a good idea for Tesla to merge with Daimler, based on the comments from Torque News Youtube subscribers.

Kia + Hyundai may take second place in U.S. plug-in vehicle sales in 2022

Kia and Hyundai have done something extraordinary in the European market recently. November 2021 was the worst sales month on record in Europe. Yet, Hyundai and Kia managed significant sales increases while almost every other manufacturer saw significant sales declines due to the ongoing global semiconductor supply issues.
Nio ET5 EV

Nio ET5 is an EV With Swappable 620-mile Range Battery and VR Glasses

Nio Day 2021 marked the coming of the all-new mid-size sedan called the ET5. Smaller than the Nio ET7, the new ET5 is Nio answer to the Tesla Model 3 and the Polestar 2. Nio plans to sell it in China with a 150 kWh battery pack, two electric motors good for 480 horsepower, and a claimed range of 620-miles. That is just the start, tough.

VW is the closest to catching Tesla, but it isn’t alone

My best friend, whose first car (a 1985 VW Jetta) was my first aspirational vehicle, had me over to speak with his parents. While chatting with them about their next vehicle purchase, they said something provocative: “what if I don’t want a plug-in vehicle?” As a plug-in vehicle enthusiast, it is a question that is hard to hear but also an obvious indicator of the profound change the act of plugging into an electrical outlet, instead of a gas pump, represents in people’s lives. Change is hard!
Brigghtdrop EV van front fascia

Fedex Recieves First Deliveries Of Brightdrop EV600

With all the attention that GM's Ultium powered vehicles have received, it can be easy to forget that the company is also expanding its commercial vehicle operations with the upstart Brightdrop sub-brand aiming to appeal to commercial customers. That includes FedEx with the delivery giant receiving its first batch of EV600 vans.
Ford F-150 Lightning and GMC Hummer EV

GM and Ford are not likely to beat Tesla in U.S. EV sales by 2025

The race is on! Multiple manufacturers are vying to beat or compete with Tesla in terms of EV market share in the U.S. As I discussed in a previous article, that is going to be very hard to accomplish. Let’s look at sales forecasts and ambitions from the two other U.S. automakers, GM and Ford, through the end of the decade to break this down a bit.

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