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.

Nissan Leaf

Man Says Nissan Doesn't Give a Dime for LEAF Battery That Went to 8 Bars at 58K Miles

Today I was reading a public forum on SF Bay Nissan Leaf Owners group on Facebook, in which one Leaf owner fills that Nissan should compensate him for his battery going to 8 bars at 58K miles. Some owners suggest that his dealer should advocate for him. Should Nissan compensate in this case?
nissan leaf vs chevy bolt

Leaf Owner Says Nissan is Year Behind Its Competitors, Puts a Deposit for Bolt While Other Owners React

"2012 Leaf - best car I've ever owned. However, now Nissan is a year behind its competitors, and my lease is up. So, today I put a $500 refundable deposit down on a Bolt," writes David Karpman in SF Bay Area Nissan Leaf Owners Group. Which dealers are taking deposits for Bolts?
Tesla Model S

Tesla Autonomy and Math: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Reaction

Yes, Netizens, I made a ten mile range mistake in my math in my article on the Chevy Bolt vs. the Tesla model 3, something I assure you Elon would have never done. This is what happens when you really, really want to get the column done and delivered late at night when your math skills tend to decline as the hours on the clock go up. I will state for the record, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa! The reaction has been amazing and amusing.

LG Chem- - the Unsung Hero For Chevrolet’s Bolt EV and a Great Example of Collaboration

While the range on the Chevrolet Bolt is very impressive, the car also brims with other innovative technology: customizable infotainment screen (hardware and software designed by LG), surround vision (allowing a bird’s eye view of the vehicle), rear camera view (which eliminates the blind spots when the driver backs up the vehicle), 4G data sharing, and Apple Carplay/Android Auto connectivity. Journalists were surprised by the car’s agile feel and verve on pre-production units. 0-60 mph is expected at 7 seconds.

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