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 Sorento driver’s display showing 45.2 miles per gallon

Testing Kia Sorento PHEV Winter Driving Performance: The Road Trip Continues

I am testing out the efficiency and range of my 2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid, among other things, and this piece concludes my two part review of its performance on a 210 mile road trip. The Sorento PHEV, once again, impresses me with just how efficient it is for a heavy, three-row, mid-sized 6 passenger SUV.
Dealers Reassure Ford They Aren't Charging Huge Up Fees For Lightnings

Most Dealers Reassure Ford That They Are Not Slapping Huge Up Fees On Lightnings

Ford dealers reassured the manufacturer that they are charging only the MSRP on Lightnings. The reassurance was needed following reports last week, as detailed earlier by other Torque News stories, that there were dealers taking advantage of the limited supply of the sought-after electric pickups. Reports circulated that there were up fees of $30,000 but most averaged only $5,000.
White Kia Sorento PHEV with sailboats in background

Testing Kia Sorento PHEV Winter Driving Performance: Road Trip, 1st leg

I finally took a longer trip in my 2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid and I was able to test several important capabilities and features. My primary question was: what kind of fuel economy can I expect in colder temperatures on a long drive? For this test, that long drive was 210 miles. But I also tested a number of things people have been asking about on social media.
Tesla Model S, 3, X, & Y

Elon Musk Might Be Ringing The Alarm On Tesla (TSLA) Stock Price And No One Is Listening

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is famous for saying the EV maker's stock price is too high. And despite his calls, Tesla stock just keeps rising. However, now Musk seems to be ringing the alarm saying Tesla shares, with the broader stock market, have reached their peak.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Masterfully Avoided Microchip Crisis Thanks To Controlling Own Software; Record Sales In 2021

Tesla's unified computing architecture has become a key part of the manufacturer's dodging of the recent semiconductors crisis, allowing its AI engineers to rewrite its own software as they see fit; a huge and decisive difference also related to widely using Open Source Software.
Gigafactory Berlin, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Giga Berlin Gets German Federal Government Support To Start Production

Jörg Steinbach, Brandenburg's economy minister, announced this week that the ruling of the administrative court in Frankfurt regarding the lawsuit filed for the water supply of the Eggersdorf hydraulic works, will not affect the process of approval for the starting of Tesla Giga Berlin production in Germany.